Embrace the Forbidden...
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns 16 and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
©2012 Wendy Higgins (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
Just a book fool.
Alright so this might be a bit schizophrenic... Sweet Evil is one of those books that starts out pretty strong and just when you think its going to elevate it takes a serious dive. I think this happens because the author wants to leave us hanging for her second installment (which I really HATE btw.)
This is a unique take on the Angel stories as its pretty close to what the Bible teaches. The most interesting bit being that God is actually involved. How many Angel books have you read where the "Angels" don't even believe in God? The answer is a lot. Unique for the win.
I really liked our bad boy, and I mostly liked our "good girl" heroine. Although, I definitely liked her better when she was misbehaving. By the end of the book I kind of wanted to push her off look-out peek. Though I can't be sure if that is the character or the narrator.
All and all this book was more then a wee bit annoying in its lack of progress. There is barely any action and freaking nothing gets resolved. NOTHING....
So if you don't mind some pretty gory imagery and LOTS unresolved teen angst then give this one a go. It really is unique in its genre.
I really enjoyed this book including the narrator! As I said, I am all over bad boy books and this one... Kaiden, just couldn't get any badder! The son of a fallen angel, drummer of a band on top of speaking with an English Accent? I was done for!
Also, Anna's sweet girl personality didn't come off as self-righteous or snobby, but there were a few times where I felt she did get a little "preachy". Other than that I thought the characters, 1st and 2nd drew me in quick. I would have loved to see more Kopano.. maybe the sequel will have him? I hope so!
I don't think I would classify this as a teen book. With all the sex, drugs and some language, I wouldn't want my teens reading it until they were at least 17.
I thought the story was fairly original. I liked the interpersonal relationships between the characters and it really kept my attention.
I liked how Annie really grew into herself and you could see her evolve throughout the book. I also liked the love triangle tension.
This was great. It definitely kept me listening longer than I thought I would.
I can't wait for sequels!
I have to say that I loved being read to by Erin Mallon. She has this sultry voice that had me gripped right to the story like I was there. The way she changed characters effortlessly is a thing no one person can ,master.
I will listen to Sweet Evil over and over again for years to come!
Kaidan is my favorite character because he is the son of Lust. He has so many facets and layers to himself that when he meets Anna she unravels them all and he finds it hard to breathe.
My favorite scene in the book is the party. That party scene was crazy where Anna and the gang had to work and Anna had to prove to everyone she could be the bad girl and do her fathers bidding.
Yes the scene in the alley where Kaidan kisses Anna for all she is worth.
Erin did a great job and I look forward to listening to more books from her!
The characters are full and developed. I just loved the whole idea.
It reminds me a bit of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but of course not exactly. Same rich story telling though.
I like the way she brings the characters to life with her tone of voice.
Just read it/listen to it!! You won't be able to put it down.
its amazing i love the story
almost to Shadow falls book witch i love as well
the way they talk and act out makes me feel like iam in the book
its a must read!
I read and review Young Adult lit!
I've largely avoided the flood of half-angel/half-demon YA fiction that's hit the market in the last few years. When the sticky subject of religion is broached in YA fic it seems to be either too preachy and pushing the authors' agenda or thrown in as a plot point to make the protagonists seem 'deep'.
That being said, I honestly can't even tell you what compelled me to give "Sweet Evil" a go! I definitely mustn't have read the Audible summary above because reading it again now to keep my review spoiler-free it sounds likes trite, clichéd nonsense.
In reality, "Sweet Evil" was a well written and enjoyable read.
At no point did I feel like the religious aspects were preaching or being glossed over which was really refreshing and speaks to great skill in the craftsmanship of the novel.
Similarly, the characters were very well drawn and the relationships were enjoyably authentic. The author managed to keep virtuous Anne true to herself AND realistic never selling her out as soon as she got an eye-full of the hot bad-boy like so many other YA books do.
I've seen complaints in reviews about a lack of action and resolution. If you've read any of my other reviews you know I'm scathing about these kinds of transgressions but honestly, I was completely satisfied with "Sweet Evil".
Looking back I guess a lot of 'stuff' didn't happen and, given the supernatural bent, a lot of explaining had to be done through expository dialogue. There was however, never a time when I felt bored or discontent. New information was always coming through, new developments with characters and relationships were always happening and I found the whole book enjoyable.
Sweet Evil didn't end with a cliff-hanger (an absolute no-no for me) and I'm happily moving straight onto Book 2.
Yes, because it has complexity to it, I found myself replaying my favorite scenes over and over again, analyzing their meaning.
That the male hero is a sinner hoping to love a girl he things is too good for him :-)
The many different voices she performed
yes, I could not stop listening! I am so addicted!
I LOVED this story. I got the second book immediately and loved it also.
I'm a 25 year old mum to my beautiful nearly 2 yr old daughter and i LOVE books , both reading and listening to them :D
Yes i would great story line and great romance that you'd want to hear again !
hmm i do love all of them ...kai but i have to say i come to like him more in the second book sweet peril :D
when anna and kai go on a road trip !
an awesome series and you won't be disappointed !
I can't imagine life without earbuds playing an Audible book in my head.
The narrator has a gentle, subtle, seemingly unscripted way of acting. I love her. Her voice is very relaxing.
She did a great job. Really one of my favorite narrators now.
WOW. Can I just say wow? Wow.....
I'm 19 chapters in and this book has me wide awake at midnight, heart beating fast, and stopping because I feel COMPELLED to write SOMETHING it.
No I'm not finished yet but I already know I'm giving it 5 stars. I would give it 10 if I could.
I thought this would be another maybe kinda sorta good book to pass the time until a really good meaty one comes along like, say, Laini Taylor last book in the DOSAB series...but although it might not be 'meaty', it's most CERTAINLY filling.
I didn't think I would like this so much!!! In fact, I don't merely like it, I LOVE IT.
This book resonates well with me. I have a Christian background and am pretty dogmatic about doctrine. I have this belief that doctrine is pretty darn important so when I read a book about heaven or hell or angels and demons, I either cringe when the doctrine is way off or just made up and lose interest or ,if I really love the story and realize the doctrine isn't intended to be anywhere near what's described in the bible, then I just enjoy the story for what it is.
But although this story has fictional events (I'm so jealous over the concept! I wish my pea brain could come up with such a believable yet incredible concept!!!), every time it mentions biblical history, it has been spot on.
No cringing. No eye-rolling. Nothing but just a swoosh of relief, mixed with adoration toward the Author for researching, and a huge rush of joy that I'm reading a book I love, that keeps getting better and better, isn't at all preachy, and has some amazing characters that I would love to know in person!
I'm at a point in the book where 3 or 4 game changers just happened and I'm starting to wonder about all the awesome twists and turns the plot can go from here. I guess I didn't realize that Anna and Kai's budding romance-ish love could go anywhere but in the earth with Romeo and Juliet, but now....POSSIBILITIES!!! Yesssssss.
And now dare I say some ACTION??!! Badass heroine ass-kicking action? And more steamy hot tension for sure!!!!
Read this book and decide if it connects with you the way it has with me. It's definitely in the same realm as the Fever series (but differently), and it's definitely in the same realm as the Laini Taylor books IMHO (but differently).
Overall, it's refreshing and listening to it on audio has made the characters come alive and improved upon the story, thanks to the very "well done" acting by the narrator.
Ok, I'm done. I will try not to gush like a total fan girl anymore. At least until I've finished the book. And maybe again after I finish each book in the series. :)
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