Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Published by HarperTeen
Published on: May 1st, 2012
Genres: Young Adult
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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 it isn't until she turns sixteen 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?
Wow, wow, wowwww! Holy moly that was one amazing read. I’m pretty upset with myself because I have had this book on my NOOK for over a year and I just now read it. So amazing, I literally just finished it like 10 minutes ago and I’m still trying to wrap my mind around its amazing-ness. Can you say top favorite book EVER?! Let me tell you why.
“So we’ll leave in the morning then, yes?” Kaidan raised a lazy eyebrow at me and I shivered, breaking into a cold sweat as I nodded my agreement.
What had I done?
This book starts off with Anna Whitt. She has had these abilities since she was born and she thought she was the only one with them. She can see auras and she can also remember every moment since she was born. She can even remember being inside her mothers womb. Yeah, kinda freaky. But she finds out that she is Nephilim. Her dad is Belial the Duke of Substance Abuse and her mother was an angel. There is a lot you find out about her parents the more you read into the book so I really don’t want to give too much away, so I think your just going to have to read this amazingly awesome book to find out that information! But Anna was raised by Patti, her adoptive mother. She picked her up from the convent, where Anna was born, in California and they went to Georgia. Patti is an awesome woman and when Anna finally decides to confide in her about what she can see, Patti reveals that she’s known the whole time what she is. Anna’s dad has been in prison her whole life in California and when the time comes that Anna must go talk to one of the sisters at the convent about what she really is, she decides that its time to meet her dad. But she ends up going with someone she never would’ve thought to ask.
As if pleased with my revelation, the rain stopped and another wind blew through. Clouds shifted until a ray of winter sun poured across the valley and onto the peak of Lookout Point, warming my face, encouraging me. I nodded and took a deep breath, managing a small smile. I might have inherited a legacy of sin from my father, but I was also given a heritage of hope from my mother, and that was the one I needed to embrace.
Kaidan Rowe is the son of Pharzuph who is the Duke of Lust. And really, the whole purpose of the sons and daughters of the Dukes, is to be bad influences to the humans. Since Anna is the daughter of Belial who is the Duke of Substance Abuse, she has to try and talk others to drink and do drugs, while Kaidan would hook up with pretty much any girl he wanted. There are four other Nephilim teens that come into the story and I love them all. They each have there own “bad influence” they have to get others to partake in. There is love triangles, new and amazing friendships, and of course romance! I can not wait to start the second book. Wendy Higgins has now become one of my favorite authors ever. This book was just written so perfectly it still is giving me chills and excitement just thinking about it. Each word was just written with the right purpose and it all flowed so well. The whole concept of the story was just so interesting and creative. I officially think Kaidan is now my new favorite male character. Please, please go purchase this book right now, it is one you will not regret!
I do love the cover, and though I rarely read YA except from authors I love in Adult already, I would like to read this one.
I really enjoyed this one on audio too, like you, I thought it very creative.
Well said 🙂
Yay another Kai and Anna fan! I just started this trilogy this year too (in February) and devoured them! So darn amazing!!
Aw man, I NEED to read this. It has been on my radar since it came out, but I just never jumped on it. I recently saw the 3rd book on Edelweiss and my interest picked up again. Now I’m really itching to read this.
I didn’t like this as much as you (too many convenient plot devices and I didn’t enjoy Anna’s character or the way Kaidan acted around her) but thanks for giving me another perspective 🙂
I do not know if I would dare as most YA are so similar
I’ve had my eye on this series for a while. Glad to know you loved it! It sounds like an interesting concept.
I agree, the concept for this is wonderful! I’ve really enjoyed this series, I’ve just finished the third book Sweet Reckoning; I look forward to seeing what you think.
A great review.
I think this was one of those books where the hype was high and I read it and didn’t think it was all that. I thought it was a good book and I may or may not read the rest of the series but it wasn’t something I was overly in love with.
Thanks for the great review though.
I’ve seen this on GR and I do like the premise of “bad angels” and I keep meaning to get myself a copy but never really got around to it. I think I’ll get it on audio. I’m really glad you enjoyed this one Stacie! You’re making me very curious about it now 🙂
It’s the cover that made me skip this! After reading mediocre and annoying YA novels with the cover ladies donned in evening gowns, cover arts like this are an instant PASS for me. Maybe I should rethink my stance though, seems like you’re really blown away and I do love the sound of the book.
i think I have this one somewhere too 😐 have not started it yet as well >.> wish I could make time for it hum… I hope I will soon cause umm yup swoon worthy
YAY! This is one of my favourite books, so really glad you enjoyed it 😀 HOW SWOONY IS KAI!!!!! *zomgosh so much flailing* Sweet Peril is even better in my opinion, can’t wait to see what you think 🙂