Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins
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 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?
3 1/2 stars
There are some books that you hear so many amazing things about that just entirely disappoint you. For me, Sweet Evil was one of those.
That’s not to say I didn’t like this book. Three and a half stars is somewhere between I liked it and I loved it. That’s not a bad rating. But the thing is that–after all the hype I heard about this book–I expected it to be absolutely amazing. For me, it never really hit that point.
The character of Anna is okay. I never really like her, I never really hate her. She, like many other female YA protagonists, is mediocre as far as characterization goes. Her insta-love with Kaiden was, of course, her first strike against her for me. It was less grating then some other instances I’ve seen, but there’s still no denying what it was. She also seemed too quick to bend to her father’s will, when he basically told her to change everything about herself to become more demonic. While I understand the why somewhat, her utter lack of resistance made her feel very weak.
The character of her adoptive mother also got on my nerves. She is way too accepting of everything that goes on. Anna just dumps ALL the information about the angels and demons on Patti and Patti is just like, “Yeah, I still love you and I totally accept all of this!” At least a little bit of conflict would have been nice to see there. I, at least, wouldn’t have just accepted all that craziness without screaming and waving my arms around like a demented chicken for a while.
Speaking of information, there was a LOT of it in this book. The mythology was extremely interesting and unique, and I absolutely loved the premise. However, there was far too much infodumping everywhere, especially under the guise of Anna not knowing everything and characters have to explain every facet of life to her. You guys may have heard that I attended a writing workshop back in July, and this was a big topic of discussion of something not to do that much. Having all throughout the book bothered my editor senses to no end.
Now, let’s talk about Kaiden. Oh good lord of all things sexy. …that’s basically Kaiden, actually. I was promised all of the sexy, and I got ALL OF THE SEXY. He got more round as the book went on, actually, but he didn’t start out that way. He’s certainly the usual I AM THE BROODIEST kind of guy, but I forgive him because HELLO! (…by the way, this book comes with a PG-13 rating. For definite.)
But then, of course, because we can’t leave out a cliché, there’s a love triangle. Well, at least, I think it’s a love triangle. They bring in Kope about halfway or further into the book, and all of a sudden he’s awkwardly into Anna. And Anna is sort of into him, even though she’s still mooning over Kaiden. (I think.) This was one of the most awkwardly written love triangle introductions ever.
I know this sounds overly critical (again), but that’s just how I roll. Overall, from what I expected from this book, I was fairly disappointed. It was a fun way to pass a few hours, but it didn’t blow me away. I had a lot of issues with the characterization, mostly, because I’m a very character focused person. I adored the concept, but the infodumping had me skimming in places. It was an enjoyable ride, but certainly not what I expected.