TITLE: Sweet Evil
SERIES: The Sweet Trilogy #1
AUTHOR: Wendy Higgins
PUBLICATION DATE: May 1, 2012
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen, An Imprint Of HarperCollins Publishers
PAGES: 453 pages
SOURCE: Won from Chapter By Chapter
RATING: 4 stars
First off, I want to thank Maryann at http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/ for hosting the giveaway where I won this (well, really she hosted a giveaway where I could win my book of choice from TDB and I chose this, but still). Thank you!
I am beginning to think I’m going to be disappointed in every book I read right now. It’s not the past few books I’ve read have been bad, it’s just that they haven’t been amazingly good either. Sweet Evil falls into that category. Can anybody suggest something amazing to get me out of this mediocre funk?
Anyway, Sweet Evil is about Anna, the daughter of an angel and a demon (or rather an angel and a fallen angel because in this world, all demons are fallen angels). She is unaware of her heritage, since she was adopted as an infant and though she has unusual powers, she chalks it up to random genes and leaves it to that. Until she meets Kaiden who can obviously do the same things she can. Once he explains their background, she is off on a whirlwind adventure across the country to meet her father and find out the whole truth, once and for all.
I will say this, it was addictive. From moment one, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. But I had too many issues to really love it. The number one issue was Anna. She was just too much of a goodie goodie for my likening. I know, that’s part of the point, but seriously, part of being a teenager is to rebel a little! She was also so naïve that I wanted to punch her in the fucking face. Hello? Little girl? There are big dangers out in the world, so stop being stupid! Ironically what irritated me about her is what drew Kaiden’s attention. His never met anyone like her and she fascinates him.
I really liked him. Kaiden is the son of the demon of lust and boy does he radiate sex appeal. He’s a drummer in a band and he’s British, need I say more? Despite the fact that I didn’t like Anna, watching him try to seduce her was magical. Boy, can he turn up the charm. He really was the bright light in this book that made me keep reading. I wanted to see how his and Anna’s relationship turned out.
Well, without giving anything away, it doesn’t end well. I specifically picked this book to read next to avoid love triangle land, and while I don’t think it has one, the closer you get to the end, the more you see a budding attraction between Anna and someone who isn’t Kai. I think book two is going to be a love triangle fest.
But while trying to avoid one shitty gimmick, I fell face first into another. Cliffhanger central people. This story doesn’t end well, at all. And since it is book 1 in a trilogy, I guess I can expect book 2 to be cliffhanger central as well. Does anything live up to my standards anymore, or have I set the bar too high?
Anyway, the bottom line, is if you are looking for a hunky guy who will steam up the page and an adventure that you can’t put down, then this is for you. Just beware of bad endings ahead!