Monday, February 11, 2013

Jen's Thoughts: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Published: May 1, 2012
HarperTeen, paperback, 453pgs
Source: Jamie
Goodreads Summary: Embrace the ForbiddenWhat 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?

I had been putting off reading Sweet Evil forever. I was so afraid it was going to be one of those run-of-the-mill "I make them good girls go bad" books. Well, it was. But less "run-of-the-mill" and more "OMG I could read this forever because of all the fun."

Sweet Evil is my favorite kind of guilty pleasure. The main character, Anna, is a Mary Sue and so easily corrupted by British drummer/sex demon-spawn (no, seriously) Kaidan Rowe. For reals, before she meets Kaidan, she blushes at a swear word. By the end of the book, she is throwing back shots with her dad. I love it. You'd think it'd be a total train wreck by what I've described thus far, but there is some legitimately fun and interesting lore with the angels and demons. Now that Anna has herself mixed up in the grey area between Heaven and Hell, I'm invested in where the story is headed next.

The romance leaves a little to be desired, but that's not necessarily a negative thing. Because I can't decide if I like Kaidan or not. I battled back & forth with the Anna/Kaidan aspect, because he's such a douchebag at times. There's some tension-filled moments that make the heart pitter-patter just a bit, and the whole time I was screaming "ANNA, YOU ARE A FOOL. He's so bad for you, but MAYBE JUST A LITTLE BIT. Hang on, are you sure this is what you want to do? Okay fine, but don't say I didn't warn you." And well, Kaidan's British, so he automatically gets 100 points. (Additional points awarded based on use of British slang and twirling of drumsticks and the number of times "luv" is uttered.) He has much more to prove in order to win me over.

Definitely a "one sitting" read, Sweet Evil is like eating a whole box of Oreos in an afternoon. It's so delicious and you feel completely (and devilishly) satisfied when you're done. And also, a little fat. But mostly happy.

Now, who wants to give me Sweet Peril?


  1. Fabulous review Jen!! I completely agree with it. I devoured Sweet Evil in one sitting too. And OMG now I'm craving Oreos.. LOL!!

    I can't wait to see what comes next!



  3. A BRITISH BOY? I am SO THERE. *coughs* (recovers dignity)

    This sounds like a legitimately fun book to read! Honestly, I'm still not sure how I feel about this being about heaven/hell, but it sounds entertaining so I'll give it a try anyway!

  4. Wait a minute, I didn't realize this book was an angel/demon heaven/hell book. I LOVE those books. Even the ones that are kind of all-fun like this one. This sounds like something I would devour with guacamole and LOVE. I need it. NOW.

  5. Great review, I definitely agree with you, except on the Kaidan part, I love his douchebaggery, I think him and Anna balance each other out.