Tuesday, 12 June 2012

REVIEW: Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1) 
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy
Pages: 454
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Amazon: Sweet Evil

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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?

REVIEW: 4 ½ out of 5 stars

Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people; she is different from her peers who see her as weird and unusual. As her 16th birthday approaches, she is finding out more about who and what she is.

Anna was an all-round good girl except when she felt the pull towards drugs and alcohol, but she was always strong enough to avoid the temptation. As the story unfolds, we find out Anna is in fact a nephilim and the daughter of the demon/duke of Substance Abuse and will need to meet up with not only her father who is now in prison but also the nun who bought her into the world to learn more of her purpose.

The love interest in Sweet Evil is Kaidan Rowe, a popular drummer from a boy band and also the son of the demon/duke of lust. Whilst Kaidan at times came across as snarky and cocky, he had hidden depth which I really appreciated and I liked that he was so willing to take Anna on a road trip to get her to see her dad and the nun although I initially questioned his motives. We learnt a lot more about both of these characters during their travels and I came to feel quite sorry for both – nephilims are more or less pawns who are trained to do their demon fathers work. Anna and Kaidan couldn’t have been more different but they complimented each other well.

Each of the secondary characters were developed perfectly, I loved the relationship Anna shared with her adoptive mother Patti, her best friend Jay, her father and the nephilim she came to meet; I thought there would be a love triangle with Kopano in this book but it didn’t eventuate which I was relieved about.

Sweet Evil is well paced and engaging and Wendy Higgin’s captivating writing kept me thoroughly engrossed, entertained and wanting to know more. The world she has created was fascinating and unique and her take on Angels and Demons different to anything I have read to date. It was an exciting, thrilling read.

Overall, Sweet Evil is a wonderful debut for Wendy Higgin’s. I was completely mesmerized from the very first page and was so saddened by the ending so I am quite eager to read the next book in the series.


  1. GREAT review, Sharon! I was really "mesmerized" by this one, too. I also expected a love triangle with Kope - he's so intriguing, I just knew it was going to happen from some of what he said to Anna. But I'm rather glad it didn't - though I'll admit, I am DYING for book 2!

  2. I totally agree with your review and I loved the world building..couldn't you just picture the fathers..shivers. Awesome review I am looking forward to book two.

  3. ooh I gotta get my hands on this one too! I have read some amazing reviews about this story!

  4. This sounds really different from what I thought it would be about and it sounds like a spiN on the rest of the YA angel books out right now! Great review, Sharon!


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