Monday, 1 September 2014

Review: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)Sweet Reckoning

Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy
Pages: 379
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: 29th April 2014

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

It’s time. 

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

My feelings for this book are quite conflicted, in one instance I am pleased with the resolution but on the other hand I feel it was quite anti-climactic and I expected and wanted more.

In this instalment we are anticipating the Dukes attack, I was eager to see how it would all play out but I found a majority of the book was spent following Anna in her search for Nephilim allies. A lot of the plot was quite unpredictable and lacking in intensity which I feel was needed for the big finale and showdown which had been built up to this point.

The biggest surprise for me was the person who was sent to work against Anna – Kaidan Rowe. Kaidan was missing for the most part in book two but I am pleased he made a big presence in this book and showed how dedicated he was which I hadn’t felt previously; his relationship with Anna was kicked up a notch and we are given more smexy moments but there were also a few cheesy cringe-worthy moments too.

The Dukes/Nephilim moments were done well; the stakes were a lot higher in this book and in order for Anna to remain pure of heart there was no smex allowed at all so she could fill a prophecy allowing the Nephilim to be free of the dukes; I liked the overall concept but the whole ‘virgin’ aspect I think was way over emphasised.

I was waiting for the moment where Anna realised her full potential and seriously kicked some butt and there were a number of moments where I thought she’d come through but never truly shone. The added wow factor I feel was missing.

The book had a number of interesting moments but I wasn’t hooked on this one like the past books.

Overall, Sweet Reckoning is a satisfying conclusion to the Sweet trilogy but didn’t leave me feeling all gushy and wowed.

A companion novel told from Kaidan's POV will be released in 2015.


Wendy HigginsAbout the author: After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, I taught high school English until becoming a mommy. I've always had a heart for teens, and writing YA stories gives me the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal years before adulthood.
I live in Virginia with my husband, daughter, son and doggie Rue.


  1. Great review. I listed to this series on audio and really enjoyed it.

  2. Ugh, this was cheestastic sometimes. I rated this 3 stars too. I hated the 'sex is bad, you have to be married in order for sex to not be a sin' message it sent. I'm not a fan of marriages in YA books...

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  3. I'm happy to learn that this novel wrapped up the series nicely, although the lack of a wow factor is a definite strike against Sweet Reckoning. Anna seems like kind of a meh character to me, and I think that I might have problems connecting with her as a result. I won't rush to add this series to my shelves anytime soon.

  4. Well I do not know now. For some reason I read and enjoyed book one and than never picked up book two. With so many books on my tbr pile I may just skip the series. I am glad you enjoyed the ending.


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