Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

SYNOPSIS

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 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

I read Sweet Evil for the first time back in 2012 shortly after it was released. There was 14 year old me browsing the YA books at my local library when I came across a book with a gorgeous red dress guy and a dress. I read it quickly, enthralled by this story of two opposites coming together and forming such a powerful bond that even their differences couldn’t keep them apart. 
I finished the book and took it back to the library and that was that. Except it wasn’t. A year or so after that I was browsing the YA section at my local Chapters when I saw it. Only now there were two of them, which very importantly meant one thing. MORE KAIDAN ROWE. So obviously I bought both, reread Sweet Evil, and then tore through Sweet Peril. Of course after that I still needed more. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out about the existence of a third book. THAT’S RIGHT. EVEN. MORE. KAIDAN. FREAKING. ROWE. Bless you, Wendy Higgins. 
On a deeper level, the story of Anna and Kaidan – and our shared love of reading – is what brought my best friend and I together, so that’s pretty amazing.
In the last several days I read Sweet Evil again, for the third time now, in anticipation for the September 8th release of Sweet Temptation! Delving inside the mind of Kaidan Rowe is something I am eagerly  impatiently awaiting. 
Now that I’ve read Sweet Evil three times now I figured it was about time to write a formal review. 
When I was introduced to our main character, Anna, I knew I was nothing like her. She was so… pure, I sort of didn’t buy it. I mean, of course there is a reason is she such a genuinely good person, hello her mother was an angel. 
It isn’t until she meets “the alluring Kaidan Rowe” (I get giddy just typing his name) that she really became aware of the bad/evil in the world around her. He opens her eyes to reality, a sad one, which forces her to adapt. This was a perfect opportunity for character development and growth and I was pleased to watch as Anna’s character did change and grow with the new things she was learning.
I think her best friend, Jay was a good character to keep her connected to her human world (Patti was, too) even as she was pulled further and further into the world of the Dukes and Nephilim. He was such a light-hearted and positive aspect of her life that I think was very important to the story. And let’s be real, without Jay Anna never would have gone to the Lascivious concert in the beginning where she met Kaidan.
Anna’s inner monologue made me feel like I was thoroughly a part of the story, and it helped me to connect to her on another level. And it made me laugh a lot, so bonus points for that!
While the basic premise of the romance between Anna and Kai was fairly flat in the first book – naive girl falls for bad boy and is told to stay away because he isn’t good, I knew it had room to develop, and I saw that when I read the other two books in the series. He was there for her when it really mattered and that’s how I could tell; it didn’t matter how much each of them fought it, they wanted each other, and it was beautiful.
Just because the basics of their romance was simple, doesn’t mean that it wasn’t HOTT. Because, yeah, it definitely was. The extra ‘T‘ is necessary. Kaidan knows Anna has zero experience with anything, and he, being the son of the Duke of Lust pretty much knows it all. This made for some very… interesting scenes. *ahem* the hotel scene… (no spoilers).
The contrast between Anna’s good nature and then fast-forward to the repulsive words and actions of  the Dukes at the summit was shocking. I felt what Anna was feeling as I read those pages, and it really put into perspective what the Nephs were forced to endure. It made me respect their characters so much more.
Sweet Evil was all I could have hoped it to be. I enjoyed it the first time, and both times after that, too. It is a story that I know I will keep with me and read over and over without tiring of these characters I’ve connected with so deeply.
I gave Sweet Evil five stars and would recommend it to anyone with a love of epic romance and wicked accents. (#isighforkai) Also, just anyone in general. Read it.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford.
Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the
ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood.

 
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