Sunday, May 13, 2012

Book Review: Sweet Evil



Sweet Evil

by Wendy Higgins

Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Release date: 1st May, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 464 (paperback copy bought by me)

Summary from Goodreads:

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

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 will-power 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 By Alaiel Kreuz:

From the beginning when I found the blurb of the book in Goodreads I thought "Hey, this book looks totally awesome. I'm gonna have to read it!" And then I pre-ordered it right away. Reasons? Well, first we have the cover. Have you seen it?! Her red dress is gorgeous, she is a beauty all by herself but surrounded by that wicked forest and the cool shadow of that totally hot guy while the whole covers exudes this "embrace-me right-now-and-surrender" vibe is just too much.

Second reason: The blurb. Maybe this will sound weird but I've always being told I'm some sort of bad influence. Why? No clue. I mean, I'm the personification of cuteness and sweetness and all that... Yeah, right. I'm not fooling you, am I? Thanks to the first line of the summary I had an overwhelming desire to read this book about teenagers that had to be a bad influence in order to stay alive.

And then I finally got to read the book. True to be told I have mixed feelings. You see, Anna's personality at the beginning is just so... so... good (deep sigh). I know it's not bad to be good but then again, an utterly good person can get on your nerves, right? At least she did get on mine. But don't get me wrong, once you understand the deepness of her struggles the entire book develops a new layer of intrigue.

The way Anna interacts with the other sons and daughters of the Dukes make a huge difference in her life. Where once her only friend had being Jay (a human boy that is like a brother for her) now she had to learn to deal with the Twins, Marna and Ginger, daughters of the Duke of Adultery whose purpose was to break couples that truly loved each other; Blake, son of the Duke of Envy; Kopano, son of the Duke of Wrath, that has his own story and whom I like a lot; and finally Kaidan, son of the Duke of Lust, the target of Anna's affection.
All of them had to work for their fathers' cause. Or face the consequences; and let me tell you, we are talking of horrible consequences here.

Thanks to this new situation we see Anna fight and then embrace, somehow, her destiny. But how can see truly turn to evil when there's good inside of her?

Personal opinion:
Right now, if I could, I would love to read the second book. The way Wendy describes the scenes was superb, and this is a debut novel, people. During the first chapters I thought this book was going to be very suave, you know? But Wendy just blew my mind when some scenes were described with complete honesty making very easy to separate good from evil. Some paragraphs were a little too strong maybe but in the right amount. You will cringe but you won't cry; you will just understand what the characters are going through and that's a huge plus.

So yes, buy it and read it in one sit. You won't be disappointed.

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