Sweet Evil (The Sweet Evil Trilogy # 1) by Wendy Higgins Review

Name: Sweet Evil (The Sweet Evil Trilogy # 1)
Author: Wendy Higgins
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Format: Paperback Copy
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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?-Goodreads

My Review:
Oh, how I wanted to like this book so much, but Sweet Evil just fell flat for me. It was too predictable and it just had so much going on that I was so lost.

The overall premise of this book is awesome! I thought it was really interesting how the demons would have children (called nephilim) and their children would have to work for their parents which would be spreading the different sins (lust, envy, etc..) around the world. I wish the author focused more on that aspect, instead of the "insta love" romance. Yes, this book has insta love. Normally, I don't mind when characters fall in love so quickly, if the plot works, then I think it's fine. But for this book, it was just all wrong! I just could imagine Anna and Kaidan together, especially since I felt they knew nothing about each other! The worst part is that half the book Anna spends weeping over Kaidan, when they never really got together!

At first, I really liked the main character Anna. I thought it was cool that she could feel the emotions of other people, and she has to balance the angel part of her, and demon part. After falling for Kaidan, I just found it really hard for me to connect with Anna. Some of the things that she does later on in the book really bothered me and I just didn't really like her that much anymore. Now onto Kaidan. When we first meet him, I thought he would be great for Anna! I love stories that put the good girl and the bad boy together, but Kaidan just didn't work. Yes, he's British, which is a weakness of mine in books, but I just couldn't see the connection with him and Anna. I wish he would have fought for her, instead of giving up so easily.

Overall, Sweet Evil was a major disappointment for me. The overall premise was really great, but too many other details just made me not like this book. That being said, just because this book didn't work for me, it might work for you.

My Rating: Two out of Five Stars

9 comments:

Shortskie said...

Yeah, insta-love just kills a book for me. The whole deadly sin spreading idea sounds so cool though! I don't think I'm going to read this one though. Anything with insta-love is just a buzz kill. Thank you for the review!

Lynn K. said...

Thanks for the review! :)
Finally, a review that doesn't give Sweet Evil 4/5 stars! Obviously there are others around but most of the book blogs I follow LOVE the book and gave it glowing reviews...which probably contributed to the high expectations I had for this book. I was so let down.

I agree with all of the issues you mentioned. The premise was intriguing and the book started off great...then after Anna met Kaidan it all started going downhill. :/

Cindy said...

I'm sorry this one didn't work out for you :/ thanks for the honest review.

TheReadingPenguin said...

Oh, ick, isnta-love! That's so disappointing! Sorry to hear this fell flat for you. Great review!

Sarah (saz101) said...

Ooooh, Sarah! This sounds like such a dissapointment :(
So sorry, but it was stilla fabulous and fair review! ♥

Mrs. Jones said...

I have read the same thing MANY times!
Its likethe book COULD have been GREAT... but then wasnt!
So sad
great review though

Cass said...

Interesting. I was on the fence if I was gonna read this or not.. you may have swayed me away... :-\

Joie said...

The premise sounds pretty interesting--sorry it was a disappointment! I also hate insta-love relationships in YA books...

Kara x said...

Sorry you didn't enjoy. The 3rd book is worth this to me. I was a skeptic. I didn't know if it was worth buying Sweet Peril. The character development was really thought out, but I do agree that this was predictable at time. Thanks for the review!

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