Published by HarperCollins on May 1st 2012
Genres: General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Other, Paranormal, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
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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?
Wendy Higgins’ Sweet Evil is about a young, naive girl named Anna, who is the daughter of an Angel and a Demon. For most of her life she’s known she was different from other people, but lived in ignorance about her parentage until one day when she meets a hot, lusty drummer named Kaidan. Drawn towards him despite the nagging voice in her head telling her to stay away, Anna soon learns the truth about her past, and what it all means. None of it, is good.
I really enjoyed Anna’s coming-of-age drama against the backdrop of angels and demons fighting their epic battle. She’s smart, sweet, and naive, but the circumstances surrounding her birth keep her naivete from being annoying. I also love Kaidan. He’s the ultimate bad boy with heart of gold. Ok, maybe not gold, but there’s more to him then meets the eye. The other Nephilim Anna meets along the way are also great characters, and I can’t wait to learn more about them. This book mainly focused on Anna, her family, Kaidan, and her human best friend, Jay.
Another aspect of the story I loved was how the demons use their children to do their bidding. It’s very dark, considering how Kaidan and the twins (Marna and Ginger) essentially get pimped out by their dear old dads, but this factor ups the ante in the danger that threatens Anna, besides setting up an epic conclusion.
I didn’t like how Higgins tried to turn Anna and Kaidan’s relationship into a triangle with nephilim Kopano. From the beginning it was obvious that Kaidan would be the only one for Anna, so this aspect of the story seemed added for extra, unnecessary drama. Kaidan’s push and pull with Anna does enough to cause drama between them. Another suitor who doesn’t stand a chance in hell adds nothing to the story. In fact, all it does it make Anna seem like a glutton for punishment. Kaidan sometimes treats her really badly, and yet she remains enthralled with him. Maybe it has to do with her addictive personality, which she inherited from her father.
Even though I’m really enjoying this series, it kind of feels “been there, done that.” Basically, it reads as if Jennifer L. Armentrout’s LUX Series and Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series had a baby, and Sweet Evil was the result. Was this series really needed? Not really, but it’s still hard to put down, full of action and angst. Just what every YA paranormal romance needs.
Do I Recommend?
Surprisingly, yes! If you enjoyed reading the two aforementioned series, then you’ll definitely love Wendy Higgins Sweet Evil. It’s not wholly original, but that’s part of its charm. Higgins sucks you in from the very first page, and hasn’t let up yet. A great, fast, easy read!