Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins | Book Review

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“We have to face difficulties to find out what our true strengths are. How we come back from failure is a very valuable test.”

Wendy Higgins, Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil (Sweet, #1) by Wendy HigginsTitle: Sweet Evil
Series: Sweet, #1
Author: Wendy Higgins
Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA fantasy, romance
Pages: 464
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Goodreads page

This review is spoiler-free!

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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?

[ This synopsis was taken directly from Goodreads. ]

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Thoughts

I originally DNF-ed (did not finish) this book back in 2015. However, my taste and preferences in YA books have changed since then, so I decided that I wanted to give Sweet Evil another shot. For one, I managed to actually finish this book this time instead of quitting in the middle. That’s a plus. I know I’m eight years late to the party (this book was published in 2012!), but I’m glad I showed up.

I’m going to be upfront with you guys. This book felt very average, hence the three star rating. It was not the best thing I’ve read in the world, but it wasn’t horrible either. I’m glad I read it, but I don’t think I’ll be coming back for more. All I felt towards the characters was indifference. I didn’t hate them. I didn’t love them. I couldn’t really relate to them, either. That’s part of the reason why I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of this series. It didn’t speak to me as a reader, and I’d rather spend my limited free time reading what I like rather than forcing myself to finish a series for the sake of finishing a series.

Another reason why I don’t feel like reading the sequel is because the ending felt more like a standalone ending. Generally, the first book of a series ends with a conclusion that makes readers ask “what’s going to happen next?” It makes them want to read the next book in the series. Sure, there were some things that were left unanswered in Sweet Evil that I’m sure will be addressed in the later books, but because it was touched up on so little in the story, I don’t feel super invested in finding out what happens next.

I thought the romance between Anna and Kaiden would enhance the story, but it didn’t. Although both are attracted to each other, Kaiden insists that their kind can’t be together. He never goes into the WHY of it, though, which was really confusing. I wish the author went more into detail about it, but for now we’re left with more questions than answers.

This is not a good or bad thing, but one thing I noticed that has been phased out of YA books a couple years ago is chapter titles. Nowadays, YA book chapters are just labeled with a number or who’s perspective the chapter is in. Seeing the chapter titles was definitely a throwback. Do I want authors to bring them back? No. Did I feel super nostalgic with that small detail because it’s a blast from the past? Of course!

Overall, Sweet Evil was an okay story. It had it’s flaws, but they weren’t so bad that I didn’t enjoy my reading experience. Like I said in the beginning, it’s a very average book that you can’t go wrong with.

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Characters

Anna
The duality between her two conflicting natures is an interesting concept.

Kaiden
Has “she calls me daddy too” vibes but has a heart of gold.

Patti
Patti is a queen!

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Conclusion

I give Sweet Evil 3 out of 5 stars! It was an okay story.

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Until next time….

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