Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

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?  -

Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow!!  OMG, OMG, OMG!!!  This is, hands down, one of the best books I've read in a while... which says a lot, because I feel like I've been on a great book kick lately and I have literally loved just about everything I've read lately.  But this book just knocked my socks off.  What a debut!!  I can't believe a first time author wrote this, but then I guess I shouldn't be surprised by some of the awesome writing talent out there.

Wendy Higgins has managed to create a book here that not only entertains and keeps you on the edge of your seat, but really makes you think.  The first sentence of the summary says it all: "What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences?"  Yeah, what if?  Can you imagine what it would be like if this was your daughter and she found out she was part demon, part angel, and she lived in a world where others like her were forced to "work" each night promoting the seven deadly sins?

Seeing into the "behind the scenes" struggle between good and evil was amazing, a struggle that goes on right over your shoulder each day as good and evil representatives battle unseen for your thoughts and how you will look at the world, and whether you'll envy your friend's new dress, or lust for someone else's boyfriend.  It really made you stop and think.

The characters in this story were so interesting.  Jay was not just the obligatory guy best friend.  There was something so special about him, and how he loves and cares for Anna without any romantic interest at all was so sweet and endearing. 

I loved Anna... and not because she was perfect.  She has weaknesses, and they're bad ones.  She works hard to stifle them and to do good things instead.  There's innocence about her, but also a worldliness that was somewhat sad.  Her influence on Kaiden was so sweet, especially considering his character!  He was one of those characters you just had to love, despite the fact that they do bad things.  Then again, one could argue that he can't help the things he has to do.  He was strong, sexy, hot, but he had a heart too, even thought he's not supposed to.  I found myself really cheering these two on.  Their scenes together are sexy, and the tension between them was intoxicating where you just couldn't stand it!

Quite a few other characters are introduced, but I don't really feel like I can say much more without giving away too much for those who haven't read the book.  This is the type of book that you just need to discover for yourself.  It was brilliant, beautifully written, fast-paced and just a whole lot of awesome!!  It packed an emotional punch that just left me breathless.  Instant Wendy Higgins fan here!  I can't wait for book two.  This book was amazing!


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