Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

It’s not quite a 5 star, but it’s good book nonetheless.  It’s a lot of back and forth emotions but it’s got an interesting take on Nephilim, angels, and demons.

Title: Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1)

Author: Wendy Higgins

Publisher: Harper Teen

Summary (by Goodreads):

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?

First Sentences:

The newborn wailed as the midwife wrapped her in a receiving blanket and quickly handed her to Sister Ruth.  Even stooped with age, the oldest nun at the convent exuded a regal air as she shushed the tiny bundle, attempting to shield her from the sight of her mother’s last breaths.

My take:

Well…this book definitely had a new spin on the whole angels/demons/nephilim thing.  It’s not just angels that are procreating with humans, demons have started creating their own kids…let’s just start with that.  This is not the same old stuff…

Anna is a girl who is just about 16 and is a little … off.  She sees colors/auras around someone when they are feeling an emotion.  She’s been able to do this since she was little, but since she was adopted by Patti when she was younger…she doesn’t have the ability to ask her parents if it’s a genetic thing or if she’s actually crazy.

After going to a concert, Anna finds the first person that she’s ever been able to NOT “see” an emotion.  He just so happens to be extremely hott (“worth two T’s” as the author put it), named Kaidan, and he’s the drummer for the band at the concert.  She soon becomes obsessed with finding out who he is and in the process, figures out what she is as well.  Curiosity kills cats, kids….just remember that.

A couple conversations later, Anna soon finds out that BOTH of her parents weren’t human.  Her mother just so happened to be a guardian angel and her father…let’s put it this way.  What if you found out that your father was in prison, but that he was also a Duke.  Now, what he’s the Duke ooooooof…makes all the difference.  Say he was a demon and the Duke of substance abuse…see?  Makes ALL the difference.  Now his name isn’t John or Dave or Adam or even Carl…it’s Beliel.

Anna knows that Kaiden is no bueno, but lets him kiss her anyways.  He soon turns a cold shoulder on her and she’s devastated….so anytime her and her friends hang out….it’s awkward.

Anna has to figure out her life, how Kaiden fits in, and has to understand the new rules associated with her life.  Will she give into the evil that gnaws and tempts her daily or will she stay strong and be good?  What happens when she draws attention to herself and the Dukes start sniffing around and asking questions?

Again, it’s a good book…not quite a 5 star.  It was a lot of back and forth emotions but overall a decent read.  The way the author left the book…makes me want to figure out where they’re taking the story next.


(Totally lost fact that today is Memorial Day and went out shopping and let this get posted without finishing!  Agh!!)

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