Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: May 1, 2012

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? ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Right from the get go Sweet Evil  by Wendy Higgins had me on the edge of my seat. It's been awhile since I've had that "Oh my god! What's gonna happen next? I can't wait for more!" feeling. Especially right from page one, but Sweet Evil was so fantastic I couldn't not read late into the night. I didn't want to put the book down.

Sweet Evil was definitely not what I was expecting. It's like, if The Mortal Instruments and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour had a really hot baby, that baby would be Sweet Evil. It's got all the elements of a truly entertaining read. A strong heroine who doesn't know who she really is, a sexy, sexy bad boy love interest, and an edgy and unique twist on angels and demons.

I loved the mythology Higgins built in Sweet Evil. The idea of certain demons being allowed to take possession of human bodies to cause destruction in the human world isn't exactly new, but the way Higgins writes it is original and very entertaining. It's also pretty scary. I think this was my favorite use of Nephilim in a story ever. I loved their history and their roles in demon society. I felt really bad for the Nephilim too (or at least some of them anyway).

Anna and Kaidan's relationship was sizzling, right from their very first encounter. Anna is the ultimate good girl, while Kaidan acts like the ultimate bad boy. I feel like throughout this series those roles might waver a little bit. They're both really amazing characters, whether they are together or apart. Anna does get a little stalker-ish from time to time, but it was done in a very realistic way. I imagine more than one girl will look at Anna's behavior and cringe knowing that they acted similar at one time or another. (Hot boys tend to bring out the wacky in us!) And poor Kaidan. You'd think a rock star half-demon would love having a job like "lust" (basically sleeping with different girls every night), but watching Kai struggle with his job and his feelings for Anna is painful. I love me a good forbidden love story and Sweet Evil definitely delivers on that front.

While their relationship is a big part of the story, it's also about Anna learning her lot in life. Her situation is difficult and pretty unbelievable and I probably wouldn't handle it with half as much grace as Anna does. I thought she was a very relatable character and I can only imagine how awesome she'll be as she grows throughout the series.

Sweet Evil was an all around fantastic read that I urge everyone to read. It's a must read for fans of Cassandra Clare. It will hook you from the very first page and not let you go until the very last. And oh that ending! You will be a total wreck until the sequel, Sweet Hope, comes out. Or, at least, I will be!

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And be sure to check out our guest post by Wendy Higgins HERE. She's talking about her Top 5 Favorite Fictional Crushes! And you can follow the other Sweet Evil Tour blogs HERE for more chances to win awesome prizes!

For more about Sweet Evil check out these sites!

Amazon • B&N • Book Depository • Goodreads


  1. Love your review! The book wasn't what I was expecting either. I was pleasantly surprised.

  2. I thought she was a very relatable character and I can only imagine how awesome she'll be as she grows throughout the series.

    THIS. Just this. I love that sentence right there because I feel the same way about Anna. I think she already grew so much in SE and I can't wait to see more of her and Kai!


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