Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil
by: Wendy Higgins

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young adult

Okay, I have been excited to write about this one. I absolutely loved this book. As far as what it's about, I'm just going to copy from Amazon first: "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?"

So, as a Christian, my first thought was to wonder what route they would go with this and if I would really be on board. I was nervous, but the book kept popping up on my Amazon & Goodreads recommendations, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It is so good!! It does feature the angels & demons, but the way it does it and the way she dives into the background of the demons and the way they interact with the world is just so well done. It reminded me a lot of The Screwtape Letters and it made me have so many thoughts and questions that I found myself talking to my husband about temptation and sin and all these topics that it brought up in my mind. But at the same time, it has this great love story and this idea of fighting our inner darkness. They obviously do it with Nephilim, who are the children of humans and demons, but it begs this question of whether or not they are doomed because they didn't choose to be the children of demons or if they could have salvation. It's something I am looking forward to read about in the next 2 books in the series. I'll let you know how I feel about those when I read them.

Things I liked:
Kaiden Rowe!! First of all, I'm annoyed with the fact that it is apparently pronounced "Kai-den" like "Thai" because I was pronouncing it wrong through the whole thing. Oh well. But I loved him. I loved that he was struggling more than he wanted to admit with who he was and what he had to do.

I love a good road trip storyline in a book and putting Anna and Kaiden in a car for several days on a road trip was just awesome. The tension was great.

I do like the idea of the love triangle with Kaiden & Anna & Kopano. Kaiden is my favorite, but I thought Kopano seemed like a great guy too.

I just really enjoyed reading about the demon hierarchy and seeing how they interact with people. I also loved the angels, but I can't say much about that without giving away some stuff.

Things I didn't:
Honestly I loved the whole thing. All of it. I couldn't wait to pick up the second & third in the series.

Overall: I feel like this is going to be my new favorite series.

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