Sunday, December 30, 2012

One Heaven Sent Series: SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil (Sweet Evil Trilogy#1)By Wendy Higgins

5 stars
Published 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?

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Perfection. Gripping. Moving. Fan-flipping-tactic. Honestly, this makes my all time top three list.

The characters are very well developed and the plot lines are polished and exacting. I want to gush like a tween school girl about her first crush. First: Kai. Enough said right there. Moving on... ;) This author invented a world that was both inventive and creative yet completely believable. Sweet Evil is one of the best books out there and definitely the best angel based mythology book as well.

Anna takes us through various aspects of her life, but its interwoven perfectly with no hiccups or awkward crossovers. Her life issues are relatable and real. I loved how we see her develop so much through the course of the book. Kai is an enigma and left me wanting a lot more. I hope we get to hear a lot more of him in book two. There was a large ensemble cast that hints at being in a greater spotlight next go round.

Anyone who has dealt with loss should really connect with Sweet Evil. Anna's pain was credible and honest, not the usual over the top drama queen monologues that flood the YA scene. Readers can really empathize with her thoughts and emotions.

Every aspect of this book made me fall passionately in love with this series. The plots, characters, writing style, pacing, flow and emotional tone had perfect pitch. If this book was a choir it would be an angelic one (sorry, couldn't help myself there). The ending was not a nail biting cliff hanger. However, there were so many loose ends and questions in the conclusion that I am pacing the floor waiting for the sequel.

Another aspect that I liked was how the good vs evil / angels and demons mythology was handled. As a Christian, I read the Bible for information on angels and demons and I felt this one was much more Biblically based than most. It sounded very real, simple and down-to-earth. Some mythologies are so complicated that they end up contradicting themselves. That this one is so cleanly developed should be good news to anyone who wants to read a solid novel, regardless of their beliefs. The demonic hierarchy was fascinating. It was incredible painful to read the treatment the Nephs had to endure. The angelic interventions made for heart pacing reading.

If you haven't read Sweet Evil you need to drop what you are doing and download it or run to the store immediately! You will fall madly in love with the characters and be craving the next book!

I caution young readers, there is some language and mild sexual references. I recommend for ages 17+.