Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life 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.
A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
There are very few books out there that make me want to run around and jump up and down about, but SWEET EVIL happens to be one of those few. Higgins has created a completely unique and fascinating world that I didn’t want to leave, even when I had gotten to the last page. The writing is gorgeous and the characters crafted so perfectly to their roles. I am praying that there will be more of this world because I don’t know how I would be able to cope without more Kai and Anna!
Anna is quite the young woman. She isn’t your typical completely goody-goody heroine that you are used to in YA. Sure, she is religious and tries to stay on the good path, but there is a dark side to her that is just dying to give into temptation and sin. I was right alongside Anna on her crazy journey of self-discovery and I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome at the end of the novel. That isn’t to say that she can’t grow even more in a second or third or fourth book….
Of course, I couldn’t get through this review without mentioning Kai. Yeah, he’s got that bad boy quality that come up quite often in the YA genre, but there’s just something so irresistibly unique about him that sets him apart from all the other guys. He has this magnetic pull that no one can resist and I knew from the beginning that Anna was in for one heck of a ride with him. He is all that and a bag of chips with a huge load of baggage that makes him more tempting. You won’t be able to keep yourself from swooning over him, I promise you.
More than Kai and Anna, there is the actual world and storyline. It is so intriguing and deliciously complex that you can’t help but get involved in it all. While I couldn’t help but wish that I was in Anna’s shoes because of Kai, I think all the other stuff she has to deal with would scare me off. There is so much to take in, yet Higgins does it all at the right pace, throwing little reminders in here and there when needed. There were no flaws whatsoever.
I don’t have a single bad thing to say about SWEET EVIL, except maybe that I’m mad that I can’t have more! Let’s hope that Higgins will bring her characters back for more adventures in the future, because I know that they will be just as entertaining as the ones in SWEET EVIL.