Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 464 pages.
Sweet Evil is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.
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?
Anna Whitt always knew she was different. Being able to see and feel the moods and emotions of everyone around her made it pretty hard not to realize just how different she was.
But until the day she met Kaidan Rowe she thought she’d kept her abilities a secret. And yet he knew. With just one look it was as if he was able to see everything she’d been hiding her entire life.
And she wanted answers.
Even if being around him was dangerous. Even if she felt inexplicably drawn to him in a way she had never felt drawn toward anyone else.
And even if it meant losing her heart to someone who didn’t ask for it, didn’t want it and didn’t care if he broke it.
Because finding answers to questions she’d had her entire life seemed worth the risk of a broken heart.
But in her search for answers, the stakes will be raised and she’ll be forced to choose between good and evil. And this time it won’t be only her heart she could lose, but her life and the lives of those she loves.
Perfectly titled, Sweet Evil is exactly that. A deliciously wicked, sinfully good and all-consuming story that readers will devour every morsel of and still be hungry for more.
Author Wendy Higgins’ debut novel is absolutely riveting. The introduction is enticing. The story is intense and enthralling. And the characters are alluring, intriguing, lovable, despicable, maddening and totally unforgettable. They’re characters readers will want to know and want to know more of.
With every page, the author draws readers deeper into the world of good and evil that she created. A world where demons roam the earth masked in human form, using their offspring to do their bidding – spreading chaos, fear, hatred, lust, envy, violence.
And then there’s Anna. A girl who battles against the evil within. Choosing light over darkness. Good over evil. Right over wrong. Until the day she meets Kaidan Rowe and her entire world changes.
Always knowing that she was different, but never really knowing why, Anna hid her abilities from her best friend Jay and from Patti, the only mother she’d ever known. Keeping them in the dark made her feel at least somewhat normal, even if she knew she wasn’t.
Yet from the moment Kaidan set eyes on her, he somehow knew she was not like everyone else. He could see what others couldn’t. He could sense things about her that she didn’t even know about herself. And she was immediately drawn to him.
But learning the true nature of who she is and who he is comes at a price. She will be forced to choose sides. And if she chooses not to embrace her darker nature, she will not only be putting her own life in danger, but the lives of everyone she cares about. Including Kaidan.
Even at nearly five hundred pages, Sweet Evil is an easy one-sit-read. With a blistering pace, an intoxicating storyline, and a fascinating world the author built around her characters, this book will be impossible to put down. Even after the last word on the last page.
It’s addictive. It’s delectable. It’s dangerous. It’s sexy. It’s dark. It’s gorgeous. It’s unpredictable. It’s torturous. It’s pure, sweet evil.
Reviewer gives this book…
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.
On a personal note:
Sweet Evil was my most anticipated debut of 2012. From the moment I heard the title my expectations were high. When I read the description they were elevated to such a level that I started to get nervous that this book couldn’t possibly come close to what I hoped it would be. What I thought it should be. And what I needed it to be.
I was so worried that I overhyped this book. But once again I worried for nothing. This book blew me out of the water. So much so that it totally destroyed my ability to read the next book on my pile. I just had to go back and re-read it. So I did.
And it was every bit as good and torturous and twisty-turny and exciting as the first time.
Flawed? No way. Hot? Yes. Definitely yes. Sexy? Oh you bet it is. This book totally lives up to its name. It is all sorts of wicked deliciousness.
Before I even cracked the spine I knew I’d love Kaidan Rowe. He was everything I expected him to be – the dangerous, sexy, conflicted bad boy. But he was also way hotter than I’d imagined him to be. And he was a musician. And on occasion he was even reluctantly good.
I had no idea who his father was or what would be required of him. And I was totally surprised that I still loved him even after I knew who he was and what he did. And I was even more shocked that in spite of it all I still thought he’d be perfect for Anna.
I was also surprised at just how much I adored Anna. I actually loved how good she was. I didn’t expect to. But she wasn’t condescending or preachy. She was understanding and kind and patient. She wasn’t judgmental. At all. And she was just so perfect for Kaidan.
I knew this story would be about good and evil. But I never thought I’d be as enchanted by the evil as I was in this book. The level of detail the author built into her demonic characters, even the ones who didn’t take center stage, made them completely captivating. I was transfixed. From their names, to their purpose, to their treatment of their progeny, to their total lack of humanity, I found them utterly fascinating and disturbing and strangely appealing.
Just getting a glimpse at that world made me want to know more about them and the Nephilim who either embraced their jobs or despised what they did for their fathers.
These demons were truly demonic. The things they did and made their children do were bad, bad things. There was no sugar-coating on it. The author didn’t “nice” this up to be less brutal. And it made me love this so much more because of that.
I actually loved everything about this book. Especially the jealous and moody Kaidan parts. But I even loved the parts that made my heart ache and made my insides get all twisted up in knots.
And if I were to actually list every single thing I loved about this book, I’d just be reprinting the entire book here in my review. I loved it that much. Every little bit of it. Every word. Every moment. Every. Single. Thing. Except…
…The fact that it had to end. But you know what they say about all good things….
So, yes, Sweet Evil totally blew my mind. Twice. Would I recommend it to anyone? I’d recommend it to everyone. Would I read it again? I’d read it again and again and again and again. It is totally sweet. It is absolutely evil. And it’s the perfect mix of both.
There were way too many perfectly swoon-worthy passages to just choose one. So, I decided to share a favorite passage that made me grin evilly instead:
“I assure you she’ll be in good hands.”
“Mm-hm, that’s part of what I’m worried about.” She pointed at his hands. “Hands off, mister.”
His eyes widened, and so did mine.
“Patti!” I said.
She crossed her arms, fierce and serious. We both shrank back a fraction.
“Bring her back to me safely, with her virtue intact.”
I closed my eyes. Someone kill me now.
This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher, HarperTeen, in exchange for my honest review.