Sunday, September 16, 2012

Book Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publishing Date: May 1st 2012
Length: 453 pages
Keywords: YA, fiction, romance, fantasy, sins, demons, angels
Source: Bought

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?

Summary by Goodreads 

SWET EVIL is so forbiddingly well written that I can't imagine anyone ever setting this book aside for more than a few minutes after starting it. Well, I needed to for bathroom and kitchen breaks, but believe me, I would have read straight on from beginning to end if that was possible.

Anna is one heroine I could almost 100 % identify with. A very rare occurance. She's the good girl, shy and very emotional about everything.  
That Anna is one of a kind adds thrill and curiosity to the story. She is angel and demon all at once. Having an angelic mother and a demonic father. Everything's new to her and she has yet to find her destiny and place in life. How evil does she have to be to survive the Dukes constant supervision and how much evil might kill the goodness that makes her the person she is?

Kaidan, our male protagonist, is pure dynamite. Erasing every other book boy from my dreams. Well, as the son of Pharzuph he knows how it's done. Ladies, get ready to be expertly seduced! Kaidan Rowe is attractive, sexy and even if he would never admit it, he has a heart and is very capable of using his brain and not only..yeah, you know.

The contrast between Anna and Kaidan is enormous at first look. He is the bad boy, having to have as much sex as possible to please his demonic father of lust. Anna is the angelic good girl. You'll see them being together is an explosive combination. Anna will be tested and also Kaidan has to face who he really is.
I like how much Wendy Higgins extracts from her characters and gifts to us readers. Her characters are made of awesome!

There was one teeny tiny thing that bugged me though. Wendy Higgings incorporated a few German sentences, which I really appreciate. More foreign languages in YA English books, please! But somehow the phrase got mixed up and wasn't translated correctly. I guess it just slipped through the edits.

What would SWEET EVIL be wihout the big evil? Wendy Higgins spins a story of sins and acts of kindness. Goodness battleling evil. So there's no way round meeting the various Dukes of sin and all the bad in the world. Quite entertaining I say. Expect to read a lot about inappropriate behaviour, much cussing, cheating, sleeping around etc. 
There's a list of the Dukes and their offspring at the end of the book, so don't worry if you can't remember all the names and attributes after their first mention.

Up until a few days ago Wendy Higgins hadn't been sure if there would be another book in the SWEET EVIL series. The news: Harper signed her for a trilogy. So there will be two more books after SWEET EVIL!! I can hardly contain my excitement.

1) of the will to sacrifice
2) what happens on road trips...
3) of the sweetest angelic heroine
4) of temptations one simply cannot resist
5) of a bond of sizzling hotness extraordinare

5/5 ***** SWEET EVIL – A seductively delicious treat!

This book was so much more than I'd hoped it would be. Kaidan and Anna's connection is sizzling hot. The entire cast is so brazenly charismatic and wonderful. The challenge to ever get that book out of my mind is on! It's a real joy for sinners and a dare for saints! SWEET EVIL makes you want to be both!

* Read an extract of SWEET EVIL here

* Watch the book trailer

* Here's the SWEET EVIL playlist. 

* Want to meet Wendy? Check out her event schedule

* Want to read the first chapter from Kaidan's point of view? Click here

* For further information about Wendy and her books visit


  1. YEAH!!!!!! I love and ADORE Sweet Evil and Wendy!
    And OMG yes, those German sentences made me cringe.. I also wrote Wendy about this and it's a little sad it slipped through the edits. But, not so many people will actually catch this..

    Despite this, how can we not love Kaidan! He was the epitome of hottness and I loved him senselessly!

    I cannot freaking wait for the sequel! *sigh* more Kai ..

  2. Wow better than every book boy? I have to move this up the reading list! I also agree with you about the language thing. I love it but it has to be done right. Great review!

  3. I'm soooo happy you enjoyed SWEET EVIL as much as I do. I'm now dying for the sequels and cannot wait to see what will happen now! Just loved, loved, loved SWEET EVIL.

    And yes, I remember that German sentence - the only (and very, very tiny) part I did not like so much. :D

    Wonderful review, my dear!

  4. YESSSSSSSSS!!!! I loved this book so much!!! It just floored me, I really wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did, but it was all dark and gorgeous and I'm dying of happiness that Harper finally signed on for the trilogy. Beautiful review!!!!!

  5. i heard so much bad things about this book, that i wasnt interested anymore, but this sounds really good...maybe i should check it out :D

  6. It seems like everybody has loved this book! I really need to read it soon and meet this Kaidan. ;) Brilliant review!

  7. I haven't read Sweet Evil either but now i really need to. It sounds awesome!

    Sangita @ Whisper of Reads.

  8. I've heard so many good things about this one. I really need to read it soon. Kaidan sounds SO HOT!!