Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins Review: Dukes of Hell influence their peers

August 23, 2012 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins Review: Dukes of Hell influence their peersSweet Evil by Anna Banks
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Published by HarperCollins on May 1, 2012
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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 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?

Sweet Evil is about a pure and innocent teen called Anna, who looks for the good in others and who helps people in any way she can. The only thing, is that she has powers with all five senses emphasised, and she can see people’s auras. One day, she meets a bad boy drummer called Kaiden who unveils an entire world that she didn’t know existed – it turns out he’s a Nephilim like her, and she delves into the world of Dukes, Nephilim, and Angels.

Sweet Evil holds a fascinating twist on the theme of Angels. Nephilim, who are the children of Angels and Demons, are tied to do their fathers’ (who are also the Dukes of Hell) bidding. The Dukes are centered around certain sins; Anna’s father, Belial, is the Duke of Substance Abuse and she feels particularly drawn to drugs and alcohol. This means that Anna must influence her peers towards that particular sin.

Although Anna seems to be really pure, innocent, and religious, she never appears to be prudish or too stereotypical. She’s up for a good time, which probably shows her naive nature more than anything. What I really enjoyed about Anna’s voice is that she just seems so real. Her concerns and her thoughts are not too shallow or whiny as other YA heroines may be.

I also liked how the story continued to evolve over a time period, it wasn’t just the typical predictable insta-love, happily ever after sort of deal. It’s things like that which keep you guessing throughout the story, and you’re always hanging on for more to see what happens. The story also converges into a climactic end, showing that there’s a point to it all.

Overall, I really enjoyed Sweet Evil and it’s probably one of the best YA titles I’ve read all year. I can’t wait for more!

Rating: 5 stars


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