Saturday, 21 July 2012

#133 Book Review: Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Author: Wendy Higgins
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy: Fishpond | Booktopia | Dymocks
More Info: Goodreads
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
Cover:
AMAZING! The models in the cover are similar to how I imagined Anna and Kaidan look like! The girl's red dress is so pretty and I love the foggy effect in the cover.

Story:

What is sweet can also be evil...
  
From the moment I saw the cover, I knew I had to read Sweet Evil. I have always been a big fan of book about angels and knowing that Sweet Evil is about angels convinced me that I need to read this book! And boy oh boy was the book a sweet and evil read at the same time.

Angels are common in YA novels. So is Sweet Evil any different? Oh yes, I can tell you that. The concept of angels  in this book is different and quite unique. A fallen angel woman will always die if she gives birth to a child and fallen angels have different jobs of tempting others to sin. The story plot is great, although it was quite predictable. I love the concept of the difficulty of resisting temptation. The romance was absolutely amazing! It was steamy, and I just can't get enough. The ending was okay and I definitely did not see it coming. It made me feel a little annoyed but I still can't wait for the sequel!


Characters:
Unfortunately, I was not able to connect with Anna. Throughout the book, I was often frustrated with her actions. I liked Anna in the beginning and understood her pull towards being a 'bad' girl instead a 'good' girl. When she met Kaidan Rowe, I still understood her attraction towards him. When Kaidan rejected her, she always kept trying hard to make him like her and I was annoyed with that. Kaidan's rejections were not only once, but several times and Anna still tried to convince Kaidan that they both can have a relationship. She did try to ignore her feelings for Kaidan but it was only once or twice before she decided to try and convince Kaidan again. While persistence is sometimes good, I don't think it's good in Anna's case. Although, I do think Anna is still a great character overall.


Kaidan Rowe, you bloody amazing guy! I never thought in a million years that you have a British accent. That's a total win for me! I love how you are a drummer and even though I was sometimes annoyed with how you tempt Anna and then reject her, I still love you!

I did enjoy reading about the other fallen angels in the book, particularly Anna and Kaidan's father. Patti, Anna's adoptive mother was lovely and was really protective of Anna.



Overall:
Can you resist the temptation to evil? Sweet Evil is a great addition to the world of paranormal with a new and different concept of angels. Even though I didn't quite liked Anna, I loved Kaidan and the story plot was enjoyable. Kaidan is the boy your daddy warned you about, and I'm warning you to be prepared to swoon for him!
4 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Sweet Evil!
Thank you Harper Collins Australia for the review copy!

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26 comments:

  1. OMGOMGOMG CELINEEEEE! YOUR REVIEW IS SPOT-ON! Annaaa really annoyed as well - well...actually I didn't really like her in the beginningg either..and the fact that she "couldn't live without Kaidan" pissed me off too. But I guess I liked her better after that "bar scene"! KAIDANNNNNNN!heheheeeee I LOVE HIM TOOOO! Well..him rejecting Anna was for her own good, I guess? :/ But ahh welll...I WANT THE NEXT BOOK! Anywayyyyy FABULOUS review Celineeee! Glad you enjoyed it!<3

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  2. I think the cover was based more on the summary than on the story itself. I pictured Anna as skinnier than the girl on the cover, and also the hair!! Well, you've read my review of this and our thoughts are almost the same. Almost. I think Anna's my most disliked character of the year (so far). I also hate, hate, hate how she's so obsessed with Kaidan! *shakes head*

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  3. Yes, I agree! Anna frustrated for multiple reasons. It's been a while since I've read the book but it's probably for the same reasons that you expressed. Glad you loved Kaidan though <3 Very curious about where the sequel will take us! Great review :)

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  4. Wonderful review Celine. Although I'm not sure I'd like this if Anna is not a very likeable character. Kaiden sounds delicious though!:)

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  5. Celine, I completely overlooked this book for awhile (in spite o the gorgeous cover) but now, I really have a craving to read this after your fabulous review. :) And Kaidan has a British accent?? *swoons*

    Thank you for sharing! <3

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  6. KAAAIIIDAN!!! OMG Celine!! Awesome review. I've been meaning to read Sweet Evil for such a long time now, and your review is making me go crazy for it. I want to know more about Kaidan and even annoying Anna!! :P And I have a thing for Fallen Angels, so this seems just like my kinda book... Lovely review, as always, Celine. <33 I'm totally adding you to my blog list. I LOVE you and your blog, chicky!!! :')

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  7. Aw, sorry you had trouble connecting to Anna. I've read a few reviews saying the same thing so you're definitely not alone! Glad you did enjoy the book overall though, and Kaidan! He sounds awesome :P. Thanks for the great review. Also, I've been meaning to say this for aaages and somehow manage to forget every time I comment, but I really love your blog's background design! It's awesome :).

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  8. I definitely think this book is really steamy! I mean look at that cover! I don't think I'm really prepared to meet Kaidan but I'm really excited to read and discover Sweet Evil for myself. I love, love, love your review, Celine! :D

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  9. I had a lot of issues with Anna too, so I never really connected with her as well. She was a little too whiny for my liking. I loved the concept of the book too. It was pretty interesting.
    Great review, Celine. :)

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  10. Wait, Kaidan is a drummer? How did I not take this in before?! :D I'm really looking forward to this book. It's currently sitting on my shelf so I hope I can pick it up soon. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Celine! fantastic review! :)

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  11. Thats too bad that you couldn't connect with Anna but I have heard that Kaidan is the real star in the book and he is certainly one of the reasons I am dying to read it.

    I love the cover too :)

    Thanks for the great review!

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  12. It's a shame that you couldn't connect with Anna, but I believe that Kaidan stole the show ;) so that will make it up to me. I also like the fact that the use of Angels is original: it seems like Angels and mermaids are the new vampires an werewolves. You don't hear me complaining, since I love them all ^^

    A review filled with awesomeness ^^

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  13. I have been lusting over this book for months and haven't had a chance to read it yet. I am sorry to hear that Anna was not the best but who cares when you have a smoking hot Kaiden right,? Yes, the cover is awesome!

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  14. Weeee!!! I'm so excited that you love this book, Celine! I've read tons of reviews of this book, but yours totally convince me to give this book a go! x) Oh my, Kaidan is a drummer? Yay! And he's hot and cold guy? I might be a bit annoyed with that part, but hopefully I'll be able to look past that! ;)

    Amazing review, Celine! Angel may be the new vampires in YA, but I'm glad this book stands out! x)

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  15. I've seen this book popping up everywhere recently but wasn't too sure as my reading experience with paranormal reads has been all over the place. But this looks like it provides such an awesome take on angels, it certainly has me intrigued about checking it out! Lovely review Celine :)

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  16. I can totally understand why you didn't feel much for Anna, I think she would have annoyed me too! But, the rest of the book sounds interesting!

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  17. Man, I keep seeing this book everywhere. So many people read it and it seems like everyone has kinda mixed feelings for it.

    Im glad you enjoyed it!

    I will probably read it eventually, I just have SO many books to read right now.

    Anyways, this is a great review!

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  18. Fabulous review! I was just searching for a good review on this book! I like the appeal of angels and it's great that this one's gone for a different approach for fallen angels...very intriguing! and haha! always complete the mix with a darn amazing guy! <3

    Thanks for a great review!
    and your blog's so pretty *o*
    Vivi's a new follower!!! <3

    Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian

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  19. Great review! I loved Sweet Evil and found Anna's innocence a little irritating at first but it actually grew on me. I can't really see her being not innocent. And Kaidan is so sexy! He really did make this book a million times more enjoyable.

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  20. AAAAAAAAAAA CELINE! I SO SO SO SO WANT TO READ THIS ONE!
    It's a shame you didn't really *connect* with Anna, but that you loved the book so much despite that? WIN! Also: Kaiden. Me likey the sounds of :D

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  21. CELINEEEEEEEE! Hi :) Fantastic review!! I started reading this a few months ago, but didn't end up finishing it. I wasn't really connecting with Anna either, so it's sad to hear she didn't strike a cord with throughout the rest of the book. I am really interested in learning about the angel mythology though, I LOVE angel books and Wendy's take on them sounds realy unique. Glad you enjoyed this!

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  22. KYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! KAIDAN MY LOOOOOOOOVE!! I never thoght he wouls have that gorgeous, sexy and irresistible British accent and it totally did it for m too!! kyaaaaaaaaa!!!! XDDDDDDDDD
    Oh Dear! excellent review! Im so happy you love this enjoyed this book too!!
    Hopefully Harper Collins will soon take action and buy the sequel. SO far they havent and we (fans of Kaidan) have been very worry about this issue T_T... sniff. SO cross fingers and hopefully we will have good news soon :)

    XOXO

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  23. I actually liked Kaidan and Anna but everything else felt almost superfluous, I guess because it wasn't all that unique plotwise. Still, I enjoyed the book for all the steamy scenes especially.

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  24. Sorry to hear you didn't connect with Anna that much. I picked this one up a couple months ago, read a few pages and then put it down. That's what happens when you try and juggle books.... Glad to hear you still enjoyed Sweet Evil despite Anna and connecting with her. Kaidan has a British accent? Really? YES PLEASE. Hopefully I'll be picking this one up again soon. Great review :)

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