04 June 2012

Review: Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Paperback: 454 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen

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?

With an interesting new twist, Sweet Evil surprises even the biggest fans of paranormal novels. With an unpredictable plot and interesting characters, Higgins certainly keep us readers captivated. The slow beginning quickly turns surprisingly into a fast-paced novel which was almost too hard to put down!

The plot was refreshing, even though the theme is mostly overused in the YA genre, Sweet Evil certainly is full of new interesting twists. I loved the twist with the twelve dukes incorporating the seven sins and the mostly original twist: that the dukes' children must work for them promoting the sins. Yet I think Higgins' writing could use some improvemen, but I'm not saying it isn't enjoyable because it was.

The characters were good enough. I liked Kaidan as a love interest since he is such a bad boy and the relationship between him and Anna wasn't what I was expecting. But Anna was a character I just couldn't relate to. She is just TOO good and the problem is, she needs to be bad since her father is a duke. Furthermore most scenes, in which she acts as a duke's daughter should, seemed forced to me somehow. But hopefully she will develop a bit in the next novel (if there will be one).

Sweet Evil was a really enjoyable read that will please most everyone who loves paranormal romance. I had a great time reading it and I really hope that HarperTeen will pick this novel for a sequel! I can't cope with not knowing how Kaidan and Anna's relationship would develop and how she would learn to be a bad girl in the next novel!

After earning a bachelors in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until becoming a mommy. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Evil is her debut novel. Website / Twitter


  1. So glad you enjoyed this one. I thought the plot was fresh and loved the world-building. Great review Rachel!

  2. eee! I cannot believe i havent started with this book yet. with all the great reviews ive been reading about it, its just htat im so behind with all the requests. but hopefull ill be able to read this book soon. Great review Rachel.x


  3. Great review, I really liked the world building in this and cannot wait for book two!

  4. I hear so many great things about this people, even people who normally don't enjoy this genre. That has to mean something :D Thanks for sharing your great review with us ^^

  5. I've been hearing some great things about this book at the moment, especially the fact that Kaiden is a pretty "swoon-worthy" love interest, which has made me want to read it even more! Can't go wrong with a hot bad boy! Hopefully Anna's character doesn't detract enjoyment from the storyline. Great review!