Sweet Evil (Paperback)
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Short Description for Sweet Evil "Sweet southern girl Anna discovers at age sixteen that she is the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, the only one of her kind. As Anna struggles to fight the dark legacy of her father, she falls for the mysterious Kaidan Row, the ultimate bad boy. Forced to face her destiny, she must decide whether to embrace her halo or her horns"--
- Published: 20 May 2012
- Format: Paperback 464 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062085610 ISBN 10: 0062085611
- Sales rank: 3,700
Reviews for Sweet Evil
A seductively delicious treat!
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.
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! by MissPageTurnerunder review
Could not stop reading
If you like books when realationships are builoding up during time...when you hopefully like this one. said it take so long time to book 2. by Maria Winstenunder review
Right from the get go Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins had me on the edge of my seat. It's been awhile since I've had that "Oh my god! What's gonna happen next? I can't wait for more!" feeling. Especially right from page one, but Sweet Evil was so fantastic I couldn't not read late into the night. I didn't want to put the book down.
Sweet Evil was definitely not what I was expecting. It's like, if The Mortal Instruments and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour had a really hot baby, that baby would be Sweet Evil. It's got all the elements of a truly entertaining read. A strong heroine who doesn't know who she really is, a sexy, sexy bad boy love interest, and an edgy and unique twist on angels and demons.
I loved the mythology Higgins built in Sweet Evil. The idea of certain demons being allowed to take possession of human bodies to cause destruction in the human world isn't exactly new, but the way Higgins writes it is original and very entertaining. It's also pretty scary. I think this was my favorite use of Nephilim in a story ever. I loved their history and their roles in demon society. I felt really bad for the Nephilim too (or at least some of them anyway).
Anna and Kaidan's relationship was sizzling, right from their very first encounter. Anna is the ultimate good girl, while Kaidan acts like the ultimate bad boy. I feel like throughout this series those roles might waver a little bit. They're both really amazing characters, whether they are together or apart. Anna does get a little stalker-ish from time to time, but it was done in a very realistic way. I imagine more than one girl will look at Anna's behavior and cringe knowing that they acted similar at one time or another. (Hot boys tend to bring out the wacky in us!) And poor Kaidan. You'd think a rock star half-demon would love having a job like "lust" (basically sleeping with different girls every night), but watching Kai struggle with his job and his feelings for Anna is painful. I love me a good forbidden love story and Sweet Evil definitely delivers on that front.
While their relationship is a big part of the story, it's also about Anna learning her lot in life. Her situation is difficult and pretty unbelievable and I probably wouldn't handle it with half as much grace as Anna does. I thought she was a very relatable character and I can only imagine how awesome she'll be as she grows throughout the series.
Sweet Evil was an all around fantastic read that I urge everyone to read. It's a must read for fans of Cassandra Clare. It will hook you from the very first page and not let you go until the very last. And oh that ending! You will be a total wreck until the sequel, Sweet Hope, comes out. Or, at least, I will be! by Pretty In Fictionunder review
Fun and Interesting!
I discover the book one day by accident I must say while I was surfing Goodreads for books and this pop up in front of me. I have a thing I Suppose with Angels and Demons stories and the moment I saw this I just knew I had to read it and pre order it already. Called me crazy but my guts worked fine in the past And I knew I had to to get it to my hands to read.
Anna is a 16 years old Southern girl who was always able to see emotions as colors to other people. She always tried to hide it and live with it so that is why She called her self as a weirdo. One night her best friend Jay insist to go to a club so they can promote Jay new songs to a band who was supposed to play there and while they are in the club Anna meets something unusual and something odd to her : She meets Kaidan the drummer of the band and... She notice that Kaidan doesn't have any auras around him and she is totally shocked with it because it's the first time something like her happens to her. Out story begins from here.
I finished the book yesterday and over all I can be honest and say that it was very fun to read and I really enjoy it.
Anna was a little bit too good and nicely to me but as the story continues we see a lot how she struggle to deal between her inner good and dark side (she thought she didn't had?) and the relevelation of the true identify of their parents and what her role supposed to be.
I really liked the other characters too. Jay was hilarious and Patti as an adopted mother was just amazing, you could feel her love towards Anna and how she feel about him.
The main triangle is this book is filled with 2 characters : Kaidan and Kopano. At the first half it is all about Kaidan and I mean literally all about Kaidan. Kaidan is the bad boy everyone warn you not to step by. And as always when you hear a warning like this you always go to that direction and Anna was not the exception after all. I really really wanted to like him which I did but I really wanted to slap him and get rid of him with how the behavior and his attitude in all books. There were some moments that you would be able to see his humanity and how he really tries but the thing that really made me off in some parts was his ''work'' ....
Kopano in the other hand was introduced to us to the second half of the book. He is really sweet and cute despite his ''work'' or his past. Imagine a male version of Anna and here we have Kopano... Unfortunately there are not so many stuff about Kopano and I am really looking forward to read more about him in the second book. I guess there was a reason.
In the other hand there was some tiny flaws that It got my concern like there is a strong religions aspect, maybe because I am not that religious person I don't know, but Wendy created a very interesting story with an equal light and dark side. And speaking of dark side the second half of the book when the main storyline kicks and the Dukes coming into and the War and that stuff is what it made the book awesome in the end.
Dear Wendy please You gave me the chills in the end of the book with using Germans commands aka insults... Das war genial..
Over all i cant wait to read the second book!! by Maria Mentzelidiunder review
- Top review
From the beginning when I found the blurb of the book in Goodreads I thought "Hey, this book looks totally awesome. I'm gonna have to read it!" And then I pre-ordered it right away. Reasons? Well, first we have the cover. Have you seen it?! Her red dress is gorgeous, she is a beauty all by herself but surrounded by that wicked forest and the cool shadow of that totally hot guy while the whole covers exudes this "embrace-me right-now-and-surrender" vibe is just too much.
Second reason: The blurb. Maybe this will sound weird but I've always being told I'm some sort of bad influence. Why? No clue. I mean, I'm the personification of cuteness and sweetness and all that... Yeah, right. I'm not fooling you, am I? Thanks to the first line of the summary I had an overwhelming desire to read this book about teenagers that had to be a bad influence in order to stay alive.
And then I finally got to read the book. True to be told I have mixed feelings. You see, Anna's personality at the beginning is just so... so... good (deep sigh). I know it's not bad to be good but then again, an utterly good person can get on your nerves, right? At least she did get on mine. But don't get me wrong, once you understand the deepness of her struggles the entire book develops a new layer of intrigue.
The way Anna interacts with the other sons and daughters of the Dukes make a huge difference in her life. Where once her only friend had being Jay (a human boy that is like a brother for her) now she had to learn to deal with the Twins, Marna and Ginger, daughters of the Duke of Adultery whose purpose was to break couples that truly loved each other; Blake, son of the Duke of Envy; Kopano, son of the Duke of Wrath, that has his own story and whom I like a lot; and finally Kaidan, son of the Duke of Lust, the target of Anna's affection.
All of them had to work for their fathers' cause. Or face the consequences; and let me tell you, we are talking of horrible consequences here.
Thanks to this new situation we see Anna fight and then embrace, somehow, her destiny. But how can see truly turn to evil when there's good inside of her?
Right now, if I could, I would love to read the second book. The way Wendy describes the scenes was superb, and this is a debut novel, people. During the first chapters I thought this book was going to be very suave, you know? But Wendy just blew my mind when some scenes were described with complete honesty making very easy to separate good from evil. Some paragraphs were a little too strong maybe but in the right amount. You will cringe but you won't cry; you will just understand what the characters are going through and that's a huge plus.
So yes, buy it and read it in one sit. You won't be disappointed. by Alaiel Kreuz
5 Spades - TRULY LOVED IT!!
Oh. My. Goodness! Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins ended way too soon! I believe 464 pages was insufficient and too short of a story. I so want more! I NEED more! Wendy Higgins has done a marvelous and enthralling job in writing this Debut! Sweet Evil is a smorgasbord of all things alluringly sinful! You will be wrapped up in its pages!
Full of heart pounding romance, smexy Nephilims, action packed and enough humor to get you chuckling to yourself and having people looking at you like you're crazy! lol
I don't like comparing books to each other, but I have to say that this book is on TOP of my Angel genre favorites!
Anna is a goody-goody all around. She is consistent with her prayers and church attendance; she's loving, religious, and values her virtue. The worst that she has ever come to cursing is calling Kaidan a "male ****". gasp! But who can blame her considering that her mother was an angel, BUT she is also part fallen. She has also inherited her father's evil legacy as well as his sin. This is what makes Sweet evil unique, so interesting, and simply delicious!
Kaidan (Kai) is your typical brooding bad boy Nephilim, but it is how he always sticks to his nature (evil) is what makes him more appealing as a character. He doesn't deter from who he is just because of hanging around Anna or by her influences. He stays true to his father's evil nature/sin making his character captivatingly complex and more intriguingly. You never know what his next actions will be. I get butterflies just thinking about him =) hahaha
I truly love Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins! I found myself wanting to read it over again right when I finished the last sentence of the last page! I definitely see Sweet Evil being one of the few books I will never tire in reading countless times, and always finding something new to love!
A "GET OFF YOUR ARSE and GET IT" MUST READ! by SpadesHigh
Restored My Faith in YA PNR
Did SWEET EVIL pass my "ONE HUNDRED PAGES OR DIE" test: Oh. Yeah.
My faith in the YA paranormal romance genre has recently grown a bit shaky. Instant love connections, reused paranormal elements, and unbelievable characters have played havoc with my patience. To be sure, there are plenty of awesome YA PNR out there, but there are a lot that fall flat for me. So, I was hopeful, but a bit wary when I began SWEET EVIL, despite the hype. I was even skeptical of trusted fellow readers. Could this book really be that good? Yeah, it can and it was. I shut my skeptical mouth after the prologue.
So what was it that I loved about this book?
~Author Wendy Higgins' take on the Nephilim. There are so, so many books with Nephilim. So many that I didn't think I could take one more. But the Nephilim of SWEET EVIL are different. Higgins gave them a particular twist that I hadn't seen before. They are pawns in the struggle between good and evil. They each have a vice that is their "specialty". Those specialties are relevant to the era. There's addictioin, envy, gluttony, vanity, and yes, lust. Which leads me to...
~Kaiden. I loved all of the characters for what they brought to the table. But, Kaiden? He's gorgeous. He's British. His father is a Lust Demon, which makes for some serious sexy times where Kai is concerned. Kai was just...Wow. I am sort of over book jerks. You know, the guys who do nothing but smirk and shoot off at the mouth, which is all a cover for their secret pain. But Kai wasn't that guy. Sure, he can be distant and a bit off-putting, but there's a depth in him that I haven't seen in a lot of book guys lately.
~Anna was well-written, as well. She's a true sweetheart, like a lot of heroines. Anna is an innocent girl thrown into a tumultuous situation. She was kind and thoughtful and did struggle to remain true to herself. She doesn't always say the right thing or make the right decision. A lot of readers complain when the heroine reacts poorly to a situation. I call that realism. Who among us hasn't flipped the eff out when the pooh hits the fan? Now, I'm not one for hand-wringing and obsessive whining, but I like a character who is realistic. Anna is written in such a genuine manner and I adored her throughout the story.
~Lastly, and most importantly, is the writing. I've followed Higgins' story to publishing a bit. I'm so happy SWEET EVIL found a home. The love for her work, the story and the characters, shines brilliantly. Her words flow beautifully, the pacing is perfect, and the story is simply lush and gorgeous. The ending is beautiful torment. I am ecstatic about this book and cannot wait to continue the series. There better be a book two. Please, please buy the book Harper!
This is a gorgeous, seductive book. And just as the title indicates, SWEET EVIL is pure, torturous pleasure.
" 'Because all I could think about was you, Anna, and how good you are, and what you'd think of me. You put thoughts into my head a Neph shouldn't have!' " Poor, tortured Kaiden... (pg. 250, ARC) by Andrea Thompson