Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Publisher: HarperTeen on May 1, 2012
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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?
“We have to face difficulties to find out what our true strengths are. How we come back from failure is a very valuable test.”
“‘Ahh…I see.’ He sat back. ‘The sight of my arse gave you quite a fright, did it?'”
Favorite Character: Kai…he’s British.
“The newborn wailed as the midwife wrapped her in a receiving blanket and quickly handed her to Sister Ruth.”
My Musings: Sweet Evil is a novel that has been sitting on my shelves for a while now. I picked it up back when it first came out, picked up the second novel when it first came out, and have just now had the chance to read it. Going into it, I knew all the hype about it and Kai, and I was hoping not to be disappointed.
I was in no way disappointed, rather, I was blown away. I had heard fantastic things about this novel and they were all true. Wendy Higgins is a fantastic writer, and the novel just flowed. Sweet Evil follows Anna Whitt as she finds out that she is half-angel, half-demon, and as she struggles with her feelings for Kaiden, son of the Duke of Lust. Although this novel wasn’t filled to the brim with action, it didn’t need to be. It was interesting in its own way, even though there wasn’t always something going on.
“I couldn’t watch. My stomach was in a tight, hard ball and everything good inside me cried out against the injustice. How many times in history had innocent people been brutalized while bystanders stood by and did nothing? Could I be one of those bystanders? I wanted to slam my eyes shut and cover my ears, but even if I couldn’t see or hear, I would know a terrible atrocity was being done.”
Anna was the female protagonist of the novel. I’m not sure how I felt about Anna for most of the novel. She was gifted–she could see peoples auras and feelings, and sometimes even feel them, and that only scratches the surface of the things she was capable of. The thing that bugged me a bit about her at first was how naive she was. She was the personification of innocence, and it wasn’t something that I was used to reading. However, the surprise soon faded away, and I learned to love Anna’s character. She was brave and kind, with a pure heart and unwavering faith, even when told she would be condemned when she died.
“I let the meaning of what had just happened soak in. We’d come so close, and Kaiden denied himself. For me. He’d made his very first self-sacrifice. For me. He’d defied his demon father. For me.”
Kaiden Rowe was Anna’s on-and-off love interest. Kaiden is British, a drummer, and the son of the Duke of Lust. Kaiden reminded me of a Daemon type character, and I loved him. He was cocky on the outside, but you could still see his more vulnerable side, sometimes more than at other times. This gave him more depth and thawed his frigid exterior. Although I hated him at times for the way that he treated Anna, I hope that in the next novel he comes to his senses and man-ups.
“‘What do you want from me, Kai? ‘For starters?’ His voice lowered to sexy, dangerous depths. ‘I want to introduce myself to every freckle on your body.'”
Anna and Kai together were explosive. Although Anna was innocent and Kai was…not, it still worked. Kai brought out the sexy in Anna and Anna brought out the sweet in Kai. They were perfect for each other, no matter how much Kai didn’t think so. I applaud Anna for staying true to herself and her feelings.
“‘I know I’m just a human woman, but so help me, if anything happens to her while she’s with you—’ ‘I assure you she’ll be in good hands.’ ‘Mm-hm, that’s part of what I’m worried about.’ She pointed at his hands. ‘Hands off, mister.'”
The secondary characters in this novel made the story much more enjoyable. My favorite background characters is a tie between Patti, the lady who adopted Anna when she was a baby, and Anna’s father, Jonathan LaGray. I love Patti’s character because it was one of the few parent-like characters that you see in young adult novels. Usually, the parents are out of the picture, but in this novel, Patti was there and worrying. Her love for Anna was palpable and I loved seeing them interact together.
“When my dad arrived, Patti stood by the counter with her arms crossed. He appeared as large and frightening as ever. The kind of man nobody would dare mess with.”
The same applies to Anna’s father. Although he is a demon, there is more to him than meets the eye, and I loved seeing how much he cared for Anna and wanted to keep her safe and pure. It was very interesting to see.
“A loud song with a thumping beat rang from Jay’s pocket. He gave me a goofy grin and began to bop his head back and forth to the rhythm. Oh, no-not the crazy booty dance. ‘Please don’t,’ I begged. Jay broke into his funky ringtone dance, shoulders bouncing and hips moving from side to side. People around us stepped away, surprised, then began to laugh and cheer him on. I pressed my fingers against my lips to hide an embarrassed smile. Just as the ringtone was about to end, he gave a little bow, straightened up, and answered the call.”
In addition to Patti and Jonathan, there was Jay, Veronica, and Kai’s Neph friends Marna, Ginger, Kope, and Blake. Jay was perhaps the most detailed of those, as he was present from the very beginning of the novel as Anna’s best friend. Jay was a bubbly and exciting character, even though he struggled with some demons of his own. The other character we saw more of was Kope, son of the demon of wrath. However, Kope was like Anna in that they denied who they were and turned to God. The relationship between Kope and Anna was a very unique one, one that made Kai jealous, and I kind of wish that we could see more of them to make Kai realize a few things. Marna, Blake, and Ginger were cool characters, and I would really like to see more of them.
Sweet Evil was a fantastically written novel that captivated my interest from page one. A novel that all paranormal lovers would love, I can’t recommend it enough.