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May 04, 2012

Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins - Juhina

Sweet Evil
Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Publication date: May 1st, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal/Demons)
Publisher: HarperTeen (Facebook | Savyyreader)
Challenges: Debut
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 464
What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

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 will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
I have to say, Sweet Evil was not my cup of tea. The premise sounded so interesting and the cover was gorgeous but the plot could not hold my attention at all. Sweet Evil is about a girl, Anna who is part demon (Nymph to be more accurate). She lives with her adoptive mother and has only recently found out her father is a Duke demon, and is the Duke of substance abuse. You see, there are dukes for not only the 7 deadly sins, but for many others and all the duke's offsprings carry out their "speciality" in order to corrupt the world. Anna has always had a pull towards drugs and only recently a pull towards Kaidan, the son of the Duke of Lust. The problem is that Nymphs are neither humans nor angles/demons, they are considered the lowest race and only obey their dukes, therefore any form of relationship is forbidden. Which is why Anna lusts over Kai throughout the book, while he also lusts over her but carries on his duties, aka: sleeping around. 
I personally did not find the direction of the plot very appealing, I've never been a fan of demons, fallen angels yea, but demons seems to signify something very different. I didn't enjoy the insta-love and how Anna fell in love with Kair in only 4 days (her exact words, not mine). I also wished the "cross-country trip" was actually one, not just a couple of pages long. A main reason why I picked this book out is for the road trip premise, but I was a bit disappointed in that. 
I really can not say that the plot is cliche because it really IS unique. The whole dukes and sins and nymphs might be very appealing and fascinating to many readers, however I am not one of them. I usually have problems with books because of their absurd plots or unbelievably crazy ones but Sweet Evil held its ground, I just can't seem to pin point what IS missing. But I got very distracted easily while reading it and at some points had to skip descriptive paragraphs because I just wanted something to happen that might finally hook me. I personally contemplated over the rating of this book because on one hand I can't find anything technically wrong with it but on the other hand it just doesn't appeal to me, so it is a matter of personal preference. However if you are a fan of paranormal books I really do think you should give it a try and judge it for yourself!   
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  1. Wow! This is actually the first negative review I've seen of this. I am not into angel books either, so I've been putting this one off for a while. But I had some good friends that aren't into the whole angel story thing either and they loved it. Sorry that this one wasn't your cup of tea. Thanks for the honest review! Hopefully the next one will be better for you!

    1. I know right? I'm like "WHATS WRONG WITH ME?!" everyone LOVED this one and I'm so surprised that I didn't! sigh Hope you like it!!

  2. That's a shame, Juhina! I've seen some pretty good reviews for this one. However, angel books almost always leave me down and Angelfall is the only one I can think of that I actually loved! Great review. :)

  3. What a pity. The cover it's really pretty and the plot seems interesting.I just think that the fallen angels topic it's difficult to write about properly without being vague

  4. Hmmmm yeah, this doesn't seem like my cup of tea. Interesting premise, not what I think I'd enjoy. I may pick it up to skim a bit and see what I think, but....maybe not. haha!

    Thanks SO much for your honest review and for helping me to decide if I want to or not. :D

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  5. Juhina, I just finished writing my review for Sweet Evil and felt exactly the same as you did.
    I thought I was the black sheep here ! It's good to know that I'm not the only one who didn't enjoy Sweet Evil as much as everyone did.
    I wrote the exact same thing for the falling in love in 4 days thing. It was so utterly unbelievable. I also had some issues connecting with the main character. Her sweetness was just too much for my liking.

    Excellent review, Juhina :)

  6. Thanks for the honest review! I'm sorry this book was not for you--but I'm glad you told us why, and why we should perhaps check it out anyway! I think I'm going to give it a try, see if it hooks me. At some point in the future, anyway.

  7. The cover is awesome, loved it. However, paranormal is not my favorite genre. But, I think just like you said, I have to give it a try by myself. Thank u for your honest review.