Thursday, July 5, 2012

Giveaway & Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Category: Paranormal/Romance
Release date: May 1st, 2012
Pages: 454 (Paperback)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: Gifted
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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?

Sweet Evil is the perfect book for those still wavering on the idea of angels, demons and Nephilim in the YA genre.  I, myself, have not looked much into this type of paranormal, but this book has definitely made me crave more.  Anna is incredibly innocent, a little naive and a lot more powerful than any of her peers would realize.  She can even see the colors of other peoples emotions, which has to be overwhelming from time to time, but when she meets a mysterious boy whose colors she can't see, she's instantly intrigued.

It didn't take long for each of the characters to grow on me, especially Anna and Kaidan.  She's a great heroine and although she's a little less kick-ass and more respectful to those around her, she plays her role well.  As for Kaidan, he's the son of the Duke of Lust.  What else is there to say?  I definitely felt a little lustful while reading the kissing scenes and for that, Kaidan has made his way to the top of my favorite fictional boys.  The romance that develops between them isn't always as fulfilling as I wished it would be, but that just shows that the book is about so much more than that.

The other relationships in this story are ones to hold on to, especially the relationship between Anna and her adoptive mom, Patti.  She's incredibly affectionate and protective over her daughter, and her stubbornness warmed me, as she reminded me of my own mother.   Fortunately, the story moved at the perfect pace and there were more than enough intriguing moments to keep my eyes glued to each page in anticipation.

The author did an amazing job with the idea that the Nephilim were raised to become bad influences on humans, even the ones that Anna considered her friends.  Each one had their own sin to share, from envy and greed to wrath and substance abuse. Aside from the amazing idea, I found the writing to be my next favorite thing.  Wonderful and refreshing, it's easy for me to say that I've never quite read a book like this one.

Due to a slight mix-up, I have an extra copy of Sweet Evil to give away!  Enter the rafflecopter below!

Giveaway info
-Open to US and CA only
-Ends on August 10th, 2012
-Winner must reply within 72 hours or I'll be forced to choose someone else

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  1. I LOVED Sweet Evil which really surprised me. Didn't think I would love it so much . . . but I did. Fab review!

  2. Great review! Somehow I overlooked this one earlier this year because I'm not usually a fan of angel books, but this sounds intriguing. :) Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! ♥

  4. I SERIOUSLY want to read this one, ESPECIALLY after your review! I'm loving the idea of the sins and... WOW. Also... the cover is gorgeous ;D