Release Date : May 1st 2012
Synopsis: 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.
Sweet Evil is a provocative paranormal romance with angels, demons and a sinful twist.
The paranormal concept behind this novel is something different than what I have encountered while reading paranormal romance. In the novel Nephilim, the children of fallen angels, live on Earth and embody a sin. Their most important work is to pull humans into sin. Sweet Evil explores the concepts of nature versus nurture ideas of sin. The book made me think about how we make sense of the bad things that others do.
Higgins writing is fun and addicting, and will appeal to teens and YA readers. However I did feel like some parts of the plot were spoon fed, we are told too much instead of being shown and allowed to create our own opinions.
I didn’t really connect with the female protagonist Anna Whitt. As she goes through her journey of figuring out what she is, I found her to be a little too naive and too trusting. Something about her relationship with her Dad irked me and I can’t figure out what is is. While I sympathized with her situation, I couldn’t always agree with her choices.
The male protagonist, Kaiden Rowe is your typical YA paranormal romance male protagonist. He’s angsty, attractive and acts like LMFAO’s I’m Sexy and I Know It should play in the background when he walks into a room. I find him to be somewhat of an anti-hero, while he is helpful to Anna you can’t help but to raise eyebrows at his actions.
This novel has an insta-love plotline that is pretty typical of the paranormal genre. There is a mild love triangle with Anna, Kaiden and another Nephilim, Kopano. I think the love traingle introduces interesting dynamics between the two male characters and their decesions.
I will say this novel gets darker as it goes along and has some nightmare fuel moments. If you are a fan of paranormal romance, I think you will enjoy this novel. It hits all the marks in a dark, sexy and exciting way.
*Thanks to Susan from Wastepaper Prosefor gifting this !
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