Published by Harper Teen on 5/1/2012
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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Embrace the Forbidden\r\n\r\nWhat if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?\r\n\r\nThis is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.\r\nTenderhearted 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.\r\n\r\nForced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
There is something about angels and demons that pulls at me and Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins is no exception. This book has been on my radar for quite some time, but I just never got around to reading it, because – well TBR PILE. I had the opportunity to attend Wendy’s Sweet Reckoning launch party here in DC a few weeks back and in anticipation of the launch, HarperTeen had discounted this first ebook in the series, so I snatched it up. After hearing how amazeballs it was from fellow YADCers Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes and Jessica from Step Into Fiction, I knew that Sweet Evil was the next book to read on my list! There is so much to like about this book: traditional Good vs. Evil, romance, virtuous characters, humor, and some really profound messagesThe characters are enjoyable as well: Anna is sweet but discovers she is part angel and part demon, which shouldn’t even be possible, and she abhors her demon side because she was raised by the sweetest of adopted mothers. Her love interested, Kaidan, is a demon’s son, but proves that maybe evil isn’t genetic afterall. I liked the message in Sweet Evil that you are not the sum of where you come from. For the drama-lovers, Sweet Evil is full of it, with teenaged angst, unrequited loves, triangles and infidelity, although not between the main characters, so you can enjoy it without feeling stabbed in the heart by the characters you’ve become emotionally invested in. The plot was a little bit ho-hum in the beginning, but began picking up pace about 50% of the way through: since Anna is a demon’s daughter, she technically has a job to fulfill, as do all the other children of demons. Being brought into this world allows the reader to see the dark side of the Good vs. Evil fight. Good didn’t seem to be too interested in doing much about it, except for…well 😉 I had a hard time buying into one part of the story and that’s when Patty lets Anna go on a cross-country trip with Kaidan alone, even knowing what she knows. Just didn’t seem plausible to me, especially given their ages. Great story, can’t wait to read the next one!