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text 2017-03-21 14:20
Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 496 pages.
Sweet Temptation (Sweet Evil) - Wendy Higgins

Kaidan.... I read these books for Kaidan. Wendy Higgins is a good writer. I really have enjoyed this series. 

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review 2015-10-20 05:54
I really do NOT like the messages this book/series sends about sex...
Sweet Temptation (Sweet Evil) - Wendy Higgins

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

I sadly, did not like Sweet Temptation as much as I hoped I would. I did like being with these characters again but over the past year, I have changed as a reader. Things I might not have noticed a year ago, stick out to me and that’s exactly what happened with this book. Before I go any further, I would like to warn you that the review will be filled with some spoilers for the Sweet Trilogy but I will refrain from mentioning anything major.

My main issue with this series is the way sex is dealt with in this book. Teen sexuality is dealt in a weird way in this series. Characters have sex, which is great but the main couple has to get married before they can have sex because otherwise Anna wouldn’t be pure. That sends so many horrible messages about sex. I appreciate that the two don’t dance around the idea of sex and know what they want, I’d rather that sex not be painted as impure if had before marriage.

That wasn’t it though. One couple who did have sex before getting married… they suffered consequences that affected their happily ever afters. What kind of messages do all of those things send about sex? Moreover, have I frightened you by mentioning sex a bazillion times?

I have never had too much of a problem with the way Anna was characterized. She annoyed me but I was always able to get past that and focus on all the cooler things that were going on. This time though, I felt like Anna was being painted as an ideal in a way that made me feel comfortable. Anna was considered pure so if you aren’t like Anna does that make you impure? Does that make you someone God wouldn’t love? Idk.

This book deal with religion and while I am not a religious person I wasn’t really disturbed by the things that were happening in this book until now. I think a lot of my issues just come down to the concept of purity put forward by this series.

Do I sound like a Lit Major? Maybe all the analyzing stuff in classes has gone to my head. Or maybe there are some real issues here that need to be discussed.

The real question here is that was Kaidan just as swoonworthy in his own book as he was from Anna’s point of view? I DON’T KNOW. I am glad that Kaidan didn’t sound exactly like Anna and had his own distinct voice but he was also cheesy sometimes.

I seem to have said so much off putting stuff that it might make you wonder, why do I even like this series? Why was this good brain candy?

It’s because Wendy has done such a good job in creating a world that is set apart from all the other clichés of Angels/Nephilim in YA. There is world building done beyond just someone mentioning the Lucifer fell and a bunch of angels fell with him. It is unique and that’s what drew me to this world.

On top of that, the way Wendy develops her plot arcs is just great. Romance does play a huge role in the books but there is also so much more going on. Friendships are forged, relationships are explored, etc. So even though I have a lot of issues and found bits of the books to be too cheesy, I still managed to enjoy the books.

Note that I received an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

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review 2015-08-24 17:10
Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

Anna is love. Kaidan is so awesome. Enough said. Read it.  I can't wait for Sweet Temptation.

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text 2015-06-29 20:18
Top 10 Book Boyfriends:
Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
Predestined (Existence) (Volume 2) - Abbi Glines
  • Kaidan Rowe- Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
  • Jonathan Christopher "Jace" Morgenstern/Lightwood/Herondale- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Jase Garret- My Life Next Door by  Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Prince Kai- Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Rush Finlay-To Far Trilogy by Abbi Glines
  • Bishop Latimer- The Book Of Ivy by Amy Engel
  • Dank Walker- Existence Trilogy by Abbi Glines
  • Lucian Quinn-  Lucian & Lia Trilogy by Sydney Landon
  • Caleb Jacobson- Significance series by Shelly Crane
  • Noah Shaw- Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

(Note: This is my opinion and these are in no particular order.)

 

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review 2015-03-21 00:00
Sweet Evil
Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins Book Info
EBOOK, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen
original title Sweet Evil
ISBN 006208562X (ISBN13: 9780062085627)
edition language English
series The Sweet Trilogy #1
characters Anna Whitt, Kaidan Rowe
places Georgia, United States, Alabama, New Mexico, California
literary awards Goodreads Choice Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2012)
other editions (8)
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library

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BOOK SYNOPSIS


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?

My Thoughts


One thing is for sure this one totally changed how I feel about the Nephilium as the focus characters for a story, normally they are not too interesting to me but with this one the more I learned the more wanted to know about not only Anna but the rest of the cast that we are introduced to as well.

The push/pull romance between Anna and bad ass drummer Kaidan was not one that thought would work but after they started their infamous road trip and found out more about each other as well as allowed their natural attraction to each other to blossom it started to become more appealing of a pairing.

The best part is that book 2 Sweet Peril & Sweet Reckoning book #3 are already available to borrow so am really looking forward to reading more of this trilogy soon.

[Kindle version borrowed from Public Library]
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