Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
Release Date: April 29th, 2014
HarperTeen, 464 Pages
Source: ARC from publisher (Thanks!)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #3
Follow up to: Sweet Peril
Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.
The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.
In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.
First off, I want to say that it has been a long time since I have so thoroughly loved so many characters in one series. Sweet Reckoning’s protagonist, Anna, is an incredibly well-developed character. Reading about her interactions with good and evil, and her emotional journey are incredibly moving.
The allies that have come together to defeat the Dukes (and all demons on earth) are an incredibly dynamic group of individuals that easily stand out on their own. Kopano is probably one of my favorite characters. He is like a gentle giant and the voice/accent that I imagine is deep, velvety, and soothing. He feels safe and protective…I really adored him!
Kaidan finally comes into his own in this book and it is so wonderful to see the depth and range of his emotions. I’ll admit…I got a little teary multiple times throughout this book because Wendy Higgins did such an amazing job capturing the moments and emotions and conveying them in a way that left your heart torn open and exposed.
What have the Dukes been up to in this final book? Let me tell you. A lot of evil shenanigans. Apart from spying on and hunting down Anna…there is a lot suspicion aimed toward the other Nephs that might be helping her. Pharzuph is bound and determined to make sure Anna loses her purity of heart so she cannot wield the Sword of Righteousness. He is merciless, vile, and desperate to prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled. Although the Dukes are powerful…their desperation, panic, and pride might be Anna and her friends’ greatest weapon.
So the rest of the plot…what a roller coaster!!! Another time my poor heart was abused by this incredible book was when I was reeling, heart racing during the action scenes. Even the quiet moments…the waiting, watching…I was on pins and needles because the allies could be caught at any moment by a demon whisperer, a foe Neph, a Duke, or legionnaire. The entire book works the reader into a frenzy by way of using a sort of…calm before the storm, waiting for the other shoe to drop approach that causes a deafening silence and then…the chaos violently erupts. Watching the main Nephilim’s journey to redemption and their transformations in the epilogue are truly perfection.
The Ending: *sobs* So. Many. Emotions. I was an emotional wreck upon finishing this book and then I got to the epilogue. All sense of self-composure evaporated. I literally finished the book less than 10 minutes ago, and the emotions you’re left with are so raw and piercing, but in the best way possible.
Recommendation: I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves angels & demons sub-genres and enjoyed the author’s previous books in the Sweet Evil series. I can’t coherently explain how much I enjoyed this series, and this final book was such a wonderful culmination of all of the trials our beloved characters endured.