Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
HarperTeen, 453 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
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 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?
Do you have angel-fatigue? Here’s your antidote…naughty, naughty Nephilim & demons galore! This story is unlike any I have ever read. The characters are well-crafted…some intoxicating and cunning, others are empathetic and kind of heart.
Basically, the way the author has set up this book, Nephilim are born from a higher-up demon, known as Dukes of Sin, from human women, who always die in childbirth. The really cool thing is, the Neph’s remember being in-utero, their birth, and other memories that humans will never remember as such young ages. For each type of sin…there are the 7 deadly covered, as well as a few others…adultery, substance abuse, murder, etc., there is a Duke who has offspring & trains them to “work”. By working, these kids are essentially instigators of behaving badly for all of the humans they encounter. That is their charge….to be bad influences….to get people to sin.
Except Anna…whose father is the Duke of Substance Abuse (drugs, alcohol, etc.). Anna remembers that when she was born, her mother died and her father was arrested for trafficking drugs right in front of her newborn eyes. He left her with some advice that seems a bad odd and obvious…”Don’t ever do drugs, kid.” He’s been in prison ever since the night she was born.
Anna doesn’t know her origins, she was adopted by a very devout and loving woman who raised her to be such a good girl. But Anna knows she’s different. She can see other people’s emotions….envy, love, rage, lust….but she also feels them. Being an empath is hard for Anna because the emotions of others (especially negative ones) are sometimes overwhelming. She also has a few other awesome abilities that, I’ll admit, I’m a bit jealous of.
Around age 17, our adorably Southern MC meets Kaiden. He’s a drummer in a band…all the ladies love him…and there’s something else peculiar about him. And he knows there is something curious about her, as well.
This story is so wonderfully written that I wanted to savor every moment, every description, and every detail. Higgins has really set the bar high for other authors that attempt any novels that portray demon-Nephilim and I am incredibly excited to see where Anna (and the next book) go after that incredibly ending! Bravo to Wendy Higgins for a truly fresh and thrilling book!