Sweet Evil by Wendy HigginsSweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil

byWendy Higgins

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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Fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series will be drawn to Wendy Higgins's sexy, thrilling Sweet Evil series.

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?

Wendy Higgins is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofSweet Evil,Sweet Peril, andSweet Reckoning, the first three books in the series, as well asFlirting with Maybe. She was born in Alaska and lived on five different military bases across the US. She attended George Mason University for her undergraduate degree in creative writing and...
Title:Sweet EvilFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062085611

ISBN - 13:9780062085610


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good book for something different I like this trilogy because it takes a new outlook on angels/demons and the deadly sins. Its an easy read and makes for a good weekend
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun Book Light, easy quick reading book.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not especially original but still good! I know many people compared this book to Hush Hush with good reasons. The angels/demon thing is the basis of these books. Still, Sweet Evil is not as good as Hush Hush (if you haven't read it yet, do it!) but still, the plot is thrilling, the characters are well built and likeable (or not, which is a good thing too!) and the romance is very sexy. Give it a try!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good book to get your mind off life. A very light and easy read, not at all hard to follow. This is just a good book to get your mind off everything that's going on in your life. It's easy to just follow these characters around and imagine how they're living.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Hate Relationship With This Book “Patti told me that to truly love someone, you must hold them in an open hand. That was how I needed to love Kai. It was necessary to uncurl my fingers and let him go.” I remember the day I bought this book. Kels and I were shopping at Chapters (surprise, surprise) and I hadn’t found anything that caught my fancy, so I picked this up, shrugged, and went with it. It took me a year and a half to actually read it. Sweet Evil was Wendy Higgins debut novel. I feel like this is important to mention given all the negative things I have to say about it. The story follows Anna as she discovers her father was actually a dark angel, and that in order to be left alive she must lead other people into sinful choices. Throw in son-of-lust Kaidan and BAM instant good girl bad boy plot. I don’t know if it was a mistake or a good thing that I read it right after Hush, Hush due to the overlapping theme of Nephilim/Angels. All I know is there were many many similarities. (Also, as far as Patch and Kaidan go for main character bad boys, CAN SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE A MALE CHARACTER THAT ISN’T A HUGE PRICK. I also am thinking of Ben from I Was Here. Like I understand as a writer you want to create room for character growth, but all of these men are damaged with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Kaidan literally is created as a f-them-and-leave character. ALSO the airport thing? REALLY. After both this book and reading a similar scene with Ben and Cody from I Was Here, it made me vow never to write a book where two reluctant romance characters get in an argument after spending a heated night in a hotel room on a road trip to find answers and then the female exits stage the next morning, fleeing to her mommy via airplane.) I need to address the part where Anna’s dad is like ‘change up your look’. It is kind of ridiculous, like if the author really wants to make the character change, then write in that she goes to the salon. It was also made way too much of a deal of, because all she does is cut her hair a little and wax her eyebrows. SERIOUSLY if you want to change your look and become all bad ass and edgy get a freaking piercing or dye your hair or something more than tee hee oooh highlights now I am sexy. *EYES ROLLING OUT OF MY SOCKETS* However, once I saw past the amateur character development and barf-able perfect girl moments, I really really enjoyed the book. I liked learning about the world that Higgins built, and I liked seeing Anna fall in love with Kaidan. I enjoyed the journey they take while road-tripping and seeing all the normal traits he has when he isn’t busy corrupting souls. I would also like to mention a scene that really hit home. When Anna’s dad sends the demons to attack her while she is sleeping with visions of how awful humanity really is, it made me want to cry. I know she should have already known these things, but stepping back and realizing all the horrible things that happen to people, even seeing a few familiar situations to my own, it reminded me of why I carry the beliefs I do, and how people can take a look at all the evil out there and choose not to believe in God. Cover Appeal: 0/5 This is where the book really lost points. I am not even kidding, if this book cover was better designed, or if the models didn’t look so freaking stupid, this book would’ve been read much sooner. Like what is he even doing? Why is she covering her belly awkwardly? Also why such an ugly dress? They should revamp the cover with more of a Hush, Hush theme, maybe gray covers with just her in a red dress for the pop of cover. I think if they redid the cover, the book would get way more sales. Characters: 3/5 The major plot holes were due to the character building. I could not handle Anna, of all the characters. Her perfectness, goody two shoes, blahhhh personality. No one is that perfect, ‘cept for Jesus Christ, which she is not. The author should’ve made her more relate able. Not to mention how she feels about drugs or Kaidan’s attractiveness. Because the author makes sure to remind us EVERY 5 SECONDS. Honorable mention in this category are her stupid adoptive mother. Plot: 4/5 Even with its tendency to be predictable, I actually enjoyed blowing through this book, with the only real speed-bumps being the annoying character lack-of-flaws or unbelievable dialogue. I am looking forward to seeing the series unfold. Another really really annoying thing was how Kaidan’s dad always brought up how Anna ‘smelt of virgin’. I know that she was probably supposed to smell holy or something but that is NOT what I envisioned EVERY TIME HE BROUGHT IT UP. UGGH. Enjoyability: 4/5 With it all being said, I give the book a grudging 4. Between the gross cover and the shallow main character and lack of her growth throughout the book, it fell too short of a whole 5 stars. KH Rating: 4/5 I know most of what I said was me just raging about what I didn’t like, but I would recommend it as an enjoyable book to be read with a grain of salt as far as Anna’s character development goes.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute gem! I think I may have read this series twice already and it's begging me to read it again. There's good, there's evil and then there's Kaidan.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from get ready to squeal your life this book should rather be called: read if you wanna melt into a puddle of goo.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly good The sweet books are all around great, there are some spots I wasn't a fan of but it is still an absolutely fantastic book, I constantly find myself thinking about the books and missing the characters even though it's been months since I read it! Everyone honestly needs theses books in their lives
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book The Sweet trilogy are my favorite books. They are amazing! I couldn't put them down...
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Oh man, I was so excited for this book. There's so much hype and love out there for it and the whole trilogy. Unfortunately it was a total let down. Okay that's not totally true. I really think the story idea that Higgins came up with is quite cool and original. It was the execution and characters that really fell flat. My biggest qualm was the dialogue. It's so simplistic and juvenile. No personality to it at all. Which leaves me bored and I ended up skimming the second half of the book. There was also so much cheese and the story fell into many of the YA tropes I strongly dislike(insta-love, jackass bad boy who's mean to the MC but only because he's trying to keep her away, etc...). Also Anna and Kaidan were nothing new. Anna is a goody-goody nice girl. That really annoying nice girl full of naivety and all the right things to say and do. Barf. You'd think that the local bad boy Kaidan appearing in her life would make an impact. But Kaidan is a let down in the bad boy department. Sure he has the basis for it but there's so much try. And unfortunately Kaidan had no appeal for me. I didn't dislike him I just found him pretty blah and than he went and fell into the typical bad boy that falls for the good girl and good girl makes him have feelings and see that things can be different crap. And I actually don't hate that trope when it's done right(or the way I like it I guess). After all that being said and my harping I'll actually probably continue on with the series at some point. I'm not going to make it a priority. But like I mentioned I do think that idea for the story is quite interesting and hopefully the second book will have some improvement on the characters and writing. I'm hopeful enough. And there's been a few instances where I've strongly disliked the first book in a series but continued on anyways and than ended thoroughly or even loving the rest of the books.
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it !! OMG I loved this book could not put it down pure page tuner now I need to read the rest of the books to fine out what happens. Would defos tell people to give this book a read xx
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just finished It could of ended better and been more romance too and it was alright. It should have had the guy in there more
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute It's a nice book, fun to read. I would gve it 3.5 stars
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I can't stand the thought of Kaidan and Anna not being together but I still think that the book was a very good story
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love The premise of this novel is new, the chemistry between the characters is really there. Sweet Evil is one of my top reads this year.
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A must read
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ... I kind of reaally hated the heroine, god she was enoying, not sure if I even want to read the sequel because of it..
Date published: 2013-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book This book is one of my fav book ever can't wait for the next one to come out.!!
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazingly fantastic!! This book was fantastic, one of my new favourite books.....
Date published: 2013-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deliciously Sweet Hello, Sweet Evil. I happen to love you so. I've wanted to check this book out for a long while, but there are no copies in all of Ottawa! Such a shame too, cause everyone should read this book. It is prime YA, and one of my favorite books this year. Fallen angels have been a growing trend in YA, and every single story has a different take on the topic. And so far, Sweet Evil is my favorite. Appropriately, considering the subject matter, this book is addicting. Like can't-stop-reading-try-to-put-it-down-but-just-end-up-thinking-about-it addicting. Sweet Evil sucked me in and didn't let go even after I was finished! I actually had the urge to flip back to page one and just start the ride over again! The characters in this story were simply fantastic. Protagonist Anna, the sweet, innocent girl with strong convictions and lovable personality was a stand-out character. Although I love the trend of kick-ass chicks in YA lit, it was great to see a girl who didn't need to throw a punch to earn respect. She was strong in her own way, and tried her best to balance her heritage with her heart. And then there's Kaiden (cue the intense swooning here). The chemistry and tension between him and Anna was almost palpable! Their banter and connection was such a treat to read. I loved every moment of it. Kaiden himself brought a smile to my face almost ever scene he was in. And every time his fierce armor slipped to show just a glimpse of his feelings underneath I fell for him even more. Although Sweet Evil is a a decently long book (over 450 pages), I flew through it. Wendy Higgins kept the story engaging, and even the background information and character development, which can sometimes be tedious (although the latter I almost always love) was interesting and fantastic. I didn't want to miss a single word! The writing style didn't wow me, although I don't have any real complaints about it, but the story was so great I hardly noticed! The idea of the children of fallen angels encouraging the seven deadly sins in humans was new and captivating. What was even better was watching the select few fighting against their natures. Sweet Evil was awesome. A fun, page-turner that is sure to addict you. Check it out, you'll be glad you did. - Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
Date published: 2012-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected Gem I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this up. I thought I had enough of reading about fallen angels…. soooo not the case with this book. I’m not a fan of the cover but I love the title “Sweet Evil” because it speaks to the possible sides in all of us and the author Wendy Higgins does a phenomenal job depicting the inner struggle. Anna is different. She remembers every detail of her life, even right back to her birth. She can tell what people are feeling by their “auras”, but she has spent her life up to now, wondering why. Until she meets Kaidan Rowe. A dreamy, bad boy with all the right moves, she’s as drawn to him as he is to her, and he knows exactly what Anna is. These two have amazing chemistry together, and Kaidan might be one of my new favourite “book boyfriends” (le sigh) Aside from the yummy guy, the story centers on Anna as she tries to figure out her purpose. Just like us, she struggles with good and evil, in herself and in the world. I love books that surprise me. I expected to read this as an “escapism” read but it was much more. There were many moments where I unexpectedly paused to reflect on the meaning of the words, Anna’s situation and how it could be interpreted and relevant for my life. Recommended, and I’m looking forward to the next one. For more reviews, and other bookish things check out: www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2012-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sinfull Sweet evil was good, it was alittle different than other books about half angels, by added the part where their forced to act out and influence humans in a particular sin. I did find that the romance factor between anna and kaidan came and went to fast, he seems so cold and distant for almost the entire second half of the book. And of course it turns into ones of those books where it looks like the next enstallment she is going to have to picking between two different guys. But all in all i really enjoyed this book, and of course you cant help but fall in love with kaidan!
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Higgins will floor you with her take on Nephilim! So…admittedly I originally was attracted to this first and foremost for the gorgeous cover. It has the perfect dramatic flare in the flirtatious red dress, and the visually stunning contrast of pure goodness and the dark devil on your shoulder whispering seductions into your ear - this portrayed the characters of Anna and Kaiden perfectly in their roles. Then after reading the synopsis I was intrigued by the concept of Nephilim and what Higgins take on them would be. I feel like to truly enjoy this book, you need to take one step back from reality because some seriously mind blowing stuff happens that could only apply to teenagers that are the children of fallen angels. A lot of these situations involve some really questionable parental permissions… Without giving too much away, basically these Nephilim all have a pull toward certain sins, and their lives depend on “working” on corrupting others with these sins - which is a particular source of strain for Anna while she navigates the road of her heritage with her new sinful friends. When we first meet Anna, she takes the label of “good girl” to the extreme. She doesn’t participate in any of the debauchery that comes with teenage unsupervised parties, she doesn’t lie (not even little white ones, although her first big lie is a pretty hilarious one), and she even manages to keep her best friend on the straight and narrow. Anna also has a set of powers that comes with angelic parentage, she can see and feel people’s emotions. She of course deftly avoids exploiting this advantage, but it also causes her to be extremely emotional, she feels for everyone and everything - which causes a lot of unnecessary water works that even her polar opposite and partner in crime Kaiden Rowe cringes at invoking. In a nutshell, Anna isn’t exactly your strong fierce heroine - she’s just so young and naive that it’s darn near a train wreck to see her in more mature situations, where she blushes from head to toe - and that’s why I think I read through this book non-stop like I was addicted to hard crack. I wanted to see where her story went, how she’d respond to difficult obstacles and every time I set the book down I’d find myself wondering what would happen next. It also doesn’t help that Kaiden Rowe - following the beloved hot and cold, smooth talking jerk but with a heart of gold, steamy character formula and to top it all off….has a BRITISH ACCENT!! I think I had James Marsters (aka Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on the brain, because as soon as he dropped his first “luv” I kind of squealed - Kaiden by trade is coincidentally a drummer for a rock band too, so double score! But aesthetics aside, Kaiden is such an interesting character to follow. He’s intrigued by Anna’s morality, and seeks to be closer to her but it’s a constant struggle with his own particular sin that he *ahem* performs with extreme pleasure and due diligence, much to Anna’s dismay. Kaiden and Anna’s sexual tension is just freaking unbelievable! Higgins has got the teasing formula down to a science as she lures you in with a free fluffy sample, and then she starts to give you the harder drugs until you’re begging for more, and then wham! She cuts you off cold turkey! *Sigh* All I can hope for is some kind of resolution in Anna's love life eventually... Higgin’s writing is delightful in that it’s easy to follow, but so richly descriptive, especially when it comes to crafting her characters with some uniquely identifiable quirk. Higgins definitely knows how to snare her audience with an amazing mix of laughter, action, love and even morality. She also weaves a very unique mythology for these Nephilim, set in a very mobster like fashion that incorporates incredibly well into modern society. I loved seeing the changes and growth that Anna goes through! By the end she definitely seems more mature and better equipped for her situation. There’s a really mysterious back story weaved into all of this self discovery that Anna goes through, and I’m so excited to see what this might eventually entail.
Date published: 2012-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Evil Reaches the Highest Level of Awesomeness! Yup, it is THAT good!! Oh Good Lord! If last year my favorite new series in paranormal romance was Die For Me by Amy Plum, this year it definitely is Sweet Evil! Wendy Higgins's debut novel absolutely stopped my heart, took my breath away, made me swoon countless of times and made me fall deeply in love with the sweetest evil I have ever come across! Wendy Higgins masterfully created one of the most addictive romances of the year. I can't stop swooning with the high amount of scorching chemistry that almost set my book on fire! The characters are perfectly well build and well developed. I grew to intensively love them in the course of the story and I am definitely placing the main couple as one of my favorite ones among this genre. Anna is such a sweet, innocent and smart girl that it is easy to love her and understand her. In the other hand, Kaidan is one of the most delicious and sexy characters I have come across in a YA novel. In addition to the extraordinary main characters, there is a plot that simply blew my mind! Wendy Higgins created a whole Nephilim/Angel concept that, once I turned the last page, I placed it right up-there along with all of my favorite reads! The world of the Nephilim Higgins introduces in her first novel is so rich that makes this book much more than just a great paranormal romance read. In fact, the Nephilim in Sweet Evil are much more than just half-angel and half-human people. They are Sin in flesh. And with the power of their sin, they must influence humans to fall into temptation and therefore, find their way down to hell. However, with Anna things are much more complex than that but I wont give anything away, readers should definitely discover this extraordinary plot by themselves. Sweet Evil is an outstanding and solid debut with a strong, intriguing and intelligent story-line that will certainly become one of the favorite beduts of the year! I am sure of it! The romance, the concept, the mythology, and everything that makes this book so immensely alluring, reaches all the highest level of awesomeness. Sweet Evil is THAT good! And from the first word to the last, this book is definitely a drug that will keep you reading late into the night. Daring, sexy and cleverly written, Sweet Evil is a highly delicious love story set in a complex world full of politics, mythology, evil and sin. Highly, highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An AMAZING debut that's more than just another angel book! This has to be one of the best angel books to ever hit the shelves! Not just because the angel lore was completely original or because there's a boy with an English accent, but because Wendy Higgins must be an angel in disguise since she writes them so well. In Sweet Evil, the sole purpose of Nephilim is to be a bad influence to humans. But that's not as easy as it sounds when the angel hierarchy is so complicated. When we learn everything along with Anna in the beginning, it's hard not to say, "Wow!" because the lore is captivating. And the demon action, especially in the end? It will give you chills! At first I didn't know what to think of Anna. She seemed too good and too sweet at times to be real. But she grew on me so fast and showed how even though she wasn't outwardly bad-ass, she was still one of the strongest, most determined heroines out there. She stood her ground when most girls wouldn't have, and I ended up adoring her completely. Her romance with the English-accented Kaidan Rowe (son of the demon of Lust) may take front and center once they take off on a road trip together to find out more about Anna's past, but it's in no way overwhelming! ♥ It's the sweet, not-so-innocent pull between opposites that will make you grin. Along with the fantastic interactions with their demonic fathers and with their friends, Sweet Evil is filled with well-written relationships. Both sweet and sensual, Sweet Evil is an angel book that will steal your breath, your heart, and maybe a little bit of your innocence at the exact same time. It took a few chapters to hook me in (although that may have to do with the fact I read it after a particularly epic book), but in the end, it was AWESOME and I'd definitely recommend it! BUY or BORROW?: English boy fan? Buy it! Angel book fan? Buy it! All-books-in-general fan? Buy it! I think you know where I'm going with this... ;)
Date published: 2012-05-02