Review & Giveaway: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins


Sweet EvilSweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Published by: HarperTeen on May 1, 2012
Genre: Angels, Demons, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 447
Source: Purchased
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Rating: ★★★★★

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?

Let me just say that it’s a good thing I was home alone while reading this book. Every single page I would burst out with insanely loud laughter or girly shrieks or “OH MY GOD!” I imagine my family members would have been annoyed with my psychotic outbursts!

Sweet Evil is an insane emotional ride through the paranormal. This book is really about good vs. evil, giving into temptations, and romance.. OH MY GOD THE ROMANCE! This is definitely a book that will make you miss your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife, or at least make you desperate to like.. kiss someone.

I adored the romance in Sweet Evil because it was so full of contrast. Although Anna is half demon and half angel, she’s definitely dominantly angel. She’s sweet, innocent, and pure, which made her a heavy contrast to Kaidan — the dark, mysterious, bad boy demon who is all about the one night stands and partying. Although it may seem like the typical good girl and bad boy relationship, I felt like there was so much more here. Maybe it was the intense story behind their relationship, or the obstacles they faced, or just the deliciously swoony scenes where things got hot and heavy. I don’t know, but I adored it! I was screaming into my book and constantly texting my boyfriend to tell him that I missed him desperately. This book did crazy things to my emotions!

One thing I didn’t like was the love triangle that developed. It felt very awkward to me. I feel like the love triangle didn’t play a big enough role in the story to actually be important or have a significant place in the book. It just seemed very unnecessary to me. That, and the fact that I’m not a fan of Kopano. He was supposed to be the nice guy to contrast with the bad boy Kaidan, but he seemed kind of emotionless to me. He was a little too serene or something.

But that’s really my only issue with the book. Other than that, I absolutely adored every inch of Sweet Evil! My heart was constantly racing, my fingers were whipping through the pages, and I was so glued to the book that I even took it in the bath with me — which is something I NEVER do! The story in Sweet Evil was also fascinating to me. I’m not a religious person, but Sweet Evil had a lot of religious plot elements and messages and I found it fascinating! I loved how Wendy Higgins came up with all these eloquent ways of explaining things in the world, like the voices inside our heads that put us down or praise us. There were so many intense scenes filled with love, wonder, confusion, and other crazy emotions. Anna’s mom Patti reminded me of my own mom (who’s name is Patty!), and I totally wanted a best friend like Veronica!

If you like paranormal and/or romance, this is one fierce read that will have you hooked until the very end.

About the Sequel & Blog Tour

Apparently Wendy’s publishers may not pick up the sequel to Sweet Evil, so I beg you all to show your support for Wendy and the book! Sweet Evil is in dire need of a sequel because the end was devastating and left me dying to read more. I feel like I don’t know how I’ll survive until there’s some beautiful happy ending! I’d also like to give a HUGE thank you to Amber at Fall Into Books for putting together this blog tour to celebrate the epicness that is Sweet Evil and help show the publishers that they absolutely need to pick up the sequel!

You can read a bit more on Wendy’s blog post. Also check out the rest of the blog tour stops on Amber’s blog.


Since Sweet Evil is so amazing and I need to spread the love with the world, I’m hosting an international giveaway! So if you want a chance to win a paperback copy of Sweet Evil, please carry on! πŸ˜‰

Giveaway Rules

  • This giveaway is open internationally.
  • You must be 13 or older.
  • Only one entry is allowed per household. Entering again under another e-mail address or IP address is not permitted.
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  • Winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is given, I will select a new winner.
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  1. All the things they have to go through before they completely accept each other πŸ™‚

  2. I love a steamy romance. A little jealousy is always good (e.g. Onyx and Sweet Evil), but not too much. Sweet romances are cute, too, but since I’m not 16 anymore, the steamier the better πŸ™‚

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  3. What I love about ya romance books is the love triangle or if there aren’t any love triangle then the way they meet, most especially in the most unexpected way…or they didn’t know that they are for each other because at first they hate each other or something. I could make a long list of things I love about cheesy books but here are some on top of my list. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the Giveaway!

  4. Simply I just love romances and two people falling in love with each other! I love that all the emotions are still new and intensive and sweet and passionate at the same time!

  5. I love how couples manage to be together though they have rough times when everything seems impossible!!

  6. I love that romance novels now feature things the couples must overcome, it’s realistic even if the issues aren’t. LOL

  7. romance gives you a way to live someones elses fairytale/ HEA. It lets you feel that butterfly tingle after a first kiss, that freak out when he tells you he loves you for the first time.. all the great moments can be relived through a wonderful romance…
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  8. Yaaay I’m so glad you loved this book! Anytime I try to explain my love for this book I end up gushing and fangirling and just being annoying. πŸ˜€ And I agree that I didn’t like the love triangle. It was just unneccessary and Koplano didn’t really have anything special to him.
    Loved your review! xD

    1. I LOVE knowing that I’m not the only insane, gushy, fangirl out there! πŸ˜€ Go us!!

  9. I love the slow burn relationship building process. It’s so endearing sometimes! I love watching two people fall in love, work out their problems, fall in love all over again, and just be. It’s nice πŸ˜€
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. AHHHH Absolutely loved Sweet Evil and cannot wait until Sweet Hope. I had really liked Kopano for the fact that he made Kaidan sooo jealous.

  11. I like the love stories . When lovers must pass through difficult obstacles to live their love. Sometimes are love triangles and that’s more interesting.

  12. I like when the romance builds gradually because it seems more sincere than when it happens too fast! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

  13. I’m really looking forward to reading this one and your review makes even more wanna read this book!!

  14. Great review, and thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love books that can make you actually laugh out loud or talk at the book!

    And I love in romances when the characters seem completely wrong for each other, but then end up being a perfect match. πŸ˜‰

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  15. Romance found in books is great because you get to feel the fuzzy chills, (if it’s done right), without all the stupid complications that show up in real life. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. The act of falling in love, those first looks, butterflies in the stomach, growing emotions, it’s great!

  17. What I like best? The male characters! And I like them more is they’re are a bit bad! ~swoon~ bad boys!! *___*

  18. Eeep! Sweet Evil!<3 I'd love to have a paperback, thanks for the giveaway!

    And… Great question. I love the hate/love kind of Romance, when the hero and heroine fight, banter, tease and flirt with each other before accepting their feelings for each other and moving on to a serious relationship. It makes things spicy and fun!

  19. probably when it comes to the point they banter with each other and they find themselves in an awkward yet sweet position.

  20. I think what I really want from this book is the chance to amke up my mind for myself. Because it’s got a bad boy and a good girl and a love triangle in there somewhere that I know I’m going to hate. But it;s also about angels and demons and other delicious things like that, and I just can’t keep my hands off those books! (Except Hush, Hush. :P)

    So yeah *enter*. May as well. :]!

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  21. Whoa, what an awesome giveaway! GREAT Review. I’ve had this on my TBR list for a few weeks, but your review definitely put it higher on my sooner than later TBR list! Thanks so much for this opportunity! -Bethany @ YA Vixens.

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