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Sweet Evil (Sweet Trilogy Series #1)

Sweet Evil (Sweet Trilogy Series #1)

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by Wendy Higgins

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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


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?

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School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—Anna, a studious adoptee, learns her true origin as the forbidden daughter of a fallen and a guardian angel when she meets Kaidan, drummer for the band Lascivious and son of the Duke of Lust. Her ability to read the emotional states of other humans by their colorful auras sets her apart from other teens; it is by her own aura that Kaidan recognizes her. Higgins's world-building includes Nephilim (children of fallen angels), angels of light, and enough convenient plotting to strain the credibility of even devoted genre readers. Kaidan drives the virginal Anna from Atlanta to California to meet her father and Sister Ruth, the dying nun who arranged Anna's adoption. The road trip is fraught with sexual tension as well as revelations about the demon world as Kaidan attempts to both seduce and educate the 16-year-old. Anna's father, Belial, the Duke of Substance Abuse (the Dukes of Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Wrath, etc., are fallen angels and the devil's chief minions on Earth), has been in jail since her birth. When she finally visits him, he reveals himself as loving father and regretful angelic rebel. He is determined to train her so that she can survive-and perhaps topple-the hierarchy of demons that influences human behavior. There are moments of action and sexual intensity here but most of this lengthy novel is a setup that introduces the logistics of demon/angel/human interaction, the key players in the heavily foreshadowed drama, and the religious philosophy that underpins the plot. Still, genre readers may take to the earnest Anna and her bad boy, Kaidan.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Anna lives with her adoptive mom, Patti. She has always had questions about who her biological parents. She has a crazy memory that dates back to when she was in her mother's stomach. She remembers being born. She remembers a nun delivering her. She remembers her mother dying in childbirth and she remembers her dad's arrest for drug trafficking. Fast forward sixteen, question-filled years and Anna's best friend, Jay, introduces her to this charismatic rock star named Kaidan Rowe. She and Kaidan share a special bond. Kaidan explains to her that they are both Nephilim. Usually Nephilim are the children of a heavenly angel or a fallen angel/demon and a human. The difference is that Anna's mother wasn't human, she was a heavenly angel. Kaidan's father is Pharzuph, the Duke of lust. Anna's dad is Belial, the Duke of substance abuse. Nephilin are born to help their fathers in whatever type of "bad influence" they bring to earth. Since her father has been in prison all her life, Anna has always embraced her good side, but now Kaidan brings out the "bad girl" in her. Nephilim can never be more than friends, but this doesn't stop Anna from falling in love with Kaidan when he takes her on a cross country road trip to meet the nun who delivered her and finally meet her father. Answers bring other questions for Anna that dip into religious beliefs but do not require the reader to be anything more than a person who enjoys a good relationship drama. The ending is open, allowing for other books to follow. I look forward to finding out if Anna and Kaidan's relationship can possibly work against all the odds on earth and in heaven. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
VOYA - Katie Sadowski
Anna can see people's colors (auras and moods); she can hear up to a mile away and smell pancakes cooking on the next block. She does not drink, is waiting to have sex until marriage, and does not lie. Anna is the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon. Her angelic side may have more control, but once she meets Kaiden, the son of another demon, she is thrown into the world of the Nephilim, the children of demons, where survival depends upon embracing vice. Nephilim are expected to "work" to spread sin; those who do not are killed by their fathers, and they are certainly not allowed to have feelings for one another. One hundred percent fantasy and romance, Sweet Evil follows the current formula set forth by Twilight. Kaiden introduces Anna to the world of the Nephilim and refuses to be with her to protect them both; she becomes depressed in response, and a second, safe love interest is introduced. The book, however, is well written and enticing. Paranormal romance fans will line up to read it. One steamy encounter, the Nephilim's assignments, and encounters with demons make this book more appropriate for a mature reader, as allusions to sex, drinking, and drugs abound. Though the ending is a bit unbelievable, even by supernatural standards, it will draw readers back for the remainder of the Sweet Trilogy. Reviewer: Katie Sadowski

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Sweet Trilogy Series , #1
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12 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

Wendy Higgins is the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, and Sweet Reckoning, the first three books in the series, as well as Flirting 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 Radford University for a masters in curriculum and instruction before becoming a high school English teacher. Wendy now lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband and children, writing full time.

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Sweet Evil 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 273 reviews.
Alaiel_Kreuz More than 1 year ago
From the beginning when I found the blurb of the book in Goodreads I thought "Hey, this book looks totally awesome. I'm gonna have to read it!" And then I pre-ordered it right away. Reasons? Well, first we have the cover. Have you seen it?! Her red dress is gorgeous, she is a beauty all by herself but surrounded by that wicked forest and the cool shadow of that totally hot guy while the whole covers exudes this "embrace-me right-now-and-surrender" vibe is just too much. Second reason: The blurb. Maybe this will sound weird but I've always being told I'm some sort of bad influence. Why? No clue. I mean, I'm the personification of cuteness and sweetness and all that... Yeah, right. I'm not fooling you, am I? Thanks to the first line of the summary I had an overwhelming desire to read this book about teenagers that had to be a bad influence in order to stay alive. And then I finally got to read the book. True to be told I have mixed feelings. You see, Anna's personality at the beginning is just so... so... good (deep sigh). I know it's not bad to be good but then again, an utterly good person can get on your nerves, right? At least she did get on mine. But don't get me wrong, once you understand the deepness of her struggles the entire book develops a new layer of intrigue. The way Anna interacts with the other sons and daughters of the Dukes make a huge difference in her life. Where once her only friend had being Jay (a human boy that is like a brother for her) now she had to learn to deal with the Twins, Marna and Ginger, daughters of the Duke of Adultery whose purpose was to break couples that truly loved each other; Blake, son of the Duke of Envy; Kopano, son of the Duke of Wrath, that has his own story and whom I like a lot; and finally Kaidan, son of the Duke of Lust, the target of Anna's affection. All of them had to work for their fathers' cause. Or face the consequences; and let me tell you, we are talking of horrible consequences here. Thanks to this new situation we see Anna fight and then embrace, somehow, her destiny. But how can see truly turn to evil when there's good inside of her? Personal opinion: Right now, if I could, I would love to read the second book. The way Wendy describes the scenes was superb, and this is a debut novel, people. During the first chapters I thought this book was going to be very suave, you know? But Wendy just blew my mind when some scenes were described with complete honesty making very easy to separate good from evil. Some paragraphs were a little too strong maybe but in the right amount. You will cringe but you won't cry; you will just understand what the characters are going through and that's a huge plus. So yes, buy it and read it in one sit. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great! Great story very original. Ive been losing my mind with all the vampire and werewolf books out right now. I mean I love them but you can only put so many new twists to them, and they end up kind of the same in all books. So this book was awesome a whole new original story havent read anything like it yet. The way the characters interact with eacother is great, in most books you dont see the rrlationships between all the characters with eachother. In this book you do, it makes you love each one more. SPOILER ALERT!! Does it piss off anyone else that Kaiden cant just suck it up and admitt his feelings? I mean freakin Kope knows her for like a couple days, barely talks to her, and he clearly makes his feelings known! I hope she gets over Kaiden more in the next book but at the same time I hope they get together! But right now i just want to punch Kaiden! Yeah im crazy i know.
BookObssessed More than 1 year ago
I love this book so freaking much, I wish it becomes a series . Please write more Mrs.Higgins !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and cant wait for the next one! I read this book in about a day! This book is amazing and really draws the reader in too! I love seeing the relationship between all the character develope. This book lures you in and you wont want to put it down until its done. But of corse, after you finish it, youll want to read the next one! I give this book 5 stars and cant wait for the next one.
mgolden More than 1 year ago
I adore this book so much! I really hope the next two are picked up because I have to know what happens next!! It is a must read for anyone who loves paranormal romances in YA.
Catie22 More than 1 year ago
I'm really torn about this one. I have been anticipating this book for awhile now and I think I worked myself into such excitement that it was easy to be let down, and for the same reason I continually tried to push my way through the not-so-great parts hoping that my premature fan-girling would be justified. I have seen so many reviewers raving about this book like it's the second coming of the Twilight phenomenon and certainly they are more than entitled to their opinions (that is what we bloggers do right?) but I just didn't get that thrill. Sweet Evil is not by any means a bad read, but it also is not the amazing story I expected it to be. I went into it expecting steamy romance, thrilling action and a gripping, unique plot. I got about half of those things which isn't too bad, but after being so excited to read it, it fell short. As always let's start with the good (including that absolutely gorgeous cover). Steam. The steaminess of this book cannot be denied. There were certainly times when I felt like I needed to open a window and just cool off for a second. In fact, parts of the book, felt more adult than young adult. This is probably because the main heartthrob of the story, Kaidan Rowe, is the son of the Duke of Lust. He definitely takes after his father. He, naturally, falls for sweet little Anna who never swears, or lies, or drinks and certainly does not do anything Kaidan might have in mind. When the two of them have to travel cross-country alone things really heat up. One of the most redeeming things about the book is the way that Anna and Kaidan change each other throughout the story. Anna lets down her guard a little when she's with Kaidan and he, in turn, allows her to see glimpses of his vulnerability. They really start to love each other, in large part because of Kaidan's damage from never truly having love in his life. One of the sweetest lines in the book comes from Anna's inner dialogue after discussing Kaidan's loveless upbringing: "I tried to imagine young, inquisitive Kaidan looking up at the demon in his life, desperate for his attention. I wished I could hold that little boy." - Ch. 14 The love between the two of them is what we all like to see in books, raw and real and deep. Another part of the book that I enjoyed was the mythology. Higgins does a great job of setting up the mythology behind the angels and the demons and their children. She also does not have any qualms with being very brutal about the way the demons behave. There are parts of this book that are very hard to get through because they are violent and heart wrenching, which I think is important when we are talking about evil. She really drives the point home. That's where the love sort of stopped for me. As far as uniqueness goes, I can't really say the plot was all that different from most paranormal romances. Good girl meets bad guy. Girl tries to change guy. Bad guy is still bad, but broken underneath. Girl finds out she has flaws too. They can't be together but probably will, maybe, at some point. It's fun and everything, but I was hoping for more of a different vibe with this one. The only real difference I can see is that Kaidan isn't really the hero type. He has a tendency to stand around and be freaked out when Anna is in mortal peril instead of actually jumping in and doing something about it. And then there's Anna. Don't get me wrong, I liked Anna, but I didn't love her. S
jennhaines07 More than 1 year ago
On the heels of all the vampire and otherworldly books comes Sweet Evil and blows them all away!! This goes beyond the beyond and leads readers into a world of real good versus evil. I was absolutely blown away and can't wait to read more from Wendy Higgins! I can't wait to follow Anna and see what's waiting ahead for her. And is it bad that I so desperately wanted Anna to give in to the 'evil' and Kai? :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loves it! I deff recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the true romance and absolutely charming characters. I have read countless paranormal romances and this has to be on my top 10. Completely fabulous; I fell for the main characters instantly!
brbookworm More than 1 year ago
Unique and gripping.  This story grabbed me straight from the beginning and didn't let go.  The characters come to life in this well written, witty novel that makes you want to stay up all night reading.  I had trouble focusing on anything else.  This author did a wonderful job of helping the reader connect to the characters and kept the acting coming. Read this book, and I promise you will not be disappointed.   On another note, I really enjoyed the underlying good vs. evil battle that really is at the heart of the story line ( although the love story is gripping as well).  Like I said before, read this book, you will NOT be disappointed, instead you will be chomping at the bit to get the next book in the series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has character, description, romance, action, and emotion all rolled up in one! An awesome read! Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely great book! I couldn't stop reading once I started. Finished it within hours, which I'm now regretting, I want more! Unlike so many other books out there, the characters are likeable and the story line is captivating from the start. I don't want to give any spoilers so I'll just leave it at that. So glad I found this book, can't wait for the next one to come out! Buy this book, you won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SUPERB! People who haven't read this book are missing out BIG TIME!
BlondexCrayon More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent! In a world consumed by vampires and werewolves (which I love, so don't hate) its a very nice change. This book truly shows good and evil and gives you a strong female character, that you can relate to in situations, as well as a strong, mysterious male character, who you cannot help but fall in love with. All in all, this book is amazing. Reviews, blurbs and summaries do this book no justice. Its a fast past page turner that you'll have to fight yourself to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw it at the library and i thought i would give it a try, i fell in love, must read i bought it for the nook so i could take it everywhere
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kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Sweet Evil is the first novel in the Sweet Evil Trilogy and the debut novel of author Wendy Higgins. It is an urban fantasy, filled with angels and demons. The tale hints at an epic battle yet to come. I was immediately drawn to its beautiful cover and dark synopsis. Higgins writing style and world-building made this a fun, fast paced read and was a delightful start to this trilogy. The tale begins with fifteen year old Anna Whitt. She is a good girl who struggles with a sixth sense that allows her to see the emotions of other people. Anna is unusual; she never gets sick, heals rapidly and remembers everything about her life from the time she spent in her mother’s womb. Anna knows she is different, but as her sixteenth birthday approaches she meets the dark and mysterious Kaidan Rowe. He is a drummer in a band and drop dead gorgeous. He is like her, only he knows what he is and what he was raised to do. She is immediately drawn to him despite his bad boy reputation. As the tale unfolds Kaidan and her adoptive mother Patti help her understand who she is. Now Anna must decide what she will do about it. Anna and Kaidan drive cross country so she can meet her father, who is currently serving time in jail. I loved the journey and getting to know the two of them. When Anna’s father meets her and learns that Kaidan’s Dad is aware of her existence, he immediately makes plans to be released. Anna also goes to visit the convent where she was born and is given a gift by the nun who was there at her birth. From here the tale becomes action-packed as we learn more about this world. The characters were all unique in this novel and I immediately felt connections with them. Anna is all goodness and sweet, and watching her step out of her comfort zone was interesting. Kaidan oozes smexy and is definitely a bad boy. Despite his violent protests you quickly realize there is a warm, fuzzy compassionate side to him. Of course, their relationship is forbidden and watching these two play off each other was a blast. I am a sucker for romance and found myself rooting for them. The relationship is volatile and I am anxious to see how it develops. The one thing I am sure of is that Kaidan will be there for her. We meet some of Kaidan’s friends who are also special. All of them are unique and I enjoyed seeing the chaos they brought to the mix. Kopano was sweet, and I worried about a love triangle developing. Anna senses he would be the better relationship choice, but her heart belongs to Kaidan. It’s pretty clear he has feelings, but he hasn't yet made a move. Kaidan is extremely jealous even as he states they cannot be together. I am hoping Higgins avoids the whole triangle all together as I am already firmly team: Kaidan. The world-building is awesome and Higgins offers an interesting spin on how the devil influences humans. The tale is filled with demons, angels and all kinds of supernatural entities. Higgins has set the stage for an epic battle, not so much between good and evil, but on the issue of souls. The romance is steamy in this novel and there were a couple of intense scenes. I loved the scene where the council met, and I am flat out afraid of Kaidan’s father and the other Dukes. All of the children like Anna must do their fathers bidding, if they don’t the consequence are horrific. I am not talking about a grounding or loss of your cell phone. Disobedience brings punishments like torture and death. I loved how Higgins made Dukes out of the
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys are retarded with the cat stuff.. what is wrong with people these days! This is a book review not a chat site.. the book i have read it is awesome one of my faves! Nothing to do with cats.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Love these books. Definitely my go-to reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just really love this series in reading for the second time all over agin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing, and I didn't want to put it down. It had the adventure, the action, the passionate romance, everything. It was a refreshing story compared to what else is out there fore the teen readers. Really give it a try.
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
Anna's character is refreshing. She doesn't try to load off her beliefs on others and lets them do as they wish, but she also has no desire to change the person she is. Even though she comes across as naive, she is very strong of will. She has a ton of powers that she hides from the world as she tries to come across as a normal person. The world is intricate and I really loved learning about all the details. Higgins does a great job of making Sweet Evil more than just an angel/demon book. Anna is different from anyone, as she's a Nephilim that is part angel and part demon. There are other Nephilim out there that she learns about as she gathers more information about her true heritage. These Nephilim are part demon and part human. The Nephilim are the part of the story that hurt my heart to read about. They are regarded as nothing important and are required to do the "work" of their demon parents. These parents are all men, the Dukes of the deadly sins (and a few more sins thrown in). I don't want to give too much away about the intricacies of the story, as it's really interesting to learn all about. There are so many wonderful characters thrown in. From the other Nephilim that Anna meets to her human friends and even her adopted mother, Patti, it's hard not to love each and every one of them. The only thing that I'd watch out for is that this is young adult as the characters are all indeed in that age range. There are some young adult books that are acceptable for my son to read who is about to turn 13. This one isn't one I'd call acceptable for him just yet. So if you have an avid reader on your hands as I do who is a bit younger and likes to read 'older' books, I would just read this one first to determine whether you think they should read it. There are teenagers in this world whose main function is to spread the sins of their fathers far and wide. It's very hard to watch remembering their ages and the people they go after, but it's also very important to the story. Well Higgins doesn't hold back on the love interest in Sweet Evil. Kaidan Rowe is the son of the Duke of Lust and definitely doesn't disappoint. He's a drummer in a band, has bad boy written all over him, and basically couldn't be a better opposite to our straight-laced heroine Anna. While there are some definite steamy scenes with him involved, he doesn't do commitment. Also, Nephilim aren't allowed to date each other. So while Anna would like nothing more than to tame her a Kaidan and have him all to herself, there are a lot of obstacles she'll have to cross before getting there. Right now, it's heartbreak alley for her. Still, it's a blast to read about. He's incredibly sweet to her while also being a jerk trying to push her away so she doesn't get too attached. I'm very interested in how this will all play out since Nephilim are killed on the spot for dating one of their own. Sweet Evil is an excellent opening book to the series. We get a lot of information about the workings of the world, in small tidbits sprinkled throughout the entire book so it's not information overload. I loved the descriptions of how the Angels and Demons all fit together and the backstory for their lives. I adore the characters and the depth each one has. The romance is a definite complexity that I'm itching to see play out. I am also absolutely invested in finding out how everything ends. Recommended to Paranormal Fantasy Fans.
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