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Fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series will be drawn to Wendy Higgins's sexy, thrilling Sweet Evil series.
Sweet Peril focuses on the battle between light and dark, good and evil, within Anna Whitt, the child of a guardian angel mother and a demon father. Anna promised herself she'd never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She'd been naive to make such a claim. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means earning an ...
Fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series will be drawn to Wendy Higgins's sexy, thrilling Sweet Evil series.
Sweet Peril focuses on the battle between light and dark, good and evil, within Anna Whitt, the child of a guardian angel mother and a demon father. Anna promised herself she'd never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She'd been naive to make such a claim. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means earning an unwanted reputation as her school's party girl. And all the while there's gorgeous bad-boy Kaidan Rowe, the son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.
Anna discovers it is her fate to banish demons from the earth, and save the other Nephilim from their dark destiny. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?
Posted April 30, 2013
THANK YOU Wendy Higgins for writing an amazing, unputdownable sequel!
What I LUV'D: Let's start with the cover...Can I have Anna's dress, please? (Can I also have her figure to go with the dress because that would be great, thanks.)
Action, adventure, brownies, cuddling, kissing and wrestling - this sequel has a little something for everyone! We're introduced to new characters and get to hang with familiar faces (two of which look exactly alike - go figure). Kopano gets LOTS of page time, and of course, there's Kaidan Rowe, everyone's favorite drummer boy guy.
(BTW, I vote that Wendy Higgins writes a Kaidan novella that features a roadie named Jen. Her job could be to bake cupcakes for the band and carry Kaidan's drumsticks because I totally rock at carrying stuff! Just sayin')
Anna has become one of my favorite female characters - she's strong willed, compassionate and her ability to see the best in people is something we should all aspire to whether you're a fictional character or not. She's faced with a task so big, there's no way she can accomplish it all on her own and she is surrounded by those who doubt she can succeed at all, but Anna has something they don't...she has hope that all things are possible. *high fives her*
Anna also has two very swoonilicious guys in her life, and how lucky is she?! They're both tall, dark and delicious and they both rock abs accents. While it's no secret which of the two beat out the rhythm of her heart song, she does come to the realization that she has genuine feelings for both and things get a little, um, interesting. I like that Anna is mature enough to understand that she has an important purpose to fulfill and the world does not revolve around her love life.
Let me just say, that I'm a die-hard Kaidanite, but Kopano made me feel all the feels in Sweet Peril. So much so, I decided to adapt a song for him...
"I threw a wish in the well
Don't ask me, I'll never tell
I looked to you, as it fell
And now I smell car-a-mel
I'd trade my Neph for a wish
Auras and plagues for a kiss
I wasn't looking for this
But now we're wre-stl-ing.
You're prayer was holding
Head bowed skin was showing
Hot night wind was blowing
Where you think you're going Kope?
Hey, I just met you
And this is crazy
But I am freezing
So warm me, maybe?
It's hard to look right, at you Kope
But I am freezing
So warm me, maybe?"
What left me wanting: Can I have Sweet Reckoning now?
Final verdict: Fantastic sequel that leaves you in just enough peril to want the next book. READ.IT.
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Posted May 30, 2013
I just love when I find a series that I cannot get enough of; that I just want to devour, page by page word by word. T
he Sweet Trilogy is one of those series.
A series I just can’t get enough of; can’t get enough of the story, can’t get enough of the characters.
Wendy has created a series, a world, which I am so glad I can get lost in.
It’s the world that Wendy created that I find so unique and so very interesting.
She created this world where angels, nephilim and even demons exist. I have read quite a bit of angel books,
and I have found only a few that that I thoroughly enjoy.
Sweet Peril is one of those few that I simply love. It is her take on angels, nephilim and demons that is interesting.
Wendy created this whole new idea on how these creatures live and function that is all very fascinating.
The old energy was alive between us. I was aware of him, of every detail about him, just as I'd always been.
And I could tell by the tightness in his body that he was hyperaware of me, too.
Sweet Peril picks up about six months after the first book ends.
Anna is still trying her best to find a balance between her demon and angel sides.
Still trying to figure out her purpose, what she is supposed to be doing.
Still trying to avoid those damn demon whispers, still trying to have a close-to-normal life as she can.
And as I got deeper and deeper into the book I saw that Anna really is a strong character.
I saw a lot of growth in her since the first book, she seemed to have a much more leveled head then she did before, even though she
is still a bit confused on how to handle everything that is happening to her. I was glad to see where she was as a whole.
Anna is still trying to get over or come to terms with the fact that Kaidan can’t be seen with her.
I could feel the sadness that she had about how things ended in the last book.
But as she starts to slowly figure out her purpose, she starts surrounding herself with a
team of nephilim who are ready to stop being treated the way they are, Kaidan included.
Now, when Kaidan is around, I loved every single second of it. Who wouldn't, really?
Like Anna, you can see the struggle they are fighting against, the struggle to hide their feeling for each other.
It was a very emotional experience, even for me, the reader.
Everything that happens between these two characters, Kai and Anna, is all very intense.
I enjoyed every second of that! Also, I could see the change, the growth, of Kaidan.
I’m very proud of the progress he has made, though at times in the book, I wanted to face-palm him.
But despite the situation with those two, they kept fighting; they try their best to do what is right.
Anna and Kaidan aren't the only characters worth reading about, oh no, I really enjoyed the other Neph.
The twins, loved them, and Kopano. Who I really got to understand and know. I was able to see, to experience that these Neph,
they all have these conflicts that they are fighting, both within them and around them. It was sad to see some of their situations.
I’m glad that Wendy gives her readers an opportunity to get a more in-depth look at the lives of the Neph.
Not only were the characters wonderful, but so was the story and the pace.
Wendy moved the story along nicely, gave me just enough to want more of the book, more of her story.
I even got goose-bumps at certain parts of the book! Now, if an author can do that, it’s pretty incredible.
Sweet Peril was a great second book in the Sweet Trilogy, better than I could of even hoped for.
Wendy is a very talented author. And the story she created, I became so engrossed with, I couldn't put the book down
until I consumed every last word.
I really do recommend this book to angel lovers, and those who would like a different take on angels, nephilim and demons.
Wendy created a really cool world to get lost in.
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Posted April 23, 2013
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Posted May 8, 2013
To give the author credit, the idea and concept of the story are realing intriguing and unique compared to YA literature on the shelves at the moment. Her writing is good and i really do like some if the characters she writes about like Kope and Blake. Its just that this book had no freaking plot. Dont get me wrong, i wasnt dying of boredom, but i kept waiting and waiting for something important and plot twisting to happen but it never happens. The whole story goes way to quickly, skipping entire months and although thats better than packing tons of insignificant scenes into each chapter, i still felt disconnectes from the story because of this. It seems that up until three quarters of the way into the book all we see Anna do is recruiy allies from around the world and pathetically obssess over Kaiden. Ive got nothing against Kaiden, and in fact enjoy their couple of romantic scenes, especially the scenes in his apartment that made me feel all warm and blush-y, but Anna was seriously bordering an unhealthy mental obssession with this kid. They could go months without talking and he'll keep pushing her away but shes willing to leave everything for him at the drop of a hat. I just wished she would have a little more dignity, but otherwise shes not a terrible character. Sure, the author was really over exaggerating Annas good girl persona in the first book, but in this one its much less cringe-worthy. The romance is dull up until about halfway in and then the author gets your blood racing. If you read the first book and enjoyed all the heated scenes between Anna and Kaiden, rest assured that this book will not disappoing... you'll just have to hang in there a little while. Overall, i actually did enjoy the book, it was just the damn plotline that left me unsatisfied. If you read and liked the first book, i highly recommend this one, especially to enjoy those scenes with Kaiden.
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Posted April 22, 2013
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Posted June 19, 2013
I loved this book! I can't wait to read the third book. Wendy Higgins did a great job with the sequel, I never once lost interest. I recommend
this book, it's a great sequel for Sweet Evil.
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Posted May 28, 2013
Posted May 3, 2013
Sweet Peril was underwhelming and quite painful to get through. I only read it for the sake of giving this series a chance to redeem itself for me. No such luck.
Anna... I find it hard to relate to virginal, pure of heart, crybaby, obsessive Anna. I can't stand when the female protagonist obsesses to the point of stupidity over the resident bad boy of the series, a trophe that's becoming more common among the YA genre. For more than half the book I had to deal with Anna's crippling obsessiveness over Kaidan Rowe.
The premise of the series is good but the execution and characters destroy its potential. I like Kaidan but he much too much like the cliche pretty bad boy in most YAs. I love Blake. He is one character that amused and made the reading slightly better.
The biggest problem with Sweet Peril is this: it lacks a plot. This entire book was about gaining allies and obsessing over Kaidan. There was no type of resolution or conflict.
This series is underwhelming. I will only read the final book for to finish the series. My advice, you're not missing much with this one. Save your money and time.
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Posted April 1, 2015
Posted January 30, 2015
This book really gave you insight to Kaiden. Ugh, I just wanted to slap him. Does he truly care about Anna? I thought he didn't care, but then I thought maybe he does. Is it love or is it a brotherly love. Now there is Kopano in the picture. Is that who Anna is supposed to be with?
Wendy Higgins truly has a wonderful way to drive you crazy with this triangle. I admire how she really holds true for Anna in helping her keep the values she was raised with, and strong enough to fight the temptation, no matter what it may be.
Be ready for another adventure where the army is building.
Posted January 5, 2015
Anna is still the good girl at heart, no matter how many innocent humans the Dukes make her turn into sinners. Together with Kopano, the Son of Wrath she's travelling the world to find new allies in fellow Nephilim and ultimately fight for their freedom. Her feelings for Kaidan are true, they can help her win this war...or put her in great danger.
We meet new Nephilim, Zania and Flynn. Kopano, Blake and the twins are in for a fight against the Dukes as well.
With our jet set queen Anna travelling to meet the other Nephs we are seeing different cultures and exotic places. The change in scenery is well-done, taking us to places all over the world. It's a lovely collection of new impressions and the travelling makes SWEET PERIL so much more exciting. Whenever we were granted a scene with Kaidan all my senses were set on high alert, forbidding myself to miss even the tiniest details. This boy sure is the right to be the Son of Pharzup, the Duke of Lust. SWEET PERIL allows us to see many new facets of him, e.g. his emphatic and selfless character. Anna and Kaidan are exploring their domestic and cuddly side as a couple a bit. As much as they can be smoking hot, they can be cute as hell, too.
5/5 ***** SWEET PERIL - The seven sins have never been sweeter and more tempting!
After an amazing first book in the SWEET EVIL trilogy, I read SWEET PERIL in only one day. Engagingly written as it is, it was just as addicting as Wendy Higgins debut novel. Don't underestimate Kaidan Rowe's lust or better love spell!
Posted December 27, 2014
Posted December 4, 2014
Series still going strong into book 2. This sequel reminded me of the Twilight sequel....our heroine is sepearated from our hero most of the book. About drove me crazy and couldn't wait for them to come together. The last 8 chapters of the book just took off in a blaze and then I couldn't put it down and had to jump right into book 3. Can't wait to see how this series ends (praying for "they all lived happily ever after" ending here)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2014
As soon as I finished Sweet Evil I had to jump right into this book, I had to know how things were going to progress.
Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars – Kept telling myself “just one more chapter.”
Remember all those love sick puppy comments I had for Anna during my review of book one? Well I’m still having them. Right off the bat Anna is running to Kaidan. When will she understand, girl let him come to you. I mean really Kaidan tells her repeatedly to back off (more or less) how many times does he have to tell our heroine before she backs off? I could not wait for Anna to grow a freakin’ back bone and make him work for it. She is still coming off as desperate. Once again most of my notes on this book were about Anna pinning for Kaidan with Kaidan giving her no love back in return. I’ll be honest, it was enough that I almost put this book down. I get she’s in high school and having a difficult time, but it was so bad in this book.
I didn’t have a lot of love for Kaidan either. He’s full of mixed signals. Minor mixed signals, like you have to really look for them, but I guess you’re there… maybe. For the most part Kaidan spends the book ‘working’ and if you’ve read the first book you know what that means. I just can’t handle it when my heroes do this. I understood it for Kaidan because it was his job after all, but it seriously broke my heart time and time again.
While I really enjoyed Sweet Peril over all (hence the 4.5 rating) it does kind of suffer from the second book syndrome. You know, where the second book in a trilogy is just filler. There were times while reading that I felt like Sweet Peril was a whole book of just time passing and Anna sitting around pining for Kaidan. Not much happens in this book and most of the details are stretched out. I guess it’s all needed to move the story forward, but I like activity so when this happens in series I can often times find myself bored.
Yet, before it was all said and done we did get some big stuff from Kaidan (THANKFULLY) so that bumped my rating up to the 4.5 scale. Without these new developments it probably would have been in the 4-ish range. I loved when we finally get to see the true Kaidan. That’s what I wanted all along. And let me tell you Kaidan does not disappoint when he finally does allow himself to be honest with Anna. He was totally swoon worthy.
If you’re reading The Sweet Trilogy, which I think you should then Sweet Peril is definitely needed, but if you find yourself a bit bored while reading just know that good things are coming. Stick it out.
Posted September 12, 2014
I find a lot of 2nd books in trilogy's fall flat. Thy're normally filled with explanations and setting up for the "big ending". But this was such a wonderful second book. It just flowed right from the first book and kept going.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2014
After reading Sweet Evil, I couldn't wait to get started on Sweet Peril. I was itching for more of Anna and Kaidan, but alas, as fate and the sucky demons and whisperers would have it, they had a really hard time getting together. While I didn't like Kaidan for most of Sweet Evil, I loved him in Sweet Peril for the most part, even though he still had his moments of jerkdom, because I knew he was doing it to protect Anna. Kopano was great, but he just doesn't float my boat, and I was glad that what I thought was going to be a love triangle, which I do not like, wasn't what I thought it would be. I was pleased with how that turned out. The story itself is action-packed and full of suspense. I love the secondary characters in this book - they are all so well written and personable, but my favorite of all is Blake - I just love Blake. I wish he would get a spin-off book of his own.
Again, Sweet Peril was beautifully written and captured my attention from beginning to end. Anna had to embrace her demonic side in this book and became a somewhat of a party girl, but she still managed to hold onto that innocence that makes her who she is. I loved where the romance went with Kaidan and Anna and I loved where Wendy Higgins took the story. Thankfully, I had Sweet Reckoning to start as soon as I was done. I would have hated to have to wait on it.
My Opinon: A definite hit - hotter with more romance, the suspense is taken up a notch, and Kaidan - oh yeah....totally loved him. If you don't have it, I would definitely get it.
Posted July 28, 2014
Buddy-read this gorgous thing with Rashika [The Social Potato] and had so much fun discussing it. Sweet Evil was one of the first YA books that I just about died while reading, because I was too busy swooning over the love interest. Yes, I’m fully team Kaidan and proud of it! While I adore Wendy Higgins to pieces, loved the first book a lot and know that the fans were satisfied with Peril, I was hesitant. Why? Well, I knew that Kai wouldn’t be in the first half that much, so I honestly didn’t know if Anna and her own adventures would be captivating enough to keep me hooked. Were they?
“We had a secret knowledge that demons couldn't fathom. They saw love as a weakness, but they were wrong. Love would keep us going, love was our strength.”
I really think they were. Yes, I had a tough time with Anna at first simply because.. Well, I know, as a reader, that Kai and Anna are meant to be. They are and will be the endgame no matter what kind of obstacles they have to endure and surpass. However, watching a girl pine for a guy like that IRL would be devastating and my rational side says “Get over him, Anna, and start living your life! Do not chase a guy who doesn’t want to be chased.” So as much as it pains me to say this, Anna can be a touch annoying. At the end of the day (especially during chapters 14-19), I’m glad she fought for what her heart wanted the most.
This book is more about the character growth than world building. If you’re looking for excessive world building, you’re looking at the wrong place. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though: we meet new Nephilim kids, get more proof of how malicious and evil some of the Dukes are, all relationships are developed and given more depth to, you even may start liking some characters *ahem* Ginger *cough*. The pacing is pretty fast and what I like about Wendy’s writing is that she doesn’t take time with overly long descriptions of Anna’s day and whatnot. She knows we want to see the real action, so it was nice to see Anna, step by step, becoming closer to fulfilling the prophecy.
Moreover, kudos to Wendy for not giving us an excessive love triangle. Yeah, there is a moment where you probably think that “yikes, will it really turn into one?”, but nope! Anna is confident in her choice and I very much appreciated it. Aaaalso, this book is way steamier than Sweet Evil was. So. Much. Swoon. You, guys! SUCH SWOON, SRSLY! I felt like we were rewarded with so much goodness after all that waiting, almost-moments, back & forth? It was sweeeet. (Pun intended.) There were some really sweet father-daughter moments here and there. Ohhh, and the Blake & Kai bromance? I SHIP IT SO HARD.
As a whole, I wished that there was a little more world building, but we got some great revelations. I’m happy with the way things wrapped up and even more excited for the finale. Sweet Peril is all about the character growth; much more steamy and full of I-need-to-fan-myself moments. Kai and Anna fans will be very, very pleased with this novel :)
Overall rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
Posted June 13, 2014