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Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Trilogy Series #3)

Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Trilogy Series #3)

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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.

In Sweet Reckoning, the time has come for Anna, daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, to accept her fate as the chosen one. She is destined to rid the earth of demons once and for all. But as Anna and her Nephilim allies

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

In Sweet Reckoning, the time has come for Anna, daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, to accept her fate as the chosen one. She is destined to rid the earth of demons once and for all. But as Anna and her Nephilim allies prepare for the evil brewing, the powerful Dukes use Anna's love for bad boy Kaidan Rowe against her, and her strength is put to the ultimate test. How far will the two of them go to keep each other alive? Will love conquer all in the final battle between good and evil?

Editorial Reviews

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
Praise for Sweet Evil: “Well written and enticing… Paranormal romance fans will line up to read it… it will draw readers back for the remainder of the Sweet Trilogy.”-VOYA (starred review)
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—This third and final book in Higgins's "Sweet" trilogy finds Anna Whitt, daughter of an angel and Belial, the Duke of Substance Abuse, preparing to fulfill her destiny of ridding the world of demons and releasing herself and her fellow Nephilim from performing their various sinful obligations. Armed with a team of supporters, both Neph and human, as well as the love of Kaiden Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, Anna's adventures take her on the road, ultimately winding up at the annual summit of Dukes in Sin City itself, Las Vegas. The journey forces Anna to face and overcome her various urges, ultimately marrying Kaiden in a mile-high ceremony on a private plane and subsequently consummating their union (repeatedly, as it seems that every glance between the two of them is a smoldering one), as well as guzzling the contents of a hotel mini-bar in order to confuse Kaiden's father, Pharzuph, when he comes to test their "bond" (apparently, it is harder for a demon to detect when one party is drunk). The Christian message of good winning over evil and God's victory over the devil is more heavy hitting in this book than in the others, at times verging on cliché (when all else is failing in her final battle against the Dukes, Anna reverts to prayer to help confirm her victory); however, it is ultimately an appealing paranormal romance that will appeal to both secular and religious audiences alike.—Joanna Sondheim, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062265975
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Series:
Sweet Trilogy Series, #3
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
41,301
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
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 Reckoning 4.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 61 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to start with this book. What can I say? I loved the first two books of the Sweet Trilogy, and I was expecting a lot from the third and final book. And, hell yes, it delivered! Sweet Reckoning was a brilliant conclusion to an amazing series. It was everything I hoped for and more. I can't overemphasize how much I loved this book. Fans of the series, you will definitely not be disappointed. Anna was wonderful. Over the course of the first two books, she slowly became stronger and, in this book, she proved that she was a force to be reckoned with. She faced down demons, determined to save who she could and usher in a new age for the Nephs. All the while, she stayed a genuinely kind person who is impossible not to like. I loved her in the previous books, and I loved her even more in this one. Kaiden...how I adore him. He was so sweet and determined to stand by Anna, no matter what. He showed just how much he was willing to risk for a chance at redemption and a chance to be with the girl he loved and proved that he was a hero worthy of the title. Ugh, he's just so perfect. I adored him so much and I'm so sad that I don't get to see more of him after this. Oh, well. That's what rereading is for :) The romance was lovely. Anna and Kaiden are just so sweet together, with some serious chemistry that got surprisingly hot. Their relationship took a turn that I wasn't expecting and that might be a little controversial with some readers, but I really liked it. It might not work for every couple, but it worked for them. They were a perfect couple. All the other characters were wonderful as well. Kope, Blake, Jay, Marna, Ginger, Zania. They all proved themselves as strong and willing to fight for the chance of freedom from the Dukes. Some of their stories had surprising twists that were both amazing and broke my heart. I loved them all and I'm so happy with how things ended for (most of) them. My only two problems with the book were: 1) it toed the line becoming preachy, with its slight emphasis on prayers and Christianity, which might make some people uncomfortable, and I didn't love it either. 2) After the final battle, we get a couple of chapters of aftermath and an epilogue (which I LOVED!), but I wish I could have seen more on how the Nephs  as a whole found a way to move on and make a new life for themselves. Of course, both of these were very minor issues and didn't have much of an effect on how much I adored the book. The plot was fast paced and I was utterly riveted the entire way through. This book took so many twists and turns and surprises that I never saw coming. I was totally on the edge of my seat. Woe to the person who tried to interrupt me while I was frantically reading this. The story was thrilling, romantic, and everything I could want in the conclusion of one of my favorite series. The ending was amazing, and I loved how the epilogue showed how things turned out for our characters. I'm so sad to see this series end, but I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion. Sweet Reckoning was just brilliant. I loved this book so much! It was a perfect conclusion to a fantastic series. From beginning to end, it was thrilling, romantic, and a wonderful read. Fans of the series, you won't be disappointed. And, YA romance lovers, the Sweet Trilogy is a must read. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and thought it was the perfect ending to the series. Kaiden and Anna's relationship progresses and I loved every minute of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved loved loved this book! I have been waiting for the final of this series for forever! Kai and Anna are perfect. This book picks right up at the end of the second book and was fantastic. I could not put this book down and ended up reading it all in one day. I'm in love with this series and would recommend this book to anyone!
jcsbookhaven 9 months ago
Allies I have really enjoyed this series. It was a fast, fun read. Not much to have to think about, and while parts of it may have been cheesy or too 'easy', I still loved it and was definitely what I was needing to read right now. The action was revved up even more. There is a lot of strategizing, running, hiding, and fighting in this one. I love how much Anna has grown throughout the story. She's so easy to underestimate and that's to her enemies' detriment. The side characters are all in depth and they are hard not to get attached to. Higgins also isn't afraid to make some hard choices of taking some of those characters away from us and forcing them into some pretty tragic situations which definitely makes the idea of this war more believable. The group becomes this sort of family all bonded together and it was amazing to watch all these personalities and people who didn't have any friends or family meld together to form this ragtag group of heroes. That's my favorite part I think. The Dukes that they are up against are despicable. I love how grotesque they come off and the evil they are prepared to do since it makes me want Anna to take them down even more. Enemies I would have liked to see the final confrontation stretch out a little more, but overall the action was really good. He said...She said Some will find the romance incredibly cheesy and may even be shaking their heads or cringing a bit in parts. I adored the partnership between Anna and Kai and though it was all a bit cliche, it worked for the story in my opinion. I enjoy the relationships that happen out of two people who don't like each other at first (though they may be wildly attracted to each other) and grow into that all-consuming love. They went through their whiny and jerk periods and they had a lot of cute moments in this final book. And we all stand firm Definitely a good series. The concepts involved with the angels and demons are original and interesting. Anna is a strong heroine and her group of side characters are simply amazing. The romance and action parts are a good bonus. It was quick and easy to read and get through, and though it may have had it's flaws it was great for me. Definitely recommended. Originally given 4 1/2 stars at JC's Book Haven
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It only gets better and better
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Great ending to a great series!
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I am a huge fan of romance/action/angel/dystopian type books. This was one of my favorite series. Very steamy, but never boring with the action. The characters were well developed and often funny. Very fun read.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Within this book, everything we've prepared for in the first two books is finally coming together. We get a bit more steaminess among the nephs, and I really like how the author pulled that off and still kept it YA friendly.  There were only a few issues I had, and they took place just before the epilogue, but over all, I love this trilogy! Love it!
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
It was so hard to say Goodbye to Kaidan and Anna and all the others after everything that happened over the course of the three SWEET EVIL books. There is a lot of drama and teen angst, also some of the best and happiest moments our characters could wish for. I can't believe SWEET EVIL almost remained a standalone novel a few years ago and now we've been lucky enough to get three whole books out of the story. Wendy Higgins always puts a certain clever spin on events and leaves room for surprises. Her books are merging together seamlessly into one big constantly well-plotted and beautifully written story. Anna and Kaidan's romance is the biggest part of the story, and I'm sure their fans wouldn't want it any other way. Their relationship is even more intimate, trusting and steamy than before. Actually, it's even more romantic than I imagined it to be. Now there are some very deep emotions that have grown from the strong physical attraction that brought Kaidan and Anna together in the first place. The progress they are making as a couple is just as immense as their own personal maturation. Wendy Higgins' writing makes for a whole bunch of happy readers in the end. No other series has as many secondary characters that I just can't get enough of as the SWEET EVIL series. Blake, Kopano, Zania, the twins and all the other friends and allies that are set to fight evil. Their stories and relationships, of love and friendship, meant just as much to me as Kaidan and Anna's love story. They all belong together and are bound by their loyalty, love and common goal. Some readers will probably not be okay with some things happening towards the end of Anna's story. I had to wrap my mind around the fact that they were happening for the greater benefit of Anna and Kaidan's relationship and their friends. The only part I'm still hoping to forget is the epilogue. I found it corny and not in sync with the original story's voice. But SWEET RECKONING isn't the first book with a last chapter that didn't quite fit with my taste. SWEET RECKONING is the conclusion to a beloved trilogy, so naturally I want to tell you all about my favourite scenes (there are so many), but you have to find out on your own how Kaidan and Anna's story ends. And now I'm wishing for many more books written by Wendy Higgins! 5/5 ***** SWEET RECKONING - A blazing end to one of the best sexy YA series by the sweet Wendy Higgins! When I first picked up Wendy's debut SWEET EVIL I couldn't foresee how hard I'd fall for Kaidan and Anna's love story in the end. Kaidan is one of my absolute favourite book boys, the conflict between heaven and hell is as absorbing and the story in SWEET RECKONING as fast-paced as in the previous two books. This is the exact right pick for readers who are looking for a series with a hell of a paranormal story background and a romance on the hotter side of YA contemporary.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow what a trilogy. Great ending to a great series. Sad to see not all beloved characters made it out alive but overall a really great story!
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Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
Things pick up fast in Sweet Reckoning and as readers we’re taken on a wild ride through the entire story. Like I said Sweet Reckoning picks up quickly and I was right back in the story with our main characters. I was so glad that Anna and Kaidan finally got all their stuff together and made some life changes. That’s all I’m going to say… no spoilers la la la la. Just know that in this book I grew to love Kaidan even more and Anna is okay in my book now. So much happens in this book that it completely made up for the slower story line in book two. I swear my heart never stopped racing while I was reading. There were also tears. At one point in the story the author makes a horrible decision, seriously horrible. She bumps off my favorite character! No, I won’t tell you who, but I was pretty distraught. Quite honestly I still am, I mean I think it was completely pointless this person could have lived! What is it with authors and killing off awesome characters? It’s like they enjoy giving us heart ache or something Sweet Reckoning and the entire Sweet Trilogy was so good in many ways. It was action packed, I loved our hero (so-so on the heroine), but overall it just couldn’t hit five stars for me. I can’t pinpoint what it was, but I just felt like something was missing. Every time things would get really good and I kept thinking “this is the moment when this series goes five stars” ….. it just didn’t. For pretty much every other five star book or series I have I can tell you when it hit that higher level of rating for me, but it just didn’t happen with this series. I think my biggest issue with Sweet Reckoning was that I never knew the plan. Multiple times in my notes I ask, “what is there plan?”. Most of the time I’m not quite sure they had one. I didn’t like feeling as if events were just happening to our characters and they had no choice but to go along with it. Right up until the final big fight scene (and it’s big) I didn’t how they planned to succeed. The end of the book left me with a lot of questions. There is an epi, but it doesn’t really give us anything. I wanted to know everything that every single character is doing. Okay, maybe not that much, but at least more details that we get in the epilogue. When the day is done I did like the Sweet Trilogy. Sure it’s not going to live on in my heart forever like the Lux series, but I don’t regret the time I spent reading it. If you’re looking for an action packed, paranormal young adult read, this is definitely a series I would recommend. Money well spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My heart pounded through this whole book in anticipation of the ending. And what a perfect ending. No disappointment here! 
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AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Oh the bitter-sweetness of the last book in a series, and the things that happen in Sweet Reckoning make you smile, swoon, and have several "Oh my Gawd" moments.  Sweet Reckoning was definitely my favorite book out of the series.  I loved where Wendy Higgins took the romance and relationship between Kaidan and Anna - it was downright hot.  Didn't know my girl had it in her, but she does, and she ends up being a kick-butt heroine also.  Kaidan had me totally swooning over him in this novel.  I totally loved the person he became in this book.  He wound up being quite the hero.  All of the other secondary characters played big roles as well - Ginger and Marna - the twins,  and their bittersweet finale.  Then there is Jay, bless his heart, Patty, and of course my favorite of all, Blake.  I still so wish Blake had his own book - I just loved him.   That said, the ending is epic and I thought Wendy Higgins concluded the series very well.  She even provided an epilogue, which is something I love, and I totally loved this epilogue.   My Opinion:  Fantastic series that young adult and adult fans of paranormal romance will love.  Definitely buy it, you won't be disappointed.