Before I begin I’d like to say that I’m aware of the fact that my previous reviews have been too long and more often than not contained information readers would like to learn when they read the book. Therefor I’ll do this review differently – hope you like it!
Author: Wendy Higgins
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 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?
Like some of you who’ve read the lux series may know, Kaidan and Anna are mentioned in the fourth book. From that moment I knew I had to read Sweet Evil and I’m glad I did. This book was amazing.
What I Liked
- The Story – I LOVE the fact that this book is about angels and demons. I’m positive that we need more books that explore this concept. We usually only read about vampires, warewolfs etc. Wendy does a beautiful job explaining how things work in their world. The seven deadly sins are in demon form – also known as Dukes – except sloth and gluttony. Those two have been ranked under one form. And there’s six addition sins in demon form as well; lying, murder, hatred, theft, adultery, and substance abuse. Also, humans have guardian angels, Nephilim can seem in them, but Anna just started out seeing a white puff of smoke beside the human since she hasn’t trained for her “work.” For example; Kaidan,son of Pharzuph – Duke of Lust with occupation of craving for carnal pleasures of the body; meaning sexual desire. The nephilims lives literally depend on tempting others to sin. The nephilim are explained like this: “We’re just a by-product. We don’t count as human, but also don’t qualify as being part of the demon Legionnaires. We work for our fathers and keep our mouths shut. That’s it.”.
- The romance – I really really enjoyed reading about the times Anna and Kaidan were together. As the hopeless romantic I am – I couldn’t help falling in love with their relationship. Their relationship was sweet and fun and I loved watching Kaidan becoming a different person with Anna.
- The writing – I definitley liked Wendy Higgins writing. It had a nice flow, addictive and compelling, and at times downright beautiful. There were some awkward dialogues, and some conversations that were a little too much but they were easy to look past.
What I didn’t like
- Annas thoughts – I read the trilogy back to back so I KNOW this isn’t an issue in the second and third book but in Sweet Evil she says some cringe worthy things. Like: “Kai, like Thai only yummier. Gah! Who was this girl invading my brain” and
“He was smokin’ hott. I’d never understood until that moment why girls insisted on adding an extra T. This guy was extra-T worthy” – iihh why say that??
- The way Anna is portrayed – Like I said above – this isn’t an issue later on but in the first book it bothered me. I wanted to shake some confidence and a lot of common sense into her, because it felt like she was lacking in those areas. Example: ““They only think they like me because they don’t know me,” I said.” Don’t worry though – she becomes badass throughout the series.
- The cover – I’m always against cover changes but this series need it bad. Try to look past it because the book is amazing.