Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: Sweet Evil Trilogy #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 1, 2012
ISBN13:  9780062085610
Format: paperback
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance, urban fantasy
Source: borrowed from library
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 Whit 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 Kaiden 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?

Sweet Evil is basically a story about a girl who lives a totally normal life and, BAM, suddenly finds out she's an angel/demon's secret lovechild. And throw in some eye-candy, or more specifically, Kaiden, add water, stir, and there! You have your average YA angel/demon story.

I heard nothing but amazing-ness about the book, so needless to say, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Sadly, I was very much disappointed. The entire story was very much stereotypical and molded by cookie cutters, which doesn't cut it.

Anna is just your average girl-next-door. She's sweet, does her homework, and doesn't go out partying. In the first chapter of the story, the first few pages portrayed her as a perfectly coherent person, if not lacking in the self-esteem area. Then she sees Kaiden, which turns her into a mess of a fan girl who only sees a hunk of hotness. Does this sound familiar? Then Anna goes into the washroom and stumbles upon a pair of girls talking about - surprise, surprise - the level of attractiveness Kaiden warrants, which launches her into a bout of jealousy. And she spews something out of the blue about Kaiden having an STD. Level of relevancy? Next to none.
I think that was a totally Overly Attached Girlfriend moment.
As for Kaiden, he's fairly predictable. Hot, irritating, and a womanizer. I could probably do without the third, but even so, it's not really working. I mean, how many times do you hear the same description for a male character? I can only read "He's so hot" so many times. Seriously.

The plot didn't really have much structure. There was too much emphasis on the road trip, with Anna and Kaiden getting all angsty with each other, but nevertheless a bit of a pain in my head. The road trip along probably took up a good two-thirds of the novel and I genuinely wish it had been condensed a little. After the road trip, things actually dragged much, much more. During the road trip Anna at least had a goal, a destination, but after? It was aimless, with characters simply drifting around to fill up the pages.

Sweet Evil might have had a bit of potential, but it definitely wasn't for me. I can definitely see why other readers would absolutely love it, but I wouldn't go for it. (I mean, cliché much?) I'd probably read its sequels, just to get it over with, but they'd not be too high on my TBR list.

Edited 11/10/12: To be honest, I'd rant about this book like crazy. So many irritating things about it. But for the sake of my and your sanity, I'll just keep it out of it. Because people hate ranting. Period. 

Edited 01/25/13: More of my thoughts. I loved the originality of the story and its concept, but the execution was less than perfect.

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