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?
I'm sure most of you've encountered at least one book in your life that you didn't enjoy at all but you were sure if you'd read it, let's say four years sooner, you'd have loved it. That is Sweet Evil to me. Technically Sweet Evil isn't worse than most of the books I gave 5 star ratings at that time but at the same time I found many parts of it cringe-worthy. Let's just say Sweet Evil is not my cup of tea but it can easily be yours.
Sweet Evil felt like a collection of YA Paranormal clichés mixed together. From the 'twists' to the character everything felt unoriginal. I wouldn't call this book predictable because there was nothing to predict. The plot was boring and simple just as much as the characters. The romance wasn't quite insta-love but it was a close call and (drum roll) a love-triangle freshly prepared for the second novel.
Sweet Evil is not the novel where the characters clever and/or wise thoughts make up for the lack of action. There are some books where the authors are able to make a character's inner thoughts authentic to their young age while giving them meaningful things to say. Higgins tried to accomplish this but failed miserably. I just can't believe that a girl who'd think this:
“He was smoking hot. As in H-O-T-T, hott. I’d never understood until that moment why girls insisted on adding an extra t. This guy was extra-t-worthy.”
would have random wise thoughts like this:
“The beauty of poetry is that it can mean different things to different people at different times.”
No, just no.
Maaaybe I'm a bit biased on this topic because to be honest I hated the main character Anna. She was everything a YA Mary Sue should be and even more! She was annoying, whiny, selfish and childish as fuck, it was simply painful to read her POV. Being innocent and a good girl does not make it okay to be naive as hell, it just doesn't, okay? There's nothing wrong with crying and showing your feelings but pretty please can you not cry in every second chapter?
Kaiden was everything the typical YA bad boys are. He was moody, lonesome, a jackass and obviously sexy too. Oh, and did I mentioned that he played in a rock band? Creative, huh? If Anna made a big show of making sure everyone know how sensitive she was then Kaidan made a big show of acting like a jerk. And again, we saw the "you're too good for me" cliché. So nice.
Sorry but this just does not appeal to me:
Sorry but this just does not appeal to me:
"So that's it, then?" he asked. I ignored him. "I always wondered what it would feel like."
That made me curious enough to turn to him.
"What what would feel like?" I asked.
"Rejection." He seemed in the midst of a revelation.
"What are you saying? That no girl has ever told you no?"
I always found books where the family has an important role refreshing. Of course mostly I'm referring to YA or MG books because in these the characters nearly always live with their parents. Considering this you'd think I loved the relationship of Anna and Patti or Anna and her dad. I'm sad to say that I felt no depth to any of the relationships. Patti and Anna were always saying how much they loved each other and I'm ashamed to say that it was way too cheesy for my taste. Then the dad. He was a good guy but then why the hell didn't he try to contact Anna and tell her what she was?
Some parts of the novel didn't make sense to me. On one hand the Dukes controlled everything they did, I mean Kai's father sometimes told him who to have sex with but at the same time he let Kaidan go for a week long journey without a second thought. Kaidan played in a band... why? Because it's hot? It really didn't have any connections to the story, at least none that couldn't have been changed to something that made more sense.
All considered I'd recommend it to those who aren't yet tired of the YA character stereotypes. I can particularly see myself a few years before fangirling over Kaidan and loving Anna. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I'm so much wiser now than I was four or three years before but I read more than 400 books since then which changed what I like to read.
Favorite character: -
Least favorite: Anna, Kope
The story idea: 3/5
The realization of the story: 2/5
The characters: 2/5
The cover: 3/5 - pretty but has no connection to the story whatsoever.
Enjoy factor: 2/5
Have you ever felt like you might have liked a book more if you'd read it sooner?