I just finished Sweet Evil by: Wendy Higgins. This book had been on my TBR for quite a while now, and Amazon had it on sale one day, so I snatched it up and read it.
Here is the description from Goodreads:
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?
This book was really dark, especially for a YA. This was not necessarily a bad thing, but it was very different. So often it seems like YA books are too overly cutesy and lovey-dovey, even the ones that get into dark subjects. This is not bad, per say, but it does make it somewhat shocking when I come across a book like this ones that is much more nitty-gritty than the cookie cutter YA that can be found on most bookstore shelves.
Anna is her school’s goody-two-shoes. She is as innocent as they come and never breaks even the slightest rule. She also has no idea that she is something other than human. When she goes to a concert with her best friend Jay, she meets Kaiden: drummer, playboy, son of the Duke of Lust.
Kaiden and Anna somehow end up going on a cross-country road trip together. That one was kind of weird, though I kind of understood the necessity since time was of the essence, but that was still an awkward leap and totally out of character for Patti, Anna’s guardian, to encourage the trip to happen.
Anyway, while on the trip, Anna falls in love with Kaiden – he falls in love with her too, though he would never admit it. Their romance is definitely different than most YA. Instead of insta-love, “we’re going to be together forever,” “let’s get married,” Kaiden knows that they literally have no hope of a future together, and convinces Anna that he was faking his feelings for her. I am interested to see what happens with them in the next book.
I felt sorry for Kopano, one of the other Neph that Anna meets. He is hard-core crushing on Anna, and she realizes it, but she is so far gone on Kaiden that they have no chance of getting together. We don’t know him super well, he’s more of the strong, silent type, but their is an innate draw and intensity to him that is definitely intriguing. He is another character that I will be looking out for more from.
This book is definitely mature YA. It contains drug-use, drunkenness, and Neph kids doing their fathers’ “work.” It was good; I just think parents should be cautioned about letting their younger teens read this one.
To purchase Sweet Evil from Amazon go here.