Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
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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?
Sweet Evil is the perfect title for this book. Good versus Evil. Which way will the scale tip? Anna is a sweet girl, knew she was a little different than her friends. She remembered her birth, and can see emotions as colors. It was an ability to sense others' feelings, their auras. She has a bestfriend, Jay who was a cool character. He introduces Anna to his favorite band, in walks Kaidan, the bad boy drummer. He oozes with lust. He's not the boy next door or the guy you would trust in a relationship. He turns good girls, bad.
Anna discovers the truth of her heritage and the truth behind the mysterious Kaidan. A sudden road trip and an anonymous message, sends these two into unchartered waters for them. Anna peels the tough layers back one day at a time, and Kaidan, his natural instinct to do more than play friends rubs away at Anna's pure-hearted nature.
I absolutely loved this story. This was one I had been itching to read, and I have to say, I am so angry with myself for not reading it sooner!!! What was I thinking!? The internal fight Anna battled to stay true to herself felt realistic. I felt bad for her, but at the same time, I was happy for her, too. She wasn't a prude, and I think that's what made her "Good-Girl" persona believable. The tension between her and Kaidan was electric! I just LOVE these two!
Of course this is a mythological blend, but it didn't feel cliché the least bit. I think Wendy Higgins did a fantastic job with it. I was able to imagine the scenes and feel the emotion between the characters. What really stood out was the fact that she didn't hold back on the heavier, darker side of things, and I appreciate the boldness. It gave the story some zest.
Fans of Angels/Demons/romantic chemistry will enjoy this. I also need to add the action, too. I stayed up late reading this book, and I can say without a doubt that this is a new favorite of mine.