What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

I was intrigued by this one as soon as I read the summary!




Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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 will-power 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?


 What I Liked: 1) Kaiden. Who wouldn't? Hot, totally off limits guy? He even has a sweet side, though he kinda tries to drown that side out. 2) The theme. The theme of the story is rather obvious, the classic battle within yourself between good and evil. But it becomes a lot more intriguing watching Anna struggle with it as she has both demon and angel battling inside her. 3) The passion. There is a lot of passion built up around several different ideas throughout the story. I thought these parts were extremely well written. There were a couple times I was literally holding my breath, and I didn't even realize it until I let it out. 4) Anna's Dad. I fully anticipated not liking him at all, from everything that's said about him before we meet him. But I ended up liking him (as much as you can, anyway). There are two sides to almost everyone in this book, and we've only just begun to learn about some of them. This was one of my favorite things about the book.

What I Didn't Like: Well, I honestly didn't like Anna some of the time. Sometimes she was being really strong and doing what she had to do, but some other times, she was just too....whiny. Naive. Something like that. There were times in the book where she was really starting to get on my nerves. But of course there were other times when she really seemed to be able to hold her own.

Overall Thoughts: Sweet Evil was a fun debut with a great plot and some interesting characters. The story moves steadily, and the the concept of battling demons who are each cursed with one of the seven (plus some other) deadly sins is a really neat take on the fallen angel idea. I can't wait to see what's next in the Sweet Evil trilogy.

My Rating: 4 shots

8 comments:

  1. I'm glad that this is a bit different from other angel books. I am not a huge fan of them, but there have been some that I liked. I do really want to read this one.

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    1. There are a lot of angel books out there, aren't there? This one was definitely different, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes! It's more like, instead of Angels, they are more like consciences, the angel and devil on your shoulder!

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  2. I've heard conflicted comments on Anna's characters, but most people generally have the same outlook on the book as you. I can't tell you how reassuring that is! Seriously, why don't I own this book already?

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    1. I dunno!? Why don't you?! Just kidding. Yeah, Anna can be wishy-washy. But I was interested enough in the storyline that it didn't prevent me from enjoying it!

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  3. I've heard that most people didn't like Anna, but I'm glad you did end up really liking it! I keep reading reviews of this one conflicted on whether or not to buy it. I think I might. I do really want to read it! x)

    Ashelynn @ gypsy book reviews.

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    1. Usually it's hard for me to get into a story where I don't connect with the characters. You'll see in my reviews that generally the ones rated highest are the ones where the characters were vivid and alive, even if the plot isn't as strong. But the plot is what really held me with this one!
      Courtney

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  4. I like the format of your reviews: What you did like and what you didn't. I've been trying out various formats for mine, as I tend to be a bit long-winded. Heh :-D

    I've heard really good things about Sweet Evil, and I think your review is very good and fair. I will definitely be on the look-out for this one. Great review!

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes I think about changing up the format, but this just seems to be what works for me. It's definitely easier for me to catch myself if I start to give away something spoilery! Of course I can't always talk about everything I liked about a book, but I try to pick out the big things, and then talk about them.
      Courtney

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