Series Review: Sweet by Wendy Higgins

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Best Reads of 2013, Sad to See Go Series 2014
Series: Sweet Trilogy
Author: Wendy Higgins
# of Books: 3 (Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Angels, Romance
Heat Rating: really, really warm
Point of View: First Person, Single

Thoughts:

When my library finally got these books in, I jumped for joy! Being a student, I can’t afford to buy every book that I desperately want to read (which is a lot if you could see the list I have) so I wait and wait until the library gets it. Thankfully, with eBook collections, the libraries my way seem to be getting more and more books at a faster rate and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Despite being really excited to read Sweet Evil, I was also really hesitant. Normally, I enjoy angel-themed young adult books but lately, I have read a few “duds” that seem to be rehashes of other books I have already read. However, after reading the summary for Sweet Evil, I was intrigued by the plot but I wasn’t sure what else to expect.

I have to say, Sweet Evil kind of blew me away! I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did and I literally devoured it in a day. Overall, the book was refreshing when it could have been very stale. The concept of Nephilim who have to do bad things was really neat and it kept me interested in what was happening. The world of guardian angels, demons and Nephilim was straightforward so it was easy to understand but had enough to it that kept me reading.

I also genuinely liked Anna. It could have been really iffy because totally “virtuous” characters can get very annoying, very fast but I liked seeing her struggle with her true nature and feelings. I really admired and respected her when all was said and done which was great. And I really liked the relationship between her and Kaiden and how it develops throughout the story. To be truthful, I really love that relationship and it is a major reason why I loved these books so much. How the book ended was also really great. It had a nice wrap-up of events but enough that made you want to keep reading the next one–i.e. it didn’t end in the middle of an event abruptly. But maybe I only felt that way because I had the next one in my grasp and I didn’t have to wait a year to read it 😛

FUN FACT: You can read two extra Kaiden POV chapters from Sweet Evil here at Wendy Higgins blog. These excepts are a great treat for Kaiden fans 😀

Sweet Peril started off a little slow for me but it started to build once you were a few chapters in and then it didn’t slow down. Like most middle books in a trilogy, this book is designed to build up the anticipation for the finale and it succeeds very well in that task. New twists and secrets are revealed as you go and help add to the story. By the time I was halfway through, I couldn’t put this book down. I went into Sweet Peril with the worry that I would end up hating Anna by the end of it due to her “good-girl” character but I find she has enough relatable flaws that I only ended up loving her character more.  So I commend Wendy Higgins on a job well done!

I can’t to get my hands on the last book because I am expecting great things to happen! I wish April 2014 was closer!

UPDATED (June 19/14): While Sweet Reckoning wasn’t as action packed as I expected it to be, it was still as awesome as the first two books! I devoured it from start to finish. It had a great flow to it even if the plot wasn’t as overly stimulating as I was expecting for a final book in a trilogy. I love how everything comes together and I’m very satisfied with this ending to this amazing series and I think fans of the first two books will be as well.

Conclusion:

One of the best Young Adult series I have read in a long time. It isn’t a fluffy, teen soap-opera read. It’s a touch darker, a touch steamier and much more mature than most Young Adult reads out there. While it isn’t a fighting action-packed story, it has enough action and events at a great pace that entice you to keep reading. Filled with a great romance, awesome characters and a unique plotline, this is a must-read series for fans of paranormal YA reads! Be prepared to spend all day reading these!

Rating: 5/5

Similar Reads: Angel (Burn) by L.A. Weatherly (Angel Trilogy, #1) and A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies (A Beautiful Dark Trilogy, #1)

Synopsis for Sweet Evil (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?

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