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Series Review: Sweet by Wendy Higgins

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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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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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)

There is a Book #4: Sweet Temptation. It is an Alternate POV Novel to the series

Book Order: Chronological (Alternate POV: Sweet Temptation)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Angels, Romance, Paranormal
Heat Rating: really warm *spicy YA*
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: May 2012 – September 2015
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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My Expectations:

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.

The Concept:

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.

The Plot:

Each book starts a little slow but it isn’t long before you find yourself enraptured with the characters, plot and world. 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 these books down!

I will say that the finale wasn’t as action packed as I had anticipated but it does a great job of bringing the series to a close so I can’t complain all that much!

The Characters:

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.  I went into Sweet Peril (#2) 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 relateable flaws that I only ended up loving her character more

The Romance:

And I really liked the relationship between Anna 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.

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–March 3, 2018– Book #4: Sweet Temptation **DNF’d at 35%**

Unfortunately, due to time constraints I had to DNF this book. I was enjoying getting Kaidan’s POV a lot. He’s one of my favourite male characters in YA ever. So it was cool to reminisce with him and see his perspective on the events of the previous novels.

That being said, I would have enjoyed this novel a lot more if I read it right after reading the original trilogy. It doesn’t get overly descriptive in terms of events and therefore it relies on the readers ability to remember what happened in the original novels. It’s been so long for me that I’m a little foggy on all the details (though I could have read this recap before) so I probably didn’t enjoy it (or appreciate it) as much as I could have. So I highly recommend reading Sweet Temptation right after finishing Sweet Reckoning.

Series Rating: 4/5

Sweet Evil 5/5 | Sweet Peril 4/5| Sweet Reckoning 4/5 | Sweet Temptation DNF

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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!

Read if You Like: older YA stories, angels, romance
Avoid if You: dislike YA paranormal

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Series Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Fav. New Adult Read (Losing It); Fav. Read of 2013 (Losing It)
Series: Losing It
Author: Cora Carmack
# of Books: 3 (Losing It, Faking It, Finding It)

There is a novella that takes place after book 1, called Keeping Her and a novella that follows Finding It called Seeking Her.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: warm

Thoughts:

Losing It has been on my list for a long time. The premise reminded me of Grey’s Anatomy back in the good days so I was excited to see where this was going. When I saw that my library had it, I grabbed it and devoured it–despite the fact that I had a bazillion other books due that I still had to read.

When I find myself laughing just by reading the first page of a book, I know I am going to enjoy a book. Humour is really important to me and I have to say in the New Adult genre, I haven’t found a book where I actually thought the heroine was intentionally funny. Bliss was witty and real and I just really liked her character. Garrick was also super cute too and the whole scene where they met had swooning and laughing all at once.

That was what I really liked about this book, it was a quick, super light and funny read. The characters were entertaining, witty and real (I was going to type realistic but I don’t think I could see this happening in real life on a daily basis–the characters were a little larger than life at times I think is the best way to describe it–but I could see it happening). My only real peeve is that I didn’t really see more to the relationship between Bliss and Garrick. I could see that they had stuff in common, but I think if it was elaborated a bit more, I would more readily agree that they are a good pair. I just felt like their relationship was more physical than anything (though the epilogue helped me see it a bit more I will admit).

It was the opposite with Faking It. I actually saw the relationship develop between Cade and Max despite the quickness of it all. I could easily see how they worked together and I really appreciated that. Faking It wasn’t as humorous as Losing It as it was a touch more darker in both plot and characters, but it still was witty and had some fun moments. I was actually surprised that I liked Cade in this book because he wasn’t my favourite character in Losing It. But I warmed up to him as the book progressed and started to cheer him on. I also really liked Max; I didn’t find her annoying and I understood her character and thought process. Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as Losing It, but I read it in a day and liked every moment of it.

I’m excited for the novella, Keeping Her, because I am dying to know more about Bliss and Garrick. I’m also looking forward to seeing what happens in Finding It and where it will go.

UPDATED (Feb 24/14): With the small dose of Kelsey we get in Losing It I was looking forward to this book; especially the traveling bit.

Like Faking It, this book has a serious tone to it which is a bit of a shame because I really enjoyed the humor and lightheartedness of Losing It and the rest of the series is slightly disappointing because of this. But, Ms. Carmack does a great job creating characters and I’ve enjoyed reading their stories.

Kelsey is no exception to this. Her story was interesting albeit stereotypical. Looking back at the story I wish that a particular piece of her past wasn’t present because I feel it made the story seem like it’s trying too hard. The story would have been just as enjoyable without it because Hunt and Kelsey’s story is everything I like in a romance and her search to find herself after college is enough on its own. Perhaps I only feel that way because I am also graduating from university this year and am in that weird lull of trying to figure out what to do with my life 😛 but I did like reading it.

UPDATED (March 9/14): I’m glad I didn’t read Seeking Her until after though because I like learning bits about Hunt as we went. I think it’s important that people realize that this novella, Seeking Her, is a prequel in the sense that it tells the reader what Hunt has been doing before he meets Kelsey. If you read even the synopsis beforehand you will be reading a major spoiler so DON’T DO THAT! Read Seeking Her after you read Finding It. As for the novella itself. It was nice but didn’t do too much for me in the grand scheme of things.

Conclusion:

These books had everything I liked in a New Adult read: romance, great characters and a splash of humour (more so in Losing It than Faking It). Definitely a must read for those who like more light-hearted New Adult reads!

Rating: 4/5

Similar Reads: Charade by Nyrae Dawn (Games, #1); Someone to Love by Addison Moore (Someone to Love, #1) and One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy (Drew + Fable, #1)

Synopsis for Losing It (from Goodreads):
Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.