Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 1, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Amazon, Netgalley, Purchase
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?
I am trying to re-listen or re-read a book that I didn’t finish every so often this year. Sweet Evil is one of those books I decided to give another go. Sometimes I stop reading a book not because it is horrible but because I probably got distracted for some reason or another. I think the first time I listened to Sweet Evil it was because the first half of the book is kind of boring and stopped about 30% into it. After making it through the entire audiobook it didn’t get much better. My reactions while listening to this book went something like this:
In the beginning, I was bored because there is way too much telling of information and not enough action.
By the middle, I was a bit interested because the action started to pick up but it was only slightly interesting.
From then on, I mostly just wanted to throttle the main characters or smack my head against the wall.
Sweet Evil is about a girl named Anna who can see people’s emotion, and then one night she goes to a concert. At this concert she meets Kaidan who happens to be the son of a demon and just happens to be able to see emotions as well. Anna is curious and goes to Kaiden’s place, of course, to get answers. She runs into Kaiden’s daddy dearest and learns that she too is the child of a demon. Her adopted mother confirms the news; but Anna’s parentage has a twist because she is also the child of an angel. That is right Anna is the child of an angel and demon. Of course, that means demons want to hurt her if they learn the truth and the angels have a plan for her.
The first half of the book is Anna and Kaidan on a road trip to visit Anna’s dad, the demon lord of substance abuse. It is also Anna getting a crash course in Nephilim (child of demons), demons, and what is expected of a Neph. This is kind of information over load and I felt it got bogged down. Kaidan being the son of lust is of course hot and oh so lusty. What is a good girl like Anna to do? Fall for him of course. Kaiden has major daddy dearest troubles. They go their separate after the road trip because it can never work because Nephilim are not supposed to fall in love. They are supposed to spend their entire lives spreading evil working for the demons.
The second half is Anna trying to get on with her life. Her dad comes back into life and decides it is time he taught her the ropes so she can protect herself. Anna even makes some new friends. When she runs into Kaiden again, months later, the whole we can never be conversation happens again. It is on the second time Anna goes down the rabbit hole of despair that I had to roll my eyes because I wanted to throttle these two people. I wanted to shake some sense into her. Kaidan got on my nerves because it’s not until the very end that he shows any guts. It is not until Anna’s life is on the line that he finally decides to stop drinking and whining. I don’t know how anybody could think he was god’s gift because all did was drink and go on about how dangerous it is for them to be together. He pushes Anna away but the whole time he says nice things, kisses her with passion, and then is willing to die for her. After the showdown where Kaidan put his life on the life on the line they go their separate ways again. Anna finds that Kaiden has moved and changed his number. It was right then I almost threw the book out the window because I sick and tired of all the back and forth and head games. I was a little thankful that by the very end Anna was not going let him take her down the rabbit hole again.
In conclusion, I am proud that I finished this audiobook, but I think my first assessment was correct because I mostly did not like this book. I am giving it 2.5 but rounding down. I might give the second book a chance if I get bored enough at work for something to listen to. Anna showed a little promise at the end of the book and that is the only redeeming thing that might make me pick up the second book. I felt that this book was boring and Anna got on my nerves because I wanted her to tell Kaiden off and move on, but no she is a half angel til the very end. I think her theme song should be Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You. Man does this girl have a hard time letting go for most of this book. Kaiden would have grow a big pair of you know whats in the second book for me to move on to the third.