Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins
Such an entertaining YA read! Anna is a sweet Southern girl who has lived a sheltered life. She’s the school goody-goody, yet she is harboring some interesting secrets. Anna has the ability to read people’s feelings, whether they are sad, fearful, happy, in love, she can see it all. Anna also has a myriad of other abilities, like super hearing and smell. Anna knows she is different and doesn’t tell anyone, thinking she is alone. That is, until she meets Kaidan, the mega attractive drummer of the band Lascivious. Kaidan has the same abilities as Anna, and he has answers to all of her questions. But Kaidan is a bad boy to the heart, and Anna knows she should stay away from him, but she can’t.
Okay, at first, I didn’t like this book. Anna seemed like too much of a darn goody-two-shoes and it was driving me nuts. Things that were fairly obvious to the reader, were not obvious to Anna and this irked me because any girl with a bit of common sense would not be this clueless and innocent. For example, I couldn’t believe that Anna went to a party thinking some boys’ parents were going to be there to supervise. I mean, really? Anyways, I kept reading and I loved Anna’s development from innocent victim into a strong girl willing to fight to survive. It’s a long book, roughly 450 pages, so it took about 50-75 pages in for me to actually like Anna, so I’m glad I stuck with it.
Once the ball got rolling on the plot, I devoured this book. Anna searches for answers to her parentage and what that means for her future, something lots of teens deal with even if they aren’t orphans like Anna. The theme of the influence parents have on their children is a strong one in this book. So are the themes of survival and being true to yourself. I loved the concept of fighting what you were chosen to be and to turn your back on that and be your own person.
And Kaidan. Witty, sexy, infuriating Kaidan was an awesome love interest. I thought it was hilarious that his job was literally so seduce girls and have sex with them. Props to Wendy Higgins for creating a romantic conflict for the main characters! Being the Son of Lust, and the responsibilities of that job, I wonder what this means for his and Anna’s future. I guess I’ll have to read the other books and find out!
Anyways, 4 out of 5 stars because it was entertaining and enjoyable, but not a perfect 5 out of 5 for me.