Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 2012
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?
Anna Whitt, the protagonist of Sweet Evil, is no ordinary girl. She has some sort of special ability, but before her sixteenth birthday, had no idea of its origin. Although she is aware that she was adopted, it isn’t until her sixteenth birthday that she finds out that she is the daughter of a demon lord and a guardian angel. Anna Whitt is a Nephilim.
I found Anna to be an interesting character; she didn’t strike me as demon spawn. Actually, she is shy, and modest, and really such a goody-two-shoes. While those are lovely traits, there were times that I just wanted her to “wake up and start acting evil, already!” It was nice to know, though, that she struggles with her nature, and is usually tempted to give in to its temptation.
After Anna meets Kaidan Rowe during a concert on her birthday, she finds out a lot about herself, her parents, and what is capable of. It turns out Kaidan is also Nephilim, and the son of the Duke of Lust. He is everything Anna isn’t (in terms of innocence), and is ordered by his father to change Anna’s good girl status, and make her as impure as possible.
Circumstances find Anna and Kaidan on a road trip to meet her father, and Ruth-the nun responsible for handing Anna over to Patti at birth. As the book progresses, Anna explores her evil side, and is challenged by the temptation Kaidan represents. Kaidan, being the epitome of a paranormal leading man and bad boy, is a drug Anna finds hard to resist. At the end of the day, innocence prevails.
In the beginning, it was difficult to keep track of the various demon lords and Nephilim but once I got the hang of it, Sweet Evil proved to be a very engaging read. Some parts seemed unlikely (it is fantasy, after all), but I overlooked those areas, and found myself greatly entertained, and looking forward to reading the sequel.