Series: The Sweet Trilogy #2
Genres: Paranormal, Nephilim, Young Adult
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
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Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.
Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.
When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?
I read Sweet Evil almost two years ago and when I finished, I eagerly awaited Sweet Peril’s release like the rest of the fans. However, I didn’t dive in. I waited and waited and when I got my hands on an arc of book 3, I knew it was time to give in, and so I enlisted Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination to join me. My biggest fear was that over time, I would become less fond of this series and would end up disliking the sequel (after all, there are things that I read back then that I would probably hate now) but luckily that wasn’t the case. I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book even though I did have some issues with it.
My biggest issue in general is actually Anna, the protagonist herself. I like the idea of her, but at the same time I dislike the character. She does show some development and for that I am glad but it’s so hard to actually get behind such an innocent (and occasionally naïve) character. I understand her angel side gives her certain qualities but I feel like there isn’t enough of a balance seeing that she is ‘supposed’ to be half good and half evil. I understand why all of this is done; my issue is that Anna really seems like a child sometimes. With that said though, she finally realizes the things that are at stake (albeit it does take a while).
Kai is the highlight for the novel for me. Boy do I SIGH FOR KAI. He can be an asshole, but at the same time he has a good heart, and I am sure there are many people who are tired of all the cliché guys that push the girl away, but Kai actually explains the reasons to Anna. Sometimes, he can be annoying in the way he completely cuts her off and tries to get her to move on when we all know he won’t be getting over her, but he really is the sweetest. And can you resist a guy with a British accent?
The romance between the two actually works out a lot better than one would expect. You’d imagine this book would have tons of angst, but it doesn’t. Once they actually get together, after some awkwardness THEY TALK. And Anna is the one who initiates it because she is tired of his shit. The only thing that really bothers me (which is really minor) is Kai’s nickname for Anna. It’s creepy.
Plot wise, this book does not fall victim to the second book syndrome. The author takes the tension up a notch as a prophecy comes forward and they set out to recruit nephilims for their cause. It was exciting to get to know some of the nephs outside of their little group.
One of my qualms is that we don’t actually see more of the world. I am hoping Higgins is saving it for book 3, because I do want to get to know more about this world that she has created.
Overall, this book was a fun ride and I sped through it (even though I did read it over the course of a few days).
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #3
Genres: Paranormal, Nephilim, Young Adult
Release Date: April 29th, 2014
Source: ARC from Publisher
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Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.
The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.
In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.
Before I start, it should be said that my rating doesn’t really reflect whether or not this was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy and I can whole heartedly say it was.
This trilogy, I should advice, is not for everyone. Fans of JLA will love it, but if tons of cheese aren’t something you’re fond of, you might want to skip it. It’s weird, considering I myself have little tolerance for cheesy stuff, but Wendy Higgins makes it work. These books are the perfect guilty pleasure and are terrific brain candy. And while I cannot say I loved them, I can most definitely say I thoroughly enjoyed them.
I think one of the strong points of this series is the world building. The author’s take on nephilim/angels/demons is original in many ways and brings something new to this sub-genre.
The characters themselves are an interesting bunch as well. There are some I am not overly fond of and there are others I adore, but they all have something to add to the story and I love that they had depth to them.
Anna has come such long ways since book one, and unlike the last book, I didn’t have a problem with her in this one. One of the major reasons is that once she finally wraps around her head some things, she becomes determined and strong. Of course, when I say strong, you shouldn’t imagine “badass”, because in all honesty, Anna is anything but that, but she is something. Something that allows her to become the center of what will happen and allows her to take responsibility and call some of the shots.
I am not going to say much about Kai, but you should know that Kai will never let you down with his swoon-worthiness. He continues to be supportive, protective, and, in spite all his kick-assery, sweet.
Anna and Kai never fail to put a smile on my face and I was so glad that after all their struggles, they could finally have a relationship. The problem with this was that their relationship really became cheesy, to the point where I couldn’t help but roll my eyes half the time.
One of my biggest problems with this book is also the fact that everyone’s in a relationship with everybody. I am the kind of reader who hates that sort of thing. It just really bothers me. I don’t like it when all the characters in a book are happy-happy and in a relationship. I feel like that takes away the struggle and changes the focus some.
And while that is true for this book, I wasn’t disappointed in the end. There were definitely times where I was wondering why things seemed so easy, but I felt like the author did the trilogy justice in the end because the final showdown was exciting. I was on the edge of my seat; I was eagerly awaiting to see how things would turn out and I did have a lot of fun.
All these characters that we’ve come to love over the past couple books have come so far and I felt like the author did justice to them. I was happy with how things ended and for the first time in a while, I enjoyed the epilogue.
I can close this book with a smile and be happy for all the characters and all the endings they got, and while there are things I would most definitely change, I am satisfied.
I’d recommend this trilogy to anyone who loves books about nephilim and doesn’t mind cheese so long as they are having fun.
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