Reviews: Sweet Peril and Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Sweet PerilRating: 3.5/5
Series:  The Sweet Trilogy #2
Genres
: Paranormal, Nephilim, Young Adult

Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Publisher:  HarperTeen
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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?

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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).

Rating:

3.5

 

Sweet ReckoningRating: 3.5/5
Series: 
The Sweet Trilogy #3
Genres
: Paranormal, Nephilim, Young Adult
Release Date: April 29th, 2014
Publisher HarperTeen
Source:  ARC from Publisher
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It’s time.

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.

review

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.

Rating:

3.5

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  1. says

    Thnks for the shoutout, love! I liked Anna in Reckoning the most. I guess it’s mostly because she isn’t pining for Kai so hard. But you know I agree with you on that innocent and naive thing. KAIIIIII!! Hahahahahahhaha! We never talked the nickname, but idk why, (little) Ann is just.. *shudders* I wish it was something else. I really loved this one and gave it a tad higher rating then you :) I feel like Reckoning was a ton of cheesy, but I still loved it lol. I agree. Anna isn’t a kick-a character like Rose or Katniss, but she has her strengths and she’s still someone you want to root for. OH MY GOD. I’m so going to mention the relationship thing in my review as well. It was just frustrating >.< The epilogue was just the best :') I'm so glad you enjoyed this one and the series left on a high note for you =)
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    • Rashika says

      I know right? It was kind of a relief. Plus she has grown so much since Sweet Evil and she is not as innocent and naive as she was when we were first introduced to her.

      Right? So much cheese yet thoroughly enjoyable!

      Anna, isn’t but she is someone you want to root for in spite of that. I never thought of her as weak.. and I guess strong characters can be defined by many different characteristics! :)

      The epilogue was SO sweet! :’)

  2. says

    I completely agree with you about both Anna and Kai’s characters, Rashika! I felt like Anna was a naive child as well while reading the book, but while you slightly enjoyed the second book, I really do think for me that it had the second book-in-a-trilogy syndrome – introducing love triangle, stopping the action in the middle and then picking up at the end. But I DO SIGH FOR KAI and I agree that ending was satisfying. Lovely review, and you’re completely right, this series is brain candy for sure! :)
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    • Rashika says

      Personally, I never saw it as a love triangle and before the book came out, I had read a post the author did that kind of made it clear it wasn’t to be viewed as one so I was definitely not scared about the love triangle aspect and kind of brushed the whole idea of Kope off :P

      *high fives* SIGH FOR KAI!

      Thanks, Madiha!! :D

  3. says

    YAY! I’m glad you loved these two books and felt satisfied with the end. I agree, there’s a little too much coupling up, but I bought into the cheese 100%, and I was really glad to see Anna stronger as well in the finale. I struggled a lot with book 1 because of Kai. I liked him, but I couldn’t get past his ongoing job. So I was thrilled to see him grow through book 2 and 3. I agree, that the angel/demon mythology is really well done and fascinating throughout this series. That definitely drew me in to the books.
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    • Rashika says

      HAHAHAHA :D I’ve always had an issue with everyone in a book being in some sort of relationship so I couldn’t buy into that one!

      I actually never minded his job although I can completely understand why you did. I just.. kind of rolled with it and tried not to let it bother me and it worked.. especially when book two came in and we found out how dedicated he was ^_^

      Same here. The mythology is beautifully done and it’s so original in it’s own way. :)

  4. laila bc says

    I have finished this trilogy a few months ago…yes I pushed through simply because of Kaidan Rowe…Anna I end up having mixed feelings because she tries hard imo to be badass and yet she was all good and pure of heart…I mean like u I have trouble trying to sympathize the idea that she is good that needs to be really bad. I really like the concept of this series with the Dukes, niphilims and demons…I wasn’t sure I would end up enjoying this series but I did.

    • Rashika says

      HAHAHA her goodness was a little over the top at times but I went along with it and ended up not minding her as much as I would have otherwise. Kai tho…. *swoon*

  5. says

    I have heard this series is pretty cheesy but everyone seems to have really loved it so i’ve debated on whether or not to start it! The thing that attracts me to these books is the whole angels and demons mythology! I’m a sucker for stories with them!
    Lily

  6. says

    I don’t mind cheesiness as long as it’s not too much so yay! :) Kai sounds like the most awesome hero ever – it helps that I totally adore his name haha. A guy who always tries to be supportive to his girlfriends earns extra brownie point. <3 There seems to be character development as well, which is awesome! :)

    Fabulous review, Rashika! It's nice that you had enjoyable time with this series! <3 :)
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    • Rashika says

      HAHAHA I know three bookish Kai’s and I love ’em all! :D He is definitely supportive even if he can be slightly over-protective but then there is nothing nicer than a guy who is willing to go along with what you want to do even though he isn’t 100% sure! :)

      Thanks, Hilda!!! :)

  7. Larissa says

    I’ve actually read this series minus the last one c: So I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the third installment and that it was a good ending to the trilogy. I did find the previous books to be quite a guilty pleasure of mine too. Hopefully the cheese in the third one won’t annoy me too much, a little cheese I can handle in small doses haha. I’m also glad to hear that Anna does develop into a stronger character. She really did quite annoy me in the second one with her overly naive nature and such. I think it’s awesome when a character comes to that point where they achieve understanding of the world they live in and its conditions, I feel as if Anna will reach that point in Sweet Reckoning.

    I also love Kai. Though I must agree, that nickname for Anna was quite creepy :p

    Great reviews Rashika! :) Glad you enjoyed this series.

    • Rashika says

      Just let it roll off of you :P That’s what I did and I ended up really enjoying it if not loving it! :)

      She can be so naive, cannot she? Like sometimes you just want to shake her and tell her the world is not this happy perfect place she believes it to be. It isn’t full of nice people. Gawd.

      I KNOW RIGHT? THAT NICKNAME was just like… wtf? It kind of made him seem like a pedophile IMO .-.

      Thanks, Larissa! And I hope you pick up the last instalment soon and end up enjoying it as well!

    • Rashika says

      ;) It’s his speciality! It’s definitely not weird. I totally know how you feel but someday in the future you might want to give this a shot??? :D :D It IS a quick read :)

  8. says

    I’m glad that you were able to enjoy this series overall Rashika. When we talked last time I did tell you that I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, but I’m glad that Anna does show some maturity and growth over the series. I’m not a huge fan of cheesiness in books or when every character is in a relationship *rolls eyes*, but its always nice when you are able to overlook aspects such as these. What was Kai’s nickname for Anna btw? Fabulous reviews lovely!
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    • Rashika says

      Me either. Cheesiness is not my thing but I think there are times where it just works for me…. like the whole relationship thing too? I despised it but in the end it didn’t really effect how much I enjoyed the book in the end. I just pretended it wasn’t happening :P

      Kai’s nickname for her was Little Ann…. creepy.

      THANKS JASPRIT!!! :D

  9. says

    Hmm…these actually sound pretty promising! I’m really glad to hear you like the series overall so far. :) I’m glad that Anna is showing a little character development in these two installments – definitely sounds like an improvement! I’ve heard nothing but great things about Kai, but it’s a shame their relationship turned to be a bit too cheesy for you. Nonetheless, I’ll definitely have to consider giving this a try. Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Rashika says

      Ha, I’ve always been sensitive when it comes to cheese so I figure it’s more of a me thing than a book thing since lots of other people have enjoyed this series! :)

      I really do hope you give it a try, Zoe!

      THANKSSSS :D

  10. says

    OMG these books were so super cheesy!! xD Enjoyable, but super cheesy! :P I think the dynamics between Anna and Kai was pretty enjoyable, and yes I did like Kai too :P I’m not the kind who goes crazy over “bad boys” but Kai was pretty decent albeit his assholery that occurred in the first parts of the series xD All the characters definitely grow on you after a while which is nice! All in all it’s a pretty interesting (CHEESY) series, but definitely enjoyable! Glad you enjoyed it too Rashika ;D <3
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    • Rashika says

      LOL totally agree. They are super cheesy but really enjoyable too!

      I like bad boys but I have like a certain kind I like. I hate douchebags. Douchebags suck. But bad boys can be really great if done well and I think Kai was because you know in spite of his ‘badness’ he was actually a genuinely good person and it wasn’t love that ‘changed’ him.

      I am glad YOU enjoyed it too, Emily!! :)

  11. Aimee says

    I only skimmed since I DNFed book one, haha! I really, REALLY didn’t like Anna. Kaidan was pretty irritating for me as well. ;( I do think the overall idea for the series’s pretty good. It would’ve worked out well for me, I guess, if I was able to relate more with the main character. ;(
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    • Rashika says

      I know .-. She can be really annoying so I totally understand :P Kaidan actually never bothered me which is surprising because usually, I don’t like characters like him but he worked! Aww I wish you had connected more to Anna (which is not an easy thing to do TBH :P)… then you might have enjoyed the book enough to want to continue with the series

  12. says

    Glad you were pleased with this series overall Rashika, it’s one of my all time favorites. I agree that Kai never disappoints with his swoon worthiness, he just makes me happy, as done Anna. I loved that they actually started talking in book two, and that Anna sort of threw down because she was tired of Kai running from her. Good girl:) Lovely reviews!
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    • Rashika says

      YAY! I am glad to hear you enjoyed it too! Kai was the no.1 thing I was looking forward to when I dived back in after almost 2 years :P

      I know right? I was totally cheering her on then. He was one of the few male leads that didn’t bother me though with his ‘hot and coldness’ because I could see the place where he was coming from.

      Thanks, Jenny!!! :)

  13. says

    I’ve been wanting to read this series since I first got a glimpse at those awkward-looking covers (yep, not a fan of them), and with the series over I think it’s the perfect time to start it! I’m just a bit wary when you mentioned the cheese. I am not a fan of the cheeseballs and rarely do I ever tolerate them. But what the heck, I JUST WANT TO READ THIS ALREADY.
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    • Rashika says

      Me either. Those covers are not appealing *shudders* The models are a little funky looking to be honest. It is the perfect time to start but so long as you’re aware of the excess cheese, I am sure you’ll pull through!

  14. says

    Rashika! I had to skim this one too! B/c I’m a great big lamewad, and haven’t started this series EITHER. But I will, and I know I will, b/c I have ALL the books. The first 3 anyway. Are there more after that? And should I bother, b/c 3.5 isn’t terrible, but it’s not fantastic either. I really wish I had more impulse control. I’d end up with a lot fewer books that I may or may NOT read . . .
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    • Rashika says

      HAHAHAHAHA There is one more coming out next year and it’s basically things from Kaidan’s POV. In all honesty, 3.5 isn’t bad but since you have the books you might just want to give it a go.. I am not sure how you’ll feel about them though .. .-.

      What good would impulse control be though? We both know the more books the merrier! :D :D :D

  15. says

    I so need to give this series a try. I never did bc I have the worst luck with Angel books but this one sounds actually decent. I have heard about Anna being a bit hard to like at times, but it sounds like she goes through wonderful character growth which can make all the difference. And I’ve also heard tons about Kai already – I haven’t even read the books and I feel like I know him haha. This sounds very well written especially world building (and the romance until the cheese came to visit). Great review, hunnybuns!
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    • Rashika says

      I actually don’t have the worst luck any more since I barely pick up angel books. SO over that phase but a handful of the angel/nephilim books are pretty awesome. Like Angelfall and Shadows. Those are my favs. This series makes for excellent brain candy though!

      I TOTALLY know what you mean. I sometimes start shipping people without even ‘knowing’ them because I’ve heard so much (people aka characters.. real life people would make things awkward LOL).

      Thanks, Giselle!!! <3

    • Rashika says

      I actually loved it but I did think there could have been more in some ways.. it did seem a little too easy, right?

    • Rashika says

      I KNOW RIGHT? That married bit was just over the top. I was totally rolling my eyes. I was hoping for a more realistic solution but ah well.

      I am sorry you didn’t enjoy this as much as you had hoped to, Nereyda :(

  16. says

    Hm, sounds like this series is kind of on the meh side, and I feel bad for feeling thankful that I never was THAT interested in this in the first place! :P I’m glad that you were still able to enjoy both sequels thoroughly, though. Yeah, I doubt I’d like Anna much either. Innocent characters are alright, but most of the time they tend to come off as annoying and immature. But at least she got better in the third book, right?

    Kai sounds like your typical bad boy, lol, so I’m curious to see why you liked him so much, especially since he was an asshole at times! Or am I just being the cynical reader that I am? ;D I’m liking the sound of the romance though, especially in the last book!

    I’m still on the fence about giving this series a try because I don’t do well with cheese, and I’ve been seeing quite a few mixed reviews for it. But fantastic reviews, Rashika! And thanks for not including any spoilers. ;)
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    • Rashika says

      You shouldn’t! I know if I weren’t invested in this, I would have skipped it as well! Yup. Anna was definitely annoying and immature at times but then you also kind of understood her thoughts (although not much because no teen can be THAT innocent in the modern world!)… She definitely got better though and became a lot more likeable by book 3.

      He was a typical bad boy but I felt like his reasons where a lot more genuine than some of the other bad boys I’ve encountered which is why I definitely liked him.

      NEITHER DO I! Cheese is not my thing but in some cases, I manage to overlook it because I am enjoying everything else.

      Thanks, Megan! :D

    • Rashika says

      Hey if you own them all, all the more reason to dive in soon!!! :D
      And yes, Kai is SWOONWORTHY!! I really hope you’ll love him too!

      Thanks, Carina!!! <3

  17. says

    I skimmed your review because I have not read this series although I do have book 1 on my kindle. But your final rating though, 3.5 I’m pretty happy with…that means the series is worth picking up! And I don’t mind cheese too, there are moments when you need just that. Hopefully I’ll read Sweet Evil this month, or the next! :)
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    • Rashika says

      It is! :D Who can say no to brain candy? Ohh yeah cheese can be great too but I am more of a banter person when I need something during certain moments!

      I hope you will, Amir, I REALLY do and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!! :D

  18. says

    I was a fan of Sweet Evil when it came out, and I really want to read these two! I hope I can in the near future.

    But from my skimming of your review (you write non-spoiler reviews but I like going in books blind) I absolutely agree with what you say about Kaidan being the best! What a character. I think I can’t take it when the book from his POV comes out. Let’s hold hands and squeal.
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    • Rashika says

      I know what you mean.. sometimes I prefer going in blind too! Kaidan is simply awesome…and I am really looking forward to Sweet Temptation! :D

      I really hope you read the sequels soon, Shanelle, and enjoy them as well!! :D

  19. says

    Glad to see you still enjoyed it all the way through. I gave up after the first book I thought it was just unrealistic, and it focuses so much on the romance that I didn’t feel the world building was strong enough at all – indeed really weak. Lets throw in a convenient road trip, underaged and your parent is going to let you, and lets throw in that he’s the son of Lust pretty much and then all this other stuff and no real building to the plot just to the stormy eyes. That’s just how I felt and then all of a sudden at the end lets come back to major plot points. Maybe I’m remembering more annoyance than I felt at the time but who knows it was one of those books I read earlier on in blogging like sometime during the first or second year – so long now…
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    • Rashika says

      HAHAHA I am totally laughing at this because what you said is completely true but in spite of that, I somehow ended up enjoying this series. I wonder what that says about me :P

  20. says

    I read Sweet Evil a while ago but I actually thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between Anna and Kai being the successors to the Dukes of Hell, it was a really interesting premise and I’m not a usual fan of angel or nephilim books. I am so glad you mentioned that Anna was kind of childish at times and Kai’s overused “staying away”. But you still enjoyed it regardless especially with the ending that wraps everything up. Great review Rashika!
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    • Rashika says

      It’s definitely a very interesting dynamic and the premisis, in my opinion, is pretty original. A lot of the angel/nephilim books can be repetitive but I felt like this one definitely stood out in many ways.

      Kai definitely did overuse the ‘staying away’ but once you find out more (and you will) it makes a lot more sense!!

      Thanks, Jeann!! :)

    • Rashika says

      Me either. I am not particularly fond of them either but there are two series that have basically made it to my favorites list because they are so well done. With that said, this one does make for great brain candy and I thought the mythology was pretty interesting in this one :)

      Kai is a pretty fun character ;)