Publisher - HarperTeen
Release Date - May 1st, 2012, 454 Pages
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 Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. 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?
Sweet Evil is not just another Nephilim book out there, it’s different and unique. Wendy found a way to make the story we’ve heard - it seems a million times before - into something completely different. I loved that. I was grabbed by the first chapters and it was hard to put down. I loved the world building and learning about the Dukes of Sin and their children. The Dukes represent one of the seven deadly sins – lust, adultery, pride, envy, greed, ect. – and through their children is how they get people to sin.
Anna, our main character, was adopted from birth so she doesn’t know the secrets of her past or her parents however she does know that she is drastically different from anyone else. She has the ability to see people’s emotions and can remember things that we as human cannot…say, her being in utero and seeing her parent’s right at birth. (Note – If you can remember that, well then, you may not be fully human and might wanna get that looked into.) Anna’s life changes when the swoon worthy Kaidan enters her life.
Kaidan, Kaidan, Kaidan…now here is a boy to swoon over! However you must keep in mind he is the son of lust. I love his character, or maybe I found another book boyfriend?! Either way, I heart me some Kaidan. He’s quite a cocky one but he does his job very, very well. So we throw in some son of lust and a southern good girl and we’ve got quite a combination here. Question is what will happen? Will Kaidan do as he’s suppose to and get Anna to be sinful, or will she have an influence on him and get him to change his ways?
I loved the quirky writing style that Wendy brought into Sweet Evil, here is just an example of some of it - Pg. 316 “This little thing”—he made a triangle in the air, pointing between Kopano, Kaidan, and me—“isn’t gonna fly. Don’t worry yourselves about Anna anymore. You hear?” They both gave single nods. “Then get on out of here. And keep your heads in the game.” - Now I’m not going to say if there was an actual triangle, you’ll have to read this to find out. You will be in store for some great action, hot steamy scenes, and praying that there will be a second book. If you’re like me, it’s probably to get more time with Kaidan and the writing that Wendy brings. If you’re an angel/demon reader then I highly suggest this to you…well, even if you’re not I still highly suggest this to you.