FROM THE STASH is just my way to denote when something is from before I had the blog. I have been reviewing books since January 2010 so I’d like to showcase some of that past work, as well as safeguard my reviews for posterity.
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Published: May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen
Format/Source: Borrowed from Cover2CoverBlog
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Originally reviewed: August 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?
In the beginning, I thought I was in for another formulaic young adult paranormal book.
By that I mean: teen knows they are strange, but doesn’t know what they are. Has a friend who they think are just friends but there is really something more there. Strange person enters life and explains what they actually are. Teen then has a love triangle between old friend and new person as well as tension between normal life and new paranormal life.
But as I read, I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled. Anna really doesn’t have feelings for Jay (the old friend). And while she is met by a strange guy, Kaidan, who helps explain things to her, there is a depth to the paranormal aspect that I feel is lacking in others.
There is a great balance between new elements and established religious myths. The characters were given an excuse to be one dimensional based on the sin they represent, and yet they were more dynamic. Additionally, there was limited unnecessary commentary which I appreciated. Another pitfall of a lot of young adult books is that the main character adds their input in the middle of a conversation.
For a bad example:
“Don’t be scared,” he said. Yeah right, how could I not be scared. “It’ll be fine.”
Thanks main character for butting in. I get that you’re scared. No need to repeat it a thousand times and break up the flow of a story. You sound whiny. My point is, Sweet Evil does not fall into that trap too often. It was pleasant.
Maybe I’m a bit biased because the author went to my alma mater, but I genuinely enjoyed this book. I read most of it while stuck on a 12-hour travel day of delays and storms and I was able to maintain patience with my situation by losing myself in the book. And that is awesome.