My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This is a merged review of Sweet Evil and the secret chapter Wendy Higgins wrote in Kai’s perspective.
So, I must admit going into this read I was hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. The premise sounded great; a young girl with awesome sounding fallen angels powers forced to choose between heaven and hell, but I had seen some pretty depressing reviews scrutinizing this one. With those thoughts in mind I hesitantly cracked open the book already evaluating every line.
Here are some of my initial notes:
“…my eyes landed on his face
He was smoking hot. As in H-O-T-T hott. I’d never understand until that moment why girls insisted on adding an extra T. This guy was extra-T worthy.”
Are you serious? I understand that she is a teenage girl, but does she really have to be so immature about her attraction?
“Kai, like Thai, only yummier.”
This is just pitiful! Only yummier? Ugh…
“He’s a killer musician, he gets tons of chicks, his dad’s loaded, and as if that wasn’t enough, he’s got a friggin’ English accent.”
That’s exactly how I feel. The English accent is so over used to make bad boys more attractive. Ugh. I hate how people think slapping an accent on someone instantly makes then more mysterious and full of depth…
She never lies?! Really? She is just that innocent and pure. You have to be kidding me. She even notes how she actually lied on purpose… once. She even reminds the teacher to do her job and collect the homework. Pushing so hard that she was so innocent sweet girl just made her seem so flat.
These are only a small amount of the complaints I had against this book. I felt that both characters were shoved into these stereotypical roles which was a shame and I had a serious issue with how long the author drags out this thing with Kaidan. If someone was like that to me I would forget about them.
There were a few things that I didn’t know how I felt about. MAJOR SPOILER AHEAD!
Anna and Kaidan’s rode trip… I know a lot of you thought it was ludicrous that Patti let her go, but I wasn’t so sure. I mean, Sister Ruth was really sick and Kaidan was doing it for FREE. I don’t think it was a good call on her part, but I don’t think it was so totally odd either. Also, She does call and tell Anna to come back, so she did see the risks and that maybe it wasn’t a good idea. It was still a little weird though.
The other thing is also a parenting thing. The drinking with her Dad. Yet again, One of those situations were I didn’t know how to feel. He is the Duke of substance abuse and it is something she needs to figure out. It’s just a little weird to me…
That’s not to say the book was a total loss though. The further I got in the more intrigued I became and the less focused I was on the flaws and over-analyzing ever single thing that went on. The idea behind this book was just splendid. Behind the sometimes odd behaviors of the characters there is a wonderful adventure to be had. I liked the powers and how they were described and the Dukes ruling over different sins was so clever. I felt like some of these ideas were lost behind this romance? with Kaidan. I liked that she got it out of the way and started getting the plot going, but dragging out there drama just put a damper on it for me. You want them to either be with each other or forget about it…
I also like Jay as a character. He was in the background, but I felt like he had a little more depth then some of the other characters. Maybe this was because you could see his emotions and his conflicts?? (view spoiler)
Seeing things from Kai’s perspective was nice. I would almost say I would prefer to have all the books from his POV. You get to see a lot of the internal struggle and depth his mind holds that you don’t get to see in the first book. I must say though that the way he thought about women was slightly disturbing. (But what can you expect from the son of the Duke of lust?) It was quite refreshing, if a little disturbing.
Over half way through I let myself get absorbed in the plot and by that point the romance with Kaidan had at least become less of the focus. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever read, but it was entertaining to say the least.