One of the great things about being a blogger/author is all of the wonderful people I have befriended and gotten to know through our love for the written word. But whenever I read a friend’s work, I always get nervous and panic. What if I don’t like it? How will I tell them? Will our friendship be awkward now? These questions played out in my mind when I got a hold of a copy of Sweet Evil by my fellow YATopian contributor, Wendy Higgins. Based on the description and cover of the book, I was pretty sure I would like it, but that little cloud of doubt and worry still lingered. As soon as I began reading, however, I was hooked.
Sweet Evil is not your average angel/demon story and Ms. Higgins’ take on good vs. evil is truly unique. I really like the emphasis on the seven deadly sins and the way they tie into the characters. One of the things I enjoyed the most while reading was seeing how the sins affected those carrying them out. This emotional appeal provides another dimensional to the already well-rounded and likeable characters.
Anna makes for a great narrator and has such a strong, innocent voice and I found myself relating to her more than I thought I would. She goes through a drastic change in character and it’s fun watching her grow and become an even stronger person. Speaking of the characters, Kaidan is one of the best male leads I have read in a while and I’m sure many people will swoon over him. He’s one of the more believable bad boys in the young adult world and not once did I find his character cliche.
Now, if it weren’t for Ms. Higgins’ wonderful writing, this book wouldn’t be as great as it is. She has taken the common idea of good vs. evil/angels vs. demons and given it new life. The world she has created is exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing it expand in the sequels. Her descriptions, dialogue, and pacing are all dead on as well.
All in all, Sweet Evil is a sizzling and utterly unique story with colorful characters and superb writing. I can’t believe I worried over nothing, haha. Definitely pick up a copy of this as soon as possible. You won’t be able to put it down, I swear!