Review: The Sweet Trilogy #3, Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

18599746Blurb from Goodreads

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.

ebook, 263 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by HarperTeen
edition language: English
series: The Sweet Trilogy
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
I began the series with an okay book, I liked it but it wasn’t enough for me to give it more than 3 stars. But then Sweet Peril came, I fall in love more with the characters and the story and in the end I loved it. It made me so curious for the final one. I imagined it would be an epic final one knowing that Anna and her neph friends have an important-dangerous battle waiting for them.

My hope for a great final book looked like came true when I started reading this book. The first few chapters were really good. There were so many things happened at the same time with good pace. One moment I felt an adrenaline rush with Anna and another moment I was swoon over her relationship with Kaidan and other characters. It held my attention and made me glue to the story.

Unfortunately it didn’t last long. At 40% of the story, the middle part of the book, it was quite drag on with Anna and Kaidan romance. I love them, don’t get me wrong. I was also happy that they finally can have their relationship but at the same time it was kinda lose focus on their main role in the grand scheme of the series. Their romance has bigger part of the book, more than what they have to deal over the Dukes and the demons. Looking back now it was their willing to put their relationship aside for the greater role that made me liked this series. I remember that I wasn’t quite impressed by Sweet Evil but its ending, when Anna let Kaidan go that made me continue to Sweet Peril. And in Sweet Peril, although they couldn’t deny their feeling anymore, it was their role that they put first. I know that it’s Anna’s love that is considered can save the neph, so it was quite understandable if they show more romance in this book. But still I kinda hoped there are scenes which they prepare for the battle, rather than they go with the flow and suddenly know what they have to do at the last minutes. In the end it wasn’t as grand as I thought it would be and a bit anticlimactic for me.

I think this is a good ending for the series. It isn’t as epic as I thought before I read it but is still good, nonetheless.

Result: 3 out of 5 stars

Review: The Sweet Trilogy #2, Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)

Blurb from Goodreads

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?

Paperback, 371 pages
Published: April 30th 2013 by HarperTeen
edition language: English
genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
series: The Sweet Trilogy #2
My Thoughts
Although this is one of the most anticipated books of 2013, I didn’t feel in a rush to read it since I didn’t quite like Anna Whitt, the narrator and the main character of the story. Then, most of my friend like, 90% of them read it as soon as it released and gave it at least 4 stars. They tempted me, so here I am a week after it was out writing its review.

I liked this book better than its prequel, Sweet Evil.
There are significance improvements in this second book of Sweet Trilogy. Anna isn’t a clueless-helpless-innocence-naive nephilim anymore. She prepares herself with martial arts, she (sort of) works for her dad and she knows her role and willing to take part of the mission. I like her here. I also found Kaidan as her love interest more interesting for me. I liked that he stay away from Anna to keep her save. His love for her but kind of hesitate to let her in add the tension to their relationship. I’m eager to know what will happen next. And the demons, the whisperer and other bad guys are truly evil here which I like because it brings something to look for and more action to the story.

But I have one doubtful thing. Can the demon be erased from the earth? It sounds a wishful thinking for me. Demon represents bad and evil things. As much as their evilness, there will always be dark alongside the light.

In the end, this book makes me begin to love Anna, Kaidan, Patti, Kopano, Blake, Ginger, Marna, Zania and even the Dukes.
Result: 4/5 Stars

Review: The Sweet Trilogy #1, Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)

Blurb from Goodreads

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?

Paperback, 453 pages
Published: May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen
edition language: English
genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
My Thoughts
There are many things that attract me to read a book, the blurb, the ratings, other reviews but never the cover. I’m not kind of person who picks a book up based on its cover, though there’s nothing wrong with it either. But it’s kind of hard to ignore those beautiful cover these days and that’s actually bring me to read Sweet Evil, and the title. I think the cover and the title are a good combination to make readers want to know more about this book. The contradiction between sweet and evil make me wonder there will be an opposite characters in this book. I love a story about opposite characters with opposite love story.

I really like the idea of this story. It brings an angel & demon story from the original one. I think this is one of the stories about angel and demon that I can relate and kind of familiar with. That and the writing make this book interesting to read.

However I have some problems, the story is so slow I almost put it down. The author spends many pages introduce her characters without anything major happen to the story. I mean this is about angel and demon, I kind of wish there will be lots of action about their battle but it’s just a glimpse to the story. I just hope it’s because this is first book and the author keeps it for the sequel.

Half of the book I’m not sure whether I liked Anna, the main character. She’s so naïve, innocent and sometimes annoying. I get that she has an angel part that make her seems naïve and innocent but I can’t relate it to her character. I think she’s way too naïve for her good. Aside her, I have trouble to picture the characters are trained and do seven deadly sins from a very young age.

But I like Anna & Kaidan relationship and the way they kind of give it up for bigger plan. It makes them more mature because they know they have more important role in their life. And that’s make me want to read the sequel.

Result: 3/5 Stars