Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Holy cow. This. Book. Rocked. Warning, there is adult content in this book and is not meant for young eyes. If you look here you'll see my review of the first book in the Sweet Trilogy, Sweet Evil. To say the least, the first book was hot. Sweet Peril? It gives hot/sexy a whole new meaning! The book is packed to the breaking point of tense, steamy moments that readers can't get enough of. It's full of action and romance. Yet at the same time, the contains ethics and morals. It's not just a story. Sweet Peril has lessons in it. They may not be obvious, but they're there. It shows just how far the characters are willing to go to protect those they love, as a well as the fact that you can always find redemption.

The main character is Anna Whitt. She falls hard for bad boy Kaidan Rowe in the first book. And as Anna falls for Kaidan, Kaidan falls for Anna. By the end of the first book, they know they can't be together. Sweet Peril takes place a few months after the end of Sweet Evil, and Anna still hasn't gotten over Kai, not that I can blame her. *Important Fact* Anna is the daughter of a demon. Her father the demon is Belial, which is the demon of substance abuse. Because of that, she feels a pull towards drugs, alcohol, etc. She is also expected to work for her father, meaning, she is supposed to get people to drink and basically do things they might not usually do. BUT! Anna is also the daughter of an angel. Because of this, she is given a Sword of Righteousness to someday fight the demons with. *Important Fact* Thought you might want to know, Kaidan is the son of a demon as well, the demon of lust to be exact. Anyway, Anna has to go against her basic nature (which is to help, not hurt) and work for the demons. If she doesn't, she dies. Simple as that. Anna has taught herself not to cry. She is amazingly strong for what she has to go through. Anna has some horrible stuff thrown her way in this book. Yet, somehow, she is able to stand back up and keep fighting. Anna has to make choices and do things she never thought she'd have to do before. But she also is able to look evil in the metaphorical eyes and say "Bug off!" She's given a quest of sorts, and will do whatever she can to protect the ones she cares about. She shows amazing courage and proves again and again the lengths she'll go to to do what needs to be done.

When I got the book, I just about screamed. I've been waiting since last spring for Sweet Peril and was not disappointed. My only complaint, it was too short! I need more Wendy Higgins. I swear, the author likes to torture her readers. I'd add another twenty... or maybe fifty more pages to the book. Not that it wasn't amazing, I just simply don't want to leave that world. I sigh every time I open the book. I cannot get enough of Wendy Higgins or the Sweet books. The plot is amazing. There is never a dull moment in the book. One scene at the end felt *slightly* drawn out, but it added to the feel of the end. It built up suspense to say the least. In the first books, some of the events didn't really seem to connect. They were all important, but just one little thing was off or not quite needed. There was a slight feel of that in this book, but because Anna was given a certain quest at the beginning of the book, events are able to connect better. I definitely give this book five stars!

Author Info:
After earning a bachelors in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until becoming a mommy. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Evil is her debut novel.

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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?

Title: Sweet Peril
Author: Wendy Higgins
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: April 30, 2013
Series: Sweet
Pages: 371

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