Summary 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?
Back when my blog was still in its infancy I reviewed Sweet Evil. I loved it. I was totally and completely skeptical of another nephilim story but it was definitely well done and different. So if you couldn’t tell by my three (two? I don’t know) posts about Sweet Peril, I was pretty excited for its release. Before I actually began reading it, I was worried I’d be disappointed by Sweet Peril because I was so hyped for it. My worries were pretty unfounded. Sweet Peril was way better than I could have imagined.
You know how I love the boys, so let’s begin there. Kaidan is so hot. He makes me feel a little pervy for lusting after him because he’s only 17. But let’s be honest. He is HOTT (remember Anna says he warrants and extra T). He’s English, he’s bad, and he’s the son of the Duke of Lust. Yeah…definitely sexy. Anyways, moving right along… I loved seeing more of Kaidan’s human side. I was also VERY excited he appeared early in the book, even if it was only for a few pages. Never fear, though, we get plenty of Kai-time later.
In addition to our English bad-boy we also get more of Kopano (son of the Duke of Lust) and Blake (son of the Duke of Envy). It was great “seeing” them again. Both Blake and Kopano play a much larger role in the plot this time around. I didn’t realize in the previous book just how deep and conflicted Kopano is. I enjoyed his character. Although he’s the son of the Duke of Envy he often plays the voice of calm reason which I find entertaining. His crush on Anna is a little annoying, though. Honestly, I think I’m just over the ever present love-triangle in YA novels. And Blake, he’s awesome. I enjoy his wit and humor and ever present protectiveness of Kai and Anna. He’s a good guy and I hope we get to see more of him in Sweet Reckoning.
I had a difficult time getting into Sweet Evil because Anna grated on me a little bit. However, I found her to be a much better character this time around. She was funny, brave, and independent. She didn’t let Ginger or Kaidan walk all over her in this book and I loved it. She’s easily becoming one of my favorite YA heroines.
The plot of Sweet Peril was easily way more action-packed than Sweet Evil. There was CONSTANTLY something going on and I devoured the book (when I wasn’t forced to put it down due to school/work/research obligations). I also really enjoyed that the book took place all over the world. It was fun getting to “see” other countries and cultures. One thing that could prove confusing for some is the plot fast-forwards through a year to a year and a half of time. Normally I wouldn’t enjoy the giant gaps in time but it worked for this book. If Higgins had written it over the course of weeks or had drawn out the timeline I fear it would have been really drab and confusing. The ONLY complaint I have about the plot was the ending. Everything led up to what could be an EPIC ending and it was totally anti-climatic. It was the only disappointing aspect of the book. Otherwise, Sweet Peril literally had my heart racing and butterflies erupting in my stomach. I’m a sucker for a bad boy with an accent, especially when he’s showing his many vulnerabilities.
I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Anna and the rest of the nephilim in Sweet Reckoning. I feel like all the information we get in Sweet Peril is leading up to something BIG!