Posted August 19, 2012 by Nereyda in Author Interview, Blog Tour, Favorite Quotes, GIVEAWAY, review, Sweet Evil, Sweet Hope, Wendy Higgins / 9 Comments
Welcome to my stop on the Sweet Evil Tour! Today I have for you guys a guest post from Anna telling us about the top 5 things she loves and hates about Kaidan. I also included my original review of Sweet Evil as well as my interview with Wendy. There’s also a chance to win a copy of Sweet Evil!
Book Description from Amazon:
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?
TOP FIVE THINGS ANNA LOVES ABOUT KAIDAN:
~ He comes across cocky, but deep down he’s vulnerable
~ Whether he admits it or not he’s dying to be loved
~ He’s thoughtful (he’ll say his actions & thoughts are all
calculated, but I’m not buying it)
~ He’s talented and passionate about music (I swear, I could watch him
play the drums ALL DAY)
~ Maybe I shouldn’t add this to the list, but I can’t help myself.
He’s smokin’ hot. H-O-T-T, y’all!
TOP FIVE THINGS ANNA HATES ABOUT KAIDAN:
~ He’s closed off. He doesn’t like to let people in. He’s not a “sharer,” lol.
~ He chooses life over love, which I respect, but it’s hard and
sometimes I hate it
~ He’s afraid of his father. (I don’t really hate this about him; I
just hate his father in general)
~ His “job.” Surrounded by girls, touching them and stuff. Gag. I
truly hate this.
~ Most of all I hate it that he pushes me away :’-(
Stories with fallen angels, especially Nephilim, are some of my favorites (Hush, Hush anyone?). There is just something about the struggle between good/bad, angels/demons/fallen angels that captivates my attention. This entire book-even the title-and the main characters are a contradiction. Anna is a sweet and innocent girl who has a dark side just begging to be released. And Kaidan is one heck of a bad boy who just wants to be loved.
Anna has always known she is different; she can sense people’s feelings and see the colors of their emotions. But she doesn’t know exactly what she is. Her stepmother Patti, is fiercely overprotective of Anna, which has unfortunately made Anna a little bit too sweet and naive. She goes to a concert and meets the band’s drummer, Kaidan. Kaidan has an English accent which I usually don’t like (except for Ed Westwick) but somehow works for me. When she meets Kaidan, she knows that he is different like her too. Kaidan is rude and cocky, yet despite how much Anna tries to fight it, she is attracted to him. He explains to her that they are children of demons-called Nephilim who are basically forced to work for their fathers who are the Dukes of Sin-any sort of relationship or free will is strictly forbidden and punishable by death. Kaidan’s father is the Duke of Lust and Anna’s father is the Duke of Substance Abuse…yup.
Sweet Anna was the perfect combination for sinful Kaidan. Although Anna started off as a little bit wimpy and naive in the beginning, she definitely grew into herself and became tougher towards the end. And although Kaidan seemed like an arrogant jerk sometimes, he also had his sweet moments with Anna. The secondary characters, including Anna’s stepmom, her best friend and the rest of the Dukes and Nephilim were written perfectly. The Dukes were truly ruthless and some of the evil-ist characters I have read about.
Wendy Higgins created such a wickedly fabulous new world of angels and demons! Sweet Evil is a dark and sensual story that will leave you absolutely hooked and begging for more. Never once did the story go in the direction I thought which left me with plenty of shocking twist and turns. The insanely HOT chemistry and friction between Anna and Kaidan is so intoxicating and addictive and I was looking forward to any interaction between these two. Sweet Evil does not sugar coat things. I will say that dealing with issues like sex, drugs and drinking, I would consider this book to be more in the new adult category (which is a mature YA category). I also wouldn’t mind reading this as an adult book. Not at all! Although this book was about 450 pages, it was so addicting that the pages just flew on by. The ending was unexpected and will leave you dying to know what will happen between Anna and Kaidan. Sweet Evil definitely lives up to its hype, it’s sinfully delicious! Trust me when I say that you won’t want to miss out on this amazing story!
5 out of 5 sparkly stars!
Some of my favorite non spoiler quotes from Sweet Evil:
-I’d never met anyone with an accent like his, and I was ashamed of the effect it had on me. He was obviously rude, and yet I wanted him to keep talking to me. It didn’t make any sense.
-I’d been looking in the wrong place earlier when I searched for a flaw in Kaidan. It was not in his face; it was in his personality.
-“It’s just you and me out here right now, Anna. I felt you come alive when we kissed, and I know you’re afraid of that. Afraid to unleash that other side of yourself. But you needn’t worry. I can handle her.”
-He pulled his lips just far enough away to speak.
“What time will Patti be calling?”
I managed a glimpse at the clock, feeling his mouth on my collarbone.
“Not for an hour,” I whispered.
“That simply is not going to be enough time.”
-“What do you want from me, Kai?”
“For starters?” His voice lowered to sexy, dangerous depths. “I want to introduce myself to every freckle on your body.”
-His mouth found mine in the dark, fiery and rough. I gave a tiny whimper before melting into him and pulling his face down to mine even harder. In that kiss we spoke all of the things we couldn’t say. He kissed me with an urgency born of some strong, unstable emotion: fury. I tried to imagine the nature of that feeling. Was he angry because of how I made him feel? Angry that he was powerless to change tonight’s outcome? I didn’t know, but I welcomed it.
-I might have inherited a legacy of sin from my father, but I was also given a heritage of hope from my mother, and that was the one I needed to embrace.
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After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, I taught high school English until becoming a mommy. I’ve always had a heart for teens, and writing YA stories gives me the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal years before adulthood.
I live in the D.C. area with my husband, daughter, and son.
***Click on the page break to read my interview with Wendy Higgins***
***Interview with Wendy Higgins***
1. Is Sweet Evil a stand alone or part of a series? If so, is there anything you can tell us about the next book?
It’s part one of a trilogy. In the second book we will meet a few more Nephilim and journey around the world to make allies…
2. What is your favorite (non-spoiler) quote or scene from Sweet Evil?
The one where Anna sees Kai for the first time and thinks he’s “HOTT,” and says, “I never understood until that moment why girls insisted on adding the extra-t, but this guys was extra-t worthy.”
3. We all know some of Anna’s and Kaidan’s biggest weaknesses, what would you say are their biggest strengths?
Anna is selfless, and refuses to be a silent bystander. Kaidan values life, both his and those he cares for, and he’s willing to sacrifice his desires for the sake of staying alive.
4. Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
There’s actually a .pdf Soundtrack available for viewing on the amazon page under “More to Explore”- fun! “Let it Rock” by Kevin Rudolf comes to mind.
5. What is your dream cast for your book?
I don’t really have a full dream cast, but I keep thinking about the long-haired Ben Barnes for Kaidan since he’s got the look and the English accent. He just needs some blue contacts. 🙂
6. If you could jump into a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
Ooh, Harry Potter for sure. Give me a spell book and magic wand and a room at Hogwarts. I’m so in!
7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I used to be a flight attendant for Continental Airlines. It’s not nearly as glamorous as it seems, lol.
8. If you were a superhero what would your kryptonite be?
Baked goods…or maybe hot guys (even though I’m happily married)…or possibly warm brownie sundaes…
9. Describe your book to us in 10 words or less…
A dark, sensual love story about angels and their children.
Nereyda is a 29 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else.
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