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Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

I’ve been hosting the Book and a Beverage feature for a while now and I really wanted to expand the feature to extend to authors in 2014! I’m so excited to share these author Book and a Beverage posts with you and as always, many many thanks to the wonderful authors who participate!

Give a big welcome to author WENDY HIGGINS!

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Name:  Wendy Higgins
You know her best as the author of… Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril, with Sweet Reckoning coming out this spring! 

      

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READING:
What are you reading? When I first started this interview I was reading SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard – super cool and dark and sensual.  Now I’m reading PIVOT POINT by Kasie West – a paranormal romance with an extremely cool mysterious concept.  I would highly recommend both!!!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It’s a paranormal with an extremely cool concept. I would definitely recommend it!
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Poison Princess series by Kresley Cole (YA), White Hot Kiss series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (YA), and the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (this one is an adult paranormal romance).

WRITING:
What can you tell us about your current work in progress? Well, I’ve got two. I’m 10 chapters into a YA contemporary that I’m calling Kiss Collector, and 16 chapters into a Grimms’ Brothers based YA fantasy that I’m calling The Great Hunt. Both are fun for me in different ways. Neither have been picked up by a publisher, though.
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I’ve tried to be a plotter but it’s really hard for me.  I was 100% out-of-order panster with my first book, and a more organized panster with subsequent books. 🙂
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? In my bed, propped up on pillows. Alone and in quiet. *happy sigh*

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What are you drinking? Dark Magic coffee with coconut creamer. Two cups every morning, and then just water for the rest of the day.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? Water. Boring, but good for me, lol.

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If you were to co-author a book with someone (anyone!), who would it be? I think Jennifer Armentrout and I would make a good co-writing pair because we have similar writing styles and we both lean toward the sexy bad boys.
Which character from a book would you say you’re most like? Hm…as far as characters go, I always related to Lissa in the Vampire Academy books because she’s sensitive and kind-hearted in comparison with her badass bestie.

A BIG BIG thanks to Wendy Higgins for being the first author on Book and a Beverage! I had an absolute blast reading her answers and I’m so excited for the sneak peeks at her new writing projects!

If you haven’t read Wendy’s “Sweet Trilogy” I also highly recommend it! 😀

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Wendy Higgins on Book and a Beverage! Find her at the links below!

Wendy Higgins Writes (Website) // Twitter // Goodreads // Facebook // Pinterest

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SEE ME by Wendy Higgins – Cover Reveal!

Wendy Higgins, one of my favorites, has a new book coming out this fall called SEE ME! She’s actually self-publishing this one since it’s got an interesting twist to it and I think it’s going to be really exciting and different! I was also chosen to be one of Wendy’s beta readers for this book and I couldn’t be more excited! You know how much I fangirled over SWEET EVIL so being able to beta read one of Wendy’s book is so incredibly exciting and I’m forever grateful to her for choosing me!

Before we reveal the cover to you, here’s a little info about the book — And I really hope you’re excited for this one!

Title: SEE ME
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Genre: YA Romance and Magical Realism with a dash of Fantasy
Where You Can Purchase: eBook: Amazon, B&N, Kobo ($3.99); Paperback: Amazon, Createspace ($10.99) — This book will not be available for preorder. This book is being self-published by the author and her agent.
Author Bio: Wendy Higgins is the author of Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril from HarperTeen. She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband, daughter, son, and puppy Rue.
Synopsis from author Wendy Higgins: “While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she could have imagined.
What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.”

Find SEE ME on Goodreads: See Me by Wendy Higgins

IRISH FANTASY AND MAGICAL REALISM. How cool is that!? I’m excited for a different kind of magic and some possible leprechaun lore!

Okay. NOW. I know you’re waiting for the cover and I think it’s pretty fantastic, so without further ado…. The cover for SEE ME!

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I love the shamrocks and all the green!! I can’t wait to read about Ireland and some Irish fantasy!

Hope you guys enjoyed the cover reveal!
You can also find out more about Wendy and her books at the links below!

Website || Twitter || Sweet Evil || Sweet Peril

 

Sweet Peril (Sweet Evil #2) – Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril (Sweet Evil #2) – Wendy HigginsTitle: Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins
Publishing Info: April 30, 2013 by HarperCollins
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 15, 2013
Related Posts: Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1)

    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?

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This is a spoiler-free review for SWEET PERIL but if you have not read SWEET EVIL yet, beware that there may be some spoilers for book one!

It’s no secret that I fangirled over SWEET EVIL pretty hard when I first read it last summer. I was allll about Kaidan and he truly made the book for me (ALL THE SWOONS) so when we left Sweet Evil with Anna and Kaidan separated, I had a great fear building up until I finally got my hands on SWEET PERIL that we would suffer from one of the common occurrences in the second in a series in which the two lovebirds are apart the whole book. Well, I feel it’s important to warn you (and there’s no way I can talk about the first half of the book) to say that… It happened.

I can’t. Get. Kupono. Out of my head.

First: I liked the book. I really did. Despite my wariness for angel/demon books, I really love how Wendy Higgins creates this other world and mythology and legends… But Kaidan, my main reason for loving the book, was gone the whole first half. There was tons of Kopano (which I’m sorry, as a SYTYCD fan, I keep wanting to say Kupono haha) but really, he just doesn’t do it for me. I actually didn’t really like him that much in the first book as a friend and here we go turning a slight love triangle and I just really felt let down. I was actually pretty disappointed with the direction that took. Then I run into another second in a series issue in which the characters are on a mission and traveling. The road trip in book one did not bother me at all because it was more road trip and not mission. The road trip was low-stress and we got to see a lot of character interaction between Anna and Kaidan there. The trips in book two are all over the world and pretty much are the only things we get in the first half of the book. They felt rushed and pieced together instead of a flowing story.

The second half of the book was where the magic really happened for me. It was back to the old times! The good times! Just like in Sweet Evil. We finally get to see Kaidan again for more than two seconds and he returns to all his steamy glory!! Anna finally seems a little more confident because I really felt like she was a bit passive and naïve (well, she’s always going to be naïve) in the first half. After what I felt like was travel, travel, more travel and introducing new characters, we get to know a bit more about the other Dukes, Neph, and angels in the second half. More pieces to the puzzle! More interesting facts!! YAYYY. It was a relief because I got really scared for a while in the beginning.

The second half definitely felt more like the “home” that I found in Sweet Evil so I was thankful we finally got back to that! The only thing I was a bit confused with is Anna’s character is kind of back and forth. She’s been learning how to defend herself but half the time she’s still the sweet, little naïve girl and the other half she’s badass and ready to wield weapons. I’m just not sure which Anna we should be expecting or if we truly should expect both in one. Clearly Anna’s going through a lot of personal changes throughout this whole discovery of her true ancestry and truth be told, I kind of enjoy the badass Anna BUT I also want her to stay true to her character so it’s kind of a toss up for me!

Overall, I did enjoy a lot from SWEET PERIL but it was a slow start for me. Superfans of the series will love it, I’m sure, and I’ve seen tons of five star ratings already!

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Anna Whitt: For some reason when I read Sweet Evil, I didn’t think Anna was that naive (and Wendy Higgins herself said to me, “Really? I think she’s incredibly naive!” but for some reason it just didn’t come across to me that way in book one. Book two, however, gave me a lot of that feeling and it bothered me at times. I think I was just in a different place when I read book two and it totally change my outlook on Anna’s character. Regardless, I’m happy that she’s learning how to defend herself but still hasn’t lost her morals or beliefs. I hope she stays true to her character in book three!!
Kaidan Rowe: Kaidan, why were you hiding in LA half of the book!?! Don’t do that to me!!! Once Kai finally shows back up in the picture in full force, the book really took off for me. I needed that tension between Anna and Kai for the book to work for me, I think, because that was what I loved so much about Sweet Evil!
Kopano: Eh. Kope just doesn’t do it for me. I wasn’t really a fan of his character in Sweet Evil — nothing personal, but he just didn’t stand out for me — so his major presence in Sweet Peril brought me down a little, to be honest!
Characters I loved seeing so much more of: Blake makes a strong appearance in this book and I loved him! Loved seeing more of Marnie and Ginger as well as Baleil/Anna’s father.

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I didn’t like this one as much… and I’m afraid my love for this series is starting to die! It was still a fun read but I feel like that magic is gone.

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Top Ten Tuesday – February 26, 2013: Top Ten Authors on My Auto-Buy List

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

TOP TEN AUTHORS ON MY AUTO-BUY LIST
(Young Adult)

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No doubt about it that Gayle Forman is my number one answer to the question “Which authors are on my auto-buy list?” I have adored all of her works and after each book, I’m left dying for the next or to go back and re-read every book that’s come before it!

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Lauren Oliver is another author that I would follow to the ends of the Earth. I’m a little scared to be reading Requiem right now, but so far I’m enjoying it! I’m just praying the series wraps up well because I just always get scared when series end!! Anyway, Lauren Oliver’s writing is gorgeous and reading her books is always amazing!

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I fell in love with Sweet Evil over the summer and now I’m anxiously awaiting Sweet Peril! Before I knew what fangirling really was, I was fangirling for Sweet Evil! You can bet when SP comes out, I’m buying it immediately!

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I just finished the last book in The Chemical Garden trilogy, Sever. I really enjoyed how Lauren DeStefano wrapped the series up (although I heard a lot of mixed reactions from people) and I look forward to purchasing anything else she writes!

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Anna and the French Kiss became an instant favorite when I read it. Although I wasn’t as big of a fan for Lola, I’m definitely buying any new books from Stephanie Perkins the nanosecond they come out!!

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I never expected to like a fantasy book so much so when I read Shadow and Bone, I was blown away. I loved Leigh Bardugo’s writing and you can bet I’m barely able to contain my excitement for Siege & Storm!! I’ve also been able to meet Leigh Bardugo a few times and knowing that she’s such a genuinely nice person and how much fun she is makes it that much more exciting to pick up her books!

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I’ve only read The Sea of Tranquility but the sheer beauty of the book and the amazing characters that Katja Millay created has made me a believer! You can bet I’m getting this book when it comes out in print so it can have a home on my shelf and I’ll be buying any future books from this amazing author!

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What a fun debut from Lauren Morrill!! I had just a blast with her characters and a really great story line. I’d be happy to buy any new books from her!

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Okay, admittedly, I haven’t actually purchased any of Richelle Mead’s books. SAD. I know. I borrowed all of the Vampire Academy series from the library since I was zipping through them and I then I quickly caught up with Bloodlines in anticipation of The Indigo Spell. Richelle Mead technically hasn’t been an auto-buy author but she’s definitely an auto-read author for me!!

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Same with Robin LaFevers – I borrowed Grave Mercy from the library, but absolutely plan on buying it because I loved it so much! I have Dark Triumph on my Kindle right now, but I’ll be buying that too when it comes out!!

 

So those are my auto-buy authors! Anyone we have in common? Looking forward to see other people’s picks this week!!

 

 

Shout Outs for my Fav Adult Auto-Buy Authors:

1. Meg Cabot (Yes, I know she writes YA too but for some reason I’ve only ever read her adult books)

2. Lisa Lutz

3. Janet Evanovich

4. JD Robb

SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins – Cover Reveal!

Friends!!! As you know, I fangirled quite hard when I first read SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins. Now I will fangirl just a bit more because THE SEQUEL IS COMING OUT THIS SPRING!!! Officially titled SWEET PERIL, this exciting sequel will be released in April 2013. And even more exciting is…. now we have an official cover for the book! Without further ado (drum roll please…..)

SWEET PERIL!!!!

So, what do you think? Looks like we’re in for an edgier Anna and more of some smoldering Kaidan!

Here are some more details about the exciting upcoming release, including a little blurb to tell us what this book holds in store for Anna and Kaidan:

About the Book: Anna Whitt, 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 claim. 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?
Publication Date:  April 30, 2013 from HarperTeen
Book 3 of The Sweet Trilogy, Sweet Reckoning, is slated for spring/summer 2014.

Sweet Peril on Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon | Preorder on Barnes & Noble | Preorder on The Book Depository

About the Author: Wendy Higgins was born in Alaska, grew up an Army brat, and lived all over the United States before settling in the Washington, DC area. She attended George Mason University for her undergrad degree in creative writing, and Radford University for her masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught 9th and 12th grade English in a rural school before becoming a mother and author. She now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Peril is her second novel.

Wendy Higgins Website | Wendy Higgins on Twitter | Author’s Facebook

Also, there is a pretty SWEET giveaway (seriously – these are some awesome prizes) hosted by S.M. Johnston! I’m sure you won’t want to miss your chance to enter!!!

Sweet Evil Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway!

Sweet Evil Blog Tour, Wendy Higgins Interview, and Book Giveaway!

Happy September, everyone! Hard to believe it’s already September, but enough about that because today is the day I’ve been waiting for! It’s my stop on the SWEET EVIL blog tour!!!

I’m sure anyone who’s been reading my blog lately already knows how much I’ve loved SWEET EVIL. After its debut review post (in which I fangirled), I also featured it in several Top Ten Tuesday and TGIF posts because let’s face it, I wanted to spread the news about how much I loved this book and I’ve been trying to force encourage people to read it ever since.

New visitor to The Book Addict’s Guide, you say? Or still don’t know what SWEET EVIL is about? Here’s some info to hook you in:

Sweet Evil
Written by: Wendy Higgins

Published by: Harper Teen
Page Count: 447 pages
Synopsis:
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 Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. 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?

Yep, starting to sound awesome, right? If you still need more convincing or now you’re just so excited and can’t wait to find out more, here are some great links to check out:

The Official Sweet Evil Trailer
Read the first EIGHT chapters!
Add Sweet Evil on GoodReads
Sweet Evil on Facebook

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As another part of this blog tour, I had the opportunity to interview Wendy Higgins, the amazing author behind SWEET EVIL!

Interview with Wendy Higgins, author of SWEET EVIL

Hi, Wendy! Thanks so much for joining me for an interview!
WH: Thanks so much for having me!

In Sweet Evil, we find out that Anna and Kaidan are Nephilim (the offspring of angels/fallen angels and humans) and possess super-human powers like heightened senses and the ability to read auras & emotions. I love the creativity! How did you come up with these abilities?
WH: When I first got the idea to write about angels/fallen angels, I asked myself, “If an angel were to inhabit a human body, what effects would they have on it?” I know the heightened senses has been done a thousand times before, but it felt right. And I think that angels would have extreme empathy, to the point where they could actually see and feel emotions, hence the auras.

I really enjoyed the twist that we get between the angel/demon interactions. Did you have to do a lot of research to develop the history of the characters?
WH: I read a bunch of interesting things online and in the Bible about angel and demon lore, but not much information is really given, so I just made stuff up! I just kept asking myself questions, like, “What would be the early role of demons? How many will be allowed to roam earth? What kinds of angels of light are there, and what are their roles?” etc.

Anna was a totally relatable character to me. I really loved the fact that she was sweet & innocent, but not terribly naïve. Do you see a lot of yourself in her character?
WH: Oh, you don’t think she was naive? I think she was very naive, but she was strong enough to cling to her beliefs even when temptations came (it helps that she has friggin’ angel blood, lol). I was sweet and innocent at her age, but I did not have Anna’s will-power. Not enough angelic blood in me, I guess.

Me either!
My favorite of the book (as I’m sure is everyone else’s!) was Kaidan. He had me swooning the whole time! Was he always pegged to be the son of the Duke of Lust?

WH:Yes. From the start. After I envisioned Anna I thought, “Now, who will our little angel-demon girl fall for?” And I started running through the seven deadly sins. Naturally when I got to Lust my imagination lit up. *DING* Winner!

Speaking of which, I really liked the different Dukes and their different jobs, despite the evil factor. How did you pick which jobs/sins to involve?
WH: When I first wrote the book I had too many Dukes. I had the seven deadly sins AND the Ten Commandments AND a few other things, like Gambling. Whoa. But then I started to feel like some of those would be harder to incorporate, and I didn’t want readers to be uncomfortable with the amount of Biblical references (heck, I was already pushing the envelope on religious stuff and had NO idea if anyone would be able to appreciate the lore of it). So I tweaked and tweaked until my editor and I agreed that it was a good mix.

I also love the oxymoron of the title Sweet Evil! Even though there are a lot of dark and evil trials that these characters go through, I think we really start to see that there can be a little bit of good in people where you least expect it. What’s the message that you want readers to take away from this story?
WH:
Everyone is capable of good and evil. Love and hate. In every choice we make. These Nephilim might have a harder time because of the additional urges of vice, but they’re all capable of good, as well.

And now The Book Addict’s Guide’s “A little less serious and a little more fun” Quick Bookish Q&A!

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
WH: In my bed.

Are there any authors you’re dying to meet?
WH: I just got to meet Jay Asher—YAY! I’d love to meet Richelle Mead.

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
WH: Harry Potter. Absolute classic.

Who’s your biggest literary crush?
WH: I have SO many. Daemon from Obsidian is a biggie. 🙂

Who’s your favorite literary villain?
WH: Malfoy (and his whole family)

Romance or Sci-fi?
WH: ROMANCE. Although, if you put the two together? Major win for me.

Paperback/Hardcover/eBook/Audiobook?
Hardback. It’s my weakness and guilty pleasure.

Wendy, thanks so much for the interview, and really thank you for one of my favorite books so far this year! Sweet Evil had everything I look for in a book and more and I had so much fun reading it!
WH: It was my pleasure, Brittany! Happy reading, everyone!

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One more thing, and that’s the giveaway! I’ve got some awesome SWEET EVIL bookmarks from Wendy Higgins herself! I’ve decided to forgo the rafflecopter form and keep it simple, so all you need to do is leave a comment below. Since Sweet Evil was one of my favorite reads this year, I want to know what your favorite read of 2012 has been so far! All you need to do is comment and leave me a way to contact you if you’re the winner (email address, twitter, etc). This contest will run through the end of the tour, which is September 15th.

Good luck, and thanks for checking out the blog tour! Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for SWEET HOPE, hopefully coming soon 🙂

UPDATE: BOOKMARK WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Okay, with the conclusion of the tour, here’s the announcement for the winner of the Sweet Evil bookmark contest:

Thanks to Random.org for generating the random number for me – It’s entry number two which is Alyssa Susanna! The email to notify her is on its way and she will have 48 hours to claim her prize.

Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest! I really hope you enjoyed the blog tour! 🙂

TGIF – August 17, 2012

It’s time for TGIF again, thanks to Ginger at GReads!

So this week’s TGIF topic is:
Pimp Your Review: Feature a favorite book review you’ve written in the past that you feel deserves more love!

Okay, so here are a couple of my favorite reviews! In case you haven’t seen them, here’s your chance to fangirl with me 🙂

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – Posted 8/6/12
Where She Went by Gayle Forman – Posted 6/26/12
Wither by Lauren DeStefano – Posted 6/1/12

Okay, I think that’ll do it for some of my favorite reviews. Hope you like ’em!

TGIF – August 10, 2012

It’s time for TGIF again, thanks to Ginger at GReads!

I’m actually on vacation right now, but I figured I’d schedule a TGIF post so you didn’t miss me too much 🙂

This week’s TGIF topic is:
Unexpected Books: Which books did you have reservations about reading, but ended up loving once you did?

  1. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks – I’m not really one for mermaids or mermaid-type stories, but Anna Banks does a fantastic job of this! It’s so different and I love the twists and turns she takes with it. Plus, I love her sarcastic and witty sense of humor! I really ended up liking this one a lot! Now if she’d only write the Sasquatch love story…
  2. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – Okay, so I figured I’d like this book. I didn’t think I’d end up falling in love with it! You can check out my fangirl review and that pretty much sums it up!
  3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I borrowed this book from a friend. She said she really enjoyed it. I was pretty skeptical! But this was pretty different from the typical vampire stories. I actually liked it a lot and got totally sucked in by the second book.
  4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – I really not a big fantasy/high fantasy person, so when I read all of the awesome reviews for Graceling, I was hesitant, but decided to pick it up. Turns out, it’s a lot easier to relate to than I thought! I really loved it!
  5. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – Another historical fiction type book but it’s got such great paranormal element to it! And apparently almost any book with a kick-ass heroine will have me sold. I really, really enjoyed reading this one, and highly recommend it!!

Sweet Evil (Sweet Evil Trilogy #1) – Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil (Sweet Evil Trilogy #1) – Wendy HigginsTitle: Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins
Publishing Info: May 1, 2012 by HarperCollins
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: July 26, 2012
Related Posts: Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2)

    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?

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Okay, before I even start to review this… You know how this whole YA Crush Tourney is going on? I was all, “What’s the big deal? Sure I’ve had book crushes, but I’m not all up in arms about any one of them…” And then I read this book. And MAN I was too late because Kaidan already lost to Finnick (really? Clearly not enough people have read this book) on July 13th (I finished on 7/26… Way too late). So that just shows you how quickly I went from zero to “I love him”!

So now to the review. Umm.. how do I put this? I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. I haven’t felt this way about a book in a while. And that’s saying a lot considering I’ve given so many books 5-star ratings recently. I mean, for all of those that I adored, I loved this one that much more. Really. It’s like 6 stars, if that were possible!

Right from the beginning, I loved everything about SWEET EVIL. Anna is sweet and innocent and usually those characters are naive and annoying, but that’s not Anna at all. She’s a normal girl! Well, if normal means seeing people’s auras in colors, heightened senses, and oh yeah, daughter of an angel and a demon. But she acts normal, is what I’m really getting at here. She was so completely relatable because that’s who I was in high school. Subtract a little bit religious and Southern and add a little choir and basketball and that was me in high school. In fact, I was actually picturing this taking place in my high school whereas usually with books I just created some random place in my mind based on the details I was given. That’s how much I related!
Kaidan. Oh, Kaidan. Brooding. Sexy. British. Son of the Duke of LUST? What? How can anyone resist that? He was built to tease and tempt us and by golly, I was all for him. Then we get to know Kaiden a little better and see that he’s more then just his father’s son and he may actually care for Anna. Lust, romance, and tenderness!? Swoooooon. Yikes. Bravo, Wendy Higgins! Hands down the first character I’ve swooned for. Honestly.
The relationship that develops between Anna and Kai. SIGH. It’s so “I-want-you-but-I-can’t-have-you” and it kills me! They belong together, but they know they shouldn’t be together. I love where the story takes us and it just really tugs on your heartstrings to see these two apart!
I also really loved the best friend Jay! And I’m so glad this was NOT a love triangle situation! Anna can read auras as colors and right off the bat, she knows that Jay is not into her as more than a friend and she’s not into him. She knows his feelings and he doesn’t lust for her and I’m so glad  we don’t divert into love triangle here! It was a highly fascinating story and I think the presence of this love triangle would have ruined it, honestly.

Okay, and onto the actual plot — Once again, absolutely loved it. I think this could have easily crossed the line into religious with all of its dealings with heaven/hell/angels/demons, the fact that Anna’s religious and prays and goes to church — And (not so secret confession) I went to a Catholic school for 10 years. I almost felt like I was forced into religion (that’s a talk for another day, different time) so I always get so frustrated when characters are really religious. It’s just something weird that I have from how I grew up, but when a character is religious or I feel a book is preachy, I get immediately turned off. I feel like this danced perfectly on the line of sacred and secular and played extremely nicely interweaving the two.
I loved the creativity with it being so much more than just Nephilim being the children of demons, that Anna was the child of an angel AND a demon, which is not supposed to happen. I love that it was a little bit more of paranormal when we learn about that the way that Anna reads auras by seeing the colors of people’s emotions. The heightened senses also played a really big part. It was just so much more than Angels vs Demons and it just really drew me in.

QUOTES

  • P 13: He was smokin’ hot. As in H-O-T-T hott. I’d never understood until this moment why girls insisted on adding an extra T. This guy was extra-T worthy.
  • P 15: Kai, like Thai, only yummier.
  • P 136: I’d had my first kiss, and I’d never be the same.
  • P 231: I’ve heard the saying that you can’t miss what you never had. Only I did. The disappointment hurt.

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I’m not sure if everyone will love this one as much as I did… I think it was right place, right time you know? But I still had a ton of fun with this one!

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