Friday, 3 May 2013

Review: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2)
Author: Wendy Higgins
Release date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: eBook
Pages: 384

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?

Holy sweet hell. I've been impatiently awaiting this book ever since I finished the beauty that was Sweet Evil, and now that I've finally read this, I can honestly say that it blew my mind! Seriously, Sweet Peril surpassed all my expectations of it and made its way among my all-time favourites. Wendy, I can't thank you enough for creating the brilliance that is Kaidan Rowe!

Sweet Peril starts off a few months after the events of Sweet Evil. Anna has begun to work, which means that she's changed her image completely. On the outside, at least. She's now the fun, popular party girl, and gets her friends and classmates drunk in every party. She hates it, though. And try as she may, she can't get Kaidan Rowe out of her mind. But when Anna discovers an age-old prophecy involving the Dukes and the Nephilim, she takes it upon herself to make it come true. Her father enlists Kopano to help her, and they travel the world together to find Neph willing to help their cause. This eventually brings Anna right to Kai's doorstep, but is he still the same? And is she? Their relationship is put to the test in this book, and all the while, their lives are in peril.

I felt for Anna so much in this book. She's gone through hell in the past, and despite everything going on, all she can think of is Kai. At the beginning, I was kind of annoyed at how clingy she was about Kai, because he kept pushing her away and she just kept going back. I mean, she let go of her dignity for him! But then, it's Kai. He's worth everything. Anna's suddenly got a whole lot of responsibility dumped on her - namely, the future of the Demons and the Nephilim. I've always admired her inner strength, and I'm even more impressed by her in this book. More importantly, I'm so incredibly happy for her! Anna is such a sweet girl despite what she has to do pretty much every week, and she deserves all the happiness she can get. And man, does she get a lot of it in Sweet Peril!

Kaidan. *Sigh* There are no words that can describe how much I love him. Kai is definitely one of my favourite book guys now, and if I'm being completely honest, he's up there right at the very top along with Daemon Black and Aiden St. Delphi. Yeah, you read that right. That's how much I love him! We see a whole other side of Kai in this book, and that side completely melted my heart. Even though we have to wait for ages to see it, it's definitely worth it when we do. I loved seeing him vulnerable to Anna, finally showing her how he feels. I almost cried some happy tears at some really sweet moments! Oh, and there are steamy scenes between them too. Very steamy! I'm looking forward to more of that in Sweet Reckoning. Keep that in mind, Wendy! Here's possibly my favourite line in the book. It's the game-changer, so it's a leeetle bit spoilery, but come on, you guys know that this would happen.

“Anna . . . the night of the summit, when you were saved, it was the only time in my life I’ve thanked God for anything.”
This. Line. It made me give my whole heart to Kai, and I don't regret it at all. He's sweet, he's protective, and most importantly, he's completely open to Anna. And I cherished every scene between them, because they're just so incredible together.

The other Neph feature prominently in this book too, which was awesome. I still love Kope, though of course I don't think there should have been a hint of a love triangle at all. Kai all the way! But then again, it's because of Kope that Kai finally admitted his feelings. There's something we find out about Kope, something he's kept hidden from pretty much everyone, and it freaking shocked me! It explains a lot of things, too. Kope and Anna have their own moments in Sweet Peril, but those are in the first half of the book, where Kai wasn't in the picture yet. I love how Kope is still so generous, so good, even though he's going through a lot. Adding Kai's newfound animosity towards him, it's a wonder he doesn't lose it, considering he's the son of the Duke of Wrath.

Blake is back as well, and I loved seeing more of him! He's the only Neph who doesn't show a problem with his sin on the outside. He's supposed to be envious of things and people, but Blake seems to be a really cool guy who likes to have fun. I guess he's just really good at hiding his weaknesses. Blake's freaking hilarious, and it's awesome that he and Anna have some bonding time in this book. I would have liked to see more of Marna, but I ain't complaining! Less of the others = more of Kai, and we all want more Kai, don't we?

I'm sorry if there's too much gushing about Kai in this review, but honestly, I still can't get over him! I even re-read every single Kai-Anna scene in the book right after I finished it. If you guys have read Sweet Evil and you're waiting on Sweet Peril, don't wait any longer! Grab this baby up, and love it like nothing before.

Sweet Peril was filled with awesomeness, and even when Kai wasn't there, I was still glued to the pages. It was so cool to see Anna and Kope traveling to the Middle East and Australia. And I missed Jay too! I wish he was there in the later part of the book. I'm looking forward to more of him in Sweet Reckoning. And I hope he shows up with some hilarious drummer jokes! Oh, and that brings me to the band. Lascivious. Specifically, their first single. That's all I'm going to say on the subject, but it definitely filled my heart with some love ;)

Well, I guess you can tell how much I freaking adored this book. And Kai. And his sexy accent. This book, guys. I'm off for another re-read! Sweet Peril is indulging, intense, and incredible. Notice how all of those began with 'i'? Alliteration, baby. Okay I'm rambling now. If anyone here hasn't read Sweet Evil yet, your life is not complete until you do! I have a hard time believing Sweet Reckoning is going to top this book, but I just know it will. And I can't wait!

Rating: 5/5

5 comments:

  1. Awesome review!!! Your so lucky you read the book! Im so jealous and omg for sure Kai is up in the top 3...lol with daemon(he's so smexi). I seriously need sweet peril only read 7 chapter's online but I want to get the paperback and use my signed sweet peril bookmark :( Need to know what happens between Anna and Kaiden !!

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  2. Ah, such a cute review, Richa! :) Kai is just one of the most gorgeous and heartwarming guys ever!!

    Love it when you ramble ;) Are your exams over?

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    1. Aw thank you, Sel <3 Can't wait for you to read this :D
      Hahah yeah exams all over, and I'm so thankful!

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  3. I loved Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril was a wonderful sequel. Am so looking forward to book three. Look forward to other stories by Wendy.
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