Book Review: Sweet Reckoning (Sweet#3) by Wendy Higgins

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Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: April 29, 2014

Pages: 379 (Paperback)

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It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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All Anna does is cry.

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Sweet Reckoning is so boring and I couldn’t help but be upset by it. Kaidan, the boy that I swooned over for some time turns into a complete lovesick loser in this book and I understand that he’s in love but come on! Keep it interesting! This is the last book in this trilogy and I couldn’t help but feel disappointed by it.

I also had a problem with the length of the book. I’m being honest when I say that it could have been cut down by AT LEAST 200 pages. Because those first two hundred pages are completely pointless. What makes me even more angry though is how it all went down in the end. I mean, seriously? It’s boring and predictable. Ugh.

Nonetheless, I liked the writing and for the most part, most of the characters. I think that’s it though.

Disappointed is an understatement for what I felt for this book. Sweet Reckoning was supposed to be the big finale, with a shit ton and stuff happening left and right. However, it’s all just sitting around being all cute and whatever. This is still a good series, just lower your expectations when you get to this book.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds

Book Review: Sweet Peril (Sweet#2) by Wendy Higgins

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Sweet Peril (Sweet#2) by Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Pages: 371 (Paperback)

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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?

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This series has just about everything that annoys me in it– a whiny main character, an overrated love triangle, ‘the chosen one’ who isn’t very special, etc. But the thing is, I love it. I actually enjoy this series! There’s only a few things that actually pisses me off about this series and I like to call it one of my guilty pleasures.

In Sweet Peril, Anna is more annoying than she was in the first one, constantly thinking about Kaidan and not enough on the tasks at hand. I felt just about ready to smack her a few times. the romance between Kope and Zania is also another issue for me because it’s not realistic how a woman who despises men would do something against that after only a few weeks of kindness from one. But that’s not why I’m giving it such an average rating. It has to do with the ending and how melodramatic it is. There’s a great penultimate chapter and then just a ‘meh’ ending which drove me insane.

But, I did like the characters a little more this time around even though Jay isn’t around most of the novel. I loved how dark this one is compared to Sweet Evil because it’s a bit scary and a hell of a lot more fun to read about all of the dangerous things that Anna has to do. Speaking of dark parts, the romance is steamy and so very hot. Higgins doesn’t hold back at all when Anna and Kaidan are in the same room and I absolutely love it! 

With only the finally book in this series left, I’m really hoping for a killer ending that will leave me satisfied. I really loved the characters and the different settings that take place in this one but I didn’t enjoy Anna for most of the novel and he obsession over Kaidan. Still, I recommend this novel to anyone who has read the first one and readers who enjoy stories about angels and demons and half angels and all of their sexiness.

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3 Clouds

 

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Dark Kiss By Michelle Rowen

3/5-This book was a disappointment for me. The hype and excitement I had towards this book after reading some good reviews about it vanished before I was finished the second chapter. The only reason why this book didn’t get a straight out 2 was because I like Michelle Rowen’s writing style, but I’m not exactly sure why.

 

(Summary)

Sixteen year-old Samantha Day has a mission to stay on the safe side of things. After being kissed by her crush, Stephen, she gets strange urges and hunger pains. But not for food. A part of her is missing but she doesn’t what or how to get it back. Now, the only person who can help her is a street kid named Bishop who seems to be more messed up than she thought. Maybe the secrets he’s carrying around are the reason why he can’t think straight. A terrible darkness is moving toward the city but in order for them to stop it Samantha will have to give up the things she cares most about.

 

(My Opinion)

First of all, I just want to congratulate myself on actually finishing this book. I haven’t read many Angel books but I still found myself rolling my eyes, slamming the book shut, and repeating,

“You’re the biggest idiot I have ever met. Why are you so stupid?”At least ten times each chapter. The idea for Dark Kiss was so similar to a lot of angel books that it made me want to scream. Most of the characters weren’t original or that exciting. The only characters I felt deserved my interest were Kraven and Zach. And that was only because Zach was a huge sweetie and Kraven was a little funny. Everyone else was just…I don’t even know.

 

The fact that a lot of popular things in YA books now a days are in this book was one of the reasons why I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the relationship between Kraven and Bishop and I already know where it will lead without having to read the next book. Another thing I didn’t like about this book was that it was predictable. I felt like I knew the Sam’s next moves before I read them. I hated how quickly Sam and Bishop’s relationship bloomed and the way Sam felt towards Bishop disappointed me because it was too fast and too instant, not very realistic or good. I’m still wondering why Michelle Rowen felt the need to write this book in the first place.

 

Zach was a complete sweetie, I loved his compassion and how he was almost always calm about things. Even though Kraven was a bit funny, he wasn’t that original. I liked the ending because I wasn’t expecting what happened between Sam and her friend. I also wasn’t expecting Bishop’s answer to Sam’s question. I’m not sure if I’ll read the next book in the Night watchers series, Wicked Kiss. But if you love angel books no matter what, this book is for you.