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Sweet Evil is about a pure and innocent teen called Anna, who looks for the good in...moreThis review also appears on my blog. Check it out for more reviews!
Sweet Evil is about a pure and innocent teen called Anna, who looks for the good in others and who helps people in any way she can. The only thing, is that she has powers with all five senses emphasised, and she can see people’s auras. One day, she meets a bad boy drummer called Kaiden who unveils an entire world that she didn’t know existed – it turns out he’s a Nephilim like her, and she delves into the world of Dukes, Nephilim, and Angels.
Sweet Evil holds a fascinating twist on the theme of Angels. Nephilim, who are the children of Angels and Demons, are tied to do their fathers’ (who are also the Dukes of Hell) bidding. The Dukes are centered around certain sins; Anna’s father, Belial, is the Duke of Substance Abuse and she feels particularly drawn to drugs and alcohol. This means that Anna must influence her peers towards that particular sin.
Although Anna seems to be really pure, innocent, and religious, she never appears to be prudish or too stereotypical. She’s up for a good time, which probably shows her naive nature more than anything. What I really enjoyed about Anna’s voice is that she just seems so real. Her concerns and her thoughts are not too shallow or whiny as other YA heroines may be.
I also liked how the story continued to evolve over a time period, it wasn’t just the typical predictable insta-love, happily ever after sort of deal. It’s things like that which keep you guessing throughout the story, and you’re always hanging on for more to see what happens. The story also converges into a climactic end, showing that there’s a point to it all.
Overall, I really enjoyed Sweet Evil and it’s probably one of the best YA titles I’ve read all year. I can’t wait for more!(less)
Red Headed Stepchild is about a half mage, half vampire assassin called Sabina Kane. She's been sent into the enemy's base to infiltrate their secrets...moreRed Headed Stepchild is about a half mage, half vampire assassin called Sabina Kane. She's been sent into the enemy's base to infiltrate their secrets and perform an assasination that gets complicated, as she finds out more about the people and her own birth.
At the very start of the book, there was a part that revealed that every vampire is a red head. The ones with darker mahogany hair are older and more powerful, while the ones with lighter auburn hair are newborns. I found this reference to be interesting and a little comical, but it was unfortunate that it wasn't really followed through well for the rest of the book.
There's this hilarious demon called Gighul in the book. Later on, he gets stuck in the form of a hairless cat. He steals every scene that he's in, and he does provide a bit of comical relief for the entire book.
Unfortunately, Red Headed Stepchild failed to grab me with it's run-of-the-mill story. As I've mentioned in the Serious Overload of Series Buddy Read thread, the story failed to convey a depth of emotion even though the circumstances affecting Sabina were personal. I just found like I was reading a straight action story all the way through, and in the end I failed to care about the main character. For an assassin, I expected her to be more on her guard and less trusting of others, but that didn't seem to be the case.
The mythology covering Lilith and Cain in Adam and Eve's place was quite interesting, and the book does spend quite a lot on it's world building. It seems character development was sacrificed in its place however. A 3 stars read for me, but if I did pick up the sequels it would be to read about what becomes of Gighul.
A perfect ending to a beautiful, supernatural love story. Not much happened in this book, most of it was Georgina's internal dialogue and figuring out...moreA perfect ending to a beautiful, supernatural love story. Not much happened in this book, most of it was Georgina's internal dialogue and figuring out the truth about her contract. As the last book of the series however, it tied up the story better than I would have imagined. I would have liked to see more of Las Vegas where all the flashing lights and possibilities were, but alas, that's not what this book was about.
One of my favourite things about the Succubus series is how Hell is structured like a big corporation, with office politics, contracts, legal proceedings, employee awards, and bowling matches. It's quite a hilarious depiction of Hell and how it runs its workers, and always provides a few laughs. The start of this books starts out with Georgina working part time as a Santa's helper elf, which was hilarious.
I found the book to be a little predictable, especially after all the deductions from Succubus Shadows, but adored the small twist at the end. Richelle Mead's writing is natural, believable, and enticing, and she's only gotten better and better after each Succubus book.
If you haven't read the Succubus books yet, I definitely recommend it, it's highly charged, emotional, has a unique plot with a soul sucking Succubus, her hellish friends and artistic and gentle Seth Mortensen. They are highly addictive from start to finish, and I preferred this over Vampire Academy.