So reading this book I was actually very surprised. I expected to hate it. I don't know why. It just seemed like another book where the guy was an ass...moreSo reading this book I was actually very surprised. I expected to hate it. I don't know why. It just seemed like another book where the guy was an ass in the beginning and the girl was a bitch to the guy. Granted, in the beginning that is how things started out, but I was really happy with the development of MC's relationship with her love interest.
So if you are like me and are thinking if you should read this book, don't put it off for two years, because you'll want to kick yourself. I did.
If you are hesitant to read this book, just read below, because I'm going to explain to why this book is perfect
Yes, this is an angel book....moreIf you are hesitant to read this book, just read below, because I'm going to explain to why this book is perfect
Yes, this is an angel book. Yes, this is almost as overused as the Vampire genre. But is Sweet Evil like the countless other books in this wide array? The answer No. This story is more focused on the demon aspect, and for a surprise the romance isn't a fallen angel himself! [*cough cough* Hush, Hush *cough cough* Fallen]. But , we shall get to Kaidan later because that boy deserves more than sentence of drooling over explanation. The idea is fresh, and why some parts are somewhat predictable that can only be expected since there is only so much you can do with the Angel storyline. Some people complain that the beginning of the book was slow, and I understand that, but I was sucked into the storyline from chapter one.
I loved the plot. I loved the writing. But what I really can't get over is the characters! I simply cannot push myself through a book if I don't like the main character. If it's from third person I can possibly be swayed, but with first person I have to like the character. This was where I started to worry with Anna. She's a typical goody goody, and I was afraid I was going to want to personally offer her a drink to get her loosen up. No problem though, the girl knows how to have a good time. Anna may not be a Katniss or a Tris, but I like her just as I would those two girls.
The love interest, and the boy who spends about half the book alongside our MC, is named Kaidan. If you've already read a few reviews, or know anything about the book, you may be cringing about him. Yes, he is a man whore, but he has a reason. Yeah, I know, you're shaking your head and thinking I just think he's sooooo hot and attractive, and dammit I do, but he truly does have a concrete reason for his man sluttiness. One of my favorite parts of Kaidan is when he lets his guard down, even for a second. At those moments you can see the care he has for Anna, and the love he has for her purity. Whenever Anna is forced to do their father's work you can see the pain in the way he moves, talks, and acts.
Another thing about Sweet is there are a lot characters, and many are secondary characters, and that itself offers a challenge. I, like many people, have problems with flat characters. The book is a nice length, about 400 pages, but it's still sometimes hard to make characters dimensional. Almost every character in this story has multiple sides. Even a woman who serves them food at a diner [and is only in the book for about 4 pages] has multiple dimensions since Anna can see her emotions, and past the first glance. You may now be scared it's to much packed into one book, but I promise it isn't. Higgins somehow gives every character a softer/harder side that makes you think twice. It's powerful how each character is so much more than they appear at first glance.
Two things I feel come to mind about The Romance of this book. One, ohmygod the steaminess. The second, eek, possible love triangle. I feel like I can't say to much about it without spoilers, and I and River are opposed to them, but I will say the love triangle is only to make Kaidan admit his feelings, and the steaminess is a little riskier than your average YA.
Innocents, leave while you can.
But seriously, the romance, top notch.
I've read the damn book 138 times. How do you think I like it.(less)
I was happily surprised by this book! I'm a fan of modern takes on classics, but *blushes* I really don't like the classics. I'm not a fan of the writ...moreI was happily surprised by this book! I'm a fan of modern takes on classics, but *blushes* I really don't like the classics. I'm not a fan of the writing style, so although I love spinoffs like the espressologist and this book, I can't find myself to read the originals. So, if you're looking for a review, telling you if it resembles Pride and Prejudice, don't read this. But if you're like me, and just want to read a good book, you should read this.
The book started well and ended well. The main character Elise Benton (Elizabeth Bennett I think) and her three sisters move to Calofornia, and face complications. They're mom is the new principle (the strict one you hate in real life) and their dad is a math teacher at the uber exclusive coastal tree prep. The children of celebrities roam happily, including Derek Edwards (Mr. Darcy?), whose mother and father are Hollywood royalty. Elise's sister Juliana cliques with Chase (Mr. Bingley?) Derek's best friend. Elise starts to hang out with that group, but finds Derek stuck up. She instantly likes charming and relatable Webster Grant (Not sure), Derek's enemy.
Overall a fantastic book, i'll try to read P&P and see if how the books redoes it, and then I'll update this. Although it will probably take me FOREVER to read it though. Thanks for reading my review
First of all, before I begin the review I'm going to say I loved this book. The characters were well developed and interesting, plus the plot had many...moreFirst of all, before I begin the review I'm going to say I loved this book. The characters were well developed and interesting, plus the plot had many twists and turns. Now that i've established I really did like this book, i'll add my review.
ACTUAL RATING- 4.5
This book, like many other Dessen books, took me a while to get into. Before you start to think, well she just doesn't get real life books, i truly do. I love her books, but I admit to putting off this book for a while. I only do this because this was the third Dessen book i'd read; the other two being Lock and Key and The Truth about Forever. I read the books slowly at first, i just can't get into the story at the first half. Then someone clicks. I'm hooked on the book, and can't put it down.
I don't know if it's just that the story line has reached a good twist, or that I finally get the feel of the characters, but I get obsessed the second half of the book. It will take me three days for me to get through 100 pages, bit then BAM, I'm finished in less than two hours.
Let me explain with an example (not a real one, just an imaginary one from off the top of my head)
Girl moves to new town (preferably in summer like most Dessen books, but I'm bored) Girl meets friend (who she might find out later is either really nice or a bitch, only slightly interested) Girl finds out friend is bitch (it happens, only slightly interested though, i mean you knew it was coming) Girl resorts to being alone (bored out of my mind) Girl finds new best friend (preferably a guy, and now i'm focused on reading instead of my nails) Girl has feelings for guy (you've ruined it, I don't need more nervous girls) Fight (either over or between girl and boy, I'm happy to read again) CLICK then the story continues, blah blah blah ...
See my point, i know this isn't close to a Dessen storyline, but i hope you get the idea.