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?
Paperback, 371 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by HarperTeen
Four stars: A solid sequel that lays the groundwork for an explosive finish.
Anna is far removed from the sweet, innocent girl who learned her true origins and met Kaidan Rowe over a year ago. As the daughter of one of the dukes, Anna must do what ever it takes to prevent the demon whisperers from reporting her to the other dukes. That means she must embrace her dark side and become a party girl. School work and outstanding grades are set aside for parties and drinks, but it really isn't the true Anna. The real Anna wants nothing to do with drugs and alcohol as she is still nursing a broken heart after being rejected by Kai. Anna soon learns that she is the Nephilim of a prophecy that could banish the dukes and demons from the Earth once and for all. She and her father endeavor to gather allies, but it is going to be dangerous. Will Anna be able to fulfill the prophecy? Will she ever get over Kaidan?
What I Liked:
- I was most pleased to discover that this book does not falter under the dreaded middle book syndrome. Once the book hits its stride, the stakes are raised, the danger is more prevalent and the romance is smoking hot. What more could you want? Usually angel and demon books aren't my thing, but this is one angel series that is intelligent, complex and well written. A must read series!
- Once again, I was amazed by the depth and the complexity of the plot. Ms. Higgins takes angel and demon lore and revamps it into something fresh and original. In her version there are twelve dukes who each represent a major sin. They are the embodiment of all that is evil for their sin. The dukes have offspring which are the Nephilim. The Nephilim are forced to work, which means they must carry out their father's sin. For instance, Kaidan is the son of the Duke of Lust so he must spend his days getting girls to lust after him. The Nephilim are at the mercy of their fathers, and in a difficult position. I am most intrigued by the way Ms. Higgins spins well worn angel and demon lore into something exciting and different.
- I liked Anna's character growth. She is far removed from the sweet, innocent and naive sixteen year girl first introduced in Sweet Evil. Her eyes are open now that she understands her true nature. Being half angel, half demon, Anna must learn to balance her light and dark side. She is becoming a capable fighter and learning how to handle herself when she is forced to work. I like that she isn't all sweet and innocent anymore. I also appreciated that this book moves through almost two years, bringing Anna to her eighteenth birthday. I am loving this more mature Anna.
- I am enjoying the strong cast of secondary characters from the two twins: Ginger and Marna, to Kope, Blake and Zenia. This is a book with a overall strong set of characters and it makes the read much more engaging to have numerous characters that I like.
- I loved that this book notches up the danger and action as Anna heads out to recruit Nephilim to help her cause. Everywhere she goes, she must be constantly vigilant looking for the ever present demon whisperers whose soul purpose is to spy on Nephilim and keep the dukes informed. There is plenty of tension throughout leading up to an exciting climax and finish.
- The romance... what can I say about the romance except that it hits the normal stumbling blocks that many romances do in the second book. It takes the majority of the book before the romance actually returns to the story. I worried that early on a love triangle might develop, but Anna's heart belongs to only one, and the love triangle never develops. You must be patient, but the pay off is worth the wait because once the romance takes root, it is everything you love in a romance.
- I so appreciated that the book ended without a cliffhanger. I was expecting a jarring cliffhanger to set up book three, but instead things end in a positive spot. Granted, there is plenty of danger ahead and the final confrontation is yet to come, but I was satisfied with the ending and I didn't feel cheated.
- I listened to the audio version of this book and I though the narrator, Erin Mallon, does a terrific job with all the characters. I especially appreciated the numerous accents she incorporates. I will definitely listen to a book narrated by her in the future!
And The Not So Much:
- For all you fans of Kaidan Rowe, unfortunately he is absent for about two thirds of the book. The book wasn't the same until he made his entrance and stayed. At least he was present for the final part of the book which made up for the first half.
- Even though I liked that the romance finally settled out at the end, the first part of the book the non romance irritated me. Anna is constantly pining for Kaidan, and it seems that the couple is through, but the reader knows without a doubt that somehow things will work out, but until it gets to that point there is a lot of drama.
- I don't like the male posturing going on between Kaidan and Kope. They need to grow up and get over it!
- I struggled severely with book amnesia as it has been eighteen months since I read Sweet Evil. Normally there is enough review that I can pick up the story thread without being too lost, but that is not the case with this one. I struggled to recall the events from the first book, and I don't think there was enough recap. I was a little lost for the first part of the book.
- This is a a series that is best for older teen readers as it deals with mature topics from drug and alcohol use to lust, adultery, and all the other sins. Now that Anna is eighteen it could easily be marketed as a New Adult title.
Sweet Peril is a solid second book. It takes the plot in new and exciting directions while vamping up the danger and romance. This book lays the foundation for what promises to be a thrilling finale. I cannot wait to see how everything ends! If you are looking for an enjoyable angel and demon series, these are definitely the books to read!
I borrowed a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.