01 July 2013

Sweet Peril By Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins.
Audience/Genre: YA,Paranormal Romance.
Publication: Published April 30th 2013 by HarperTeen.
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?

Reviewed by Kelly.

I had a big grin on my face when I started this book. I was so excited to get started. If you haven’t read the first book; be forewarned there are spoilers ahead. We start off with Anna “working” at a party. She acts like she drinks and takes drugs and gets others to do the same. Yet the whole time, she feels guilty. She is not really a party girl and she doesn’t like what she is doing. But there was a demon whisperer there so she had to act the part since she is a nephilium and is supposed to work against humanity (as Rahab had said). If she chooses not to work and is caught, her life could be forfeit. But she is also a daughter of an angel and is really pure at heart. She worries for the people she leaves drunk and follows up with them the next day to make she they are ok.

Her father is a Duke, his sin is substance abuse. Which from the first book makes it her weakness as well. The Dukes work for Satan and pollute the world. He is really a great father. He teaches her morals. Go figure.

Anna still loves Kaidan, or Kai, and misses him. But they also cannot be together or they would be killed. They have jobs to do and aren’t allowed to have a life of their own.

Kope remains very fond of Anna and we get to see more of that in this book. Don’t worry; just think about the picture on the cover if you are.

The nephilium are tired of being forgotten and ordered around by their parents. But there is hope in the form of an angel. This angel is the nun from the convent that Anna didn’t get to see before she died in the first book. She tells Anna a prophecy. I will share that with you:

In the days demons roam the earth and humanity despairs,
Will come a great test. A Nephilim pure of heart
Shall rise above and cast all demons from earth,sending home
To heaven those righteous lost angels with whom forgiveness is shown,
And sending those lost forever to the depths of hell where they shall
Remain with their dark master until the end of days.

After her meeting with the angel, Anna calls her dad and tells him everything. This is where the meat and potatoes of the book go. Anna sets off around the world, with her dad giving the where and when, to find allies to help in their quest to fulfill the prophecy. They don’t know exactly when or where or how to fulfill it yet, but they need an army.

Kope and Anna are together for most of these missions. This is where things get awkward with the two of them. Kaidan seems to want no part of Anna and Anna doesn’t know why. So.... I am not gonna tell you what happens next. But my stomach went sour here. I am definitely team Kaidan.

Now, it seems as they go around the world, time is not on their side and things do not always go as planned. Anna must fight for everything and everyone she believes in.

I so wanted to share something with you from the book but it would be a major spoiler and so I won’t, but it is beautiful. So, I will share another piece. This one makes me sad for them and happy at the same time;

People often referred to life in oceanic terms: a sea of possibility, plenty of fish in the sea. But it wasn't that way for Nephilim. We were like fish kept in nets, expected to do the bidding of sharks or be eaten by them. The sea held no possibility for us. But here and now we found ourselves in a private tank without a shark in sight. It was tiny and temporary. We were buoyant.

SIDE NOTE I had my daughter read the first one (she’s 13). I used it to discuss some of the very things the nephilium were “working” on. This book- I don’t think I will let her read. Where nobody goes all the way, it is not for a 13 year old in my opinion. The other one wasn’t really either but I used it to talk about some of the issues, this one is a little more intense.
I bought this book myself.


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