Saturday, April 19, 2014

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

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Sweet Reckoning
The Sweet Trilogy #3
By:  Wendy Higgins
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher:  Harper Teen
Source:  Publisher

GR's Summary:

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.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

The Sweet Trilogy:

My Thoughts:

The Sweet Series, by Wendy Higgins, is one of my favorite YA Paranormal Series.  My love and addiction to these books all began after I read Sweet Evil, the first book in the series.  In that story, we were introduced to the main characters, Anna, and the delectable, and oh so sexy, Kaiden (Kai).  We learned about a world where fallen angels that worked for Lucifer specialized in perpetuating certain sins on earth and that they used their Nephilim children to assist them in this endeavor.  Kaiden's father was Pharzuph, "The Duke of Lust."  This meant that one of Kaiden's largest moral weaknesses was fighting his lust, and that he was a pro when it came to getting others to indulge in their lust for him.    Anna's father was Belial "The Duke of Substance Abuse."  Drugs and alcohol were very difficult for Anna to resist, and she was expected to "work," and get others to indulge in drug and alcohol abuse.  Anna and Kai are the main characters in the series, but along the way we meet a special and colorful cast of "Dukes," and their Nephilim children.  

In Sweet Reckoning, the conclusion on the trilogy, we get an amazing story.  Anna and Kai are finally together, but have to keep their communication and meetings to a minimum, as they cannot be caught by any of the "Dukes," or "whisperers," the demons that work for and report back to their superiors.  Anna is working with her allies Kai, Marna, Ginger, Blake, Kope, and Zania to develop a plan to take down the Dukes, and send them back to hell.  Her father, Belial, is helping her gather more allies, and information that may be of use.  I loved being reunited with all of the amazing characters in this series.  I felt closer to Anna's adopted mother, Patti; my love for Kai grew ten-fold, and the time that Anna spent with her Nephilim friends was very precious.  There were many special moments in this story, and I didn't want it to end.

Things heat up a lot between Anna and Kai in this installment, and I for one was one very satisfied reader!  The beautiful love story between Anna and Kai really evolved an d matured in this story.  We didn't get all of the angst, and back and forth between the two of them.  They knew that they loved each other, and wanted to be together.  Their time was spent on working together to overcome the Dukes, and on enjoying the love that they had for each other.  There were some really magical and beautiful moments between these two, and I found myself with a big goofy grin on my face whenever these two were together.  There were a few plot twists in this story, that kept things interesting.  We end up meeting new Nephilim, and do not know if certain characters are friend or foe, until the end of the story.   

The final battle wasn't as large or complex as I had hoped for.  I felt like the ending was wrapped up a little too quickly and easily.  However, I adored the epilogue in the story.  It was emotional.  I was filled with hope and happiness for Anna, Kai, and their future together.  It was very touching, and I think fans will love the glimpse we get in to Anna and Kai's future.

My Rating:

I give, Sweet Reckoning, by Wending Higgins, 4.5 Emotional, Romantic, Loving, and Beautiful Stars!  If you are a fan of Young Adult, Paranormal stories, I highly recommend, The Sweet Trilogy!  If you love stories about angels, read this series, it's one of my absolute favorite's!  You will fall in love with the main characters, as well as the secondary characters.  This series has it all; great world building, a plot full of twists and turns, it's fast-paced, and there is never a dull moment!  I can't wait to see what Ms. Higgins plans to write next!

My Favorite Quote:

"He let me undress him, and in that moment, as I acquainted myself with all of him for the first time, I learned the power of being a woman--the weakness in his eyes brought on by my touch--and the underlying trust and love I saw there."  (eARC, Loc. 1968)


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About Wendy Higgins:

After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, I taught high school English until becoming a mommy. I've always had a heart for teens, and writing YA stories gives me the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal years before adulthood.  I live in the D.C. area with my husband, daughter, son and puppy Rue.


  1. Great review!So glad you enjoyed it!I can't wait to finally get my hands on Sweet Reckoning since it is one of my most anticipated books of 2014!Happy Reading!

    Elena @ Book Lady's Reviews

  2. I would love to get my hands on this series. Everything about it sounds right up my alley. I am so glad that you enjoyed it so much.

    1. You would love it! I hope you get the opportunity to read it Jenea :)

  3. I don't know why I never continued this series after book one. I did enjoy that a lot. I hate that the ending felt a little too neat. Thanks for the review!

    1. You're Welcome! I hope you get to continue it :)

  4. Great review Lindy! I have Sweet Evil and Sweet Reckoning waiting for me- now I need to get Sweet Peril, so I can read them in order! :) I'm glad you enjoyed the end, despite it being a bit anti-climactic!

    1. I can't wait for you to read this series Jess! I know you will love it!

  5. Very excited to get to that heated up part of their relationship! Great review.

  6. I want to read it soooo bad!!! Great review!

  7. I'm so glad you were satisfied with this one! I cannot wait read it! AH! And I'm happy about the "heated up" part as well ;}

    Awesome review!

    1. I can't wait for you to read it too! Yes, things get very heated up, and I was swooning a whole lot in this book! LOL

  8. I haven't read the series yet but I am hoping to get to in the near future. I loved your review!! :)

  9. What are your thought about the Epilogue? Do you think that God put Kaiden's image in the little girls mind? Or is he her bio father, since Neph can remember things from birth? Anna said the little girl looked to be 3 or 4 years old. And the Epilogue took place 6 years later. So...I hope the little girl isn't his bio daughter...unless she is actually older than 3 or 4.


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