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.
MY GOD. WOW.
I am so completely blown away by Wendy Higgins. I had forgotten the way Kaiden spoke, the way Anna thought, the way Kope acted. And I am so, so, so happy to have gotten another load of them again. Sweet Reckoning has by far been the best book out of the entire Sweet Evil Trilogy. I expected so much from this book and that is exactly what it gave me. Sweet Reckoning did not disappoint, did not make me feel bored or sleepy or indifferent.
THE FEELS, people.
Anna was such a likable character in the first two books and that has definitely not changed. She’s just so sweet and nice and honest, but at the same time she’s a kickass warrior with functional brain and a killer boyfriend who stands by her and appreciates her wants and needs, and doesn’t just go barreling into a situation to save her without thought.
Which brings me to my next point, which is KAIDEN. Kai. My Kai. I missed him so much. I didn’t even realize how much I missed until I started reading about him. He’s just such an amazing and concrete character – much more so than Anna. Kaiden is loyal and loving and sarcastic and just such a smartass that he makes me want to repeatedly kiss him over and over again. This was such a character driven book, and so much time was spent into creating and placing these three dimensional characters that I couldn’t help but care for most of them.
I did have a problem with a few things in this book. There is this dagger of righteousness – or at least, that’s what I think it was called – that Anna, and only Anna, would be able to wield, because she was the only Neph who was both light and dark, but another factor that came into the mix was that she had to be pure. Which means no sex. She had to be an untouched virgin to wield the dagger. I found that a bit…controversial, I guess, because not being a virgin doesn’t necassarily mean that a person is unpure of heart and mind, does it? The loop hole that Anna and Kaiden found was very smart, though, so props to Higgins for that.
The big finale wasn’t really such a huge let down, though I was expecting something…more. A lot did happen, but I guess I wanted the angels from Heaven and Lucifer and his minions themselves to show up and interact with our characters during the final showdown, as that would have given a much more mind boggling exit to the series.
However, I really did enjoy this book a lot, and the ending was beautiful and sweet and so heart felt – I was so happy for Kaiden, because throughout the entire series, I guess I found him to be the most deep – his problems were my problems, his thoughts were my thoughts, his pain was my pain. To put it simply, I fell in love with this boy, and while its hard to let go, I’m so, so happy for him and what he earned, because he mighty well deserves it. My Kaiden deserves it more than anyone.
All in all, this was an absolutely amazing climax to an absolutely amazing series, and I cannot recommend it enough for all YA fans out there.