Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)

Goodreads Summary: 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 Review: These books only got better and this series definitely made its way to the top of my list and Kaidan made it to number two of my fiction crush list, behind only Daemon Black himself. This series was seriously one of the best I have ever read. The writing style was fantastic, the characters were so real, the plot never got boring even though it stretched on for the whole trilogy, and the romance was amazing without being overbearing.

Now on this book specifically, comedy, romance, tragedy, and suspense all in one! Anna being chosen as the one girl to save the world from demons was a bit crazy but I really liked it and how it connected to the last line of the first book. The demons were still really interesting with the changing of skins especially and the entire ending where everything went down! I love battle scenes and this one did not disappoint at all. Neph and Demons divided and it was hard to keep track of who was fighting on which side but it was epic.

In this book all of the important people were coupled except Patti. My favorite couple of course was Anna and Kaidan because I love him and I waited for so long for them to finally commit, it was a huge relief to the romantic in me. Jay and Marna were adorable but there is a tragedy in their story which I will not get into. Ginger and Blake were cute, not much time was spent on them and I still don’t know how I feel about her but it isn’t that important. Kope and Z were also cute, mostly because I liked Kope’s character a lot.

The epilogue actually really upset me. I was not a huge fan of it and I kind of wish I hadn’t read it to be honest because the ending of the book right before the epilogue would have sufficed and the epilogue left new unanswered questions. I think the problem was that it went too far in time. I loved the book regardless of how I felt about the epilogue.

I was majorly obsessed with this series and read it in about two days. I urge you all to put it at the top of your TBR lists straightaway. You can buy Sweet Reckoning here.

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18 of my Favorite Book Quotes

In honor of my 18th birthday yesterday, I decided to do a post of my 18 all time favorite book quotes! Some of the quotes I love because they are so good, not just because of the book they are in. These are in no particular order, if I tried to order them I would never finish this post!

#1- “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves.” This quote was in The Fault in our Stars by John Green and was borrowed from Julius Caesar by Shakespeare. I love this quote on such a deep level.

#2- “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” said Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

#3-  “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean that it is not real?” Albus Dumbledore said in Harry Potter. This quote pretty much sums up how books are for me, they are in my head but they feel so real and I want them to be sometimes.

#4- “Annabeth sat up and glared at her ankle. “You HAD to break,” she scolded it.The ankle did not reply.”  This quote is by Rick Riordan in the Mark of Athena. This is one of my favorite quotes from all time and it makes me laugh every single time I read it. Riordan is sort of a genious.

#5- “Did you think you could stop me? I’ll burn the world down to save her.” Daemon Black said this and Jennifer Armentrout wrote it. This quote makes me fall even more in love with Daemon and that burn down the world for love motif is a big one in the Lux series and I love it so much!

#6- “The Gods know what it is to be eternal, and they love to toy with mortals who use absolutes.” This quote is from Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. I love mythology and the Gods and never say never!

#7- “I was a little worried she might try to drag me off to hell and drain my essence at some point, but I figured that was still better than having Gretchen for a best friend.”   This is also by Josephine Angelini in Starcrossed. Let’s be honest, we all have that one person.

#8- “That’s the thing about pain…it demands to be felt” said by Augustus Waters in the Fault in our Stars. This quote just rings true to me and I like how philosophical it is.

#9- “It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Augustus Waters also said this in the Fault in our Stars. This quote is one of my favorites of all time and I say it all the time because I love the irony of it. This quote is just amazing.

#10- “May the odds be ever in your favor” from the hunger games by Suzanne Collins. The irony of this quote is hilarious to me and I like to use this in every day life when it is way too dramatic for what’s going on.

#11- “I have something I need to tell you,” he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. “I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”
“That’s sensible of you,” I say, smiling too. “We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something.”
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing my ear.
“Maybe I’m already sure,” he says, “and I just don’t want to frighten you.”
I laugh a little. “Then you should know better.”
“Fine,” he says. “Then I love you.”  

This quote is from Divergent by Veronica Roth. I love Tobias so much and I had to choose this quote even though it’s long because I love it and it makes me happy to read!

#12- “I’m alright,” Loki assured me with a grin and stepped out into the hall, so we could have some privacy from onlookers. “What can I do for you, Princess?”
“Can I cut off your head?” I asked.
“Are you asking for my permission?” Loki tilted his head and cocked an eyebrow. “Because I’m going to have to say no to this one request, Princess.”

This quote is from the Trylle trilogy book 3 Ascend by Amanda Hocking. This is one of my favorite trilogies and I love the humor in the book, mostly coming from Loki.

#13- “Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” JLA describes Daemon black in six words. Oh how I love this character!

#14- “Why are you such an ass?” The words came out before I could think twice.
“Everyone has to excel at something, right?”
“Well, you’re doing a great job.”   

Again, Daemon Black from the Lux novels by Jennifer Armentrout. I kind of miss the old him who was such an “ass” before he was totally a romantic but I still love him all the same.

#15- “Oh well… I’d just been thinking, if you had died, you’d have been welcome to share my toilet.”   said Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. She is one of my favorite characters and I think it’s hilarious.

#16- “Get the hell away from my boyfriend, witch.”
Boyfriend.
Was that what I was?
I tried to smile. Instead, I blacked out.”   

This is from Beautiful Creatures and Ethan Wate said this quote. This is my favorite paranormal romance series besides twilight of course. I love these books and I love the initial awkwardness, and this quote is one of my favorites from the book.

#17- “What’s this?” he demanded, looking from Clary to his companions, as if they might know what she was doing there.
“It’s a girl,” Jace said,recovering his composure. “Surely you’ve seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one.”   

This is from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, which I love. This is from when Clary was first brought into the new crazy world and it kept on getting crazier from here on out! I love this part of the book and knowing Alec’s character better, it is humorous.

#18- “My girlfriend is a party girl angel who can kick some arse and cook.” This quote is from Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins. This trilogy is super amazing and this quote was said by Kaidan Rowe who is second on my fiction crush list only behind Daemon Black! He is British, an awesome son of a demon, and super protective even when trying to stay away and I love this quote because it brings out his British accent!

Well that was all 18 quotes and if you have not read all of the books these quotes are from I highly recommend it! I had a lot of fun writing this post! I need some new favorite books because I am running out, so if you have any feel free to share in the comments!

 

 

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)

Goodreads Summary: 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?

My Review: I will start off by saying, holy dang this book was amazing. This was a definite page turner! All of my worries about the second book not being as good as the first (always a fear of mine when reading a trilogy) disappeared instantly. I love the characters, I love the prophecy and crazy plot twists, I love the whole idea of the demon realm, and I love love love Kaidan Rowe!

Anna is an interesting character because she is somewhat desperate and she shows weakness but she doesn’t do so in a way that annoys me like several female characters have in the past. The twins grew on me, even though they were not in this book very much. I definitely missed Jay because every girl needs an amazing guy best friend and I am still somewhat upset that she hardly talks to him and he still doesn’t know the truth. If he is never going to find out then it is being dragged out too far. There was a time in this book where I almost wanted to switch love interests, but I could see that wasn’t what the author had intended so I remained team Kai of course, even though Kope is definitely crush-worthy too. Blake is that one friend who is totally insane and lives in the moment and reading about people like that makes me feel like I could be like that-until I get back to reality. And now my favorite character Kai! He is that bad boy who falls for a good girl and she starts to change him. It is super cheesy and corny but I love it anyways because this is a fiction crush after all. His protectiveness and all of the descriptions of him make him seem sexy and he is in my top five fiction crushes for sure.

The demon take down prophecy is taking longer than I thought and I didn’t think it would drag out this long but it actually didn’t take away from my love of the story to be so drawn out. She only ended up getting two new allies besides her friends and spoiler alert, one doesn’t make it out alive! Definitely a good twist and it made for the development of a great plot hanger which will lead to me starting my second book in one day. The whole demon thing is super interesting and their names are so unique I have no idea where they came from but I don’t even bother trying to pronounce their names in my head when I read because it would definitely be a failure. Keeping track of all of the Dukes is tough but manageable because only a few are important. This story line is so unique to me because it’s all about the bad guys and not the angels and I really love the idea of the story and the execution.

I would definitely recommend this book to people who like fantasy, and particularly if you have read the Lux series and are going through withdrawals because you couldn’t find anything as good, which is how I found this series. Kaidan compares to Daemon Black in his persona, his bad-boy outer shell, vulnerability when it comes to one girl, and his eagerness to jump into danger which is just a dream come true! You can buy Sweet Peril here, it’s worth the read.

 

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)

Goodreads Summary: What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

My review: So after finishing the Lux series I was desperate to find another book as good (or close to as good) as the Lux series. When I am in my slumps I go through goodreads discussions and create my TBR list on others recommendations and I happened to come across this series. Thank the Gods I did! This book was one of the best books I have read in a really long time. I fell in love from page one. Usually it takes me several chapters to become invested but with this book, it was an obsession and I love when that happens.

The characters are super interesting. Anna is one of a kind and her path to discovering that is an interesting one…it lead her to Kai, who I happen to love. Kai is definitely crush-worthy and reminds me a lot of Daemon Black with the whole bad-A outer shell and the forbidden love but he is still secretly in love with her and is super protective which is my favorite quality in fiction boys. He is also the son of the Duke of Lust which makes him even sexier in Anna’s eyes even though it probably should be a red flag. I love him regardless. Jay is not as interesting as I thought he was going to be, he is a good best friend but he is super oblivious and more time is focused on the Neph friends which is fine by me because I also love Kope. The whole thing with Kope is interesting because I can’t tell if I am also supposed to love him, I do but it seems like the author is still leaning towards Kai, I guess I will have to find out.

The plot of the whole Fallen Angels and demons trying to raise havoc and Anna not wanting a part of that, etc. is really unique I thought. A lot of the same myths are used from Dante and such but the interesting take on everything makes the book totally worthwhile. I definitely fell in love with this book and I am already going crazy waiting for the second book to come in to me so I can read it!

I would for sure recommend this book if you like fantasy books. I’m not sure how popular this series is, I’m pretty sure it’s picking up but you should definitely read it then tell all of your friends. You can purchase sweet evil here.

Fear and Light by Michael Grant

Fear and Light by Michael Grant

Goodreads Summaries: Fear: Within the FAYZ, life breaks down while the Darkness takes over, literally—turning the dome-world of the FAYZ entirely black. In darkness, the worst fears of all emerge, and the cruelest of intentions are carried out. But even in their darkest moments, the inhabitants of the FAYZ maintain a will to survive and a desire to take care of the others in their ravaged band that endures, no matter what the cost. Light: And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana’s malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?

My Review:

I was definitely surprised by how much I enjoyed this series. I had never read a dystopian-type book before and after this one, I am definitely going to add some others to my TBR list. The whole darkness aspect was definitely weird and how the darkness joins the world was also weird and depressing and I’m not sure how much I liked it but it was for sure not how I would have put it which makes a good book in my mind.

It was interesting to watch the characters grow and the relationships also grew as the time away from the real world grew. Sam definitely went through a lot of changes as his power came and went throughout the FAYZ. Astrid had some issues after what happened with Petey and she is my favorite character so I’m pretty happy with how she turned out in the last book. Caine actually grew on me, I did not like him at all in the first few books but after his relationship with Diana in Fear, I began to like him and almost pity him in the end. Edilio and Quinn are interesting to read about even though they were more minor characters in terms of how the story was written but I liked their POVs. Sometimes it got to the point where there were almost too many characters to keep up with and the author spent too much time on the small characters so I missed reading in the POVs of the main characters. Overall, I really loved the characters and the way the POVs switched around.

The end! Oh my gods I was not even expecting such crazy things to happen. Spoiler alert, there are deaths but I want you all to read these books so I will not ruin it but I will say that I was really upset about the deaths. We all knew the wall would eventually come down and when it did, I have to honestly say I was kind of upset. Mostly, I was worried about the characters and their relationships but I am happy with the way the author created the after-FAYZ, though I am upset so many people separated after going through so much together. I am extremely upset with how things ended up for Diana, I was not very pleased, but Astrid and Sam got their somewhat happy ever after which is all I wished for!

This series was great and I am so glad that I read it! It didn’t make my top five series and there weren’t any super crush-worthy boys in it but I loved in nonetheless. I would definitely recommend you all to read this series whether you like this type of book or even if you don’t, I recommend that you venture out and try it. You can purchase fear here, and light here.

Plague by Michael Grant

Plague by Michael Grant

Plague (Gone, #4)
Goodreads Summary: It’s been eight months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.
They’ve survived hunger. They’ve survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.
But enemies in the FAYZ don’t just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they’ll escape – or even survive – life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?
My Review: This book was definitely my favorite so far. The action was just super cool, gruesome at times but that doesn’t really bother me. There weren’t as many disturbing things in this book which I liked and the plot was finally fully developed and insane. The Darkness is back, a huge twist involved with that that would be a huge spoiler so I won’t say, but it was awesome. The plague is taking out a ton of kids in a horrid way and even Lana can’t kill it and the virus was causing a whole bunch of smaller problems that kept the book really entertaining. Also, the human-eating bugs that were after the entire population, created and controlled by the Darkness, made living without resources really inconvenient.
The characters were as great as ever to read about. I definitely grew to like Caine and Diana more in this book than the rest, they weren’t as ruthless and belligerent. Sam, Jack, and Dekka, who spent a lot of the book together were an awesome team on a mission that encountered a bunch of problems but also a bit of luck which was a relief as a reader rooting for their survival. The fact that really necessary people to the whole group of FAYZ kids was an interesting thing to do but I knew what would happen to the important ones in the end. Astrid, who is basically in a battle with herself the entire book, does something that she may not be able to live with and I honestly never saw this change in her coming. She is my favorite character still, and reading her parts of the book are always so interesting. There are still so many characters but it wasn’t as hard to keep track of them all as it was in the last book.
The romance is basically not a big deal in this book. It pretty much only exists between Caine and Diana, it messes with Sam’s mind, and it drives Dekka insane. That is all I have to say about the romance because the plot was too major to spend time on that.
The ending though was so great! The other books didn’t really end with a cliffhanger that made me want to read the next one immediately, they were just good so I knew I wanted to keep going. But this book ended with cliffhangers in a few of the subplots and I am dying to read Fear! I would recommend this book if you are good with awkward and gruesome because it can be at times, but the story is great and so worth it.
If you would like to buy Fear, you can do so here.

Lies by Michael Grant

Lies by Michael Grant

Lies (Gone, #3)

Goodreads Summary: It’s been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.

As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

My review: This book was definitely amazing. The plot was interesting though because there was not one main plot. There were many subplots and even more characters were introduced and it was hard to follow for a bit, but by the end I was able to recognize the characters more easily and follow the story lines.

One major theme that kept coming up was madness. All of the main people seemed to go crazy for a bit which was frustrating because we found out that they could have escaped on their birthday. The introduction of the outside world was definitely what kept me going throughout the book. I wasn’t sure how the story was going to keep progressing and almost got bored until the reveal.

The romance was still cute between Astrid and Sam even though it was barely even there but my stories definitely need romance in them so I’m glad it was there. The romance between Caine and Diana actually made me like them a bit more even though I am still not a huge fan. Dekka is just awkwardly in love and I didn’t like how much she talked about living for the other person, but she isn’t a huge part of the story so I just moved past it.

The whole system of the FAYZ is completely entertaining and I love it. The darkness is still not gone which isn’t a surprise, Little Petey is fueling it, and there is now an addition of a demon who is also an angel sometimes which I am still trying to wrap my head around but it is definitely an interesting plot twist and I didn’t see that one coming like I did with the darkness’s return.

This book wasn’t as good as the last one in my opinion but this book was definitely worth reading and I can’t wait to start the next one. I definitely recommend this series if you haven’t read it yet. You can buy Lies here.