Friday, April 5, 2013
Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: YA Paranormal/ YA Romance
Review Rating: 4/4(!!!!!!)
Embrace the Forbidden
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 Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. 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?
WOW! Just WOW! I really need to learn to stop beginning a novel at 8:00p because I just end up staying up all night long!!! This time it was 3:00am when I finished and went to bed. Yeah, I'm not going to be able to do that to many more times without it really cutting into my day life. But this book was so good, for multiple reasons.
Reason #1. HOT GUY!! Kaiden is physically hot, but more so then that is the tenderness and the vulnerability that we see in him through the novel. He is the son of the Duke of Lust, so we know what to expect from him. But he totally surprises us again and again, by caring for Anna and not wanting her to become corrupt.
Reason #2. AMAZING MYTHOS! I've read many a paranormal romance in my time, vampire, werewolf, ghost, alien, angel; but this is the first time I have read ANYTHING like this. The world she creates with the demons/fallen angels is absolutely amazing. One thing we don't see a lot of in YA is logic, but her world of demons and their children, the Nephilum, is completely logical. Only powerful demons can successfully posses a human body, and they only have one child because of population control. Each of those children must "work" for the father in whatever sin in his specialty. Besides being logical, it was just plain cool! I loved watching as Higgins worked in the less obvious sins with the nephilum. Such as wrath, and gluttony.
Reason #3. The storyline wasn't based around the love story. Yes, the love story is a pivotal point of the story, but it isn't THE story. Higgins weaves a really complex and interesting plot from the beginning. There are layers that I can tell have just been touched, and hopefully will be brought up again in book two. She gave the plot time to breath, to really create a story that had depth and moved forward at a good pace.
Also, the description on the back of the book isn't an accurate portrayal of the novel. It focuses on an extremely small part of the book and doesn't give a good picture of the novel itself.
This book literally had me from page one, and I didn't stop until it was finished. It's a read-in-one-sitting, stay up all night, blurry-eyed the next day kind of novel. But totally 100% worth it!