by Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #3
Published by HarperTeen Release date : April 29th, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.(
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is probably one of the hardest reviews to write. Which sucks because I was excited for this book. There were some THINGS that just did NOT sit right with me personally, and it’s taking everything in me not to vent about it. Oh, I’ll mention it though.
Let’s be real here, I don’t have that much to say about the ending to this Trilogy. I don’t know if this is because my judgement is so clouded but all the things that pissed me off, or because.. well, NOTHING HAPPENED.
The Sweet Trilogy has been an interesting ride from the start. I especially loved that the series was focused on Demons, not Angels, and their children. With an array of Angel books out there, I was fascinated to see a twist on the Nephilim. Being invested in this series, and adoring book two, had me so anxious to see how things would end for our Nephilim crew. But this did not feel like an ending to a series. And it feel flat.
There was so much going on yet nothing at the same time. As I like to call it, ” A lot of hurry up and wait.” The whole series has been a build up of this Prophecy, the hint at War. So, maybe this is my fault for ASSUMING anything, but I was hoping for a battle. An actual WAR. And, nope. No war. Everything going on here in Sweet Reckoning was about all the individual characters and relationships. Anna & Kai. Kope. Marna & Jay. Then when we actually get to where things are about to go down, it was so anticlimactic.
I didn’t like Anna at all in book 1 but I did in book two, just because it was nice to see her unwind and toughen up. Still. However little she has grown, she is too innocent and naive for me. Just thinking about her sweetness gives me a toothache. I do adore her and Kai though. Why? I don’t even know. It’s ODD because I don’t care that much for Anna.
Marna and Jay though, I love together. The twins, Marna and Ginger, have always been a favorite of mine since we met them in book 1. Blake, Zania and Kope too. I guess I just like characters with more edge to them.
Okay now for the good stuff.
I think I was missing something throughout this whole series because HELLO RIGHTEOUSNESS. I never saw the undertone of the series until Sweet Reckoning. Good/Evil trope is always hard for me to stomach, but I initially though this was different because the characters weren’t EVIL, per se. They had URGES that were beyond their control. Still, whether or not someone wanted to drink, have sex or felt a little greedy, or even influencing this, doesn’t necessarily make them evil. Or wrong.
Also, I am so glad that we have Anna there to save the world with her PURITY and V-Card in place (err, kinda). Heaven FORBID you have sex outside of marriage. That was some pretty heavy stuff and something I totally disagree with, wholeheartedly. You are pure in HEART. Saying a marriage vow does not change that. If she decided to have sex with Kai because she loved him, doesn’t make her any LESS pure because they aren’t married. PLEASE.
And the part with Patti. I won’t even get into that with a spoiler tag.
Okay now on to the ending. What I don’t get it HOW the world with be now without the Dukes. I mean, BALANCE people. Always balance. I guess people will still be SINNING, with their drinking, sex PREMARITAL), adultery and greed, just not as many because influence is gone? *scratches head*
Besides that, everything wraps up nicely with a pretty little bow on top. I am sure Kai lovers with just adore that epilogue.
Overall- Pretty flippin disappointed. This wasn’t my favorite series by any means, but still. I honestly believe that people that have LOVED this series will adore the ending and SWOON. Me? Not so much.