wendy higgins

Where have I been? UPDATE

Ummm, hello lovely devoted blog reader who has obviously stuck by me through my extremely varying posts lately. I appreciate you, thank you.

It has now been 3 months since I drafted this post, yes 3 months since I was actually going to post my where have I been schpeal. That’s pretty ironic. But here it is…

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts on this platform, even though there’s been around 1-2 posts a month, so I haven’t been completely awol, that’s not good enough to me. Basically, the reason I have been so absent from everything this year is because I’m in my last year of schooling! (cue the party) I’m so excited for that to be done with on November 9th when I finish my last exam (squeals), and then I’ll be annoying all of you with a lot more weird and whacky content. *5o people unfollow right now*

Please stay… hahaha

I miss being able to have the time to sit down and really focus on writing a blog post (the only reason I’m able to do it right now is because I’m on a 2 week break). I also miss having time to be able to take pictures for TheBookGram, which if you’re reading this, I’m guessing is probably where you came from. I haven’t been neglecting that as much as this, but still haven’t been putting out as much as I’d like.

One more thing, I really miss reading. Reading has been a rather foreign concept for me this year. Whenever I’m not super busy with study, I’m usually so tired that I end up watching TV shows, which is in no way a bad thing because that is hugely another passion of mine that has really grown this year. But I wish I read more. I guess it’s no

I guess it’s no ones fault but my own, maybe it’s  schools fault a little though, or a lot.  Reading rarely occurs now without stressful thoughts appearing in my mind that makes me unable to concentrate on what I’m reading. I think that’s why Harry Potter has been such a prominent thing in my life lately, I mean, reading the books for the first time in my last year of schooling is pretty cool.

I just can’t wait to be able to do things guilt free again, and never have to worry about school, or the things that come with it ever again. I’m also kinda excited to try and start creative writing more, and maybe share my stories with you guys.
I apologize for this being a sort of rant-filled update, but hey, if you read this far, I applaud you!

For now, I just want to say thank you so, so much to those of you who have stuck by me through my strange content schedule, etc. I appreciate you all so much, and honestly am so excited to be able to join in more with the community towards the end of the year.

November 9, 4:15 pm, I’m coming for you with everything I have.

Until next time,

Kate XOXO

 

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Sweet Reckoning, book three in the Sweet Trilogy

Author: Wendy Higgins

Published: HarperTeen

Pages: 383

Read: September 27th, 2015

Rating: 3/5 Stars


GOODREADS 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 instalment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


REVIEW:

For a conclusion to a paranormal trilogy, this was a bit of a disappointment to me, sadly.

This book is paranormal, yet it felt more contemporary, which for some may be appealing, but for those who are expecting a riveting action packed ending to a angels/demons trilogy, it is kind-of disappointing.

Most of the book focused on the love aspect extremely heavily, and left very little room for the whole ‘world’ aspect of the novel to be dealt with. Although I did enjoy many of the love type parts, I found myself thinking ‘when is this going to stop and actually get into the book’, it just got old after a while when nothing was really happening.

The ending was super quick and felt like the whole three book issue was solved in literally 2 pages, making it rather anticlimactic. Honestly, I was looking forward to this huge battle and all I got was 10 pages tops, of talking and BOOM everything was solved…

The epilogue was super super sweet though, and I really did enjoy that! Oh Kaidan.

All in all, I did enjoy this series however I feel it got progressively worse with each book, and was a let down in the end. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the series though, because I definitely did! Just less dragging was needed in my opinion, too many pages, too little action.

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Sweet Peril, book two in the Sweet Trilogy

Author: Wendy Higgins

Published: HarperTeen

Pages: 371

Read: September 16th, 2015

Rating: 3.75/5 Stars


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?


REVIEW:

So, I feel like not a lot happened in this book, yet I still enjoyed it. The whole travel aspect was really fun, especially when they came to Australia, where I live. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set here before!

Throughout the first half of the novel, Kaidan (aka, bae) was absent cries, although I did enjoy that this book took a turn and focused more on the deeper meaning of the story and the paranormal aspects.

However, the repetition of the whole ‘Anna and Kaidan being bad for eachother, and therefore cannot be together’ really annoyed me after a while, because it was sooo obvious that they were completely 100 times better together than they were miserably apart… If that’s a slow burning romance, I’m kinda glad we have that ‘insta-love’ cliche, *phew, wipes brow*.

Overall, I did enjoy this instalment in the trilogy, despite the lack of events, the last 40 or so pages finally started to show something happening, so I have high hopes for book 3, the final one!

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂

 

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Sweet Evil, book one in the Sweet trilogy

Author: Wendy Higgins

Published: HarperTeen

Pages: 447

Read: September 7th, 2015

Rating: 4.45/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

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 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?


REVIEW:

I read a quote in this book that simply resonated with me and, I felt described the deeper meaning of every other word that was written on these pages:

” The mind is its own place, and in itself

can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven”

I loved this book, and the reason it’s only getting 4 stars is because I strongly believe the other two novels in this trilogy will be even better.

The first half of the text reads much like a contemporary, due to the road trip aspect (which I loved so much). I found majority of the story to be quite realistic, despite the fact that it’s paranormal based.

The characters were very enjoyable to read about, which I find other paranormal books can sometimes lack in, unfortunately. I’m not usually one to fall so easily for the ‘bad boy’, but my gosh did I love Kaidan Rowe! *swoon*

I was really impressed with the originality of the story, and the various things Wendy Higgins brought to this novel, whether that be the complexity behind the world/culture or simply the seven deadly sins take.

I cannot wait to see what the rest of this trilogy has to offer, and what the heck is going to happen between Kaidan and Anna!

I recommended to:

All lovers of paranormal. Those who enjoyed Hush Hush, Paranormalcy, and Cassandra Clare, I feel would most likely enjoy this one too!

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂