Book Review: Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain


Genre: General Fiction > Mystery & Suspense > Thriller

(Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #3)

Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose. These days, she’s more of a cause celebre than a feared killer, thanks to sensationalist news coverage that has made her a star. Her face graces magazine covers weekly and there have been sightings of her around the world. Most shocking of all, “Portland Herald” reporter Susan Ward has uncovered a bizarre kind of fan club, which celebrates the number of days she’s been free.
Archie Sheridan hunted her for a decade, and after his last ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong, remains hospitalized months later. When they last spoke, they entered a detente of sorts—Archie agreed not to kill himself if she agreed not to kill anyone else. But when a new body is found accompanied by Gretchen’s trademark heart, all bets are off and Archie is forced back into action. Has the Beauty Killer returned to her gruesome ways, or has the cult surrounding her created a whole new evil?

Book 1: Heartsick review     Book 2: Sweetheart review


Three books into this series and I am still hooked. Even though I think Evil at Heart has too much mind games for my taste, it never failed to give me what I want: heart-stopping suspense.

I think the character development is the strength of this installment. Archie Sheridan is (almost) over Gretchen. Susan Ward is getting smarter by the day. Henry Sobol is one fantastic friend and detective.

I don’t need complications for a book to be a good thriller, and Evil at Heart would’ve have worked better for me, if Chelsea Cain just cut through the chase, you know? I keep thinking that Archie is f*cked up enough to be handling intricate puzzles in his miserable lifetime.

Still, I am gunning for The Night Season to keep me at the edge of my seat by the time I pick it up. I want to see more of Gretchen, as an ordinary person same as everyone else. Because it would help Archie if he knew that she really has no power over him. And because I want Archie to have some semblance of a normal life in the upcoming installments.

Am I hoping for too much? Ha.

Evil at Heart shows how much Gretchen loves to play with everyone. Bodies are piling up even though she has no hand in it? Now, that’s a talent.

(I am a member of her fan club, true.)


EVIL AT HEART by Chelsea Cain

Hardcover, 308 pages

Published September 1st 2009 by Minotaur Books

3/5 stars


Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer


Young Adult > Fantasy

(Lunar Chonicles #3)

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Book 1: Cinder review     Book 2: Scarlet review


Marissa Meyer, you know how to make me feel good :)) Such good vibes! Well, almost. (Scarlet and Wolf!)

How can Marissa Meyer‘s series gets better and better after every installment, I have no freakin’ idea. But I am thankful. If not for Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, I maybe forever stuck in the Disney versions of such beloved fairy tales. 😀

Cress and Thorne are too cute for words! She openly admits that she’s a damsel in distress, but the Prince Charming idea (in the form of Thorne) is not agreeing with her fantasies. Oh, the mishaps they have! Thoroughly entertaining.

Thorne was hilarious. Indeed, he is not the prince to the rescue that I had in mind. He was so much more, his character was oozing with fun 🙂 He has his moments, too. He was sweet to Iko, and I really, really liked that about Thorne. He’s a riot, I tell you. Very enjoyable to read!

Slim appearances of Cinder and Kai in Scarlet? It was worth it! So, so worth it here in Cress. *happy sigh* They have this romantic feel of a fairy tale without being… patronizing, and unreal. You know? The swoon is cute enough to generate a happy, happy feeling.

Whatever happened to Scarlet and Wolf will hopefully be only a trial. I love these two, so I want a happy ending for them! Please, Marissa Meyer?

Cress set me up pretty nicely in anticipating Winter. Funny, cute, and action-packed, it is a book that I will glad pull an all-nighter for.


Cress by Marissa Meyer

Ebook, 551 pages

Published February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends

4/5 stars