November 3, 2014

Review: Heroes Are My Weakness by: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Heroes Are My Weakness by: Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Aug. 2014)
384 pages
Genre: Adult/Fiction/Romance
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: The library.
Goodreads Summary: New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is back with a delightful novel of a killer love that is filled with her sassy wit and dazzling charm.

The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man.
A woman.
A sinister house looming over the sea . . .

He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes. It's going to be a long, hot winter.

My Review

Heroes Are My Weakness wasn’t what I was expecting, but then again I really don’t know what I was expecting to begin with. In the end, the story inside the pages of Heroes Are My Weakness captivated me for whatever reason.

What I Liked
  • The secrets. I love a book full of secrets.
  • The gothic elements. This book had many shout outs to Jane Eyre among other gothic novels, and well… I love gothic novels. This one definitely had its creepy moments. It also reminded me of Beauty and the Beast.
  • There was actually some surprises that I didn’t see coming.
  • The characters are complex. Did I always relate to them? Nope. But I kind of loved that they all seemed a little crazy, making for some funny moments.
  • The romance was pretty decent, although also pretty run of the mill.
  • It managed to grab my attention and keep hold.

What I Didn’t Like
  • The MC, Annie, can be a little bit dumb at times and a little too harsh on herself.
  • The puppets were not my friends. I’m not a fan of puppets to begin with (they are kind of creepy), but Annie tends to talk to herself in her puppets' voices. It was just a little too weird for me. It just wasn’t working for me, and it happens during most of the novel. I understand that Annie is using the voices like a conscious to reason through certain actions she is making but it is still a little weird that it comes from the voices of her puppets.

Bottom Line: I honestly don’t know who I would recommend this one to. I guess if you are already a fan of this author you may as well give it a shot. I haven’t really read anything by her previously. Either way, I did enjoy reading Heroes Are My Weakness. It was different, spooky, and steamy.


  1. Not sure this book is for me, but you wrote a wonderful and honest review which I really enjoyed!


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