Heroine's Journey (Heroine Complex, #3)
The final book in the smart, snarky, and action-packed Heroine series completes the "Heroic Trio" as Bea Tanaka joins her sister, Evie, and diva Aveda Jupiter in their quest to free San Francisco from its demon portal problemIf there's one thing Beatrice Tanaka never wanted to be, it's normal. But somehow, her life has unfolded as a series of "should haves." Her powers of emotional projection should have made her one of the most formidable superheroes of all time. And she should have been allowed to join her older sister Evie as a full-fledged protector of San Francisco, pulverizing the city's plethora of demon threats.But Evie and her superheroing partner, Aveda Jupiter, insist on seeing Bea as the impulsive, tempestuous teenager she used to be--even though she's now a responsible adult. And that means Bea is currently living a thoroughly normal life. She works as a bookstore lackey, hangs out with best friends Sam Fujikawa and Leah Kim, and calms her workplace's more difficult customers. Sure, she's not technically supposed to be playing with people's mental states. But given the mundanity of her existence, who can blame her?When a mysterious being starts communicating with Bea, hinting at an evil that's about to overtake the city, she seizes the opportunity, hoping to turn her "should haves" into the fabulous heroic life she's always wanted. But gaining that life may mean sacrificing everything--and everyone--she holds dear...

Heroine's Journey (Heroine Complex, #3) Details

TitleHeroine's Journey (Heroine Complex, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherDAW
ISBN-139780756414412
Rating
GenreFantasy, Comics, Superheroes, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Heroine's Journey (Heroine Complex, #3) Review

  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Hi I love Bea with my entire heart
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, fantastical world infused with humor, heart and action! Nothing like jumping into a series at the very last book, but that is exactly what I did with Heroine’s Journey. For most series, that would be disastrous, BUT for Heroine Complex, jumping in at Heroine’s Journey just made me want to one click the first two book in this series immediately! To say I enjoyed it would be an understatement. I found Heroine’s Journey to be bundle of snarky, quirky, action intense FUN! Don’t get me wrong, fo Fun, fantastical world infused with humor, heart and action! Nothing like jumping into a series at the very last book, but that is exactly what I did with Heroine’s Journey. For most series, that would be disastrous, BUT for Heroine Complex, jumping in at Heroine’s Journey just made me want to one click the first two book in this series immediately! To say I enjoyed it would be an understatement. I found Heroine’s Journey to be bundle of snarky, quirky, action intense FUN! Don’t get me wrong, for all that fun to work Kuhn rocked character development, strong world building and plot and also heartfelt moments that instantly connected and engaged me, the reader. My only regret was not seizing this series from the start. I highly recommend this gem of a read and series.I received this ARC copy of Heroine's Journey from Berkley Publishing Group - Daw. This is my honest and voluntary review. Heroine's Journey is set for publication July 3, 2018.My Rating: 5 starsWritten by: Sarah KuhnSeries: Heroine Complex Sequence in Series: Book 3Paperback: 384 pagesPublisher: DAW Publication Date: July 3, 2018ISBN-10: 0756414415ISBN-13: 978-0756414412Genre: Scifi | Fantasy | Romantic ComedyAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/Heroines-Journ...Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hero...Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hero...For more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook. 
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  • Sherwood Smith
    January 1, 1970
    The final book in this arc of the San Francisco set Heroine series is narrated in first person by exuberantly foulmouthed Bea Tanaka, younger sister to Evie, who with Aveda Jupiter are local superheroes fighting to free The City from its demon portal problem.Bea has been bouncing from one pursuit to another, her relationships lasting even less time. It doesn’t help that her deadbeat dad turns up after years away, just in time to upset everyone. Now Bea is convinced that her life will be perfect The final book in this arc of the San Francisco set Heroine series is narrated in first person by exuberantly foulmouthed Bea Tanaka, younger sister to Evie, who with Aveda Jupiter are local superheroes fighting to free The City from its demon portal problem.Bea has been bouncing from one pursuit to another, her relationships lasting even less time. It doesn’t help that her deadbeat dad turns up after years away, just in time to upset everyone. Now Bea is convinced that her life will be perfect if she becomes a superheroine with Evie and Aveda, and is furious when they point out that she seems to follow every new shiny idea without ever settling to one.On the other hand, she is smart, determined, and her ability to vaguely influence thoughts does come in handy, especially after some creepy gigantic demon things suddenly start stomping threateningly at a local beach park. Bea is admitted as a superheroine trainee at the same time as her powers begin to ramp up exponentially . . . and she gets a hint that Evie’s and her mother, dead since Bea was twelve, might actually be caught in some demon dimension, and is trying to reach her!I loved Bea’s voice, but what I really enjoyed were her awesome friends, beginning with her bestie Sam, with whom she has been competing academically since they were kids. Sam is super good-looking, and also bounces from one relationship to another, which is one of the reasons their friendship is so strong.But what happens when the old competition develops a spark of you-know-what? Bea’s other bestie, Leah, calls it like it is, highly entertained when Bea stops her ears and claims no way.Interspersed between these high octane scenes of relationship discovery are intense scenes dealing with the fallout of abandonment. Meanwhile the stakes keep rising, weird stuff keeps happening until the usual hilarious and yet tense climax, bringing this first arc to a close. I liked this book best of the three. The emotional tension line was as involving as the magical one, and I found Bea’s voice the most fun of the three books. At the end readers are promised more from these delightful characters in a series that is diversity friendly, featuring Asian superheroines.Copy provided by NetGalley
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Urban Fantasy / Humorous / Romantic*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*Heroine's Journey is the third installment in author Sarah Kuhn's smart, sexy, action packed Heroine Complex series. For those who read the first two books in the series, Heroine's Journey takes a leap (4 years) into the future from where Heroine Worship left off. In the Heroine Complex series, Asian-American superheroines Evie Tanaka and Aveda Jupiter must protect demon-infested San Francisco from perilous thre *Source* Publisher*Genre* Urban Fantasy / Humorous / Romantic*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*Heroine's Journey is the third installment in author Sarah Kuhn's smart, sexy, action packed Heroine Complex series. For those who read the first two books in the series, Heroine's Journey takes a leap (4 years) into the future from where Heroine Worship left off. In the Heroine Complex series, Asian-American superheroines Evie Tanaka and Aveda Jupiter must protect demon-infested San Francisco from perilous threats while dealing with their own tumultuous lives and relationships. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Oda Renate
    January 1, 1970
    We got a title! Fun title as well. A SUMMARY AND A COVER!!!yaay!
  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Wit and Sin Heroine’s Journey is a blast to read. It’s a fast-paced, action-packed adventure coupled with a journey of growth. Add in a vibrant cast of characters, a steamy romance, wonderful friendships, a scene-stealing dog, and a to-die-for bookstore and it’s easy to see why I didn’t want to put this book down.It’s been four years since readers last visited Jupiter/Tanaka, Inc. and the superhero duo of Aveda Jupiter and Evie Tanaka is a well-oiled machine that works for everyo Reviewed for Wit and Sin Heroine’s Journey is a blast to read. It’s a fast-paced, action-packed adventure coupled with a journey of growth. Add in a vibrant cast of characters, a steamy romance, wonderful friendships, a scene-stealing dog, and a to-die-for bookstore and it’s easy to see why I didn’t want to put this book down.It’s been four years since readers last visited Jupiter/Tanaka, Inc. and the superhero duo of Aveda Jupiter and Evie Tanaka is a well-oiled machine that works for everyone. Everyone except Beatrice Tanaka, that is. Bea is desperate to convince her sister to let her become a superhero, but she’s blocked at every turn. Until Bea finds herself at the center of a new wave of demonic activity, one far different and more personal than anything she and her loved ones have ever seen.Bea is easy to adore. She’s brilliant, bold, and a butt-kicking heroine in her own right. I loved how fast her mind moved and could understand how her brain jumped from one thing to another. But beneath her lively exterior is a young woman still feeling the pain of her mother’s death. There’s a hole in Bea she cannot seem to fill and that just broke my heart. Heroine’s Journey is an apt title because a lot of the book is Bea struggling to come into her own and defining what exactly that means. Bea is a wonderfully flawed heroine and I loved that she made mistakes because her imperfections were relatable. I was rooting for her every step of the way which is part of the reason I was glued to the book. Another reason was Bea’s friendships with Leah and Sam. Leah is an amazing best friend, a smart, creative, kind person who supports Bea but doesn’t hesitate to warn her when she’s going down a potentially dangerous path. And Sam… How best to describe Sam? He’s a sexy-as-hell mechanic with charm to spare, but there’s so much more beneath the surface. He’s as quick-minded as Bea and I absolutely adored their ongoing competition. But few people besides Bea see beneath the surface of Sam and I really enjoyed watching the layers being peeled back and exposing his vulnerabilities. He and Bea have some deliciously hot sexual tension brewing, but whether or not anything comes of it I’ll leave readers to discover. Heroine’s Journey is the third book in the Heroine Complex series and if you’re new to the series (and don’t mind spoilers) you can dive in here. Returning fans of the Tanaka/Jupiter crowd will be delighted to revisit favorite characters and see how their lives have grown over the past four years. I loved seeing more of my favorite characters from Heroine Complex and Heroine Worship and I really enjoyed seeing a different side of the dynamics between our three superhero leads. Bea’s relationship with Evie is central to the story and the love and frustration on both sisters’ sides gave emotional heft to the book. And for some fun, Aveda’s self-appointed role as Bea’s mentor made me grin (I have a huge soft spot for Aveda).I focused a lot on the characters of Heroine’s Journey because Sarah Kuhn’s talent for creating such amazing characters is what sticks with me the most. But it’d be remiss of me not to mention the action, danger, and mystery in the story. As with the first two Heroine Complex books, the fight scenes and the mystery of the demonic attacks are quirky, interesting, and exciting. Ms. Kuhn is brilliant at balancing popcorn thrills with more weighty storylines and I loved every bit of it. Heroine’s Journey is an engrossing story that blends the real and the fantastical perfectly. I loved every bit of it and I hope to see lots more of Bea, Sam, Leah, Evie, Nate, Aveda, Scott, Lucy, Rose, and Shruti in the future!FTC Disclosure: 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.
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  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    January 1, 1970
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.The Heroine Complex series is one I definitely don't recommend enough. I'm going to change that, because these books are amazing, and you should all be reading them. These are the superhero books that I would want to live in - with awesome women supporting each other, great representation, fun plots and even a touch of romance! HEROINE'S JOURNEY is no different - this time starring Bea, Evie's little sister, we get another strong, complex lead characte Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.The Heroine Complex series is one I definitely don't recommend enough. I'm going to change that, because these books are amazing, and you should all be reading them. These are the superhero books that I would want to live in - with awesome women supporting each other, great representation, fun plots and even a touch of romance! HEROINE'S JOURNEY is no different - this time starring Bea, Evie's little sister, we get another strong, complex lead character who definitely isn't defined by any one characteristic (like the streaks of color in her hair).One thing that really sucked me in was the super emotional nature of the mystery. Bea's powers are mental, so it makes sense that this book would tug at the heartstrings a little more than the previous books, rather than be a bunch of ass-kicking (though there's time for that too). All in all, it really grabbed me and made me want to keep reading, to find out what was happening. I also loved the romance Bea has - super sexy and also adorable at the same time.My biggest complaint is similar to my complaint about HEROINE WORSHIP. I didn't love Bea's narration. She's smart, but she's a bit young and immature. She felt at times even younger than her supposed early twenties age. This led to the book having a somewhat young adult feel to it at times. But, also like with HEROINE WORSHIP, because HEROINE'S JOURNEY is narrated by a character who previously had not been the center of the action, it would be very easy to pick up this one independently of the other two. I don't recommend that you do that, because all three are spectacular, but you could!Luckily, HEROINE'S JOURNEY isn't the last we've seen of these amazing super-powered women. While HEROINE'S JOURNEY does a good job of not leaving loose ends, I know I'd love to read more. So, I was happy to see there's going to be at least three more novels and a e-novella in the Heroine Complex series! I know I'm very excited and can't wait to see what Bea, Evie and Aveda get up to next.Sexual content: Kissing, non-explicit sexual scenes
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  • Carien
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the other two books in this trilogy so got my trotters on this one as soon as it released.And what a cool read.I will confess I didn't expect to love Bea as much as I did. She was a complete brat in Heroine Complex, and although she shaped up a bit in Heroine Worship, I had my doubts. I shouldn't have feared. Just like Aveda won my heart in Heroine Worship after a rocky start in Heroine Complex, Bea won my heart as well. I even wanted to kick Evie for being a typical older sibling, and E I loved the other two books in this trilogy so got my trotters on this one as soon as it released.And what a cool read.I will confess I didn't expect to love Bea as much as I did. She was a complete brat in Heroine Complex, and although she shaped up a bit in Heroine Worship, I had my doubts. I shouldn't have feared. Just like Aveda won my heart in Heroine Worship after a rocky start in Heroine Complex, Bea won my heart as well. I even wanted to kick Evie for being a typical older sibling, and Evie has been my favorite so far.I also loved Sam, Leah, and Leah's dog Pancake. Especially Sam was fun and a true friend. I loved that he called Bea out when she made mistakes and let her know when she went too far. Leah tried to do this as well, but seemed to be less confident.The story was full of action, mystery and emotion. There were some things I could puzzle out, but other things took me by surprise. I loved seeing how things came together. If I hadn't been forced to stop reading for such things as dinner and social commitments I'd have easily finished this book in one sitting.All in all a great read. I'll most definitely keep my eyes out for more books by Kuhn.
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  • S.E. Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    It's so hard to believe this is the end of the series. I'm sitting in a puddle of my own, happy tears: what a fantastic finale! If you don't yet know about this series, it follows three Asian-American superheroines as they protect San Fransisco from a plague of mysterious demons (who tend to inhabit things such as cupcakes or porcelain unicorns) and has the best character growth you will ever read. If you want strong women in your books, I don't think I've read anyone stronger or more complex th It's so hard to believe this is the end of the series. I'm sitting in a puddle of my own, happy tears: what a fantastic finale! If you don't yet know about this series, it follows three Asian-American superheroines as they protect San Fransisco from a plague of mysterious demons (who tend to inhabit things such as cupcakes or porcelain unicorns) and has the best character growth you will ever read. If you want strong women in your books, I don't think I've read anyone stronger or more complex than Evie, Adveda, and Bea. One of the most remarkable things about Kuhn's books is that they each have such a unique voice. While we return to San Fransico, to the world of puppy demons and superpowered heroes, we're now following Bea's perspective, and it's completely different from that of her big sister Evie and super-heroine role model Aveda. Bea is spontaneous, stubborn, and rash: her excitement flits from one thing to another like a hummingbird. At only 22, she's still a child in her sister's eyes, though she's trying to build her own life.It's been about 4 years since the last book, and Bea now works at It's Lit, an adorable bookstore I would elect to live in if I ever got the chance. She dropped out of college, worries about her future, struggles with adulting and being taken seriously by her sister. Her dream is to join the superhero team - but Evie will hear nothing of it. When her powers start to change, and she begins to hear a voice in her head, convincing her that her mother might still be alive, Bea must embark on a journey of self-discovery, danger, and demons, in order to save her from the Otherworld. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I don't think I've read stronger female characters than in the Heroine Complex series. The girls are front and center to the action: they're badass, know how to fight, but they also value their emotions. They have an incredible arc of growth through each novel and the series itself. Finally having the girls confront the loss of their mother tied the series together as well as giving them a strong emotional conflict. On top of all that, they're Asian-Americans, and that fact is not brushed aside or passed over. They openly discuss what it's like to be a heroine of color and the standard they're held to. Bea has vividly dyed hair, and there's a fantastic discussion surrounding that stereotype. She has more personality traits than just her hair: in fact, she's full of personality. Heroine's Journey might be the best in the series. Granted, it's a little less chaotic than the first book (no cupcake demons here!) and less laugh out loud, but the focus was on Bea and I loved it. I loved seeing the other beloved characters through her eyes. I loved her relationship with Sam (SAM! Mr. Beaucoup Fromage! My new Book Boyfriend, swoon). I loved seeing her grow.All in all, I don't want this series to end. I know the Heroic Trio trilogy is now closed, but I'm hoping to see my favorite girls again sometime soon. An outstanding end to a fantastic series. 
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  • Vickie
    January 1, 1970
    Solid ending to this fun series. And yay for Fitz’s cover debut!
  • Lauren loves llamas
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in the Heroine Complex series, centered on three female Asian superheroes in San Francisco. While you could perhaps read this book as a standalone, don’t. Go back and read the first two – they are excellent!It’s been a few years since the last book, and Bea is now in her twenties. After repeatedly being denied a chance to join her sister Evie and her best friend Aveda’s super hero team, Bea’s pulled away from most of the daily grind of HQ and now works at a book shop. Afte This is the third book in the Heroine Complex series, centered on three female Asian superheroes in San Francisco. While you could perhaps read this book as a standalone, don’t. Go back and read the first two – they are excellent!It’s been a few years since the last book, and Bea is now in her twenties. After repeatedly being denied a chance to join her sister Evie and her best friend Aveda’s super hero team, Bea’s pulled away from most of the daily grind of HQ and now works at a book shop. After helping Evie and Aveda end a particularly odd demon attack, Bea is finally allowed to be a superhero-in-training, with Aveda as her self-appointed mentor. But being a superhero isn’t everything she’s dreamed it would be, and she starts fearing that Evie’s criticism of her – that she flits around to whatever’s shiny, abandoning whatever she’s currently doing – has more merit than she wants to admit. The demon attacks this time seem different, and Bea soon becomes convinced that their mother, supposedly dead for a decade, is alive and trapped in a demon dimension.“I’d just proved myself as a badass superheroine and totally slayed some giant stone monsters, hadn’t I? What was a little family drama compared to that?”Bea and Evie’s relationship is complicated. After their mom’s death, their dad left, leaving twenty-something Evie to raise tween Bea by herself while also going through graduate school. Evie – partly because of her emotion-fuelled fire powers and partly because she was too busy with school, work, and Bea – never had the full-on breakdown Bea had, going from queen bee to goth, with only her friend Sam staying by her side, mostly because he was the only one who didn’t seem to pity her. When Bea suddenly starts receiving Otherworldy messages from her mom, she’s convinced it’s the way to fix things – the empty hole that she’s felt has been missing in herself, and everything that’s gone wrong between her and Evie.“You said you were dumb enough to have hope. Bea, I … I don’t think that’s dumb. I love that so many times, you choose hope. Even when it’s not the obvious choice, even when the odds are stacked against it. I love that you can find that hope.”I think one of my main issues with the book is that it rubs places I’m especially raw – I lost my mom when I was around the same age as Bea. She strikes me as very young and very self-centered at the start of the book. It’s kinda weird, because it was what I was really worried about with Aveda’s novel, but I found her a lot more sympathetic from the get-go than Bea. She’s also ridiculously impulsive and gets bored quickly, dropping her new interests (and relationships) as quickly as she picks them up. What I loved about her, though, is her hopefulness, her habit of making posterboards covered in glitter to convince Evie of things, and the obvious love she has for her friends and family. To me, this book felt darker than the first two. Though it’s still chock full of humor (alas, though, no cupcake demons), much of it focuses on pretty heavy topics, like the fraught relationship between the sisters, which Bea attributes to their mom’s death. On top of that, Bea’s superhero power – being able to influence the feelings of people around her – has had a sudden and unexpected upgrade. Now, she can implant thoughts into other people’s heads, Jedi-style – and with that comes even more ethical concerns. Bea doesn’t always make the best choices, which was extremely relatable for me. What child – even an adult child – wouldn’t do anything within their power to get their mom back?As always, the secondary characters were excellent, and many of them (Shruti, Rose, etc) were ones we’d seen before. While I liked Bea’s love interest, for me at least, the romance seemed more secondary to the main plot than it had been in previous books. I still enjoyed it thoroughly, as well as the peaks we got of the couples from the previous books. Though the villain is pretty predictable, the plot is inventive and just delightful.Overall, I’m delighted that, at the end of this trilogy, it’s circled back around to one of the defining conflicts of the first book – Evie and Bea’s relationship. I was so pleased to find out that there will be more books in the series, and I’ll definitely be picking them up!I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Katie Nolan
    January 1, 1970
    Clearly I can’t give it anything less than 4 stars, because I stayed up all night reading it. I continue to adore this world and these characters. While Bea doesn’t have an explicit diagnosis of ADHD, a lot of her behaviors and the language used to describe them are hallmark AHDH. It was really, really nice in ways I am not articulate enough at 3 in the morning to describe to see myself in fiction that way. I cant give it five stars because I’m getting a little disappointed? frustrated? with the Clearly I can’t give it anything less than 4 stars, because I stayed up all night reading it. I continue to adore this world and these characters. While Bea doesn’t have an explicit diagnosis of ADHD, a lot of her behaviors and the language used to describe them are hallmark AHDH. It was really, really nice in ways I am not articulate enough at 3 in the morning to describe to see myself in fiction that way. I cant give it five stars because I’m getting a little disappointed? frustrated? with the queer representation. Yes, there are a ton of lesbian side characters in happy relationships. Yes, Bea is canonically bisexual. And her ending up in a romantic relationship with a man doesn’t change the truth of her bisexuality at all. I guess the formula just feels really straight? I’d been rooting for a poly relationship with Bea, Sam and Leah, but instead they all broke off into traditional monogamous pairings. There’s no sense of a queer culture that exists independent of straight culture. There’s no sign of any queerness outside of gay/straight/bi — no trans or non binary characters, no poly characters, no asexual characters. In some ways I feel like it’s weird for me to complain about that, considering that in queer spaces I generally feel like I’m a straight person who just happens to like girls as well as guys. And to be perfectly honest, if there weren’t already so many LGB characters in the series, I probably would be thrilled that there were any. I guess it’s kind of a victim of its own success — with so much great queer representation, it makes me want even more. And thankfully, there is still time to get it! I was super excited to see at the end that the series will continue. I hope that these additional books will more diversely explore queer identities.
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  • Ria
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah Kuhn, please write faster. I need more of your books please.This series is such a blast, I'm delighted that this isn't the last time we get to visit this world. I was a bit nervous to discover surly teenage empathy Bea was going to be our protagonist, but turns out 22 year old Bea is just as much an engaging heroine as her predecessors. One of the many things I love about this series is the willingness of the author to give her characters depth, with real flaws and let's them mess up witho Sarah Kuhn, please write faster. I need more of your books please.This series is such a blast, I'm delighted that this isn't the last time we get to visit this world. I was a bit nervous to discover surly teenage empathy Bea was going to be our protagonist, but turns out 22 year old Bea is just as much an engaging heroine as her predecessors. One of the many things I love about this series is the willingness of the author to give her characters depth, with real flaws and let's them mess up without it ever quite feeling overdone. Bea talks too fast, gets her feelings easily hurt and flirts more with the dark side than either Evie or Annie ever did, but she's also sparkier and funnier, and I dearly hope her poster boards exist in the real world and that someone took pictures.This entry also has the most compelling mystery and the supernatural goings on held my attention and kept me guessing throughout. We got a great romance, awesome friendships, vivid food descriptions (I really want some katsu soon please) and a one-eyed dog based on a real life superstar bookselling dog. Seriously, what more could you want?So please, Sarah Kuhn, I'm begging you, write faster, the world needs more of your books.
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  • Breana
    January 1, 1970
    Heroine’s Journey didn’t disappoint me in any way. This book was as awesome as I was hoping it would be. In fact, it far surpassed my expectations. The story basically followed Bea on her quest to become a superhero like her sister. It was easy to get drawn into the story, because right from the start, there was this perfect balance between supernatural, superhero, mystery, and even some romantic elements. This book accomplished all of that with the same charm and whit that made the last two boo Heroine’s Journey didn’t disappoint me in any way. This book was as awesome as I was hoping it would be. In fact, it far surpassed my expectations. The story basically followed Bea on her quest to become a superhero like her sister. It was easy to get drawn into the story, because right from the start, there was this perfect balance between supernatural, superhero, mystery, and even some romantic elements. This book accomplished all of that with the same charm and whit that made the last two books so enjoyable. Needless to say, I was hooked.One of the most appealing aspects of this series has always been the characters. They made the story, and it was no different in this book. There was a lot of character development done for Evie, Nate, Aveda, and of course, Bea. Heroine’s Journey is best described as a journey. It was as much a book about self-discovery as it was about being a superhero and what that really meant to Bea. It all tied together. In that way, Kuhn nailed the human aspect behind the capes and signature costumes—behind the superpowers and crime fighting.I'm glad that there was finally a story from Bea's perspective, because it's by far my favorite of the series. One reason was that it delved more into the complicated relationship she had with her older sister, Evie. It was something that was always present in the stories, but it was from everyone else's perspective except for Bea. Bea and Evie had their share of issues. There was everything from communication shortfalls, misunderstandings, and some issues caused by outside factors. And I liked the fact that Heroine’s Journey centered on that and expanded on what was already established. I also liked how the conflicts were handled, because Kuhn didn’t shy away from writing difficult, messy, and emotional conversations. And it was great.The secondary characters—like Rose, Leah, Shruti, Lucy, and others—were also cool. They weren’t just part of the background. I liked them mostly because they were so individual and interesting. They felt like proper characters with personality and backstories separate from that of the main character.And while I was happy with how Heroine’s Journey ended, there were some lingering mysteries and potential for other stories. All in all, Heroine’s Journey was a fantastic read. Kuhn is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and I look forward to reading whatever she writes next. And if you enjoyed any of the books in this series, then Heroine's Journey is a must read.Disclaimer: this copy of the book was provided by DAW via NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review.This Review Also Posted On My Blog
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  • Cass
    January 1, 1970
    Somehow this series keeps getting MORE delightful! Which is why I’m so glad the adventures will be continuing!Baby sister Bea comes into her own in this third HEROINE book, and it’s as exciting a ride as ever. What I really love, though, is how Kuhn imbues her books simultaneously with great humor and real, raw emotion. Thar takes real skill. There’s a light-heartedness to it, but also a genuine recognition of the mental and emotional struggles so many young women face while navigating through l Somehow this series keeps getting MORE delightful! Which is why I’m so glad the adventures will be continuing!Baby sister Bea comes into her own in this third HEROINE book, and it’s as exciting a ride as ever. What I really love, though, is how Kuhn imbues her books simultaneously with great humor and real, raw emotion. Thar takes real skill. There’s a light-heartedness to it, but also a genuine recognition of the mental and emotional struggles so many young women face while navigating through life. And then she amps it all up with superpowers, demonic forces, and rampaging architectural features.Absolutely wonderful. Read it!
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  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    January 1, 1970
    The weakest of the three novels imo. This one has the least romance of the three, often fading to black during romantic moments or skipping them entirely and mentioning that they happened later. The emotional plot points are repetitive—Bea and Evie have the same fight over and over, while Aveda's strange in the background and the boys are barely entities.The plot isn't too bad, though I very much called the twist. Bonus points for the sideship for Leah and the resulting character growth for Bea.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    BEA I LOVE YOU. Seriously, this may be my favourite in the series. I absolutely adore Bea and was so excited for her book. It did not disappoint! Bea’s relationship with Evie was hard to watch but I loved seeing them become closer. The romantic subplot was everything I wanted from this, it was super cute while also being hot as hell. Initially it felt a bit rushed but I quickly got over that. Anyway, without leaving spoilers all I can say was this was really great and if you haven’t picked up th BEA I LOVE YOU. Seriously, this may be my favourite in the series. I absolutely adore Bea and was so excited for her book. It did not disappoint! Bea’s relationship with Evie was hard to watch but I loved seeing them become closer. The romantic subplot was everything I wanted from this, it was super cute while also being hot as hell. Initially it felt a bit rushed but I quickly got over that. Anyway, without leaving spoilers all I can say was this was really great and if you haven’t picked up this series yet then do it asap!
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  • Erin Kross
    January 1, 1970
    Still a cute story, but I had a harder time relating to Bea than Evie and Aveda in the 2 previous books, possibly because she seemed so young (which is how she should seem).Good baddies, good steamy scenes, and fun and different enough that I still enjoyed it.
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  • Lucille
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5
  • michelle (magicalreads)
    January 1, 1970
    4.75 starsI was so excited when I was approved for this book! I binge-read the first two books last year and I adored them; I mean, what more could you want in a series? Demon cupcakes, possessed wedding dresses, evil unicorns, hot romance, Asian-American female superheroes, amazing friendships, found family, I could go on honestly, but I'll stop.Heroine's Journey is, perhaps, my favorite book in the series (so far! the series was recently expanded from a trilogy to 6 books and a bonus novella!! 4.75 starsI was so excited when I was approved for this book! I binge-read the first two books last year and I adored them; I mean, what more could you want in a series? Demon cupcakes, possessed wedding dresses, evil unicorns, hot romance, Asian-American female superheroes, amazing friendships, found family, I could go on honestly, but I'll stop.Heroine's Journey is, perhaps, my favorite book in the series (so far! the series was recently expanded from a trilogy to 6 books and a bonus novella!!). I really related to Bea and her struggle to be taken seriously by the people in her life and also her self discovery as she tries to find what she's passionate about. She's really the character I didn't know I needed, honestly.Also, one of the main things that made this THE book in the series for me was..........the romance. Bea and Sam have a childhood rivals-to-best-friends-to-lovers trope and I loved it! Their relationship was so cute and supportive, as well as hot.The characters were amazing, of course. One of my favorite scenes was when the older gang get really protective of Bea in front of Sam; it was the best thing ever, honestly, I laughed. Also, the casual diversity! Besides the main characters from the first two books, Sam is Japanese-American and Leah is half-black and half-Korean (I believe? Sorry it's been a bit since I've read the book) and wlw (sorry I cannot remember so please correct me if I'm wrong!). Bea is also bi, I believe, and none of this made to be a big deal!Apparently, people dislike the fact that Bea fits into the Asian-character-must-have-colorful-hair trope but actually if you read the book, you get to see Bea call out this trope. Yes, this is an overused trope that shouldn't define Asian characters, but that's the thing; Bea chose to dye her hair. She didn't do it to be ~rebellious or to be seen a certain way. She just wanted to dye her hair different colors, and it in no way reflects on any of her character. And honestly it's badass on her, like look at her on the cover and tell me you would not dye your hair like that if you could. I know I would.Heroine's Journey is a great conclusion to the first half of this series. It ties everything up as well as opens new plotlines for the future. The relationships, romantic and platonic and family, were portrayed so well; you can't help but be enamored by them all, with Aveda and Evie's protectiveness, Nate and Scott's support, Leah and Sam and Bea's, well their everything. You'll fall in love with this series, if you haven't already, and if you haven't started the series, you need to pick it up today.original review:AHHHHHHHHHH
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  • Hwei Ming Fan
    January 1, 1970
    yay I'm sure I can relate to this character more than I could Aveda Jupiter
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