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Heroine's Journey

(Heroine Complex #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  520 ratings  ·  90 reviews
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 problem

If 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
Paperback, 373 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by DAW
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Hi I love Bea with my entire heart
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
Fafa's Book Corner
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger Warning(s): Grief, racism, manipulation, and bullying.

Reading Challenge(s): Book 16 for #StartOnYourShelfathon.

Rep: Evie and Bea are Irish-Japanese-American. Bea is queer. Aveda is Chinese American. Lucy is Puerto Rican-Mexican-British and is a Lesbian. Rose is Black and queer. Kevin is Black-Latino-Asian. Shruti is Indian-American. Leah is Black-Korean-American and queer. Sam and Nicole are Japanese-American. Nicole is queer. N
Sherwood Smith
Jun 30, 2018 added it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

In the final installment of the Heroic Trio, Kuhn shines the spotlight on Bea. Before we looked at characters who had worked for superhero status, who were defined by their powers, or who had never wanted powers to begin with. But Bea is an entirely different case - there's nothing she seems to want more than to be a part of the superhero squad. Constantly being put on the side bu
Lexxi Kitty
So book 1 followed Evie, and book 2 followed her friend Annie Chung (aka Aveda Jupiter). Who is the lead in book 3? Bea Tanaka. Evie’s sister (who Evie also ‘raised’ since mother died and father became a dead-beat and fled to ‘find himself’).

It’s several years since book 2 (unless I’m confused), and Bea is now 22. She still lives at home (well the superhero headquarters), and works at a book-store. She’s also been using her power on the job (yes, she also has a superpower – it’s mind related, an
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*Genre* Urban Fantasy / Humorous / Romantic
*Rating* 3.5-4


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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
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
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 ev
Steph Hayward-bailey
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading the 3rd book in this series and enjoyed Bea's perspective. I hope there is going to be more in the series. ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 empath 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 lets them mess up without
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
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A fun conclusion if a bit predictable in terms of character relationships. The plot twists, on the other hand, I didn’t see coming at all. Bea’s an interesting character but I didn’t find her as easy to relate with, most likely because of how...sparkly she is. Might’ve enjoyed it more had I read all three books in one sitting, but it definitely was entertaining to see recognizable spots in San Francisco.
Jennifer Linsky
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Kuhn does an amazing job of writing joy and hope and banter.
S.E. Anderson
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
In the third installment of Heroine Complex series, this time we follow Beatrice or Bea, the rambunctious little sister of the fire-wielding superheroine Evie. We find Bea working at a book store and developing her own "empath" superpowers which can cause others to be affected and accept her "mindset." However, when the appearance and voice of her dead mother leads her to discovering others with similar powers, Bea might need some help. The problem is that her sister, Evie, and fellow heroine, A ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
As always with this series, a lot of fun. Bea is so very young, and the first couple of chapters inside her whirligig brain were a little exhausting, but we learn more about why she feels how she feels as the book progresses. Although I really do think she has undiagnosed ADHD and might want to look into that? Loved seeing Evie and Nate and Scott and Aveda ("A social cue!") again, and I want to go hang out at It's Lit and talk paranormal romances with Leah.

Tagged "lgbtqa" because Bea is bi/pan.
Jul 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet (and often funny) story about love, loss, and hope... told over the backdrop of a San Francisco where superheroes try to keep demons from taking over the city.

It's a smidge closer to YA than the previous installments in the series, but only because Bea is younger than Evie or Aveda were when they had their books. (Honestly, I think this fits New Adult really well, especially given how often Bea has to tell the others she's "not a baby" anymore.) However, there is still plenty of
Solid ending to this fun series. And yay for Fitz’s cover debut!
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every bit as much trashy fun as the first two books in this series!
Rhiannon Root
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bea Tanaka is all grown-up now and wants to be a superheroine and protect San Francisco, even though her older sister Evie doesn’t want her to.

The third book in the Heroine Complex series is tempestuous and energetic Bea’s book. And it’s an emotional roller coaster, much of it has to do with Bea grieving the loss of her mother.

Anyway, Bea has the superpower of emotional projection and isn’t above using it to deal with annoying customers at her bookstore job at It’s Lit. (Based off real-life boo
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: na-lit
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 ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Lauren loves llamas
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
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.25 of 5

With this book I have now read the Heroine's Complex trilogy. I've had real mixed feelings about the previous two books (you can search for my reviews on my blog) but I am so happy to note that this is the strongest book of the series (and it will be a continuing series, according to Ms. Kuhn).

Bea Tanaka is the little sister to Evie Tanaka, the sometimes partner, sometimes sidekick to superhero Aveda Jupiter. Bea is just
Katie Nolan
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heroine's Journey sees the younger Tanaka sister take center stage and again we're treated to a character driven story of growth, love (familial, romantic) and friendship wrapped in a ridiculous, ceramic unicorn-embellished plot. Much like Bea's friend (and eventual something more) Sam, these books are cheesy, but you don't have to look very far to see the earnest vulnerability. They are absolutely fun, silly, and hopeful, but they don't shy away from making our heroines flawed, complex characte ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sarah Kuhn is the author of Heroine Complex—the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. She also wrote The Ruby Equation for the comics anthology Fresh Romance and the romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which earned praise from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film. Her articles and essays on such topics as geek girl culture, comic book contin ...more

Other books in the series

Heroine Complex (6 books)
  • Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex, #1)
  • Heroine Worship (Heroine Complex, #2)
  • Haunted Heroine (Heroine Complex, #4)
  • Hollywood Heroine (Heroine Complex, #5)
  • Holiday Heroine (Heroine Complex, #6)

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