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An artist who inks magical tattoos....
Rea is a Suveri, part of a tribe that can create tattoos with devastating powers. Bitter after the death of her father at the hands of a cruel general, she tries to get revenge...only to fail at her mission and be saved by a mysterious stranger who demands to know the secrets of the Suveri's tattoos.
A prince searching for power..
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Kindle Edition, 127 pages
Published January 25th 2020
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Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk


I wonder why you’re so convinced I’m a villain when the rest of the country considers me a hero.

Story 🌟🌟🌟
Reas tribe always felt like the wind, free, but like a big family. Everyone cared for the other.
But when they left their tribe and soon her father died, Rea suffered from pain, loss and the craving of revenge.
After a failed try to avenge her father, she was trapped in prison, waiting for her death.
But a warlord, someone powerful came and offered her a trade. Three wishes for Rae, but in re
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Erika Sarutobi
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This was a short read and because of it, it lacked a proper world building especially more so when the book focused most of the story on the characters’ relationship from buildup to the end. The writing style is good, but it had too many commas and “ands”. Despite that, most of the sentences were pretty short.

I didn’t mind the romance nor cared about their fight but I was more interested in the world and the power of the tattoos. The ending was good but pretty convenient. Overall, it w
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Inkslinger
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ink & Arrows by Shruthi Viswanathan

ARC provided by NetGalley and Shruthi Viswanathan. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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"You can ease anger with revenge, but you can't ease the emptiness with anything."

01-30: 'Ink & Arrows' is one of those titles that just grabs your heart with both hands, unapologetically, right at the start of the story and then never lets go.

It's no exaggeration to say I loved, LOVED this story, the richness of the main character and her romantic interest
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K.S. Marsden
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A girl from the Suveri tribe, who are feared for their magic, is bound together with the future emperor.

I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Rea is all alone, having parted from her tribe so her father could gather more ingredients for the Suveri's magical tattoos. Unfortunately, her father is killed, leaving Rea in a pit of despair. In her depression, she has switched off from the outside world, and hasn't the energy to do even basic things.

Sebastyen is the el
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Brandy Klocko
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for an advance Ebook copy!

I really enjoyed this. The writing was super clear and nicely developed for a shorter story. I loved the atmosphere the author created and the culture she brought into Rea's character. The meaning and importance behind the tattooing was such a creative aspect to the book. I'm definitely keeping my eye out for more things to come from this author!
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Sasha Clinton
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!
This book stole my heart. Deep, complex characters, fantastic world building, an amazing enemies-to-lovers slow-burn romance, and beautiful writing. Must read!

Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Laura (Bookie_mama_bear)
⭐️ BOOK REVIEW ⭐️
Thank you to @netgalley & @shruthi.viswanathan for my ARC of Ink & Arrows.
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This is a short novel about forbidden love, magic and acceptance. Although it was short the story had a nice flow and was well written. I liked the characters and the overall plot. It could have been longer and more detailed but it was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.
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Anne Monteith
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a very short novel and if I had known that before I began reading it, I would not have selected this novella. There are two things I hate in any book; insta-love and hate that ends up as love, both are so trite and have been over-done.

Sebastyen releases Rea from prison in return for help in learning about her tribe’s magical tattoos. Rea’s tribe has always been shunned by others for their tattoos and magical abilities. Sebastyen is the eldest son and warlord of the emperor who have hunte
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Ixxati
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ink & Arrows. I was expecting to read more bout Rea's ability and her tattoos but the author focused more on a predictable romance. The author skip few months for a few times and I feel lost. I don't get what happen within that time span. This book need more details.
The ending felt pretty rushed. Btw I love the cover! Damn pretty 😍

Thank you netgalley and publisher for this arc!

🌟🌟.5
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BookSteff
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ink & Arrows follows the story of Rea, and Sebastyn. Rea is part of a culture in which they tattoo themselves for art but with the art can also come magical enchantment, and from that enhancement. Her tribe/ people are outsiders, and that is the way she expects it to remain. Sebastyn is an archduke, the emperors heir, and the complete opposite from Rea in all aspects but one; he too lives a lonely life filled with sadness. Ink & Arrows follows what happens when their paths collide.

So as you can
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This_Ginger_Loves_Books (Naomi)
When reading the description of this book I was truly excited about it. It sounded like it could be a very promising Fantasy and unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations.

Honestly? I was bored out of my brains.

The description of the book leads us to believe we are going to learn all about Rea’s ability to create magically imbued tattoos, the story behind her tribe and the history of those magical tattoos, but that never actually happens. It’s glossed over because the author chooses in
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Blood Rose Books
May 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shruthi Viswanathan: Ink & Arrows In Shruthi Viswanathan debut novel she shows that people from two different walks of life can fall in love: Rae is Suveri whish means she is an artist that has the ability to ink magical tattoos. A talent that is looked down upon, yet sought after as well. Bitter about the death of her father she attempts to get revenge but fails, however, she is saved by the Archduke Sebastyen who not only frees her but offers her three wishes in order for her to teach him the ...more
Julie
Jan 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
It's difficult for me to review books that I think would benefit from a good rewrite or solid editing. Very rarely will I choose to not finish a book, and I chose to read this in its entirety, so while I gave it a one star rating, I still thought it was worth reading through. I think one-star reviews should explain what could be done to improve the reader's experience, especially since it's due to be published only later this month. I remember reading Nirvana by J.R. Stewart and writing a one-st ...more
Jenn
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Ink and Arrows by Shruthi Viswanathan

By the description, I was expecting a romance somewhere along the lines of Court Duel (Sherwood Smith) or Archangel (Sharon Shinn), where two people who don’t like each other very much fall in love. That was not the case.
The book starts with our female lead, Rea, locked in a dungeon and losing the will to live. We learn that she is a Suveri, one of a nomadic people who roam the land free as the wind, and who are only barely tolerated because of their ability
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Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received a copy of Ink & Arrows through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Ink & Arrows is Shruthi Viswanathan’s debut novel. That stunning cover is what originally caught my attention here, but it was the description that made me curious enough to give this one a read. This is a world in which magic and tattoos merge into one.
Rea is a Suveri, and she is the one who makes the tattoos. The tattoos she makes can be either symbolic – or magical. Mourning the loss of her father,
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Sara Zaninelli
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The star within the circle... signifies eternal love. It means, ‘I pluck the eternal miracle from the skies and give it to you.’”


This was a very fast but very intense read. Rea is an outcast but Sebastyén is immediately captured by her, because she is unique and has a very peculiar way to see life. She is able to create powerful and magic tattoos and, pretending to be interested in learning how to create them, he starts spending time with Rea and he prevents her from falling apart after her f
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Jeeza (Romance Pennydreadful)
Look at this cover ! Isn’t it just beautiful?!

Story: Rea is a Suveri, part of a tribe that can create tattoos with devastating powers. Bitter after the death of her father at the hands of a cruel general, she tries to get revenge...only to fail at her mission and be saved by a mysterious stranger who demands to know the secrets of the Suveri's tattoos. Sebastyen is the heir to the throne and a warrior who has shed more blood than any other on the battlefield. Though he may be royalty, his life i
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Annette Jordan
2.5 stars
My eye was initially drawn to the gorgeous cover of this book, the lush and striking palette caught my attention as I was scrolling. While romance is not my go to genre of choice , the premise outlined in the book description intrigued me and I decided to take a chance.
Ink and Arrows is the story of Rea and Sebastyen. Rea is a member of the outcast Suveri tribe, a nomadic people with the ability to create tattoos imbued with magical powers and protections. They are feared, shunned and
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Faultsareus
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you @netgalley for the ARC of this book.

This book is a short read and so it's quite fast paced. Hence it doesn't waste time but at ssme time it's missing out on details. There are so many things just mentioned in passing which actually have quite the influence on the characters and yet they are not elaborated. Like the fathers of both main characters, the brother, the starvation, the battles and the wars the hardships. I feel like there is a lot of backstory missing. This book is basically
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Nicole Emerald Book Reviews  McCurdy
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This book held so much potential but somewhere around the halfway mark it really fell apart and lost its way entirely. It was set up well enough. Readers were given two very different but intriguing protagonists, each with their flaws and quirks, although at times their personalities seemed rather stilted and stiff, their dialogue matching those traits. The world building was interesting, the lands and people and magic, but everything just did not flow as seamlessly as I woul
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Nicole
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good and quick read. It brings together two people who are enemies, but over time, the hatred turns t tolerance, which turns to friendship, which turns to love. Rea, a Suveri, is able to draw tattoos that can be embedded with magic and give the wearer powerful abilities, but at the cost of the life force of the Suveri. Sebastyen is the archduke, the heir to the empire, who leads the armies into battle for his father who seems to want to conquer everything. Sebastyen wants peace and to ...more
Anubha (BooksFullOfLife, LifeFullOfBooks)
How could I a person who ewww(s) and ugghh(s) at all those cheesy romances rate this one 5 star? I still wonder what's wrong with me or what's so right with this book ¿

This is a fantasy romance book, not just a fantasy book so you get into the book knowing there will come a time when you have to skip some lines to keep you sane, fortunately it happened quite later than expected. The book was rather very cute and sweet, it was like a prince charming story.

The cover of the book and the title of t
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Stephanie Panach
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed a lot of things about this book. I thought the world building was very interesting and the parallel's between the world in the book and our own were on-point. There is an overarching theme related to racism - where the Suveri are ostracized for their tattoos but exploited for what people can gain from them. The Suveri seemed very similar to travelers/Gypsy culture in our world.

Rea was one heck of a strong person. Separated from her father by death, and her group by distance, she is tot
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Brit Andrews
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
A short romance and a tale as old as time... poor outsider girl must decide if she should give up revenge for the love of a Prince Charming-Warrior type... they are from two very different worlds abs under normal circumstances would not know each other but of course the circumstances of him liberating her from a dungeon aren’t quiet normal...

Rea is a Suveri, they are nomadic gypsy-type people with the ability to weave magic into tattoos. They are outlasted from society and looked down upon by pr
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Alexandra Galván
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
"You can ease your anger with revenge, but you can't ease the emptiness with anything."

Rea is a Suveri, a woman whose powers are granted thanks to the tattoos she has on her skin. She is a "human" that has the ability to handle magic. She looks for revenge for his father's death, which was in the hands of humans who exploited her tribe's magic.

After being arrested for trying to kill her father's murderer, Archduke Sebestyén of Alisia gets her free in exchange for her tattoo knowledge, and she on
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Previouslyunread (Rhiannon)
Thank-you to Netgalley for my copy of this book - I am not being compensated for this review.

Ink and Arrows follows Rea, a member of the traveling outcast Suveri, and Sebastyen, heir to the throne and a soldier through and through. Suveri are outcast due to their ability to embue tattoos with magic, some of which even have the ability to give the wearer immortality.

I was so excited for this book based on the description but I went in with far too high hopes.

The story jumps months at a time with
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Carro Herdegen
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: PG13 (12 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: R; Violence: PG
Rea, at age 21, is ready to accept imprisonment for the rest of her life after her failed attempt to take vengeance for her father’s death. She’s surprised both by the enemy, Sebestyén, who comes to save her and her impulsive action to live. Trading secrets of magic for wishes, Rea and Sebestyén find more than what they bargained for.
The premise is amazing, though the execution made the story feel more teasing and tantalizing than
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Isabella
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Thank you NetGalley for the e-arc in exchange for a honest review

I give this 3 stars (however a lower three stars). I seem to not be the only one who went in with too high of expectations. I went in really excited but left feeling underwhelmed.

For me, it moved too quickly and didn't go into enough detail to capture my heart. The time frame went from month to month and stuff was happening in the background that we don't see but get filled in which doesn't have the same effect. I would have loved
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CR
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fantastic tale about two enemies that came to love each other. I was super excited to read this one based on the description about Rea and her tattoos full of magic. Sadly there was more about Rea and Sebastian’s forbidden romance than Rea’s tattoos. We spend most of the book seeing the struggles of the main characters coming to terms with the fact that they love each other instead of hating each other. I would have loved to see more about the Suveri people and the tattoos but overall it was ...more
Layla
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an eARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reivew.

3/3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed the premise of this story and the idea of tattoos having magic really intrigued me. Sadly the story doesn't centre as much on that idea as it does on the romance aspect. I quite liked the characters, I just really wanted there to be a bit more substance to them, they didn't feel fully realised. Their hate to love romance was such a quick turn around it really didn't have any build
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