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The Heart's Blood Arrow by Kai Butler

teresab78's review

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5.0

5 amazing stars

This was amazing! I love Parker and Nick. There were many intense moments, and I temporarily feared what was going to happen would be very bad, but was very thankful I was wrong! There is betrayal, but also fierce loyalty and love from all of Parker’s circle. This ends on a happy note except for the looming difficulties on the horizon for the next book. Highly recommend!

write_of_passages's review

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4.0

This book immediately started as a breath of fresh air. After the last book’s cliffhanger, I immediately worried this would devolve into a very overused romantic plot line, but such was not the case. Parker and Nick’s characters and their strength shown through so beautifully in this book that I truly spent the whole book feeling such joy at how they were working together in work and romance. Glorious.


Would I go back in time and still read this book, knowing what I know now?
Absolutely!


See below for the four criteria I use to decide whether and when to read a book


CHARACTERS: As mentioned, Parker and Nick really shine in this book. I could see the way Parker has grown into his role as Windrose bleeding into how he’s able to handle the human world challenges that occurred as well. And don’t get me started on Nick. This book had multiple moments where their responses could have devolved into something trope-y and cliche and they didn’t. I think I reread those glorious moments multiple times they were so incredible. Their relationship also deepened further throughout this book in a way that was just so wonderful to read. It’s a joy to read these characters, their strengths and vulnerabilities, and common sense and healthy love such a contrast to many books I’ve read in the past.


PLOT: This book moves away from the Fae realm, which I didn’t mind. The plot pacing was perfectly balanced as well. Ultimately, I think it was just so refreshing to see so many moments where the plot could have followed so many tropes of the genre, but it didn’t. And each moment was a glorious slap to the face and breath of fresh air as I read them. I also felt there was a wonderful balance between plot-driven and character-driven in this story, more so than others. This plot did not rely as heavily on the whodunit aspect of the mystery, but rather, really seeing the main characters come into their own, as singular people but also as a found family/team.


EMOTIONAL INTENSITY: There is no good/bad here. Sometimes I just want a low-investment entertainment read whereas other times a high-stakes 'I need a therapist to recover' is what I need.

3 out of 5. Mid. Right in the middle. Not too much and not too little. So much of the intensity came from the joy of reading a plot that kept offering such new and refreshing takes while also offering exactly the moments where my reader heart needed the small fulfillment. And each of those moments was delivered.


CATHARTIC FULFILLMENT: Is the emotional journey worth it? Do I finish this book feeling that I've crested the wave of the climactic moment and everything has been settled, leaving me settled and fulfilled?

99%. We’re dealing with some hefty antagonists in this one and so that final 1% is, as usual, the slightly-unbelievable outcome of no lasting effects of needing to recuperate/recover. But overall, I was immensely pleased with this one.

mirocchi's review

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adventurous emotional mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

purely_romantic's review

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adventurous challenging emotional mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

brim010's review

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challenging dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

maleesha's review

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adventurous funny lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes

5.0

I cannot believe how much I enjoy those damn brownies lmao

valmox's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

ashtwhite's review

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emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

moux's review

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adventurous emotional funny mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

5.0

liz7kathleen's review against another edition

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5.0

Best one yet!!! Parker is such a little chaos demon in this one. I love the way Greg Tremblay voices everyone, He is such an amazing narrator. I want to live inside these books forever, I can't wait for the next installment! The stakes are definitely higher in this one in every aspect. Nick and Parker still making me swoon and the danger has surpassed all levels we have seen before. The plot is gripping, new characters and side characters are intriguing as always and Kai Butler still finds a way to build character development into characters we've been through 5 books with. Loved every second!