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Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash Book 3) by Amanda Marin – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash, #3)Flicker to Fire by Amanda Marin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Flicker to Fire is the exciting conclusion of Amanda Marin’s Crimson Sash trilogy. I’ve somehow ended up binging the series in a day and a half because I just couldn’t put it down, and whenever I finished a book I HAD to know what happened next. Seriously good.
Crimson Sash is a dystopian YA series which follows Neve Hall and Micah Ward, whose love for each other is forbidden by the strict rules of the Nation they both come from. Their feelings for each other, and the painful consequences of their relationship, have helped them to see the deeper flaws in the Nation and how it is run, and they can’t let things continue as they are.
In Flicker to Fire, Neve and Micah work within Sans Murs, an activist movement fighting for freedom of movement between the Nation and the New Republic, and seeking to put an end to the human rights violations in the Nation. The focus on Sans Murs allows for an interesting exploration of activism, with characters conflicting on the best methods to achieve their goals, and balancing protecting individuals and fighting larger-scale issues.
This book is full of twists – it really kept me on the edge of my seat. I remember noticing I was getting near the end and thinking I knew how things would wrap up – I was very wrong!
I’ve really enjoyed this whole series, and this is another five stars from me! I’d definitely recommend reading the books in order (starting with North to Nara) – you’ll get a lot more context that way as well as a chance to build a connection with the characters. I’d recommend this to teen and YA readers who are concerned about social issues – Marin uses speculative fiction to shine a light on many issues and explore some “what if?”s, as well as showing many aspects of activism with relatable and inspiring characters.

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Sky to Sea (Crimson Sash Book 2) by Amanda Marin – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

Sky to Sea (Crimson Sash, #2)Sky to Sea by Amanda Marin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started reading Sky to Sea almost as soon as I’d finished the previous book in the Amanda Marin’s Crimson Sash series. I’m totally hooked! It’s an engaging dystopian YA story that engages with loads of big social issues in a well-developed world.
Sky to Sea opens with Neve and Micah safely over the border. They’ve left the Nation that has tried to break and kill them behind, and are eager to start a new life in the New Republic. But they face challenges as they must prove their eligibility for immigration, or successfully claim asylum. There are language and culture barriers, skills that were in demand in the Nation that have no use in the Republic. Not to mention the hostility towards people from the Nation meaning that Neve and Micah never quite feel safe.
Something I particularly liked about Sky to Sea is that it addresses Micah’s PTSD. After all that he endured in the previous book, he has deep wounds that require time, care and expert help to heal. Marin approaches the subject in a sensitive and clear manner. We see Neve and Micah recognising and accepting Micah’s PTSD, and Micah’s journey through treatment. I really appreciated his use of art to process his experiences.
This is a great series! Definitely gets five stars from me. I would recommend reading it in order, starting with North to Nara, as this allows you to get to know the characters and the Nation (and the books are so good you’ll want to read them all eventually, so you might as well start at the beginning!). This is a great series for young adult and older teen readers who are concerned about social issues and enjoy speculative fiction.

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

North to Nara (Crimson Sash, #1)North to Nara by Amanda Marin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

North to Nara is the first Crimson Sash book, a dystopian YA series by Amanda Marin. Marin paints a picture of the Nation, built on loyalty (following the Expulsions which dealt with those who were not loyal) and strict rules and consequences.
Neve Hall is in many ways a classic YA dystopian heroine. Confident and independent, she is fascinated by the animals which have long since left the Nation. The more she learns about the secrets that keep the Nation running smoothly, the angrier she gets and the more determined to fight for change. Young activists will relate to her sense of justice and willingness to put herself at risk for what she believes in.
Micah Ward is a Sufferer – a fascinating profession that involves him taking on the pain of others so they can go about their lives unhindered. As such, he is empathetic and caring. He is also required to follow a rigid code of conduct which, amongst other things, forbids him from entering into any romantic relationships.
The worldbuilding in North to Nara is fantastic, really setting the reader up for the rest of the series. The story is a bit of a rollercoaster as Neve and Micah face danger and challenges to their beliefs and loyalties. I couldn’t put it down – I had to stay up late to find out what happened! And I’ve got the sequel ready so I can get onto it asap.
For me, this is a five star book. Really enjoyable story, with a world that highlights flaws and risks in our own societies. Perfect for teens and young adults who are concerned about the environment and social issues.

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Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash Book 3) by Amanda Marin – Review by Laura Furuta

Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash, #3)Flicker to Fire by Amanda Marin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash Book 3)
By Amanda Marin
5 out of 5 stars

I loved reading the book Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash Book 3) by Amanda Marin. It is a story that pulled me in from the beginning and I was hooked. I have loved reading this series since the first book. I love the characters of Neve Hall and Micah Ward. They are both brave, strong, and have a fierce determination that the Nation’s human rights abuses do not go unpunished. Neve and Micah are characters that you can’t help but root for them to succeed against the Nation. They stand up for those who seek freedom and escape. They also have a love for one another that is undeniable. What does the future hold for Neve, Micah, and the New Republic? Read this book to find out. This is a story that had me turning pages wondering what was going to happen next. It has both heartbreaking and heartwarming moments. I found my emotions going up and down the entire time that I was reading the book. I enjoyed reading about the additional characters that each have their part to play in the story. The author does a wonderful job of making both the storyline and the characters come alive. I felt like I was right there with them. Don’t miss out on an exciting and entertaining story that I didn’t want to put down until I had read the final page. I highly recommend reading it. It is the third book in a series and to fully understand all that transpires it is best to read the stories in order.

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Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash Book 3) by Amanda Marin – Review by Angela Hayes

Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash, #3)Flicker to Fire by Amanda Marin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Flicker to Fire is the third book in the Crimson Sash series by Amanda Marin. It is an original futuristic, dystopian, YA fantasy- with sci-fi elements, action, adventure, drama, intrigue, friendship, romance, politics, violence, social justice messages, human rights issues, emotion, and lots more.
This book follows on from the first two, with a bridging storyline and many recurring characters- so I really recommend reading the first two books before starting on this one, to get the best possible reading experience of this story.
I have followed the series from the beginning and have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book to continue the adventure. So much has happened along the course of these three books- so I couldn’t help but get caught up in everything that transpired here and what the characters were going through. Amanda Marin certainly knows how to spin a riveting tale and held me enthralled the whole way through.
I don’t want to reveal any of the plot, past or present- just in case you haven’t read any of the books yet, as I really don’t want to give anything away that may spoil the story for you- except to say that if you love dystopian, YA, or future fantasy- then you probably won’t want to miss out on reading this book/series.
I wonder what Ms. Marin has planned for us next?

Thank you, Amanda Marin!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash Book 3) by Amanda Marin – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash, #3)Flicker to Fire by Amanda Marin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book. This is the third book in this series which can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading all of them from the beginning. This is my favorite yet in this series. This is a well developed story that has characters that pulled me into the story right from the first chapter. This is an engaging story that I read in one sitting. I had no issues connecting to the characters as they brought the story to life. Neve and Micah are back in this story. Their story is full of hope and love. It does get a little dark in a few spots but the twists and turns kept me sitting on the edge of my seat just waiting to see what they would do next. There is a lot they go through in this story so I highly recommend reading it just to see. They are great characters that make a great story. This was a great rainy day read and I highly recommend it.

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Flicker to Fire (Crimson Sash Book 3) by Amanda Marin

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Genre – Dystopian Fantasy

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Beyond the broken wall, a fire has begun to burn …

Outside the refugee center in Kébec Village, the border wall separating the New Republic from the Nation continues to crumble. On one side, Neve Hall and Micah Ward are Sans Murs operatives, documenting cases of the Nation’s human rights violations as escapees arrive. On the other, Isla Pryce has begun a ruthless mission to purge the Nation of Sufferers who, like Micah, have been unfaithful to their vows.

Then she arrives: Blythe Thatcher, a mysterious young woman on the run from Isla’s vicious Inquisition Board. In Blythe, Neve sees a way to help Sans Murs further its cause—and rid the Nation of its callous Suffering system once and for all. But when the Nation uncovers their plan, the struggle that started as a flicker quickly turns to fire, and only Neve and Micah can extinguish the flame.

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Nowadays, Amanda writes books of her own. She holds degrees in English from Salve Regina University and Boston College, and she works in scholarly publishing. Her favorite things include Starbucks lattes, lazy summer afternoons at the beach, and stories with characters that make you go “awww.” She lives in New Hampshire with her family and furbaby, Snickers the Poodle.

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Genre – Dystopian Fantasy
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Beyond the broken wall, a fire has begun to burn …
Outside the refugee center in Kébec Village, the border wall separating the New Republic from the Nation continues to crumble. On one side, Neve Hall and Micah Ward are Sans Murs operatives, documenting cases of the Nation’s human rights violations as escapees arrive. On the other, Isla Pryce has begun a ruthless mission to purge the Nation of Sufferers who, like Micah, have been unfaithful to their vows.
Then she arrives: Blythe Thatcher, a mysterious young woman on the run from Isla’s vicious Inquisition Board. In Blythe, Neve sees a way to help Sans Murs further its cause—and rid the Nation of its callous Suffering system once and for all. But when the Nation uncovers their plan, the struggle that started as a flicker quickly turns to fire, and only Neve and Micah can extinguish the flame.

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Sky to Sea (Crimson Sash Book 2) By Amanda Marin – Review by Heather Harmon

Sky to Sea (Crimson Sash, #2)Sky to Sea by Amanda Marin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sky to sea: Chrimson Sash book 2 Amanda Marin
“They thought their troubles were over … but they’ve only just begun.”

Wow, Such a great book that pulls you in and makes you fall in love with the wonderful Characters. I feel like readers of any age will love this book. This book is the second in the series sadly I didn’t read the first and now I feel I must read the first book as well. Such a great writing style and character building. Mrs. Marin has an amazing way of bringing you into the story as you read your emotions pour out of you as you read each page. I’m excited to read more from her!

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Sky to Sea (Crimson Sash Book 2) By Amanda Marin – Review by Jonell Collins

Sky to Sea (Crimson Sash, #2)Sky to Sea by Amanda Marin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sky to Sea: Crimson Sash Book 2, by Amanda Marin was a very good read. It was reflective of our society at this time in our country and the different feelings and attitudes about immigration. I enjoy books that reflect on our present society it helps to understand or consider a perspective that you may not have considered before. And it’s just a good story. The relationship between Neve and Micah is fragile and strong at the same time. Their struggle to help each other in the best way that they know how is a wonderful story. This book is a great read all on its own but if you haven’t read the first in this series North to Nara: Crimson Sash Book 1, you should. The background story will double your reading pleasure for this one.

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