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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Jenni Bishop

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

North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin is a story that I fell in love with the characters. It is a YA dystopian tale and it reminds me along the lines of The End Game and the like. It’s a story about reigning rulerships that live under antiquated laws, where those who don’t abide by them are punished. It is a story of love that is forbidden and torn apart just for being in love. I enjoyed Amanda’s writing and the story flowed easily and my heart ached for the injustice these beautiful characters went through. It is a great start to the series and as a debut book for Amanda. I am now chomping on the bit for the next book.

Neve believed in all the world had to offer but that was before she came face to face with the truth, a truth that is kept from everyone. She never meant to fall in love with the wrong man but that is exactly what happened, and now they have to face the punishment.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Heather Bahm

North to Nara (Crimson Sash, #1)North to Nara by Amanda Marin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin is a dystopian novel. This was a captivating read with the excellent imagery of another world outside of reality. The level of detail with the society, the interactions, the characters and the events that occurred was on par and completely well done. Neve Hall was a fierce character with undeniable attributes that hold true to her beliefs and values; when those are tested, Neve’s life is subject to twist into another direction. Amanda Marin has outdone herself in this initial novel to the series, Crimson Sash, from the development of the story line to the main and supporting characters. The way the emotional waves are written, you can practically feel them dripping from the pages at times. This story held my attention and I looked forward to each new chapter to see where we were heading next. Well written, excellently delivered – a great story!!

Reviewed by @hbahm

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Candida Hopper

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

North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1)
by Amanda Marin

I was hooked on this story as soon as I started reading it. This author did an amazing job bringing me into the story so much so that I felt like I was there along for the adventure. I fell in love with Neve and Micah’s story. I couldn’t help myself but to keep turning pages to find out where their story would lead, I found myself wanting it to work out for them. There is a lot of up and down emotions throughout this book.This was a story that I highly recommend and you won’t want to miss out on. I cannot wait to see what’s in store for us in the next one.

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Sheri Schrader

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

North to Nara by Amanda Marin is the first book in the Crimson Sash series. This is a great start for a new series. Set in a dystopian world the story follows Neve and Micah. The two are not supposed to be forging a relationship but cannot resist one another. I really liked the characters and the relationships between the primary and secondary characters. Between the building of a world, story and characters I did not want to put this story down. I am looking forward to where the series goes and hope to see some of the secondary characters be featured more. There seem to be many interesting stories to come.

Review by @sherimichelle1

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Debi Kircher

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

North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin

5 Stars

Oh My Goodness..I loved this story, I kept trying to slow myself down so that it would not end quite so fast. Neve and Micah’s story was heartbreaking…their crime? Love and holy moly following them and their story was completely addictive. I want more like right now! LOL

This is a dystopian novel and is told in a way that’s a bit different then Im used to. Everything in some parts felt so normal and real then theres the other parts that reminded me there was nothing normal about it.

I’ve only recently started choosing dystopian themed stories and this one went far and beyond my expectations. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and the story was no different. I loved the family aspect of this story (especially Rafe’s part in it) and the friendship between Neve and Tali which I hope is in future books of this series.

Oh I wish I could go on and on about the storyline but I’m not going to, I just can’t wait for the next and to see what lies ahead for these two people.

The writing in this story is absolutely beautiful and the smooth flow will have me watching for anything and everything this author brings us!

LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!!!

Review by @debikircher

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin- Review by Jessica Ranslow

North to Nara (Crimson Sash, #1)North to Nara by Amanda Marin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Jessica Ranslow

Since discovering dystopian themed story lines, I have read several. Although I love the idea of seeing how the author sees a potential future world or society, I don’t always find that the story holds up to my hopes or expectations. Amanda Marin did not disappoint in how she described and painted the literary picture of a society after the “Expulsions”.

Neve Hall admires the work of the civil servants, but she respects and admires the Sufferers the most. These are the servants who are chosen to take on all of the pain, suffering, anxiety, or fears of the others. When Neve’s assigned Sufferer is suddenly retired, Neve unintentionally witnesses the exchange and is bothered by the things she is beginning to see around the Nation. Each person is anonymously assigned a sufferer so when Neve then accidentally learns that her new Sufferer is Micah Ward, the Sufferer who she has seen showing a level of compassion that is unusual even for the empathetic servants, she is torn between admitting that the anonymity has been compromised and wanting to have an opportunity to be close to Micah.

As Neve and Micah grow closer, Neve becomes desperate to change Micah’s inevitable fate, but at what cost? How far with Neve go to protect Micah and fight for love?

This book grabbed me from the beginning and kept the pages turning long after I should have turned out the lights.

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin- Review by Emma Morreale

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

Gotta say, the first thing that drew me to this book is that it sounded a lot like the Giver mixed with a splash of 1984. Second would be that the girl on the cover looks like Mila Kunis.
I have always been extremely empathetic and the fact that in this world, there are empaths to deal with your pain for you is intriguing to say the least. The life of one such empath could ONLY be one of loneliness and pain so for our main character Neve to want to bring love to the life of the man who replaced her former Sufferer really hit me right in my easily activated little tear ducts.
I am so excited that this is the first of a series. I hope it is a long one!
Sidenote- I am hoping for a prequel novella, if not a complete novel. A world like this needs some introduction and I would love to hear more about the Nation beforehand.

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Stefanie Carney

North to Nara (Crimson Sash, #1)North to Nara by Amanda Marin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It would be easy to compare this book to so many great books to come before it. Divergent, Romeo and Juliet and maybe a dash of A Handmaid’s Tale come to mind. This takes the best part of those stories and turns them into a pure beauty of a novel. While this may be a story of doomed young lovers, it is also about how society judges and how it is slow to adapt, something we could learn from in my opinion. This is the first book in the series and I think it did a great job getting me to be invested in the characters and the situation in which they find themselves. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat flipping pages to see what was going to happen next and I can’t wait to do it some more in the next book.

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) By Amanda Marin – Review by Heidi Eich Woodring

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

North to Nara (Crimson Sash 1) By Amanda Marin was unlike anything I have read before. The way the author grabbed me with her words, her world she created, and such amazing characters I was able to get lost so easily in this amazing world. The society of this book really is what helped draw me in, as it is a dystopian world. I loved the heartbreak, I loved the heartwarming, I loved feeling like I was right in the middle of this amazing book.
When Neve is given her empath is quickly retired, she is given Micah. As they grow closer, she knows that behind his smile, there is a story that tells a tale of loneliness and sadness. She knows empaths are not given the life of love and she has to decide does she follow her heart or the love of her nation?

Not many words stay with me, but, Behind the beauty is heartache…unless their love can save them, has become a favorite quote. An amazing five star read that I HIGHLY recommend.

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Gail Guerrero

North to Nara (Crimson Sash, #1)North to Nara by Amanda Marin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin

Four Stars

North of Nora presents a time that I would never like to see. A time where we are under dictatorship. I never want to be put in a position where it could mean life or death. Where my freedom is taken and I am marked as a traitor. Micah is a strong and brave character and I liked him more when he stood up for Neve. The whole story was deep and slightly emotional. You have these teens that just want to live but there are laws and people to fear. The author really makes you think with this story. Not only because of the outcome or the steps taken to get there. But because this could very well be our reality. This could happen to us. The author plays with you for a while and then does the unexpected. Yeah I’m hooked on this story.
Review by @gguerrero89

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