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North to Nara

(Crimson Sash #1)

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Neve Hall has always admired the good works of the civil servants who brought prosperity back to the Nation. She especially respects the Sufferers—empaths who, with the help of technology, anonymously bear others’ troubles for them. But when her assigned empath is abruptly retired, she uncovers certain secrets. Like the identity of her new Sufferer, Micah Ward... and the f ...more
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Published March 20th 2019 by Inkspell Publishing
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Angela
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

“The Suffering helps build compassion and unity among our people…. By transferring pain and sadness into the souls of those with the greatest aptitude for empathy, we ensure the happiness and prosperity of the .”

North to Nara is the first book in the Crimson Sash Series and debut novel by Amanda Marin. It is quite an original YA dystopian romance, with sci-fi elements, fantasy, suspense, action, adventure, and clever world building.
Neve Hall lives in a seemingly Utopian society where civi
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Elle Schroder
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not entirely sure when this story is set, but it appears to be America in some dystopian future.

Neve is a fairly ordinary girl, although she is sweet and compassionate. Through a series of events, she ends up meeting her Sufferer. Every week, citizens like Neve go to the Center of Compassion and transfer their suffering - physical and emotional - to another person, a Sufferer. It's an anonymous exchange, designed to leave the citizen healthier and happier. Most people, including Neve, never
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Tina
I loved this book so much. This was a love story of two people that the Nation says they cannot be in love. I did win a copy of this book from a goodreads giveaways and I would also like to thank the author for signing mine copy. This review is 100% my own opinion about the book. The second book in this series is out, and I will be reading it very soon.
Hélène Louise
DNF at 30 %

(I thank Netgalley and Inkspell Publishing for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review)

I'm sorry for not being able to finish this book, especially as the ideas were good and the writing was thorough.
I really liked the theme of empathy, and the risks to be overwhelmed by it - in a SF way in the book, but which also reflects the real risks in real live.
But sadly after an interesting beginning I lost interest. I wasn't attached to the characters which weren't caricatural, w
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Lisa
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ibbb-year-3
North to Nara (Crimson Sash #1)
By Amanda Marin
Rated 5 stars

This story enthralled me. I couldnt put it down nor stop thinking about it. It has a dystopian setting and forbidden love. A good combination. I seriously read faster and faster just waiting for the ax to fall. Assuming it would but never really knowing. All I want Is these two star crossed lovers to have a happy ending but it’s so impossible. Arg!!! Frustration!!

My thoughts and emotions ran a gambit while reading. Hope, irritation, sca
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Mina
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Marin’s debut novel, North to Nara, is an example of YA dystopian romance at its best. Set in a futuristic, alternate version of the United States, residents of a city that greatly resembles a more picturesque, utopic Washington, DC, pledge loyalty to their country over all else... even at the expense of their own happiness. This pledge threatens to destroy the blossoming romance between Neve, a model teenaged citizen with a promising future, and Micah, a civil servant who has vowed to de ...more
Debi
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Laura Furuta
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1)
By: Amanda Marin
5 out of 5 stars

The story North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin is an amazing book that I loved reading. It takes place in a dystopian world. I found that the author does a wonderful job of describing this world and how those in society live. The story had me feeling like I was right there with the characters, feeling and experiencing what they did. The book had me turning pages and wondering what is going to happen next. My emotio
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Candida Hopper
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Gail Guerrero
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Emma Morreale
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kerry Baker
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
North to Nara by Amanda Marin is the first book in the Crimson Sash series. This is a unique and interesting YA novel that everyone should try.
This story isn’t like one I have read before. The idea of having our emotions taken away to enable us to continue is intriguing if a little scary. The author does a great job of creating this world where everything appears to be perfect and yet hidden away are plenty of dark secrets.
This was a new author for me and I really enjoyed her writing style. It w
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Kaitlynn Taylor
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin

5-stars

North to Nara by Amanda Marin is an incredible read from start to finish! This is the first book in the YA dystopian series titled Crimson Sash, and what a great start to a series it is! Amanda wrote with so much detail that I could easily picture everything playing out in my mind and I was able to easily connect with the main characters, Neve and Micah.

This storyline is captivating, intense, addicting and so riveting. I read it in one si
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Bobbi Wagner
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. This is a young adult story that I feel is in the future. It is creative and well written. I found it to be engaging and fast paced. It is about Neve who lives in a country who demands loyalty above all else in form of a pledge. What will happen when Neve is given a choice of loyalty or love, happiness? The characters are well written characters that you can sympathize with as well as relate too. I highly recommend this book.
Heather Lovelace
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic book! This dystopian work falls into a well-loved genre and somehow manages to treat it a bit differently than its counterparts. The characters are strong, well developed, and relatable. The story has clear direction and I loved the sneak peek at the end. A very enjoyable book that I look forward to seeing developed by its series.
KarnagesMistress
I haven't been this satisfied with a The Scarlet Letter adaptation since Gary Oldman took his shirt off! Amanda Marin does an extraordinary job of weaving the themes of Hawthorne's work into a true re-imaging. Puritan New England, like the Nation, was a rigid society formed with utopian ideals. North to Nara is not simply a re-telling, though. North to Nara feels fresh. You don't just read it and go, o.k., so Hester is Neve, and being a Reverend is being a Sufferer... I found myself revisiting T ...more
Francis
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 an
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Dee/ bookworm
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
#NorthtoNara #NetGalley


publisher synopsis:



Behind the beauty is heartache... unless their love can save them.



Neve Hall has always admired the good works of the civil servants who brought prosperity back to the Nation. She especially respects the Sufferers—empaths who, with the help of technology, anonymously bear others’ troubles for them. But when her assigned empath is abruptly retired, she uncovers certain secrets. Like the identity of her new Sufferer, Micah Ward... and the fact that behind h
...more
Heidi Eich Woodring
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 i
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Heather
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
I read most of “North to Nara” on a plane ride and honestly, I was shocked when the plane began to land because I was so engrossed in this book!

I felt like it was a perfect balance of so many things: romance, sci-fi, dystopian politics, coming of age... The plot was driven entirely by the connection between Neve and Micah, but it never overshadowed the other elements, making every aspect of the novel so compelling. All of the characters are dynamic and multi-dimensional, especially Neve and Mica
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Sheri
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mandy Kim
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 Stars

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

This is the first book I've read by the author and it will not be my last. North to Nara is such an amazing read. As the first book in the Crimson Sash Series it's an amazing introduction to the characters.

Neve, a sieve, falls head first for a Sufferer. Little does she know things are going to change. For the first time ever she's going to break the rules. The quote I choose for Neve is: “You wouldn’t be the same person if you’d been made a
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Barbara
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Crimson Sash series and it does end on a cliff-hanger. A well written story by an Author I have not read before. Neve Hall and Micah Ward's story has suspense, drama, danger, murder, twists, turns, the Nation that is not what it seems, escape, and forbidden romance. I want to read the next book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jonell
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
North to Nara (Crimson Sash #1) by Amanda Marin was a really good book. I think it demonstrates how many of us start out. We think we live in a wonderful world, everything looks perfect, everything seems perfect. Little by little we see the worms in the apple. Neve begins to see the worms in the apple when Micah catches her eye and suddenly nothing is as it seems. This is a great introduction to wonderful series.

Naomi Brist
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at a future that made me really think about the world we live in today. The pacing really picked up in the second half of the book, making it a quick read. I really look forward to future books in this series.
Jennifer (jm_bibliolater)
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya, 2019-reads
North to Nara by Amanda Marin is a classic tale of forbidden love.  Neve and Micah are doomed from the start; their love is forbidden by a society that chooses loyalty / duty to the Nation over love.  Neve and Micah's love for each other is forced to thrive off stolen moments and extreme sacrifices.  Yet, as intense as it may be....there is such an aura of innocence woven throughout their story that you just can't help falling a little in love along with them too.    

I enjoyed this novel.  It is
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F.E. Bradley
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Self sacrifice dystopian

It is well written, but the characters are a little to self sacrificing for my taste. I have trouble buying into the premise of a society so against humane nature.
Alicia (Alicia Reads It)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
4.5 STARS

First can I just say... WOW! What a phenomenal debut novel by Amanda Marin 🙌🏼

I am a big lover of dystopian novels and romance stories and this did a beautiful job of combining the two. This wasn’t your usual dystopian—MC toppling an empire—No, this was a beautiful novel of forbidden love, and the choice to put love above Nation.

The MC’s were wonderfully written. Neve May have been the voice and main MC, but Micah was the true star of this book. A brilliant character, so full of
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E.A.
North to Nara (Crimson Sash, #1) by Amanda Marin was a hooking, original read that, was full of passion, and told the tale of two star crossed lovers and their fight against the odds.

This debut novel was truly something, as a lover of dystopian type books, I always love how each author develops the world and how they see it, if something were to happen to our way of life. This one wasn't as loud, you could say, as some other dystopian books. The world that this is book is set in seems pretty co
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Heather
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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When Amanda was a child, her father traveled frequently for business, always bringing her back a book as a present. Whether she was getting lost in the pages of a tale about far-away knights, girls with supernatural powers, or kindly giants, she was quickly hooked on stories. Nowadays, she writes books of her own.

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