Book Reviews, Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, YA

North to Nara – Amanda Marin

“We’re the sand inside the oyster-something that’s not supposed to be there but that’s become beautiful just the same.”

North to nara by amanda marin

📖”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 anonymously bear others’ troubles for them. But when Neves’ assigned empath is abruptly retired, she uncovers certain secrets. Like the identity of her new sufferer, Micah Ward… and the fact that behind his kind smile is a life filled with loneliness and pain. In a world where only a few are allowed the luxury to love, Neve must choose between loyalty to the Nation, or loyalty to her heart.”📖


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

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 all else, even loyalty to a 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 emotions and compassion. You can’t help but fall in love with him! And Neve is brave, kind and so full of heart.

As for the story—it was a great story! It started off at a slower pace for the first few chapters (even slow the story was captivating), and then the story went from 0-60 and I could not put the book down! I always know I’ve found a great story when I stay up a few hours past bedtime to read the whole book! 🙈😂

The only problem I had with the book was the info dumping at the beginning of some of the chapters. I usually like it more when an author “shows” instead of “tells”. This is the only reason I bumped it down 1/2 a star. Otherwise, it is such a wonderful story, and I’m going to have a hard time waiting for the rest of the series to come out!

I voluntarily received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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