Finding North (Compass #1) by Allyson Gottlieb

Sometimes you have to lose everything to find what you’ve really been looking for.cover

Katherine Zova spends her days patching up soldiers in the Alliance’s army while praying for time to heal the wounds on her own broken heart. Crushing loss numbs her waking hours and nightmares threaten her sanity when she closes her eyes. All she wants is to be free, but instead she’s forced to trade one cage for another.

Reynan Caverly wears his uniform only out of loyalty to his father, who in his quest to build a new America has little time to spend with his only son. Indifferent to his sensational Las Vegas lifestyle, all he wants is to feel a connection with someone. A seemingly impossible request–until the day he finds a girl with haunting eyes in a group of captured Alliance soldiers.

Some wounds cut too deep to deal with alone. Sometimes only love can heal. But in a country torn apart by civil war, nothing comes without a price. And for Kat and Reynan, falling in love may cost more than they’re willing to pay. –

This is a beautiful cover, very eye-catching.  If I were browsing through a bookstore, I would check out this novel based on the cover alone.

Overall, I enjoyed parts of Finding North – the writing flowed well and the concept was intriguing.  I sympathized with Reynan in his struggle to gain his father’s approval while also being true to himself.  Reynan had the patience of a saint, because he seemed to spend a good amount of time rescuing Kat, as her questionable decision-making got her into some dangerous predicaments.  The end of this book will leave the reader anxious for the next in the series.

A plaque is mentioned and I would have liked to know more about what was going on in this world, how it had degraded to this point, and why the Alliance and Reynan’s father’s army were fighting.  Kat disappointed me in some areas – she’d been ‘captured’ by Reynan and enjoying her new life for several weeks before she asked about the friends who were captured with her and thrown into prison.

I was hoping for more of a dystopian feel in Finding North, that’s just my personal preference, but I’d have to classify this book as closer to NA romance, something I usually don’t read, so I’d recommend this book to fans of that genre.

This review is based on a digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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