Book Review: Nina The Starry Bride Vol. 1 by Rikachi

Title: Nina The Starry Bride Vol. 1

Author: Rikachi

Series: Nina The Starry Bride #1

Page Count: 176

Publish Date: October 24, 2023

Publisher: Kodansha


Nina had a rough start to life, orphaned and stealing to survive, only to be abducted for her unusual lapis lazuli eyes. But to her surprise, her captor, Prince Azure, ordained that she would live the life of a princess…specifically, that of the recently deceased priestess-princess, Alisha, who had her same eyes. Despite her changing fortune, Nina won’t give up her old life without a fight. Azure might just be the one to finally match her wits, but how much can she trust him? And can she stop the feelings budding in her heart, knowing she must eventually marry another…?

Cover image of Nina The Starry Bride Vol. 1

Nina The Starry Bride Vol. 1

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My Review:

I went into this series blind, not knowing what the story was about, only that many manga readers have been enjoying it. My attention was immediately grabbed from page one.

Getting to see where Nina started and how her friends treated her gave a lot of good background. This also tied in well to the first page.

Watching Nina transition from a beggar to a stand-in princess really added a lot to the story. Especially since it highlights her struggles of adjusting to this new life and ensuring her secret isn’t discovered. It’s clear she thinks she is in over her head – and in a way, she is, but she is also doing the best she can given the situation.

I can only imagine how hard it would be to pretend to be another person, but for her to fulfill the role of Alicia, it would take a lot of effort. Heck, just remembering to respond to that name is an immensely important thing.

More importantly, I like that she doesn’t want to lose who she truly is, and that’s Nina the orphan.

The queen is certainly an interesting character. My initial reaction was to hate her, which also makes me love her. There is something about the villainess vibe that she is exuding that makes me feel this way.

My opinion of Prince Azure also changed as I read it. At first, I thought he was a total ass, but as the book continues, he grew on me. His ability to stand up for Nina at times and show that he cares for Nina showed a lot of growth for him.

Another character I initially didn’t love was Muhulum. He’s your typical bratty rich kid who is spoiled and feels like he can do anything. However, even he proves first impressions aren’t always correct and I loved watching him interact with Nina from there.

It’s clear that Nina is kind-hearted and treats Muhulum well even though he is a brat. After all, if she is to be Alicia, then they are technically siblings and she needs to treat him as such.

The pacing of this story is well done throughout, and it kept my attention solidly from start to finish. As with most first volumes, we see the story and characters being set up for upcoming events.

The introduction of a few key players along with snippets of what is to come made this an addictive read. I have some questions that I want answered, especially that one reference to Prince Azure’s childhood, but I am confident that will come in the next few volumes.

The artwork of this manga is wonderful. There is a richness in the palace scenes, whereas the feeling changes when you see where Nina grew up.

I can see this becoming one of my favorite series if the rest of the books hold up to what Volume 1 has given us.

I cannot wait to continue with this series. It will certainly have a high-priority spot on my TBR.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Nina The Starry Bride Vol. 1. Have you read this manga?


  1. The premise of the story sounds interesting. I’m sure it’s a good read. And I like the cover as well. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Author

      I love the cover as well. The story was great and very addicting.

  2. I’m glad that you loved this one! I enjoyed reading your review of it.

    1. Author

      Thank you. It was a fantastic book and I can’t wait to continue through the series.

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