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- Publication Date: March 27, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S470A9W
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Anissa's Redemption: A Young Woman's Saga from War in Syria to Love in NY Continues (The Syrian Virgin Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Many times when a book I really love ends with a cliffhanger, I find myself hanging onto those last few words and images in hopes that the sequel will be written soon after so that I won’t forget all of its excitement and the feelings the writer has evoked. I worry, too, that with all the anticipation and expectation leading up to the sequel, in the end, it will fall short and leave me disappointed with the series.
This was DEFINITELY not the case with Zack Love’s sequel to “The Syrian Virgin” called “Anissa’s Redemption.” In fact, it was so much better than I ever imagined it would be and it did NOT disappoint!
In “Anissa’s Redemption”, I loved how (seemingly) effortless it was for Zack to pick up where he ended in “The Syrian Virgin” and how from the very beginning, the plot and all his characters continued to evolve and develop throughout. Zack’s intelligent writing and extensive research also continued to paint an accurate and compelling portrayal of the religious struggles caused by Syrian Civil War. But what I loved most about “Anissa’s Redemption was his brilliant ability to peel away more and more of Anissa, Michael and Julien’s "layers" to reveal their true selves and their darkest secrets before the readers’ eyes and not only make them appear more human, but more endearing as well.
In writing "Anissa’s Redemption", Zack created an exciting and quite an emotional roller coaster ride and with every twist and turn of events, he takes his readers through many surprising developments and defining moments!
Definitely a must read!
There is a very detailed summary of The Syrian Virgin at the beginning of this book, but I would suggest reading Book One to get the full effect of this magnificent story. It will take you deeper into Anissa’s ordeal and make this second book more enjoyable. The subject is still difficult, but you will understand it better.
Zack Love throws us once again into Anissa’s life, where she continues to work towards the completion of her college studies while keeping her involvement with the MCA to help her family in Syria. She finds herself getting closer to Julien as they each struggle to keep their demons at bay, fighting to overcome those nightmares. When Michael returns from Syria, complications and trust issues arise, intensifying the love triangle.
Twists and turns which I definitely didn’t see coming kept me glued to my chair as I read to figure out what was happening. When Julien finally decides to reveal his sordid past to Anissa, that was one very intense moment where I found myself holding my breath. That was one unexpected shocker.
Anissa’s Redemption is beautifully written, with so much passion and emotion. The insight into the current terrors in Syria is done so well, weaving itself into the story so as to avoid being a documentary. Although so much history is put into this book, it is ultimately a love story where characters help each other overcome their fears. It shows how love can help us see the world with different eyes and still be able to see the horrors of the world and work at finding ways to fix them.
Do yourself a favor and pick up this book, and if you haven’t yet, read The Syrian Virgin as well. It is definitely one of my favorites of 2015.
Let the Love Love Fest continue! This author is knowledgeable and concerned with the real-life situation in the Middle East...vastly knowledgeable and greatly concerned. When I first read The Syrian Virgin, which is the first installment in Anissa's story, I was moved to the point of Restless Leg Syndrome. I could not sit down! I learned so much from the astounding writing of an author who had done amazing research. Let's just say that Zack Love knows a little something something about psychology, economics, and politics! He also has a bottomless well of compassion and a fierce determination to shed light in a dark place. I was profoundly changed in both my perception of the events and my willingness to be continually aware of the crisis in the Middle East. A true "Ah Ha Moment" for me was when, while reading that book, I came across a passage that explained my aversion to watching the Syrian Civil War stories on the news. Old dogs, new tricks...so not true. I still haven't "sat down" on that topic. Zack is officially on my list of "7 People I Dream of Joining for Dinner".
So, if you're wondering what I thought of The Syrian Virgin: in a nutshell...I loved it. For a more detailed explanation, see my review of that masterpiece! *You must read The Syrian Virgin" before reading "Anissa's Redemption".*
Anissa's Redemption...brilliant! The story didn't jump forward and the pace didn't suddenly take-off or suffer hiccups that often happen when there is a break within the story...two separate books. While The Syrian Virgin was predominately set in the past, Anissa's Redemption is following Anissa as she is currently navigating life at Columbia University. So, we haven't changed venue. We also have the same cast of characters. The Big Dilemma: Team Michael or Team Julien? Anissa must discover an intrinsic truth about herself. She needs to decide what is her destiny and how does that destiny fit with her actual desires. It is, as promised, a Stunning Sequel!
My thoughts and feelings:
I am completely unsurprised by the strength of my reaction to Anissa's Redemption. Color me Not Surprised. Zack Love has written another marvelously beautiful and complex novel. There are certainly romantic and happy moments in the tale. But, in my mind, the most beautiful moments are those that, once again, cause the reader to go deep into what brings these two individuals to the point in their lives where they have met and are now building a relationship. ( no, I'm not telling) Actually, building more than a relationship...building themselves as strong, self-aware people who are able to connect on an intimate level; whereas, they never had before experienced true intimacy. That awareness was wrought with the horrendous experiences from their individual pasts and the fear and isolation that resulted from their shame. It was quite the journey from heartache to reach heart happiness. Can I just say, my heart broke for both of them? My heart broke and I might have availed myself of some Kleenex... As the victims of unimaginable trauma, they had both somehow attached blame to themselves. This is, sadly, often true. Victims find it easier to find fault with themselves. It is safer to put blame on self rather than finding fault in a person or situation we have previously considered safe...a place or a person that has symbolized love and comfort. Anissa and her lover ( still not telling) truly had a Phoenix-like experience...out of the ashes of despair, they rose! The story felt real. I believed it. I appreciated that both Anissa and her love ( he who shall not be named) walked the steps, rather than skip/jumping to the pinnacle of their story. Their struggles were tangible and believable. This kind of attention to detail caused me to greatly anticipate the outcome.
It was another emotional roller coaster ride with this installment in Anissa's story! There was a wealth of meaningful information, chronicling the continuing violence in the Middle East. This author has done a wonderful job in balancing that information within a fictional story. There were just the right amount of angsty moments and just the right amount of quiet moments. It was Mama Bear, just right.
Here are a couple of my highlighted quotes from Anissa's Redemption:
"It's funny how life happens sometimes. Reality is always so much messier than the neat fantasies of life that we nurture in our minds." Wow! That is SO true!
"I guess you should be paid extra just for the patience involved in that thankless process. It's almost as hard as the job of a dentist trying to perform a root canal on a cat surrounded by moving mice." Very funny analogy! I have to share this with my dentist-friend.
I can't really reveal my Very Most Favorite Passages because that would be a travesty, a crime! Also...THERE ARE TOO MANY AMAZING PASSAGES!!!! You have to read the story to truly appreciate the lyrical quality to the beautiful words Zack Love has used to relay this love story. They are SO lovely! I can tell you that much! Also, the ending? Just beautiful. It might be my own Dream Come True Ending! *sighs*
All kidding aside, when I read both of these books, it was like eating the most amazing meal your mother has prepared. You ask her, "Mom, what did you put in that wonderful bread tonight?" And she says (with a knowing smile), "Ah. I put love in it, sweetheart." I really could tell that writing Anissa's story was a labor of love for you. I will be recommending it to everyone.
Thank you again, Zack Love, for being awesome and for taking the time to write an awesome story.
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