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My Rating: 4 Stars

Genre: Coming of Age/ Romance

Publication Date: 10/10/2017

Length: 302 pages

Currently FREE on Kindle-Unlimited


Synopsis:

From the critically acclaimed and award-winning author, Azin Sametipour, comes a breath-taking story about forbidden love, heartbreak and identity.

Born in California into a Muslim family from Iran, Zoha Farzam thought she had her entire life planned. Graduating from UC Davis in just three years, and attending Stanford Medical School. Even removing her scarf without her parents knowing was a carefully planned rebellion, but she never in her wildest dreams planned Ethan. Ethan Renard was everything she was not, and when he made her question everything she believed in, Zoha found herself being torn between her happiness and her duty. Would she risk everything, her family, her faith, and even her reputation for him?

A moving portrait about the challenges one faces from being in two cultures, or falling in love with someone who is, and the hard decisions one must make to be true to oneself.

Awakened by Love is astonishingly beautiful and frighteningly honest. 
Critics call it captivating, powerful and a novel for everyone. 

The first in a trilogy, Awakened by Truth comes next!


My Review:

Awakened by Love isn’t my typical read, but I am glad I decided to give it a try. I have never read a book that was about Muslims. It was an eye-opener and definitely a culture shock for me! Some of the things I learned surprised me and some totally shocked me.

I can’t comprehend what it would be like to not be able to live my life the way I wanted. I can only imagine how Zoha felt. She was torn between making herself happy and making her family happy. She didn’t want to bring shame upon her family because she does love them, but she also doesn’t want to conform to some of their religious beliefs, such as the scarf. The author did a great job portraying her struggle.

For the most part, I loved Ethan’s character, but I felt like he was too pushy with Zoha and he didn’t respect her religion. I honestly got so upset at some of the things he did, but I guess it does show how people lack the understanding of different cultures & religious beliefs. Maybe he felt like he needed to push her more so she would break out of her shell & finally decide to live her life for herself???

Overall, the book was great! I would recommend this book to my book friends for sure. It’s good to be open to different types of books. I am glad I was because I learned so much. I am looking forward to the 2nd book, Awakened by Truth, to come out! The ending of Awakened by Love was definitely a cliffhanger!

Check out Azin’s GoodReads profile to learn more about her by clicking HERE!

Thank you for taking your time to read my review!

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