Todays post is yet another book review, this book was kindly sent to me in exchange for a book review for this particular author, within the Blog Book Tour, I will also include the list of the other bloggers who are taking part in this within this blog post, so that you can feel free to go on there posts and browse their takes on the book as well.
I started reading ‘Masks’ a little over a week ago now and I must admit that although I don’t like to be super critical of the books that I read, I feel I have got to be to put my true opinions across to my readers.
Masks is a dark fictional tale, based on true-life events. It narrates the adventures of a young Armenian girl born in Lebanon in the seventies. She dreams of fame and power in Lebanon and the Arab world and shows resilience and motivation beyond her years. The novel delves into the world of the protagonist, Anna, who is surrounded by social, religious, and sexual taboos. She fiercely breaks the chains to enter the world she has strived to reach, in a seemingly conservative society barely emerging from a civil war. She builds her success on her remaining values, challenging her fate and sparing no way means to attain her goals.
As a disappointment to her parents, she walks the challenging paths alone, making her way toward fame and fortune despite lacking the support system to do so. Doors begin to open for her, and she enters the world of Arab celebrities. She is now a public figure in the Middle East, living an immoral married life in a materialistic world surrounded by influential business people and royal family members. She tries, in vain, to fill the void in her soul with sexual adventures and controversy by taking a wide variety of lovers. Her adventures invariably end in misery, doing nothing to awaken her from her numbness. Still, her vivid, out-of-control personality helps her move forward while simultaneously getting her in trouble. In the early stages of her life, she has suffered the unthinkable, being bullied and raped, with the civil war a constant backdrop throughout most of her childhood. The novel delves deep into Anna’s mind as she has flashbacks of the trauma she has suffered, offering the reader a hint of an explanation for her behavior.
In a society in which men dominate women, she is one of the few who realize that fashion, social status, plastic surgeries, and bright smiles are not the answer to happiness. She lives in a world where a girl is only worth as much as her virginity, where women do not dare to ask for a divorce, where the fear of retribution keeps them locked in a cage that is very rarely gilded.
As fame, money, and power slowly eat at her soul, the arrogant Anna falls in love with a total stranger—a young, single bachelor from Canada—after a night of secret passion. That is where the story begins to unravel as she returns home with a scandal in her back pocket, her eyes and ears and heart tuned to this man instead of her husband. Anna realizes that neither her marriage nor her achievements have ever made her happy, so she decides to throw it all away. The lies and deceit that fill the so-called glamorous life she has been leading are floating up to the surface, including her husband’s infidelity and the critical steps she has taken to reach the top.
Marriage, family, career—all destroyed to be united with the stranger. She starts a new battle, this time struggling to change her destiny for someone she barely knows, who lives oceans apart and offers her nothing except his heart.
She risks everything, turning her whole life upside down. Anna realizes that her happiness, inner peace, and love are found worlds away from her own, with someone she would never have expected to be her soul mate. Still, Anna’s sacrifices are not behind her, and the struggle has not yet ended, although she has found what she has needed all her life: redemption and unconditional love.
The stranger enigmatically hints at emotions in Anna that have been hidden for a long time behind the masks of her dark and shallow lifestyle.
The characters in the story are the voices of so many who do not dare to speak up in a world where social and religious standards openly chastise the very actions that behind closed doors have become the ultimate paradigmatic way of life.
The idea behind this book is really good, I especially like the idea of the Woman, Anna on this occasion seeming to try and overcome her past problems that she has had where men have assaulted her by almost toying with the men that she meets along the way by seeming to keep them at arms length until she needs them for whatever reason. Then she faces the wrath of her family on top of all that when she goes against their wishes on more occasions than once.
I must add that whilst the idea behind this book was fantastic as people will read and put their own ideas on the overall plot of the book, sometimes it was difficult to distinguish between past Anna and present Anna, this seemed to make the book very confusing to read at times.
Overall I hope Nataly Restokian really writes another book with just as good a plot behind it, just a little more developed, I look forward to see what else she writes in the future.
If you would like to get your hands on a copy of this book the links are below:
Author: Nataly Restokian
Release Date: 8th March 2018
Page Count: 256
Publisher: Tellwent Talents
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39805939-masks
About Nataly Restokian
I am a grand-daughter of Armenian genocide survivors, born and raised in Lebanon. Eight years ago, I remarried and settled down in Montreal with my loving Canadian husband. I spent the past year gathering data and recollections to undertake the writing of my first novel.
My experience includes nearly two decades of journalism and television as an actress and a live T.V, show host and a radio host in the Lebanese and Arabic society. Eventually, I rose through the ranks, living the unspeakable until I gave it all up for a chance at happiness and true love. Through Anna, the protagonist, I am revealing the taboos and stories that unfold behind closed doors, the hidden traps found within the glamorous circles of fame and fortune.
I experienced the downfalls of the show-business industry, and through Masks, exposing its’ uncensored reality. Today – besides being a housewife, reading and watching movies – I am in the process of writing my second novel.
This blog has been part of the official Masks Blog Book tour! below are the other blogs that are also taking part in this blog book tour, I will include their links so that you can read their thoughts on the book as well because as I said earlier this book can be interpreted in many different ways.
Also if you have already read this book please feel free to put your thoughts in the comments box below and as always share, like and repost on all social media.
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