Saturday, 20 September 2014

***Review - Another New Life by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle - 3.5 Stars***

Another New Life by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

3.5 Not done yet stars
Blurb - Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Talented, smart and beautiful on the outside and insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life. 

When her talent wins her a piano performance scholarship to the University of Texas, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong. 

An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life. 

Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids. 

The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it's only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too. 

Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?

Another New Life is the first book I have read by this author, I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so here goes....

Miranda, I liked her character but I found her very elusive, even by the end I honestly didn’t feel like I knew her very well. As a reader I like to really engage with a character and I felt like we only got the tip of the iceberg with Miranda.

Ok so when Miranda and Darcy first meet Becca and Brooke they ask her if her hair is real. Why??? We never get a physical description of Miranda I have no visual image of what she looks like.

I loved the weird connection between Troy and Miranda; they had a combination between childhood bond and sexual tension. I liked them as a couple and I liked how Troy just bulldozed Miranda and her fears about them.

Miranda has a lot of issues, the author gradually revealed bit by bit the issues that haunt Miranda and I liked the flashback elements.

The scenes of Scott and Miranda were so uncomfortable, but they were supposed to be. This was a horrible, delicate subject handled in a wordy but disconnected way. The flashbacks added to the story without making me want to stop reading.

At times I really disliked Troy I found myself really angry with him, I can explain his behaviour but I just didn’t understand it. But I also thought he was adorable to, he seemed much younger than Miranda but I liked him and engaged with him.

At the start of this book Miranda seemed very young and unhappy but she really grew and matured throughout the story.

I love Darcy she needs to find love and I think Ryan would be soooo perfect for her, I’m not sure if Sydney Aaliyah Michelle plans to make this a series but I would definitely read Darcy’s story.

I enjoyed this book but it doesn’t feel finished yet, I either needed an epilogue or a second book.

This is an uncomfortable story but I enjoyed Miranda and Troy’s story it gets 3.5 stars from me.



Thanks so much for the review. I am seriously thinking about a story for Darcy. I love her, too.