Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Hope For Her by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Hope for Her By Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Release Date: October 1, 2014

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No one ever expected much from him.

Joshua Elijah Griffin, IV is on his last chance. A stint in rehab and a transfer to a new school has scared him into putting his life on track. He’s determined to live up to his family’s expectations, but on the first day of class, Josh meets a girl, and he knows his father won’t approve, but in Carrington, he sees a kindred spirit. He's willing to give up everything to be with her.

No one ever thought she was special.

Carrington Olivia Butler is ready to shine. Always in the shadows of her siblings, she goes away to college to break out of her shell. All Carrington wants is to feel special. Josh's attention is exactly what she craves, but their intense and sometimes volatile relationship is more than what she bargained for.

Josh’s demons return, and Carrington’s feelings fade, but both aren’t ready to give up hope. They give their love one last shot to survive, but hope, may not be enough.

**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

~~I was given this in exchange for an honest review~~

Josh is a recovering addict. He wants to do well, he wants to make is dad proud of him. Josh is getting a second chance at life, a second chance at making his dad proud, and a second chance at school. When he sees Carrington sitting across the quad at FSU, he has to know her. When he finally gets the nerve to talk to her, he feels like she is the best drug he has ever taken. He can't get enough of her. 
Carrington is from Dallas, TX and wants to get away from her parents. She sees Josh looking at her from across the quad, and something about him keeps her look at him. He is mysterious, she feels drawn to him. When they get together, it is awesome. She knows something is wrong, but she can't help being with him. 
Can their love for each other keep Josh from returning to the life he led before FSU? Or will the stress of family send him down a terrible spiral? 

I just don't quite know where to begin with this review. This book hits home for me on a level that is scary. When you are an addict of something, you only know two things, the way that you feel when you are high, and the way that you feel when you are not. When you are a recovering addict, you try your hardest to stay clean and sober, but sometimes, things just don't go your way. Life (for those people) gets too difficult and they think the only solution is to get high. Josh feels great when he is with Carrington. She is like the best drug he has ever taken. She is his high. Sometimes that is enough, other times, it is too much. I have read books that have dealt with addiction before. Some authors send the character to rehab, they come out and everything is fine with them. They feel great, and they have no relapses. That isn't real life. Sydney writes Josh as a normal addict. The addict that thinks he has it under control, but deep down he knows he is going to destroy every that is good in his life. He just can't realize it until it is too late. Granted, some addicts do recover and they are fine. But there are those, more times that not, that do not get better, they get better for a short time. Then something snaps, they return to what they know. Sydney doesn't sugar coat anything in this book, and I commend her for it. She shows what an addict goes through. 

A good friend of mine is an addict. He keeps getting clean, then something happens and it is back to the familiar. He knows the people, the places, and can get what ever he wants. I have seen him spiral down, seen him sober, and seen him stoned off his ass. It doesn't stop him even though it kills the ones that love him to see him do this to himself. 

Sydney takes a super difficult subject and writes is beautifully. She doesn't gloss it over. She doesn't sugar coat it, and she certainly doesn't make it glamours. She tells it like it is, the messy, the gross, the smelly, and the heartbreak it causes those that are close. I was honored to read this book. It made me cry, it made me smile, it made me laugh (at the right times). You need to read this book. This is the best book that I have read by her!

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Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.
After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
Sydney has been blogging at for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.
Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available May 2014.
An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is now awake.
She can recite the entire script for the 80’s teen comedy/drama “The Breakfast Club” and loves any and everything associated with the Avengers Movie, especially Tony Stark.When it come to books, Sydney reads different genres, but some of her favorite writers are Stephen King, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Cora Carmack & Emily Bronte. Under the Dome, The Great Gatsby & Wuthering Heights are her favorite books.


  1. I love, love, love your review. Thank you so much. This book is super special to me and I am so grateful for your support. :-)

  2. I loved this book! I can't wait until you release more!!


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