Friday, February 27, 2015

BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW: FIGHTING SILENCE BY ALY MARTINEZ

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Meet Till & Eliza in Aly Martinez’s newest fighter series!
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SHELLY'S 5 STAR REVIEW:



You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Get ready to read a story that will tug at your heart strings.  Follow two teenagers that come from broken homes as they discover each other and forge a friendship to help them survive.  Every night they meet in an abandoned apartment and escape the reality of their lives for a few short hours.  As they grow older the responsibilities in life take over but they never give up on their fantasy.  

Till has the responsibility of looking after his two younger brothers because his parents are never around.  He works two jobs, trains at the gym in an after school program and watches over his brothers.  He has to grow up way before his time.  Eliza is his fantasy.  

Eliza has grown up not knowing the love of her parents.  She escapes in her art.  The day Till crawls through the window of the abandoned apartment her life changes.  

"It was more than a friendship, but there wasn't romance or sex. There was definitely love though. Immeasurable amounts of it. I knew Till had this grand fantasy about me. But what he didn't realize was all that he gave me in return. He was the only thing I'd ever had that I honestly thought I couldn't live without.

This story is raw and realistic.  You will become invested in Till, Eliza, and all of the secondary characters.  Ms. Martinez does a phenomenal job or writing a realistic story of two people who come from broken, poor background and have to struggle to make it in life.  They struggle working many hours a week, living in a run down apartment and trying to afford to put groceries on the table.  Family and friendship pay an great role in getting through the tough times.  Till and Eliza have their tough times and your heart will break right along with them as they try to work it out.  The twists in this book are thrown in at the perfect timing, you won’t see them coming.  

You will feel every emotion while reading this story.  Be prepared to cry, laugh and have some OMG moments.  Ms. Martinez will invest you in every character that she writes about in Fighting Silence.  It was told from Eliza and Till’s POV.  It does not end in a cliffhanger but I am crossing my fingers that the next book will be about Flint.  This is one of the few 5 star reads that I have had this year.  You won’t be disappointed in this book.  I will definitely be moving the other  Aly Martinez books I have on my TBR list to the top.  



FIGHTING SILENCE
"That wasn't yours to take away," he exploded into the otherwise silent night. His words echoed off the surrounding buildings, each wave slicing me to the quick all over again. "That was our place. Not yours." His voice cracked right alongside my heart.
"Yeah, well, there was a lot of stuff that wasn't yours to take either." I held his gaze, desperately trying to be strong, but as his eyes grew wide, I whimpered.
His long legs strode forward, stopping only inches away from me. He was crowding me, but he still leaned in closer to my face. "There is nothing in this world that was ever more mine than you," he stated. Though it was the absolute truth, I wished with all my heart that it were a lie.
"Till," I cried, swiping the tears from my eyes.
"Why!" he shouted, causing his muscles to tense under the force. "Goddamn it! I needed that place."
Porch lights flashed on from the surrounding apartments, illuminating not only the dark but also my rage.
I shoved my hands into his chest. "What about what I needed? You left! I waited in that fucking apartment for weeks."
He didn't budge, but my bare feet slipped, sending me toward the ground. Impossibly fast, Till's hand snaked out and caught my arm. I didn't let his chivalrous gesture douse my fire. I had six months’ worth of words to say to the man I was irrevocably in love with.
"You took what you wanted. Then you left me."
"Doodle," he whispered.
I had been perilously close to the edge of insanity, and with one single word, he’d pushed me over.
I lost it completely.
Pounding my fists against his chest, I screamed at the top of my lungs, "It's Eliza! My name is fucking Eliza! Not Doodle!" I spun to march away, but Till's arms folded around me, lifting me off my feet to restrain me.
I was miniscule compared to him. There was no use in fighting, but I still kicked my legs, irrationally desperate to get away from him—but only because I knew I couldn't keep him for forever.
"Stop it!" he growled into my ear. "I know your Goddamn name—probably better than I know my own."
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Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?
I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine.  I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.
You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.
They both happened anyway.
Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.
Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.
I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.

About the Author:
Aly Martinez
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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.




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