February 23, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway --> Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

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.

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I really enjoyed this book more than what I thought I would. I really liked it more after you got past the first 20%. I laughed, I smiled and my heart broke through this book.
I wasn’t a big fan of Eliza at first. I’m really not sure why. I just wasn’t feeling her. But as the book went on I started likening her more. Well I loved her by the ending of the book. I loved that Eliza and Till were friends before they were anything else. I loved we got to know them before they were a couple.
And Till. My heart hurt for him several times through this book. The things that he goes through in this book are heartbreaking. But, then again, there are some amazing things that he goes through. I loved Mr. Till. I loved him from the very first page. I loved that he took care of this brothers. He was their protector. I loved that about him most… I think.
 Oh and I loooved Slate. He went above and beyond in this book. If you loved him in his book, you haven’t seen anything yet. I think I fell in love with him all over again.
I loved how Aly had the right amount of romance, suspense/action in this book. I love books where it’s not just about the love story, but it has a little action. Something where the guy has to save the girl, but I don’t like for the main character (the girl) to be weak. I like for her to  be able to stand up for herself, but still need the guy. And Aly had that in Fighting Silence. So it’s safe to say that I loved this book.
At the end, Flint admits something and I’m not sure how to take it (not saying what, don’t want to give any spoilers). I don’t think I like it. It just seemed a little odd. But I am curious to see what happens next. Hmm…
Overall thoughts…
Aly went above and beyond with this book. I loved it and I think if you have like her other books then you will love this one. I loved Till and Eliza’s story and I’m excited for the next book in the series.

"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."

About the Author

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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