Monday, February 23, 2015

Fighting Silence (On the Ropes #1) by Aly Martinez: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


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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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 Chicago, 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. 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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Review by Michelle:

I knew when I read the blurb for Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez and couldn't stop myself from tearing up that I would be in for quite the cry fest when I finally got the chance to read it. Armed with this knowledge, I still was not prepared for the ocean of tears that were shed. Aly Martinez unquestionably knows her way around evocative storytelling, she has never failed to move me with her powerful stories and enchanting characters, but Fighting Silence went above and beyond, it touched my heart and spoke straight to my soul.

Oh the feels and all the tears brought about by this book! The emotions in Fighting Silence are incredibly potent and simply breathtaking. I can honestly say that I lost count of the number of times that I found myself misty eyed, but I think it is safe to say it was far more than my fair share. The beauty in this is that these weren't just tears of pain and sorrow, but there were just as many happy, sweet and touching tears as well. From beginning to end this story had me alternating between heart palpitations and heart ache so often and so quickly I was left reeling yet completely and utterly fulfilled.

As with every Aly Martinez book, every single character will tug at your heart. I am in love with the entire Page family, with each member claiming a little piece of my heart. Till is proud and determined and absolutely magnetic. He holds the power to melt my heart with a single word or the tiniest, most thoughtful act, while the reverence and devotion to Eliza we experience from his perspective is totally awe-inspiring. His nickname for Eliza is simply adorable and on the very short list of world's greatest nicknames, Doodle could very well be a contender for the top spot. Leave it to Till Page, admirer of freckles and twice baked potato aficionado, to immediately begin calling her something so original, so genuine, and so personal and intimate as opposed to the good old standby names like Babe, Sweetheart, or even Gorgeous. As for Eliza, I want to be her when I grow up. She is exactly the kind of heroine I would aspire to be; strong, confident, worthy, steadfast, kind, and forgiving. Together Eliza and Till are truly an amazing, unforgettable couple whose unbreakable bond is one of the strongest and most resonant I have experienced in quite some time. Don't even get me started on the Page boys, Flint and Quarry, Till's brothers. Quarry is precocious and hilarious while Flint is such a sweet, honorable, selfless soul.

I loved every single word of this story. From Till and Eliza's childhood interactions and first tentative, uneasy friendship to Till's surprising motivation for keeping his distance at school. From the constantly simmering desire between them to their final declaration of love years down the line. And finally the way in which these two stuck together to overcome their hardships and their unshakable bond through thick and thin. While Till's relationship with the other characters, his brothers and even Slate, was fun, heartwarming, and admirable.

Eliza refers to her and Till's burgeoning relationship as Till continually making things hard for her, then making them better, and sometimes finally giving her the best. That is exactly what I think Aly Martinez has done for us with this story. Harder: the gut-wrenching story of two people who have nothing but each other, who must struggle each day and come to terms with a debilitating, inevitable condition that will irrevocably change things. Better: the uplifting and truly moving support they lend each other unconditionally despite the obstacle. Best: the true love that blooms within the gloom of their everyday lives, their pain, and their struggle, and the moments of sheer joy both in spite of, and because of, these impediments and dejection.

Fighting Silence is the kind of book that you will want to read over and over again, one that will stay with you long after you've finished. A sometimes heartbreaking, tear-filled story that will inspire you to rise above no matter what stands in your way.

Rating: 5+ Tearful Stars

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