Monday, October 26, 2015

The Fall Up by Aly Martinez: Book Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


I wanted to jump.

He made me fall.

As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight.

Until he found me.

Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.

But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.

Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?

Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up.

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“You’re overdoing it, Lev. I know this job isn’t exactly nine-to-five, but it’s not twenty-four-seven, either. You have to stop being Levee Williams all the time and just be you.”

“I know,” I responded.

I didn’t though. I felt like a robot parading around in a lost woman’s body.




Toss in the occasional song.


What little time I did manage to carve out for myself was spent at various children’s hospitals across the country.




Watch a child die.


With every day that passed, the smile became less and less genuine, the pose more and more forced, and the turn took me further and further away from who I really was.

My career was soaring while, personally, I was plummeting. Every single day felt like a terrifying free fall in no particular direction. I was stuck in the middle with no way up—or down.

“You remember that girl, right?” Henry asked, tucking a hair behind my ear.

I nodded.

I did remember her. She was fun and carefree. She loved going out and dancing at nightclubs until the very last song played. She slept until noon if she could. Then, fueled by coffee alone, she’d spend the day with a guitar strapped around her neck and a notepad at her side. She had a huge heart, but she knew her limitations.Oh, I remembered that girl. I just couldn’t figure out how to get back to her.

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 have been called, and often refer to myself as, an angst junkie, a glutton for punishment, even a bit of a masochist as the books that make me cry the hardest are often the ones I love the most. Aly Martinez is a master of emotion. There is not a single story with her name on it that I have read and not had a full blown, all out case of the feels. When a book can make me feel so intensely it is automatically added to my list of favorites. The Fall Up? More than any of Aly Martinez's books yet, The Fall Up delivers more than those sad, squishy, tingly feels that make your eyes leak and heart ache. This book will make you smile, grin, and smirk, it will make you giggle, laugh, and even cackle. The Fall Up provides the full spectrum of feels like no other with an intriguing and intoxicating story and adorably charming and engrossing characters to match.

Aly Martinez's wit and impeccable storytelling never cease to amaze me. A book that starts with two people contemplating ending it all, The Fall Up is unusually and surprisingly humorous bringing endless joy throughout what was sure to be a heartbreaking and difficult story while the two would-be jumpers held me captive with their banter, their secrets, and their hearts.

So two people meet at the top of a bridge and unexpectedly fall for one another automatically healing each other and making everything better. That's what The Fall Up is about right? Wrong. The two main characters fall in love but give one a much needed sense of solace, stability, and love and the other the encouragement and motivation to seek help. Now that's more like it. True to Aly Martinez's style this book is very real and relatable, even considering one character is a pop superstar, and maybe even more so considering the pop star is the one who truly needs the help and seeks it out no matter how hard it seems to do or what will come of the information getting out, in order to end up in a place where the two of them can enter into a happy, healthy relationship and not hide behind the fleeting mask of new love. Sure Sam and Levee help to heal one another, sure they make each other feel all the things they had been searching for and thought that they would never find, sure they aid in the process of getting better, feeling better and doing better, but The Fall Up also shows that seeking the right kind of help, professional or otherwise, is not a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with getting yourself better and people will not think badly of you if you admit that there is a problem, or worse yet you contemplate ending things, in order to get help before it is too late and to put yourself in a position where love and happiness is welcome and can be sustained.

The hilarious repartee between characters, the laugh out loud funny moments, and the sweet love story turn what could be a daunting book riddled with heavy pasts, thoughts, and conversations into a perfectly balanced powerful and passionate romance with just the right amount of depth and connection. Sam's pet name for Levee could quite possibly be the most unique, fitting, and adorably sweet nickname I have come across in a long time which is saying a lot considering Aly Martinez's characters always come up with the cutest, perfectly endearing names for one another and Sam's pictures are an adorable and delightful element that make the story distinctly heartwarming and stirring.

While still emotional and quite moving, The Fall Up is arguably Aly Martinez's funniest book yet in which the beer and chicken jokes never get old nor do the couple's amazing sense of humor, wit, and magnetism. A book that is sure to disappoint you, but only because you are left wanting more Sam and Levee.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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