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Blog Tour and Review: Fighting Silence by Aly Martienz

Meet Till & Eliza in Aly Martinez’s newest fighter series!

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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.

Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.


My Review

Fighting Silence follows the story of Till and Eliza. Till has always been a fighter and had to grow up way too fast. His parents did care about him and he was barley able to keep his little brothers out of foster care. He’s always taken what life has given him and tried to make the very best out of it. The one saving grace he had in life was Eliza. The two of them meet one fateful night and that starts the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 

Eliza fell in love with Till the moment that she met him. For years, she pretended that it was ok to just be friends. It hurt her that he didn’t acknowledge her at school, but Till thought he was doing the right thing by not drawling attention to her. As time goes on, it seems as though the two of them are headed in different directions. Eliza is working hard to finish school and Till is barley making the grade. Till is in love with Eliza, but doesn’t want to jeopardize what they have. Until one night he decides that he will give into the fantasy life that he’s always wanted. Who knew that the fantasy had the power to change everything?

Six months later, Till and Eliza are reunited. Just when Eliza had mended her broken heart and was finally moving on, Till is back in the picture. Till still feels as though he is unworthy of Eliza and that he can only offer her friendship. He’s still struggling with all the curve balls that life has handed him. He’s trying to work and take care of his brothers. He just doesn’t want to struggle anymore. Will Till finally open his eyes to the reality that’s been in front of him this entire time? 

Fighting Silence is a beautiful story. It is a story of romance, strength, the fight to handle what life throws at you. It’s about family, not giving up and the joys in life that no money could ever bring. Fighting Silence is frustrating and will have you screaming and tempted to throw your kindle. The characters are real, and complex. Their struggles difficult and dreams of something better. 

I loved Eliza. She was strong, and determined. She supported Till no matter what.  Even when things were at their worst, Eliza was always there for Till. She gave Till the family that they both dreamed about and made him see that he was worthy of good things. If only he could open his eyes.

Till……He had so much thrown at him. He had so many responsibilities at such a young age and just made the best out of every situation. He didn’t throw in the towel, when many would have. My heart broke for him as his medical condition took a turn for the worse. His emotions and frustrations, so real. He had such a big heart and fought for what he wanted in life.

Overall, I really enjoyed Fighting Silence. I found the story to be captivating. I loved the characters, especially Till’s brothers. I really hope we’ll see more of them in the future. There were also some cameos from a few familiar faces. Fighting Silence is the first book in a new series by Aly Martinez and I’m can’t wait to see where the story will take us next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*


 Excerpt 

“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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