Blog Tour: Fighting Silence (On The Ropes #1) by Aly Martinez - Bianca and Derna's Reviews, Excerpt, and Giveaway
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Fighting Silence reminds me of why I not only read books by this author. I LIVE them.
Forced to grow up fast, Till Page feels like the weight of the world is left on his shoulders. His parents are non-existent, and he is raising his two brothers, Flint and Quarry. One night, at the age of thirteen, Eliza Reynolds enter’s Page life and he is forever changed. His forever darkness finally has a light. They become forever connected due their circumstances. Their connection cannot be simply explained by words. The author simply allows you to feel it. Everything. Best friends that fall in love, except one is fighting for the fantasy, while the other is living in reality.
“I'd never had anything I could call my own, but Eliza Reynolds would always be mine.”
The author brilliantly captures the resiliency of the human spirit in Fighting Silence. While faced with an inevitable future of eventually going deaf, Till finds solace in his Eliza. Eliza is home. She becomes the good in his life. Despite the fact that he works tirelessly to provide for his brothers and himself, Till never complains. He doesn’t concentrate on the difficult hand in life he was dealt. If anything he pushes harder. Works harder. Inside and outside of the ring. The word Fighter takes on a completely different meaning when it comes to Till. Till is up against a lot adversity in all aspects of his life. But his love for his brothers and Eliza never wavers. He loves Eliza with a love so fierce. Till loves with conviction, his entire being. Till desires Eliza. To love is one thing, but to be desired is powerful. This story attests to the truth that love endures, it overcomes. At all times. It pushes. And it pulls. Love simply shatters.
“... he was the only thing I’d ever had that I honestly though I couldn’t live without. Till Page was my soulmate on every level.”
I am vague with the plot of this story for a reason. Fighting Silence is Till and Eliza’s journey...in life and in love. You are to experience their story.There is so much growth and development with the characters. Every single one. You will find yourself easily immersed in the story as its written seamlessly and flows easily. Your heart will break for them. It will ache. Regardless of your situation their story WILL resonate with you.
Don’t go into Fighting Silence thinking it’s your average fighter story. If anything all fighter books should strive to be like Fighting Silence. There is such power in the words throughout the book. OH THE WORDS. The author poured out her heart and soul into this story. I believe if her heart could talk it would be the words of love that came from Till and Eliza. The love is unlike everything you’ve experienced in reading. It’s deep. Consuming Overwhelming. The emotions are raw. This beautiful and compelling story is a must read.
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
Fighting Silence By Aly Martinez is the first book in her new series On The Ropes. Aly has such a way with words, and she is one of my favourite Authors. I love her writing style, and the way her words flow. Her previous books have always been passionate and emotional, and straight from her great, and she has a way of making me become immediately invested in the lives of her characters. Well, Fighting Silence was no different it was everything I expected and more. It was beautiful, raw, touching, moving, and engaging from the start.
Till Page, is a fighter, and you know I love my fighters, but his story is not your typical fighter story. His story is going to pull on your heartstrings. His parents are a waste of time, and only seem to care about themselves, and therefore he takes care of his two brothers. Growing up was not easy, but when he meets Eliza Reynolds at thirteen things seem to become a little brighter. Eliza is the girl who stole his heart; the girl he knew was always his, the love of his life, his forever. The girl who over the years was the one person he could turn too. The girl he could rely on when he has to fight his biggest fight.
“There was nothing in this world that was ever more mine than you”
On the outside, Till has a tough exterior, but Eliza is the girl who sees through it. Eliza has a big heart and will do anything for the boy who stole her heart also at thirteen, and who she too could rely on.
“I’d have been happy to just sit in an empty room for the rest of my life as long as he was sitting beside me”
“He was the only thing I’d ever had that I honestly thought I couldn’t live without. Till page was my sole mate on every level”
Loved Till and Eliza bond, they share such a deep friendship, and I loved the way it develops over the years. I love when friends who share such a connection become more. I got that feeling from the start that when their friendship turns into some more it will be amazing. You could see that Till and Eliza truly belong together. Till’s journey is an emotional one; and not an easy one, and my heart broke for him and Eliza at times.
“I just need you. It doesn’t matter where we are”
“No matter how bad I fuck things up, we make this work. Forever.”
Fighting Silence was one of those books that once I started to read I didn’t want to put down, about family, love, soul mates, hope, trust, dreams, and more. Loved how Aly incorporated some of my favourite characters from her previous books into this one, and love how they all added to the story. The build up to the ending was exciting; Aly had me on the edge of my seat, as I was desperate to know how it was going to end. It was a bittersweet ending as Till fight may be over, but it just began for someone very close to him. So it’s safe to say that the next book in the series Fighting Shadows is going to put me through an emotional roller coaster.
Well done Aly you have done it again. I recommend that you 1-click this one today.
"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 ourplace. 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."