Blog Tour: The Darkest Sunrise (Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. 
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience. 
“You’re pregnant.” 
“It’s a boy.” 
“Your son needs a heart transplant.” 
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. 
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun. 
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky. 
“He’s gone.” 
For ten years, the darkness consumed me. 
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”


The Darkest Sunrise really puts you through the wringer! I loved it so so much! I always love Martinez's books, she always writes stories that I cannot put down, and this was no exception. I had been seeing other ARC reviews posting about how this book destroyed them and knew I was in for a treat. I also knew it was part one of two and so I tried to read it as late as possible just so I wouldn't have to wait as long to see what happens next! I can be a bit impatient, especially when the story is so great. I seriously cannot wait to see what happens next!

I absolutely love stories with broken people who learn to live again. Who learn that even though they have been through a lot the world is still turning and they are still alive. It is not easy, not by a longshot, but that is life. I don't know why I love stories like this so much. Maybe because it gives me hope that is heaven forbid something terrible happened in my life, say something happened to my husband, I would hopefully eventually find a way through the darkness. That is what these two characters are doing in this story. They are just barely floating along at the beginning of the story, but maybe somehow they can figure out how to live again. How to not just put on that fake smile so people will stop worrying about you. How to be again.

Charlotte and Porter both are hiding. They are both just pretending to be okay to get through the day. They both have a darkness in them from things that have happened. Not the same thing, but oh these two. When Porter first meets Charlotte he recognizes that in her. He sees her darkness, the same darkness that he lives with. And he meant to use her to help his son but ends up falling for her instead. He gets her like no one else. He might not know her exact circumstances, what happened to her that she stays in the darkness, but he understands it. He is there too. Oh, these two. They seemed destined to fail right from the start, but yet they still try and work something out. When you click with someone even when you are so out of it it is worth it. In the end. Hopefully.

I can't really say much more about this book (without spoiling it) except go grab your copy and read it! And pre-order book two as you are going to want to read that as soon as possible. I loved both Charlotte and Porter. I loved how they are so similar but so different. I loved watching them fall apart and help each other come back together. I loved this story. It ends on a cliffhanger. Things are not yet resolved, but I am hopeful that everything will work out in the next book. I need to see what happens. Another great read from one of my favorite authors.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

About the Author:

 Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.


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