The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez – Jenn’s Review


I love Aly’s stuff. I’ll read anything she writes.



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.”


I have come to realize that Aly Martinez is incapable of sunshine, daisies and rainbows… and I love her all the more because of that. The Darkest Sunrise is her best novel to date, and that is saying something when she has given us outstanding series such as Wrecked and Ruined and On the Ropes. Every time I pick up one of her novels, I am certain her writing and storytelling ability cannot get any better.

And every single time I am proved wrong.

Anything I could possibly tell you about The Darkest Sunrise would be considered a spoiler. So, I’m just going to tell you to read it. It is that simple. Just read it. This isn’t going to be just a book for you though, it’s going to be a life altering experience. How Martinez manages to make you laugh while crying, or gasp out loud when you think you’ve got it all figured out when you have no clue, never ceases to amaze me. Her ability to weave a story so complex, so mind-numbingly beautiful, yet so heartbreaking is one of my favorite aspects of her writing.  Martinez brings the emotion to the surface, and shoves it in your face, making it impossible to hide from.

And as sadistic as that makes me, I LOVE IT!

Every one of her books is a non-stop read for me. I can never seem to tear myself away until the last page is read, and The Darkest Sunrise is another in a long line of Aly Martinez home runs. This book is not a standalone. It is part of a duet. You are not going to get a complete story, but it’s not a secret, you know that going in. So, ignore me over here while I stay curled up in the fetal position until I get my hands on book two, The Brightest Sunset.

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