Review: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez (The Darkest Sunrise #1)

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

“It’s like I’m waiting for a sign that it’s okay for me to let go.”
He tipped his head down to catch my gaze and asked, “You seen anything?”
“I see you,” I choked, the tears finally slipping from my eyes.
This. This is Aly Martinez's best work to date. I've read all but one of her series (Wrecked and Ruined), and she's consistently given readers stories that evoke a myriad of emotions. With The Darkest Sunrise, it felt as if she delved deeper than she ever has before, and in the process, she's tapped into love story that's mired in darkness yet has a sliver of light lingering just out of reach for both main characters. It is a very heavy read and it does end in a cliffhanger. However, the conclusion of this The Darkest Sunrise duet, The Brightest Sunset, is due out just two weeks after the release of the series starter, so don't fret about there being too long a wait in between both books.

The synopsis for book one is somewhat cryptic, and there's a major reason for it, one that I won't go into fully except to say that me being the overly active and paranoid conspiracy theorist that I am figured the twist out very early on. Did it matter? No, it did not because I wanted to be there as Charlotte Mills and Porter Reese's story played out and as everything about their pasts unraveled. Neither person's past was simple or easy, and they both bore the deep-seated emotional wounds that still fester. Aly Martinez's writing prods but never pokes at your thoughts and stirs but never agitates emotions. The Darkest Sunrise is one of this year's prime picks. Five-plus stars. ♥

Date Read: 15 July 2017

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