Title: The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller
Author: L.B. Simmons
Genre: New Adult Standalone Romance
Release Date: April 24 2014
For some, it’s simply one of life’s certainties, nothing more. For others, it’s merely a fleeting thought, one often overshadowed by the reckless delusion that they have been blessed with the gift of immortality.
For Aubrey Miller, death is the definition of her very existence. Overcome with the guilt resulting from the loss of her beloved family, she alters her appearance from the once beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed little girl to that of one shrouded in complete darkness, enveloping herself in her own unbreakable fortress of solitude as a form of protection for others.
As she enters her first year of college, her goal is simple: Earn a degree with the least amount of social interaction as possible. What she never anticipates is the formation of very unlikely relationships with two people who will change her life in ways she never believed possible: Quinn Matthews, the boisterous former pageant queen, and Kaeleb McMadden, a childhood friend from her past who never really let her go.
Over the years, as their connections intertwine and grow, a seemingly indestructible bond is formed between the three…
But when death painfully reemerges, Aubrey is lost once again, burying herself deeper than ever before inside the familiar fortification of her fears.
Will the refuge of friendship, the solidarity of life-long bonds, and the power of unconditional love be enough to do the impossible?
Will they be enough to finally bring about…
The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller?
Oh Wow!! LB has done it again. Her writing just gets better and better with each book that she publishes and this one is at once possibly one of the saddest and yet, at the same time, most uplifting books I have ever read. LB deftly combines the most tragic story you’re likely to see in new adult romance with her trademark quirky humour, fantastic character development and a deeply emotional and inspiring voyage of discovery for her heroine, Aubrey. It’s masterfully told, beautifully paced and utterly consuming.
Aubrey Miller is a girl long forgotten and replaced by her alter-ego, Raven. Aubrey has suffered untold tragedy and loss in her young life and has an appallingly bad case of survivor’s guilt - so much so that she’s buried her beautiful eyes and blonde hair beneath a mask of piercings, black hair dye, dodgy contact lenses and heavy make-up. Raven has buried Aubrey and risen from the ashes of that life as a loner and closed-off, reserved young girl – she believes that death follows Aubrey Miller and curses everyone she loves and comes close to so she’s buried her beneath the morose demeanour of Raven, a girl not easy to get close to.
We join Raven as she’s about to start college and is moving in with her new roomie Quinn – a relentlessly cheerful, beautiful pageant queen. Raven is desperate to keep her distance but Quinn is so happy that she’s almost infectious and, along with Kaeleb, her boarding buddy, they slowly begin to draw Aubrey out from under the veil that is Raven.
Aubrey/Raven really did a number on me as her tragic past is slowly revealed to us, the readers. This poor young girl has suffered untold tragic losses, has known far too much tragedy for one so young and she has buckled under the weight of the wreck of her life and completely lost herself. She blames herself for every bad thing that has ever befallen someone she has loved in her life, firmly believing that getting close to someone is tantamount to killing them. She considers herself to be a curse, an anathema to decent society and has set about losing Aubrey Miller and living her life as Raven.
Raven is a disguise – hidden beneath all those piercings, cats eyes contacts and dyed hair and troweled on make-up, Aubrey still remains, albeit deeply buried. Raven’s new friends Quinn and Kaeleb and her guardian Linda can all see this and set out help Raven resurrect Aubrey Miller and breathe new life into this beleaguered soul.
Quinn is such a sweetheart – a beautiful pageant queen with some dark secrets of her own but she’s not going to allow Raven to fester quietly in a corner and drags her kicking and screaming into campus life, determined that she should be able to enjoy the experience to the full.
Princess Fi-Fi, ruler of Unicorn Land where rainbows reign and all things are pink and sparkly.
Along with Kaeleb, Quinn and Raven, slowly bring Aubrey back to life. Kaeleb is a wonderful hero. Rave instantly recognises him as a long lost childhood friend from the days before her life was torn apart and she mistakenly thinks that he doesn’t see through her disguise. He’s sexy, sensitive, caring and really very funny – he also has a journey to take in the book and I enjoyed and fell hard for Kaeleb. LB Simmons really does write THE most delicious heroes and Kaeleb is no exception.
I absolutely adored this book and found myself completely lost in LB Simmons’ powerful storytelling abilities as we follow Aubrey through her rocky path to resurrection. It made me cry and it also made me laugh. There’s plenty for Aubrey, Quinn and Kaeleb to deal with in the pages ahead and it’s a difficult tortuous journey but LB Simmons manages not to get bogged down in the tragedy and lends real quirky humour to the story. As much as this story is tragic and sad, it’s also incredibly uplifting and shows the true meaning of friendship, of healing through love as we see this young girl step forward blinking into the light and finally, once again, embrace all that life has to offer her.
It’s an astounding story, another winner from the author and a Sinfully Sexy Recommended Read.
About L.B. Simmons
L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.
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