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?
****NA Contemporary Romance****
****WARNING – Due to the graphic nature of some scenes, this book is not recommended for those who are particularly sensitive to the death of a child and/or suicide and is intended for mature audiences only. Contains adult language and themes.****
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That’s what I’ve been doing for the last half an hour or so.
Type. Delete… Repeat.
I want to come up with something witty. An opening worthy of The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller. The honest to God truth is that this book is good. It’s more than good. It’s great, superb, fantastic… Shall I go on? L.B. Simmons didn’t just write a story, oh no, she taught important life lessons. The meaning and message behind this book completely blew me away…
1. Never judge a book by its cover.
How many of us are guilty of this? We like pretty, shiny…new. Same goes for people. Aubrey Miller, or Raven, has used her looks to push people away. No one wants to get close to the extremely pale girl with extreme facial piercings and crazy colored hair. She does it purposely. Somewhere along the way Aubrey started to believe that she was linked to death. Yes, as in the grim reaper. She thinks that those who get close to her are in danger of kicking the bucket. I have to admit that the girl has a point. She lost her entire family, a couple animals… So she’s decided to make herself unapproachable, to hide behind caked on black eye make-up, metal and hair dye. And her snarky sarcastic attitude – while it was intended to keep people out, it made me love her even more.
If they don’t get close, they can’t get hurt.
On the other side of the spectrum is Quinn, Aubrey’s new college roommate. She always appears to be happy, bubbly and full of life. She’s obsessed with the color pink… You know the type. She’s everything Aubrey is not. But she’s also hiding a world of hurt.
Don’t judge a book, or person, by its cover… there’s more than you realize lying just beneath it.
2. There’s more than one way to live… And more than one way to die.
You can either choose to live your life in fear or embrace each day, and every person in it, with open arms.
It’s so easy to fall victim to fear. Obviously Aubrey is afraid to get close to people so she does her absolute best to push them away – using any means possible. Living your life without love, friendship, companionship… That’s not living it is simply existing. Giving up on life is much different than fighting to live and losing the battle.
3. You are enough.
You don’t need to be the smartest person to grace the face of the earth, fit into size zero jeans or cure cancer. You just need to be… you. You. Are. Enough. Just the way you are.
Let yourself shine. :)
4. Talking it out helps.
During her first semester of college (the story spans all four years) Aubrey finds herself in an Elements of Trust course. Ironic, I know. She has the coolest professor – Palmer. He eventually helps her work through a lot of her fears. His ability to delve into her issues and gently help her pick them apart was simply perfect. Everyone needs a Palmer.
5. Let love in – it helps heal and in some cases, resurrects what you once thought dead.
Kaeleb, Kaeleb, Kaeleb. How do I get my hands on a guy like him? This guy… My favorite part is that he too is broken.
When he finds himself face to face with Aubrey, or at that time Raven, he must have had one of those WTF moments. Here he is looking at an emo-death-to-the-world version of the little girl he was once best friends with. Still, through all the make-up, metal and dye he sees Aubrey. He loves Aubrey. *sigh*
Yeah, totally swoon worthy.
Gah… I could go on and on. Aubrey Miller was a broken, dull version of herself before she stepped onto the Titan campus. With the help of Kaeleb, Quinn, Linda, and Palmer she learns to let herself shine. She learns to let go. She learns to accept her past and look forward to her future. She learns to LIVE.
On a side note… Linda, Aubrey’s legal guardian, is AH-MAZING. Her love for Aubrey is so fierce. She never, ever gives up on her. It’s intensely beautiful and she’s by far one of my absolute favorite characters. It’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with her. Kaeleb, too. Okay, and Quinn. Ugh… Palmer as well. Truth? I loved them all; each and every character.
L.B. Simmons never disappoints. Her writing is impeccable, her characters pop off the page, and she’s never afraid to take on the tough stuff. This book alone covers a wide variety of touchy subject matter. If you have a hard time with dark content and death, this may not be the book for you. If you can handle it, this book will knock your socks off.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.