Happy Release Day, L.B. Simmons!!
The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller is **NOW LIVE**
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The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. Simmons
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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?
L.B. Simmons sure knows how to deliver a story with an emotional punch. In this case, several punches.
The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller is a well crafted story of a young woman drowning in darkness who manages to find her light. It is haunting, riveting and so emotionally powerful. I'm wrung out. It realistically conveys the suffering caused by depression, and suicide. And if offers hope.
Aubrey Miller was 8 years old when she lost everything. So she buried herself to emerge as a new girl, Raven. Raven carries a tremendous amount of guilt over her losses. She keeps everyone at bay. She hides her true self behind a mask of dyed hair, facial piercings and scary-strange contacts. It's in her first year of college that she allows a few people in and begins to find herself once again.
Aubrey has help along the way. The friends she finds in Quinn, Kaeleb, Palmer, and her guardian, Linda, all aid in the process. It's not pretty and she has some setbacks but Aubrey eventually realizes she has the inner strength to not only face life but live it. And that she's worthy of love.
Kaeleb and Quinn both have their own demons. Fate seemingly brought these three together. They all played roles in healing one another. It was a pleasure to see them learn from one another. And although they all transformed, none was as dramatic as Aubrey's. Seeing Aubrey mend and then blossom was inspiring and beautiful. For her to let go of the past and find her inner light - to realize her potential - was magnificent.
Ms. Simmons always creates a wonderfully gripping story, populated with well developed characters. The format of this one only added to it's power. The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller was so moving. It's left a mark. And Ms. Simmons is a must-read author for me.
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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.
I have been seeing this one pop up quite a bit recently and now I am even more intrigued. Firstly, that title just grabs you. Second, it just sounds so so so good. Gotta check this one out. Awesome review!ReplyDelete
Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives
Thanks, Teresa. I happen to think Ms. Simmons is a very talented writer. And this book - it was incredible!Delete
I've been seeing this everywhere, and everyone seems to love it. I've been meaning to try one of Simmons's books. Thanks for the review, Brandee!ReplyDelete
I think you'd love her writing, Andrea!Delete
This sounds really interesting, Brandee! I've never heard of it before, so I'm definitely checking it out! :)ReplyDelete
It's definitely intense, Franny. But a great read!Delete
A gripping story with developing characters that packs a punch sounds like something I would love.ReplyDelete
Knowing what you like to read, Brandi, I think you'll definitely love this one.Delete
This sounds pretty interesting. Gonna have to add it to my goodreads.ReplyDelete
It's emotionally intense and a great read, Julie. :)Delete
Gosh this sounds to good! The heroine has a lot to offer story-wise. How's the angst factor?ReplyDelete
It's really good, Braine! The angst is low really, despite it being such an emotional roller-coaster. I think you'd like it. :)Delete
Hey Brandee, I can't read your review yet, cause I am supposed to be reviewing it too. But, hmmm I had a release promo from Rock Star too but mine was different to yours. No giveaway and written excerpt. I'm on schedule to do review, but no digital copy yet. I am trying to get the girls to reply to my emails. I'm meant to be reviewing on 30th April. Cutting it fine !! :DReplyDelete
I'm hoping you've gotten your review copy by now...do let me know if not, because I'm happy to lend you my copy. :) And I hope you love it as much as I did. :)Delete
Wow it sounds so dark but so lovely at the same time. happy you enjoyed it so much.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jennifer. It is dark and lovely...truly. :)Delete
What a wonderful review. It sounds like the book really struck a cord for you while reading. It sounds pretty emotional, but I'm glad the good parts were there to balance it out. Thanks so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jaclyn. Yep, it really did. Simmons has a way of doing that for me. :) Thanks for dropping by!Delete
I love stories with an emotional punch, so this sounds like a read I'll enjoy. Glad to hear you loved it! Thanks for sharing the giveaway! :DReplyDelete
You will love this one, Jennifer!Delete
SOLD! And added ;) Great review, Brandee! I'm sure I'll be reading this for myself very soon.ReplyDelete
Jessica @ Rabid Reads
Thanks, Jessica! And I hope you'll love it. It is dark and intense but also beautiful. :)Delete
You totally got me at 'emotional punch', Brandee :) I've added The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller to my Mt. TBR :) You know how it is ;)ReplyDelete
I hope you've had a fantastic weekend, my dear. We have been fighting jet-lag on and off, I, especially am really hungry at weird hours, and the kids had a lot of trouble getting up to go to school today. Hopefully, we'll be fully back on a European schedule very soon :)
Have a great week! *BIG HUGS*
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
keep seeing this one everywhere. Lots of deep and powerful reads lately. Sounds like something I would enjoy, given the right mood.ReplyDelete
Another amazing review Brandee! I am definitely wanting this book so much right now. I always love the books about finding yourself and I think the new NA genre is really bringing together the college experience with a load of emotional angst. Great review as always!ReplyDelete