Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review of The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. Simmons


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?

Leia's Review: 

Sometimes, you are lucky enough to come across a book that is so beautifully heartwarming that you devour it instantaneously. And once you finish it, sitting there with a smile on your face and tears in your eyes, you wish you wouldn't have devoured it quite so quickly. The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller is one such book. It’s one of those books that I wish I could read for the first time all over again. 

The story is told through Aubrey. Surrounded by the death of her loved ones, Aubrey has blamed herself for years. She shrouds herself in darkness to dispel others from getting close to her. The guilt she has over her families deaths controls her. It contorts her mind into believing that she is responsible. That in order to keep everyone else safe – she needs to be removed emotionally and physically from their lives. Under the disguise of dark hair, pale skin, piercings and contacts she becomes Raven. Raven is her “alternate identity”, keeping others safe from her. 

“The simplicity of living astounds me. But it’s the terror of death that devours me.” 

On her first day of college, she encounters her new roommate, Quinn as well as a long lost childhood friend, Kaeleb. Though she doesn't realize it, this moment sets into play a series of events that will change her life forever. 

“Death just is, Aubrey. In Raven, you seek to control something which is not meant, or able, to be controlled. And in doing so, you are harnessing your own life. Forbidding yourself the full experience of it.” 

Throughout her college years, and with the help of Quinn, Kaeleb and Palmer, Raven slowly begins to dwindle and Aubrey Miller comes back to life. Finding new friendship in Quinn and reconnecting with her past in Kaeleb, Aubrey tries to let go of her demons. But as tragedy strikes Aubrey’s life again she beings to lose herself. And this time, no one knows if she will come back. 

This is such a beautiful story. Though there were times I kept asking myself WHY all of these things kept happening to Aubrey, I began to understand why she resorted to hiding herself. It was amazing to watch her grow into the person she was supposed to be. 

Kaeleb was the absolute perfect book boyfriend…. He is supportive, witty, protective and romantic. Their love unfolded word by word in front of you and you couldn't help but to be pulled into it. 

“That’s what I can’t get over. Because in this moment, you are quite literally my dream come true.” 

Though Aubrey’s story is filled with heartache and tears, there were also times that I found myself absolutely giddy with excitement and laughing with complete joy. This book is filled with layer after layer of unfolding promise. Each line reveals a piece of story that folds into the overall beauty of Aubrey’s journey. It is a gorgeous book that I won’t soon be forgetting. 

“There will be heartache. There will be anger. There will be fear. There will be sorrow. But as with all life, there must be balance. Without heartache, there is no understanding of the true meaning of love. Without anger, passion cannot be comprehended. Without fear, there is nothing gained when overcome. And without sorrow, happiness can never be realized.” 

5 Beautifully Balanced Stars

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