*** I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for my HONEST opinion. This is only MY opinion and does not reflect any of the Author’s other work***
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?
REVIEW: This was an okay read for me. It started off a little slow and I could see immediately where it was going. I was intrigued with Raven/Aubrey and what made her so withdrawn. I felt like she was being extremely childish and needed to grow a set but then I had to put myself in the mindset of a teenager to get through the rest of the book. Once I came to terms with that I was able to complete the book. I didn’t like how quickly Raven/Aubrey was able to jump back and forth between identities, years of therapy didn’t help but 15 mins of roommate chatter does? I didn’t get that but some people relate better to their peers so I let that go as well. Once we got to the part about why Aubrey/Raven was so withdrawn and anti-social I completely understood her damage but again, if that was the case it made her quick “switch” from Raven to Aubrey all the more confusing. A lot of Aubrey/Raven’s story was glossed over. The author did hit the “main points” but you couldn’t really “feel” Aubrey’s pain until too late in the book.
What I did LOVE and wish there was more of was Quinn’s struggle. Once her “issue” was revealed I was truly engrossed in the book. It was predictable what was going to happen to Quinn but her struggle seemed a little more “realistic” and rounded out this emotionally unstable group of friends. I also feel like more people could relate to Quinn’s struggle vs. Aubrey’s. Kaeleb was awesome. I liked him a lot. Not much more I can say about this book except I would probably market it to late teens..mid twenty-somethings. Even though this book dealt with mature issues, I think the relatability, for me, was off as a 30 something mother of two. So a whopping 3.5 stars for this one. A great gift for a High School senior or Freshman in college!
Author Bio: 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.