Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Review: The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller

Title The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller

Author L. B. Simmons

Release Date April 24, 2014

Death.

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?

****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.****
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18780453-the-resurrection-of-aubrey-miller
Review

Wow. This book was fantastic.

I love a book that can make me feel. I laughed out loud. I cried actual tears. I connected with this book in a way that I find rare nowadays. I've seen a few reviews on Goodreads that marked this book as DNF because of the "cheesiness" or the "forced tragedy" (by this I mean the amount of tragedy that Aubrey faces in order to make the reader feel sorry for her), but I can't say I agree. I never once felt that things were cheesy or cheapened. There were no eye-roll moments. It all felt genuine to me.

The writing was wonderful. (I'm actually surprised at the great quality of writing in the books I've read lately.) In fact, it exceeded my expectations. Not that I really should have had any expectations since I've never read anything by the author before, but I did. I loved the characters, especially Quinn. I was able to connect with and sympathize with them. They felt like real people. The storyline spans over four years, but never once felt rushed. I was worried when I first saw the table of contents that things would be glossed over or the book would end up dragging, but no. It worked wonderfully. It was a pleasant surprise.

Overall, this was a great read. I'm so glad I decided to read it and I recommend you do, too.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

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