Monday, April 28, 2014

Review & Giveaway~ The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller




The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller
By: L.B. Simmons
Releasing April 25th, 2014

Blurb...

****NA Contemporary Romance******

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?


***5 STAR REVIEW**

It is no secret that the amazing L.B. Simmons is one of my favorite, favorite authors. She never disappoints and let me just say, in a little bit different tale than her usual writing style, she did not disappoint again.

I LOVED The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller. Loved. But honestly the thing I loved the most was just Kaeleb. He was amazing. I think he bumped his way into my top 5 book boyfriends of all time. 

The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller is about the broken, but beautiful Aubrey. Death masks her. She brings death wherever she goes. She knows this, she feels this and to prevent the inevitable from always happening, she creates a mask around herself to prevent those who know and love her from getting too close. Thus Raven is born. 

Raven is dark, dangerous, and hides everything she feels. She has five layers, five vaults that mask her from ever becoming Aubrey. Raven lets no one in. That is until him.

Kaeleb comes stumbling back into Aubrey's life just when she needs him the most. He becomes the light to her never ending dark. He becomes her sun. Kaeleb slowly but surely is able to bring back the girl he knew, the girl Aubrey was meant to be and show her that not everything is dark and death. There is light and there is life. 

I seriously swooned. Yes, swooned. Kaeleb was a beautiful soul. He never saw the dark, he only looked for the light. He saw straight through the mask Raven had built so tightly around Aubrey.

He finally believes he is getting through to Aubrey, until tragedy strikes and Raven comes back full force securing Aubrey back behind her dark facade. 

Can Kaeleb Resurrect Aubrey? Can he bring his beautiful sun back out of her darkness? Can he save the girl who believes she isn't worth saving?

L.B. Simmons told such a beautiful story that had me crying more than once. From joy to sorrow, to happiness and love, I couldn't put this book down. It was such an easy read to read in just one sitting. She knows I was up late reading until 2 AM because I messaged her when I was done and told her I couldn't be more blown away by this achingly beautiful story.

She solidified why she is one of my favorite authors and will continue to be one of my favorite authors with this book. I couldn't get the grin off my face when I finished this book because of how hard I fell for Kaeleb and how much I was rooting for Aubrey to get her life after death. 

I LOVED THIS. LOVE THIS. More than I could probably put into this review, but I will leave you with some quotes that are some of the reasons that Kaeleb had me falling in love with him from the first words he uttered. 

"As long as you continue to travel through life in this darkness, you will never know how beautiful your light truly shines when you let yourself love and be loved. Trust me when I say it's breathtaking to see. You burn as bright as the sun."

"You've always been my sunshine. Ever since we were kids. I know you're still in there, Bree. And I will find you."

Ugh, see what I mean. Swoon. 

5 Stars for The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller.


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Excerpt...
The memory escapes slowly from its confinement, almost cautiously, before finally freeing itself, rushing my mind so quickly I physically wince in response. The pain it will yield is inevitable and I’m defenseless against it as it begins to replay in my mind:
“I don’t want to go, Kaeleb. I’m scared.” I wipe the endless streams of tears from my cheeks as I search desperately for the relief of comfort from his glistening eyes. But there’s nothing that can help me now. Cold darkness threatens to swallow me as I’m pulled under and barely breathing. I’m dying. Just like my family.
“Bree,” he responds, quickly removing the salty trails of sorrow from his own face. “You have to go. You – ”
“I know. I have no one here.” I sigh. “They’re all…gone.”
Kaeleb nods ever so slightly before pulling me into his arms. Only eight years old, same age as me, yet his hold feels so strong, so secure. I know he doesn’t want to let me go, and as the pretty lady with the rose perfume comes to break us apart, the need for us to grasp onto each other becomes more frantic. She calls for help and as they pry us apart, the tears continue to roll down our cheeks with the knowledge that this will be our last moment together.  We hold as tightly as we can, but are eventually broken apart, our fingers the last to let go as we reach for each other.  
“I love you, Kaeleb,” I whisper to myself as they gently guide me into the back seat of an unknown car. Before they close me in I scream as loudly as I can. “You’re my best friend!”
His eyes meet mine as they shut the door between us. With purpose, he stalks to the car and just as they start the engine, he places his palm flat on the window with his fingers spread as far as they will go. Slamming my hand against the cool glass, I mirror his gesture, knowing this will be the last time I will ever be in the presence of my friend. My best friend.
As we drive away, I watch out the back window as he runs down the street as long as his weary legs can carry him.  They eventually buckle underneath him and his knees hit the ground, unable to keep up any longer.
Throwing my hand against the back window, the car turns the corner and I lose sight of him. Not until he’s gone do I allow myself to surrender to the darkness. I no longer fight for the need to breathe as I let go.  Stepping out of myself, I watch the pretty, blonde-haired, blue-eyed little girl slowly dying as she sinks, spiraling lower and lower, until finally disappearing into the bottomless pit that consumes her.
“Hell-ooooo!” Quinn’s voice filters slowly through the searing pain of my memory, bringing me back into the present where I’m still standing on my bed and the damn poster is still swinging from side-to-side behind me.  But now, instead of the sound barely registering, it’s grating against my eardrums like nails on a chalkboard.




Get to know the fabulous L.B. Simmons...

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.

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GIVEAWAY TIME~

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