Review: Into the Light (Chosen Paths #1) by L.B. Simmons
Formerly known as **The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller**
*****#1 Bestseller in Amazon Inspirational Romance*****
"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 a breathtaking sight to see. You burn as bright as the sun."
When Aubrey Miller begins her education at Titan University, she is no longer the beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl of her youth. In fact, she's no longer even Aubrey Miller.
Overcome with guilt and unable to cope with the loss of her beloved family, she has long since buried eight-year old Aubrey along with them and transformed herself into Raven Miller. Now with jet-black hair, multiple sets of eccentric contact lenses, and several facial piercings, she's veiled herself in complete darkness as a form of protection for herself, as well as 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 overtly cheerful pageant queen, and Kaeleb McMadden, a childhood friend who never really let her go.
Over the years, as their connections intertwine and strengthen, a seemingly indestructible bond is formed between the three. And eventually, the ties of friendship and discovery of first love begin to coax her from her darkened path as they slowly bring Aubrey back to life.
But when faced with the possibility of yet another death, one from which she may never recover, Aubrey finds herself lost again, burying herself deeper than ever before beneath the familiar abyss of her fears.
Spanning the course of four years, this is the story of a young woman's plight to finally reemerge, finding strength within unbreakable bonds as she delivers herself from her own manufactured darkness and safely back . . .
Into the Light.
You know a book is phenomenal that even with one of your biggest no no’s you give it 6 stars. I knew the moment I closed the book I would be HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommending Into the Light (formerly known as The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller) to anyone and everyone; especially if they—like me—love amazing, deep reads with all. the. feels.
No lie, LB will WRECK you, repeatedly. Buckle in because your emotions will be so all over the place you won’t be able to control the direction or intensity of them. Also, as a forewarning, make sure you have stock in tissue. You’ll need them, plenty of them. I suggest the ones with lotion so you can avoid the red, sore nose that comes with being a blubbering mess.
Keep all that in mind because you're about to find yourself on one hell of a twisty roller coaster ride. One filled with major, emotional highs and lows. So much so, I sometimes felt as though the author was literally reaching into my body and ripping my heart out with her bare hands. No warning of what’s to come or to make sure I had someone there to hold my hand. No anesthesia given to ease the excruciating pain. Nothing. Just hit after hit to my heart.
And then...then LB worked her magic and did the impossible. And I use the word impossible because I often thought about not moving forward. I didn’t think I could take anymore pain and sadness. However, the right words began to flow allowing the healing to start mending my shattered heart. Sometimes she'll mend the pain within a matter of minutes and other times...well, let's just say you may have need of your own swear jar.
With that said, I truly loved these characters so damn much. Aubrey/Raven, Kaeleb, and Quinn were an amazing and powerful journey, especially Raven. I really found myself relating to her on so many levels. Many may not like her since she doesn’t quite fit into society’s norm; however, in my humble opinion, she was perfectly imperfect and beautifully flawed. Raven’s raw, gritty, real, and dark. The epitome of a broken human who has exploded under the stress of life. The hidden fractured girl in all of us who suffer from a mental illness. She’s the alternate version of ourselves. The one we use to simply exist, living within the bare minimum.
The best part about this book and these characters…they’ll sear themselves into your soul. You know the ones who stick with you LONG AFTER the book is over with. Into the light was seriously so beautifully written, with intricate and palpable details, that I was often left breathless, from the pain and happiness of this enigmatic trio. I can’t imagine a more perfect book from this author. Nor can I imagine any of her other characters being better than these.