Review: ‘Autumn Rising’ – Seth King

July 24, 2015 Book Review 0

Review: ‘Autumn Rising’ – Seth KingAutumn Rising by Seth King
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Published on: July 16th 2015
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 121
Series: The Summer Remains #1.5
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Summer Remains series. You can find my reviews of the rest of the series below:
The Summer Remains (The Summer Remains #1)
Autumn Rising (The Summer Remains #1.5)
Invincible Summer (The Summer Remains #2)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Autumn Mahal and Hank Basara know they should stay away from each other. Both recovering from the loss of a mutual friend, and each bearing scars of their own, they know their love would look like a worn cliché, a trite romance novel for teens, some crappy made-for-TV movie languishing on your great aunt’s DVR. But as summer gives way to September and flirtation leads to something deeper, they learn there are some types of love you cannot run from, no matter how hard you try to flee.

Hilarious, touching and hopeful, Autumn Rising is a novella about the happiness we ruin for ourselves, the truths we can’t hide with a filter, and that elusive and victorious moment when we let love rush in and carry us to the sky. In a world of constant TMI, prepare to feel a story worth sharing – a story that will stay with you long after the summer fades to autumn.

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My Thoughts

This novella was a gift from Seth, written, edited and published by himself as a surprise for his dedicated readers who had been moved so much by The Summer Remains. This book follows Autumn, Summer’s best friend and although this book can be read as a standalone I would very much recommend reading The Summer Remains first.

Autumn is such a fascinating and infuriating character. Her personality is totally crazy and I spent the book between laughing at her wit and totally confused by her snarky and cynical comments. On the outside she is colour and craziness, obnoxious and (at times )mean, but on the inside there is such insecurity and fear that reading from her POV made my heart break. She wasn’t the easiest of characters for me to connect with, just because she was so “out there” (like a puppy on steroids!), but we seemed to find this middle ground and I let her take me on this whirlwind journey.

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Hank was someone that I didn’t feel I knew too much about after the first book, and even after this book I feel like there is still so much to learn about him and his past, there is so much he keeps hidden. But what he doesn’t keep hidden is his love for Autumn and for someone so damaged, both physically and mentally, his heart has got to be one of the most beautiful things.

This was a different kind of story. I went into it thinking it was going to be a story of Autumn dealing with the events of the last book and a potential romance with Hank. But it was so much more then that and I’m finding it so hard to find the words to describe exactly what it was. It was funny and heartbreaking and there were times when I was so infuriated with these characters and their fear of the past and the future and there were times when I was really scared about what was coming in the next few pages. But I finished it with that same sense of contentment and inspiration that The Summer Remains gave me, and for that I loved it.
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Seth King is one of those writers who puts his whole self into a book. After finishing The Summer Remains I was a mess, and I turned the page to find his author note, which I read and then proceeded to fall apart completely. I love that he wrote, edited and published this book all by himself, with no agents or publishers or anything, as a gift to his readers who The Summer Remains had meant so much to. This is the kind of author that I love and who I cannot praise and recommend enough for his beautiful stories.
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As an extra, I had to include this quote from the book, because it was possible the point of the book in which I connected with the wild and free spirit that is Autumn:

Autumn lived for the moment when she would pick up a book and think, “yes, this, THIS is the world I’ve been waiting for – I would give my left ear to step into this place and live there forever.” The book that made your whole world seem lacking. The book that made you want to track down its author on social media and annoy the hell out of them even if it made you look like a stalker, and then congratulate their parents on giving birth to them. The book that was so good it made you set aside a weekend to just get lost in it; the book that jumped out at you and simply made you want to live a better life and be a better human; the book that landed uncomfortably close to a basic human truth you didn’t want to admit to yourself and made you sputter and re-read an entire paragraph. The one that made you say, “Yes, this is a thing that is true, a thing that has never been said before, not like this.” Books were friends. Books were there for you. Books were love, forever.

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Final Thoughts

This beautiful little book was dropped into my email last Friday and it has to be one of the best surprises I have had in the 2 years I have been blogging. His writing is beautiful, and the fact that this book is gifted to his readers just makes me love him so much more.

Re-Readability: Of course.

I would recommend this book to fans of: romances involving illness, romances involving mental illness, healing romances, summer love, books with a strong message.

My reviews for other Seth King books:
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