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Autumn Rising: A Summer Remains Novella by [King, Seth]
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After reading Summer Remains I was keen to see where Autumn would be. I was not disappointed. This book is so true to life, no fairy dust or sugar and spice in this book. It's real, gritty and a great follow on book for those who were blown away by Seth Kings first book in this series.
Cannot wait for his next book!
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It's not often I get 'review nerves' when trying to put my thoughts onto paper when it comes to books I've read, but in this instance I do not believe anything I write can give Seth King's writing the justice it deserves. He is a poet. A word weaver of the highest calibre as his words bleed onto the page to the rhythm of a beating heart. Yes, that may sound flowery and a little OTT but it's the only way I can describe his craft.

Autumn and Hank's story is not a fairytale, it isn't swarming with heart and flowers and sexual gymnastics but that doesn't mean to say it is any less profound, or beautiful.

After losing a best friend, finding your feet and letting go of that grief is not only hard, it is life changing. Learning to walk alone, each step taken with trepidation and fear.

Summer Johnson wasn't supposed to die at the hands of a doctor. The botched surgery didn't just extinguish the light of a beautiful and strong girl but it took everything from those that knew her best.

Hank, an Army Veteran came back from Iraq minus an arm and it almost destroyed him. Summer was his voice of reason, a friend who walked him out of the darkness and planted herself firmly into his friend zone.

Summer was also the only one who understood Autumn's health trials. Her best friend having battled breast cancer from the age of 17, she helped Autumn cope through the hard times but with her now gone and Summer's funeral looming, Autumn is lost.

This is a story of two grieving souls coming together after a great loss. It is also a story of survivors guilt and fear at the possibility of change.
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HASH(0x8ac2f5b8) out of 5 stars A funny and beautiful follow up to The Summer Remains. It has all the feels and a glimpse of what's to come next! 18 July 2015
By Alissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've raved about Seth King's The Summer Remains to anyone I've chatted about books with since I read it 6 months ago. Autumn Rising is a surprise novella that Seth wrote as a thank you to his fans. If you've read The Summer Remains, you'll be happy to know that this book is a spinoff with Summer's best friend Autumn, and Hank from their anti-support group. If you've wanted to read The Summer Remains to see what all the fuss was all about, but were afraid of the ugly cry that you heard it was, then this is the perfect book for you.

This is a lighter, often times laugh out loud funny book. Seth just keeps the one-liners coming, and I love his sarcastic sense of humor. But it's still a romance with his spectacular writing that I fell in love with in The Summer Remains.

"She saw the tangerine traces of a July sunset melting into the treetops over the fence and felt that thing they shared, the terror of what was in front of them, the devastation at what was behind them, and she wanted to run back in time and hug them both, tell them love was on the way, and warn them not to run from it."

"Because life breaks your heart. That is how this place works. What you must do is find someone who will fall into bed next to you every night and stare at you with burning eyes and put you back together again."

(Insert swoony sigh...)

Autumn is jealous, insecure and often times annoyingly frustrating. She hides her fears and insecurities behind snarky, cynical comments. She's rude, obnoxious and many times flat out mean. I imagined her as Mindy Kaling's character Kelly on The Office, but on steroids. She has a lot of issues to work through.

"Because all her life, Autumn had been plagued by some deep and desperate fear that she would never be enough. That whatever she was, whoever she was, would never be satisfactory. That if people got to know her, if they moved too close, they would be disappointed and turn away - that they would show up looking for Niagara Falls and find an afternoon puddle instead."

Hank is a wounded veteran with plenty of his own issues to deal with. I really don't know what he saw in Autumn. But he was interested in cracking her hardened exterior for whatever reason, and he succeeded for a while. And so their journey began.

"He looked at her, and to Autumn it wasn't hard to see where the shrapnel landed. It was in his eyes."

"How stupid Autumn had been, to assume they could outrun their monsters together. You could never escape the fear. It was just there, a dormant volcano, two tectonic plates about to explode with pent-up pressure. The earthquake was coming."

I don't want to give too much of the story away, you'll have to find out for yourself how it ends (and oh, that ending!!!!). I will say that I finished the book with my heart in my throat, bursting with emotion. Seth took me on yet another beautiful journey and as far as where this story takes us to next....I. CAN'T. WAIT!!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ac2f60c) out of 5 stars Another masterpiece! I wish I could give this a hundred stars. Yes, it's that good. 18 July 2015
By Robin Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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This wonderful little surprise dropped last night, and I put everything on hold to devour it as fast as possible. The Summer Remains has become one of my all-time favorite books. I don’t call it THE BOOK for nothing. It was so beautiful and poignant and made me look at life in a completely different way. As a thank you to his readers and all the fans of TSR, Seth wrote this novella to continue the story of two of the characters we met in that book, Autumn and Hank, and to show us how they are faring in the aftermath of losing a dear friend.

I have to be honest, I did not care for Autumn in TSR at all. She was a way over the top about a lot of things. She was completely obsessive about seemingly everyone around her getting married when she was alone. She was narcissistic and brash, and she really didn’t have a filter. Sometimes her words were hurtful when she really didn't mean them to be. As for Hank, we didn’t get to see a lot of him in TSR except to find out he was a disabled Army vet who had lost his arm in a roadside bomb attack. He was broody and angry and thought himself to be in love with Summer.

But somehow, in a way only Seth can, he made me fall madly in love with Autumn and Hank. He shows us that Autumn’s audacious attitude is a defense mechanism. She’s extremely insecure and scared of a lot of things, so she attempts to hide that behind a tough exterior. And Hank is extremely sweet once he opens up and allows himself to care for people. He speaks one of my favorite lines early on in the novella, “I’m all dark, and you’re a kaleidoscope.” Seth's description of Hank’s transformation is perfect, “Soon he found the suit of armor that was his past falling away, the force field of Grumpy Army Hank shattering, and he was freed of the empty persona the world had forced him to become.”

While there is some angst to be dealt with between these two damaged souls, there is lots of funny stuff, too. I was outright laughing at so many of the lines that I’m sure anyone around me thought I was nuts. Seth’s wit definitely comes out in this one. A couple more of my favorite lines: “She was sweating like a Kardashian in church.” and “Autumn’s face had only two modes: resting bitch face, or batshit crazy lunatic.”

Be sure and stay all the way to the end, too, because there is a little taste of what’s coming next.

Whatever you do, don’t pass up this gem of a novella. I am forever a fan of Seth’s amazing writing, and I’m sure you will be won over as well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ac2f8e8) out of 5 stars 5 stars is never enough for a Seth King book 18 July 2015
By Sarah Pianettini - Published on Amazon.com
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Seth King has absolutely done it again. This novella puts full length novels to shame.

Autumn and Hank. Love is not a a good enough word for what I feel for them. Autumn might actually be me in the form of a book character. This might just be me but I found her completely relatable. She's funny, real and slightly damanged. And Hank. You wouldn't think he would be someone that was very deep. War veteran missing a limb. He's so much more than that. He has so many layers that you just want to sit there and peel away. The bond and love these two share is amazing and inspiring but not unrealistic. Seth hits such real emotions and issues with this subtle intensity that I've only ever seen from him. It's stunning.

Little secret, this book is hilarious. I laughed, out loud, through out the whole thing. My family stared at me like I was nuts. "Sorry, Seth" is all I had to say. They understood.

Most novellas are horribly paced. Either too slow and then rushed at the end or just plain rushed. Autumn Rising is perfectly paced. It just flowed.

Make sure you get to the end! It's well worth it, I promise.

Seth King is dominating the NA genre and squashing every single stereotype along the way.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ac2f7e0) out of 5 stars How do you "get over" losing your best friend? How do you move on 18 July 2015
By Up All Night Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
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A surprise novella release by Seth King! What more could a girl ask for? A book from the same author as my #1 read this year (The Summer Remains)

So, how do you follow-up The Summer Remains? How do you even compare to the complex feelings that Seth brought to my life with The Summer Remains? Well, he did it with Autumn Rising.

Mr. King has taken it just one step further. How do you "get over" losing your best friend? How do you move on? How do you live without such an important part of you missing? Mr. King has done exactly that with Autumn Rising. He has done this with grace, tears and even a few laughs. Mr. King is witty and funny!

"A girl from high school, Victoria...suffered from a condition Autumn liked to call Kayne face, wherein someone looked so smug and obnoxious all the time, you got the urge to punch them in the face even when they weren't saying anything."

We have Autumn and Hank, two lives that were brought together by Summer and losing her could possibly bring them together and then tear them apart. Learning to heal from Summer's death, learning to live with the constant scare of her cancer returning and Hank's loss of his arm...these obstacles will make being together difficult, but is it possible they can heal each other?

"Because life breaks your heart. That is how this place works. What you must do if find someone who will fall into bed next to you every night and stare at you with burning eyes and put you back together again. Find a love that replenishes you..."

At times you may find the angst level to be unbearable. I think we may have a new "KING OF ANGST"! At times I wanted to strangle Autumn, the decisions she makes made me shiver, cringe and cry. Mr. King has the ability to make your heart hurt and make you want to give up on the belief that love can fix all things. You feel it all while reading this book.
The only problem I had with it? I NEED more. I will always needs more from this beautiful cast of characters. They have enlighten my spirit. They have changed my outlook on life. I dare to say, they have made me a better person. Bring on some Cooper next!!

Thank you Seth for sharing your words, your feelings and your brother's life through your words. I feel honored to share them with you. I can almost guarantee you that he is smiling down upon you at this moment. He is smiling at your through his children eyes each day. You have most definitely made him proud.

Note: I am sure many see a young man writing a romance novel as not believable. But I would hope you would not allow that prejudice to sway you from reading this. This young man has put into words how many of us have felt while falling in love, growing up being the "not so popular girl", and overall self deprecating beings that many women find themselves. How he has this insight is beyond me, but he is on point so many times, it's as if he's has snuck into my thoughts and read my mind.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ac2fe28) out of 5 stars SPECTACULAR!! 18 July 2015
By Abbie - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have read The Summer Remains, then you know what kind of heaven you're in for when you open the first page of this Seth King novella.
I fell in love with Autumn in TSR; she is one of those characters that just stuck with me ever since. I was SO elated to find out that this book was about her and Hank! She is unlike any character I have EVER had the pleasure to meet. She is someone I truly wish I could be friends with in real life. She's witty, snarky, honest, and FUNNY AS HELL. But, we also get to really know her. We get to know her fears, her concerns about her life (we all have them don't we?), and we get the scoop on her day to day dilemmas. When she stumbles across Hank at a funeral, she doesn't have a clue what she's in for with him. This unlikely pair had me intrigued from the second they started conversing. I wanted so much for them, sitting here on the other side of the pages. I rooted for them from the very start. I am a huge fan of funny. And let me tell you, this book had SO mucch of it!! The things that came out of that girl's mouth..omg. I will never forget the one liners she's blurted out. I mean LOL big time. One thing I also want to mention is the honesty. There is SO much truth in this story. In life, there are always lessons to be learned and I found many of them within the pages of this beautiful book. It feels as though the author writes with the wisdom of a thousand lives. Seth King is not just raising the bar, he's smashing it. This is a MUST read people!
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