Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tour Stop: TWO ROADS by L.M. AUGUSTINE ~ Review/Giveaway

Title: Two Roads
Author: L.M. Augustine
Hosted by: Shh Mom's Reading

The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.

But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't
that obnoxious after all… Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.

I have to hand it to Logan, though. For a nerd, he’s come up with some seriously brilliant pranks of his own. He’s done everything from super-gluing my laptop closed and covering it with pictures of his own obnoxious face poses, or putting fake blood in the sink faucet which I admit freaked me out for several minutes, or even filling my car with nearly thirty blue crabs, a situation that resulted in a lot of screaming and desperate calling for my roommate Ruby to come to my rescue. The last six months have been an all-out war, and now I need to top him, once and for all.

                                                      About the author...
L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake. Click To Subscribe is his first novel, but it won’t be his last.

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"He never saw your smile, he never heard you laugh, and he never knew. He never knew like I know. He never knew that you are the one, that you and all of your quirks have stolen my heart." 

This book is filled with poetry, words that really express the torment and love between the two main characters. Cali is in her second year of college and she is a "mean girl". Hiding her pain behind the facade of the non-caring, judgmental, one night stand kind of girl. Enter Logan Waters. Logan just transfered to the same college and she is determined to make his life hell. Who is Logan? Well, Logan is her dead brothers best friend. He is a geeky, glasses wearing, math loving hot guy. Think Zac Efron wearing glasses and funny math equation shirts. Yup, he's still hot. 

Logan is just as determined to make Cali's life miserable. They insult each other, pull pranks on each other. You start to wonder why they hate each other so much. Cali refuses to talk about her brother. You are left wondering how he died. This gets answered later in the book. Cali secretly loves poetry. She loves how the words can make you feel, even when feeling is the last thing you want to do. 

Cali's parents try to get her to study engineering so that she can work for the family business. She doesn't want to, she keeps saying she doesn't want to end up like Ben (dead brother). Her rivalry heats up with Logan and the last prank that she pulls on him had me in tears. She went too far and broke Logan's heart. See, Cali doesn't really hate Logan, she just can't stop blaming him and herself for her brothers death. 

Through the love of poetry Cali finally finds peace. She travels the "Road less traveled" and begins to find herself again. While going down this road she also finds something she wasn't looking for. Love. 

The author captured my heart with the fluent, beautiful writing in this book. I found myself angry at Cali for the self destructive behavior but also sad knowing why she was acting this way. The ending was absolutely wonderful. Sometimes taking the road less traveled will lead you to the one thing you desperately need. Peace! 

I give this book 4 Stars!   ~Jen

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