Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Guest Review: "Two Roads" by L.M. Augustine

Welcome to Jodie's FIRST OFFICIAL Guest Review!!!


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.

5 Stars

Honestly, I'm not even sure where to start this review. I told Lydia that I had no idea what to say. The book left me speechless. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am rarely speechless. I have a loud mouth and I love to talk. A lot. I also ramble, which is now very obvious to those reading. Back to the point...

“…because life sucks sometimes. It really, really sucks. And it’s nice… to know that on the other side of all this, there are always two roads ahead of me, of us people. There is always a choice to make things better.”

Two Roads is a brilliantly written hate to love romance. L.M. Augustine truly has a way with words. I found myself whole-heartedly attached to the characters and story almost immediately after starting the book. When a book can hook me in the beginning and keep me interested throughout the story, I consider it a successful read. Two Roads never let me down. I can honestly say I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

The female lead in the book is Cali Monroe. From the outside it looks like she has pretty much everything. She's gorgeous, popular, and has girls look to her as their "leader." Looks can often be deceiving. Inside, Cali is struggling to fight the guilt of her past while also dealing with parents that don't approve of anything she enjoys. I think that Cali is a VERY relatable character. Society says to always be yourself but that isn't what people really want, they want you to be who THEY think you should be. In order to fit in, Cali simply assumes the role that her friends expect her to. I think everyone is guilty of trying too hard to fit in with others at some point in their lives. 

"I'm not surrounded by friends. I'm surrounded by people, but none of them are friends-not real friends.”

“I still feel worthless, but at least pretending to be someone else dulls the pain.”

The one thing that provides Cali with consistency in her life is her rivalry with Logan Waters. Though Logan and Cali were friends as children, tragedy drove them apart and now the one emotion they can always evoke from one another is hate. When they are busy harshly insulting each other, or pulling no-holds-barred pranks, that's the only time Cali can actually be herself and not pretend like she does with her "friends." Hating Logan Waters is the one real thing in her life. 

“Our rivalry is beautiful because it makes us both forget about everything else. It is a constant challenge, an unending competition, and it fuels both of our lives.”

There is a very fine line between hate and love. 

“My hatred for Logan is terrible and refreshing, wonderful and horrible all at once.”

Logan Waters is pretty much any sane girls dream guy. A nerd to the core. Not only is he smart, he is also HOT. (That is a dangerous combination.) Just like Cali, I find his love of hot chocolate questionable, but I'm willing to let it slide based on his sexy geekery. He is adorkable. Yes, adorkable. Oh, his math pickup line shirts are absolutely hilarious. “I’m not being obtuse, but you’re acute girl.” 

When they bond over a love for poetry, the line between love and hate begins to thin and blur. While attending a poetry convention together as enemies, a bet leads to a shocking confession about their shared past. Will their past be a magnet that draws them closer? Or will it be a wedge forced between them, fueling their hate fire for one another?

“...our silent neighborhood wasn’t so silent after all.”

I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone looking for a very well written book with a refreshing story line. While reading this book, I think I went through the full spectrum of emotions. I laughed with the characters, I got mad when they did, and I also cried with/for them. Yes, I cried. More than once. This is one of those books that I wish I could read again for the first time, and I will definitely read it again. 

“You stole my heart and now you won’t let me have yours.” --> That line KILLED me. I ugly cried. 

Thank you, L.M. Augustine, for writing a book that seriously tugged on my heart strings. 

In case you all are interested, here are a few of the songs that remind me of Two Roads. :)

· “Tell Me a Story” – Phillip Phillips

· “So Far Away” – Avenged Sevenfold

· “It’s Complicated” – A Day To Remember

· “Slow and Steady” – Of Monsters and Men

· “Heartache is a Cold Place” – A Boy and His Kite

· “Days and Days” – Camera Can’t Lie

· “A Love Like War” – All Time Low feat. Vic Fuentes

· “This is the House that Doubt Built” – A Day To Remember

· “Find My Love” – The Avett Brothers

· “I Can’t Not Love You” – Every Avenue


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About the Author:
L.M. Augustine!!! 

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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