Review + Giveaway: Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

Monday, August 26, 2013

Two Roads
Title: Two Roads
Author: L.M. Augustine
Date of Publication: August 26, 2013

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.

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to L.M. Augustine for the review copy! Having received a review copy did not affect my views in any way.


At first (the first chapter, actually), I had a hard time connecting with Cali, our heroine. See, Cali has this mean girl facade going on. She's supposedly friends with mean, shallow girls like her and she's supposedly sleeping with a different guy every day. Now, I've had my fair share of heroines fronting as a bitch to cope and/or not to be hurt. So when I realized that this is yet another one of those, I sighed and reluctantly trudged forward. Moreover, she has this rivalry going on with Logan, her dead brother's best friend. And rivalry in here means insulting one another, calling each other names and pranking. Legitimate pulling on pranks on each other. I was like "Girl, you're TWENTY" and "Dude, you're TWENTY-TWO". It's oozingly obvious that they like/love each other and they're covering it up as hate and all I want is for them to get past everything and just kiss each other. Haha! I think this is my first love-hate relationship romance so I don't know a thing and that made me have all these doubts. But all of my doubts faded after the first chapter.


By the second chapter, I turned into an enrapt reader. I can't stop reading and in fact, I technically read this in a day. The pranks and insults they did on each other became funny and endearing and even cute. I started to understand Cali and I was even sympathetic to her. Bit by bit, I ended up rooting for her and cheering her on. And this wouldn't be possible without Logan and his obnoxiously long eyelashes.


Logan is a geek, a nerd and oh-so-cute. His verbal sparring with Cali was enjoyable to read and his pranks are top-notch too. If there's a person who can take Cali down a peg, it's Logan. Sure, he wears geeky shirts and loves math but he's not your usual geek. As Cali discovers, he actually has a nice body (tall, lanky and toned OH MY) and he's fun to be with. Super fun. My enjoyment (and the number of times I squeed) of the novel increased as I got to know Logan and in return, Cali as well.


Cali starts to see Logan in a different light when their parents partnered them off to a blind date. She realizes that he isn't really so bad but she has hated him for so long that it took so much time for their romance to progress. Yes, this is a slow-burn romance but it was well-done and so satisfying. I love how we gradually saw Cali's defenses and walls breaking down and how Logan was the one to break them down. Sure, I had moments where I just want them to realize that they lurve each other and kiss and jump on each other's bones but I'm a sucker for the build-up as well. It was such a joy to read.


Two Roads is told from the point-of-view of Cali so along the way, we know exactly what she thinks and how she feels. But the fact that it was told in Cali's perspective did not hinder the development of the other characters and it certainly wasn't the Cali show. We got to know Logan pretty well also and he's absolutely the star in this novel. I do admit I have a weakness for geeks in novels, especially smart-mouthed and quick-witted ones who are tall, lanky and toned, but Logan was more than that. He hates crepes and he loves poetry as much as Cali. Which brings me to one of the top reasons why I utterly like this novel, POETRY.


I'm no poetry expert but I do appreciate them. I subscribe to daily poems, I took a poetry appreciation class and I generally like them. So when one of my favorite poems, I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings was featured, I think I gasped a bit and grinned while my heart pitter-pattered. And it's Logan's favorite poem too and uhm, can I order my own Logan? Then he also writes poems, analyzes them, ah, stop it, my heart's on overdrive!


I do wish more poems were featured but I think some might not appreciate if there were more so it's cool. The plot is a bit predictable but it's this sense of familiarity that's so comforting that it made me read this in a breeze. It's a quick read and I was actually shocked that I was already halfway when I reached the half mark. It's just easy to read and you won't realize the pages are flying by.


The poems the author wrote to include in this novel were great as well and aaaaaaww, so sweet. This novel is a new adult novel since the characters are in college but it's pretty tame and clean. Actually, it is clean. No graphic descriptions or anything. So for those wary of that, I give this a clean bill of pure sweetness. As for topics it dealt with, Two Roads have its fair share of grieving and family problems so it's not fluff.


With a sweet romance and sweet poems to boot, Two Roads is a clean, quick and enjoyable contemporary NA romance between a girl hiding behind a bitch-girl act and a guy with obnoxiously long eyelashes who hates crepes. Sounds cute and fun and aaaaaww-inducing? It is.


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In the spirit of sharing the love for poetry, I'm sharing one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets. It's a short one too.

A Remedy for Insomnia
Vera Pavlova

Not sheep coming down the hills,
not cracks on the ceiling—
count the ones you loved,
the former tenants of dreams
who would keep you awake,
once meant the world to you,
rocked you in their arms,
those who loved you . . .
You will fall asleep, by dawn, in tears.

I'll leave you to absorb that one and I won't comment much. After all, appreciation is subjective. <3

About 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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