By: Melanie | August 8, 2013 | (13) Comments

Review: Two Roads by L. M. AugustineTwo Roads by L. M. Augustine
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: August 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, NA, Romance
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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

Two Roads, L. M. Augustine’s latest, offered a humorous dialogue, sweet revenge plotting and a cute romance. However this novel is not all just a romance, this novel deals with dark issues in an unpitying way such as death and self-esteem. Despite this, the label of NA did not really seem to work for me and authentic-y was questioned as I progressed through.

Unlike Click To Subscribe, the author creates two characters that are complete enemies and slowly, throughout the story, draw them together. A foretell-able plot idea, but Augustine manages to provide an engaging contemporary seamlessly. Cali Monroe, our protagonist is our shallow and clichΓ© stereotypical girl. Or that is what everyone believes. However, inside Cali is just a thin paper shell of pain, regret and loss. Her brother committed suicide and her parents refuse to come to a compromise for Cali’s undying love of poetry. A raging personality, she dumps it all on her brother’s best friend, Logan Waters. Intertwined with pranks, witty dialogue and a crepe blackmailing, Cali and Logan slowly begin an attempt to uncover what happened to her brother on the day of his death. If they can cooperate first.

The characters in Two Roads were quite a mix, yet similar in many aspects simultaneously. Cali was a character that took much patience to love. In all truth, I wanted to strangle the girl for her ingenuity at the beginning but we soon learn that it was her veil, to hide her real self to the real world- because she’s still in trauma and disbelief of her brother’s death. The only thing keeping her sanity was a poetry blog and the competitive and somewhat satirical rivalry with Logan. Oh Logan, how you are awesome and everything epic. Aside from being a touch too sensitive, Logan was a sweet, hilarious and caring guy, while not being trite at the same time. As for the supporting characters, they were the best at being dumb and oblivious. Nonetheless, this wasn’t a huge bother to be as it wasn’t a huge focus point.

I have a few little qualms. My main concern was the age Augustine allocated to the main characters, Cali and Logan. Even though I believe I’ll be just of a spaz and prank loving girl when I’m 20, in a book I expect much more genuine and more relatable protagonists for older people. Secondly, the romance. I really well and truly relished it. That being stated, there was hidden angst. Sometimes it was just cutesy, however at other times, it was a little needy and wanty and I was like: Get on with it!

Two Roads was a entertaining read filled with more Augustine awesomeness. While Click To Subscribe was more my cup of tea, Two Roads contains more deeper messages and can get tear jerker-y in the end. There is one inappropriate scene which I just skipped awkwardly passed, but I’m, sure older readers will swoon over it.

~Thank you L. M. Augustine for sending me this copy!~

3.5 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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13 Responses to Review: Two Roads by L. M. Augustine

  1. Hmmm I’m not sure this one would be for me. I’m very picky about NA, simply because I feel like it’s so very formulaic and, as you mentioned it’s a bit quick to see what’s going to happy, I feel like I’d be annoyed. The characters do sound intriguing though, so that’s a plus, at least! Wonderful review, Melanie πŸ™‚

  2. When the “hate-turns-to-love” plot is well-done, it’s one of my favorites! Great review πŸ™‚

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  3. Nara says:

    It’s interesting that the book touches on some darker, more serious issues, because from the blurb it seems like somewhat a light and fun read (what with the pranks, and the main character being oddly fixated on the love interest’s lashes and all). Also, I’m 19, and I still often skip the “awkward scenes”…I just don’t really like reading those scenes when they get too graphic.
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  4. This sounds great! I love the premise for it. Logan also seems like an amazing character πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely be adding this to my TBR. Awesome review, Melanie!

  5. Thanks for the review! While there are aspects of this book I think I’d enjoy, I’m not sure I’d want to read it. I feel like I’d get too annoyed with the relationships. haha
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  6. Stephanie B says:

    Sounds cute. And, Mel, that was a FABULOUS review!
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  7. Hazel says:

    I adored Click To Subscribe so I can’t wait to read this!!! Great review!!! πŸ™‚
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  8. Rachel says:

    Glad to see you enjoyed this overall in spite of feeling their age lacked authenticity. Great review, Melanie. πŸ™‚
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  9. Diamond Dee says:

    Interesting. It sounds pretty dark…I tend to stay away from those types but it does sound unique. That’s something, IMO. Really good review…I’m glad you liked the book in the end.

    Oh, wanted to ask you Melanie…did you like PJ sea of monsters movie?! I just did a blog discussion post and I’d love to talk about it with you! πŸ˜‰

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  10. Eek I’m glad you liked this one, Melanie! Logan and Cali both sound like pretty great characters, although the supporting characters could get annoying. I’m really happy that you found the romance enjoyable, but boo for the hidden angst. I definitely know what you mean when you were saying “Get on with it!”

    Fantastic review, Melanie! <33
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  12. Sara says:

    Sounds good. The cover attracted my attention. I wish someone would look at me like that :(. I’ll defintely be checking this out. πŸ™‚

  13. Sara says:

    Can you please make a giveaway with this book in it? I heard Allegiant is out.

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