Blog Tour: ARC Review~ Two Roads by L.M. Augustine +Excerpt & Giveaway


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.

“Then go to him,” I say quietly, and now I look up to meet her gaze. Her brown eyes are hard and strong, watching me intently. “Go out with him,” I continue. “Or don’t. But don’t let him go. Because if someone can be constantly on your mind like that, if they can always make you smile, if they can cheer you up one way or another, then you have to go to them. You have to tell them what they mean to you and then you can go out with them or you can stay friends or you can barely ever talk to them, but you enjoy yourself, you have fun, and then you hold fast to them and never, ever let them go. Because if someone, just by their existence, can brighten up your whole day, you have to try like hell to keep them in your life.” I take a long breath as soon as the words finish tumbling out of my mouth, a jumble of thoughts and feelings that, for me, couldn’t be more true. I don’t know where they came from other than straight from that goddamn unpredictable heart of mine, and as soon as the words leave my mouth, I know my subconscious has been working on them for a long time.

My Review:

Logan and Cali are enemies. They despise each other. Or at least that's what they want to think and make everyone else believe.

Cali Monroe is the typical shallow popular girl who hook ups with the hottest of guys. Or at least, that's the front she puts up. She creates this facade to help her forget her brother's death. The real Cali is filled with regret and sorrow. Her coping mechanism, poetry. She's always writing down her thoughts and feelings. She also never fails to browse through her favorite poetry blog.
She doesn't want to be happy because she feels guilty for not noticing the signs and not being able to stop her brother from committing suicide. But she also blames his best friend, Logan Waters.

Together they allow themselves to open up and relieve themselves of their weighted hearts. Together they come to realize that maybe it wasn't their fault. Maybe they do deserve to be happy. Perhaps they need each other more than they thought.

As much as I wanted to love this novel, there were parts that just didn't click for me.
For one, these characters are supposed to be in their early 20s. A lot of the time, they read as whiny and immature that I couldn't really get on board with them. While their romance and disagreements were cute, their actions didn't feel realistic. Some things that they said and did just didn't seem appropriate for their age. The story seemed to drag on a lot of the time as well. Despite that, I can't ignore the beautiful writing of L.M. Augustine overall.

Two Roads was a heartfelt story filled with an adorable romance between two rivals. There was witty banter between Cali and Logan that was thoroughly entertaining. These two wanted to push one another away but subconsciously kept pulling toward each other. They were in need of healing and they were the only ones that could help the other recover from their loss. There were some dark moments and deep messages portrayed in the novel, but seeing the connection and need between the two brought a couple of happy tears to my eyes.

*An eARC copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review. This has in no way affected my review/opinion.

My Rating: 3.8 kisses

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.

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