Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Review: Two Roads by L.M. Augustine


Title: Two Roads
Author: L.M. Augustine
Published: August 26th 2013- Amazon Digital Services, Inx.
Website: Author's Website
Synopsis:

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.

                   My Thoughts

“We have this strange way of making each other happy by making each other miserable.”

In this story, you will meet a boy (a hot nerd at that one) with obnoxiously long eyelashes and a girl who is feisty on the outside but a softie on the inside.

When I first started reading, I’ll have to admit that I didn’t like Cali that much because I didn’t see the point as to why she was pretending to be a tough, mean girl and hanging out with the girls she didn’t even like. But as I kept reading, I realized why. This book does not only offer us a fun, and witty banter between the two main characters, but also lessons that we must remember as life goes on.
The story started with a light mood, with all the teasing and pranks that Cali and Logan played at each other. At first, I think that it was pretty obvious that they already liked each other, especially when Cali thought “My hatred for Logan is terrible and refreshing, wonderful and horrible all at once.”  So, I think, after that, things got more interesting. I was especially entertained with their “the one word face-offs” because they don’t run out of ideas on how to annoy each other even more.

“Dickhead.”
“Asshole.”
“Bastard.”
“Jackass.”
“Idiot.”
“Jerk.”
“Imbecile.”
“Moron.”
“Asshat.”
“Oaf.”

There were even times wherein I thought that they would already grab each other and make up and kiss, but I am telling you, it won’t happen anytime soon and IT IS FREAKING FRUSTRATING BUT IT IS ALSO DAMN REFRESHING! :)(Kudos to Augustine for that *fistbump*) Don’t get me wrong, I love reading about some mushy moments, but this love/hate relationship between Cali and Logan just.. amuses me.

And let us start talking about Logan. My cutie, nerdy boy.  (Yes, he is mine.) I think he is the only person who can put Cali in her place, because not even her own parents can do that, by the way.  I think that even if Logan was pulling pranks on Cali, he still cared for her and still thought about her even if they haven’t been talking for years. What I also liked about Logan is that he isn’t your usual ‘nerd boy’, who sits alone in a corner and all that. He is a lean, young man, with a physique that can make girls fall off their feet. (That is how I imagined him to be, and honestly, I find nerds kind of sexy. Am I the only one??)

One thing that I wish could’ve been different was the way the author fixed Cali’s relationship with her parents. I felt that it was kind of rushed, but I’m still glad they were able to accept her for who she really was.

L.M. Augustine surprised me with this one. When I read the blurb, I didn’t expect Cali to be this young woman who was just trying to cope with her brother’s suicide. To add to that, she also didn’t have a harmonious relationship with her parents and this made it harder for her. I think we can all learn lessons from this because I know that it is happening out there, somewhere.

Another thing that made me go “awww” while reading Two Roads were the poems that were included in it. I especially remembered I Carry Your Heart With Me, Logan’s favorite! And who could ever forget the swoon-worthy lines that Logan wholeheartedly confessed? “My love for you can keep the stars apart, can take seeds of the tree of life, can do more wonders than I will ever know. I love you with every part of me…” *happy sigh*

Two Roads is a refreshing, cutesy and swoon worthy novel that will make readers go “ooooh” then “awww”. Be ready for the ‘Augustine Awesomeness’ with the kickass witty lines and fun, playful prank ideas! And I am sure that you will all like LOVE Logan too!


My Rating


3 comments :

  1. I really liked this one as well! Great review, Rach! Logan <3

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  2. No, you're not the only one. I'd pick the nerdy sort any day. ;) I get what you mean about finding their love/hate relationship pretty amusing. I love romances that start off like that! You definitely have me curious about this book now. Lovely review!

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  3. I get tired of soppy romances and I prefer those ones with a bite in them. Sounds fun!

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