Monday 20 January 2014

**Blog Tour** Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

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.

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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Tammy's Review

4 Bare Naked Stars****

Wow Two Roads is such a different story than the typical sweet YA/NA stories.  If you’re looking for the sweet love story where boy meets girls falls madly in love story this isn’t it.  This is a story full of tragedy, loss, heartbreak but so funny.  Many times I was laughing out loud at the pranks they pulled on each other. 

‘I don’t mind being called a bitch. Being a bitch means I’m strong. Being a bitch means I’m surviving, and sometimes that’s all I can do: I survive. I do everything I can to get by, even if it makes me sick to my stomach.’ – Cali

Cali is lost and broken since the night her brother died four years ago.  She can’t seem to let him go or the guilt she feels for his death. She blames herself, her parents, and Logan (his best friend) for his death. She is a twenty year old college student that now has two new personas the mean girl that hates everyone and the popular girl that hooks up with every boy on campus.  But she doesn’t really hook up with them.  She just pretends and lies to everyone.  She can never move past the guilt and unhappiness she feels over her brother’s death. 
‘I still cry myself to sleep every night. I still spend my days wishing I could go back to before four years ago. I still feel worthless, but at least pretending to be someone else dulls the pain.’ – Cali
I LOVED Logan.  He is the HOT geek!  He loves all things to do with geeky math and wears the shirts to prove it.  He has a heart of gold and hides how broken he is from his best friend’s death four years ago.  He can’t move past it any easier than Cali.  He just hides it much better! 

‘The truth is, when Logan and I are going at it like this, we’re in our own little world…..It’s just us, just me and him, just our insults and our pranks and our twisted refreshing, perfect and so screwed up hate for each other. In a really strange way it’s kind of nice….My hatred for Logan is terrible and refreshing, wonderful and horrible all at once.’ – Cali

After Ben’s death (Cali’s brother) Logan moves away and he doesn’t speak to Cali till he transfers to the same college she is attending.  She feels she must make his life a nightmare for abandoning her and her brother when they needed him the most.  In her eyes he could have stopped her brother’s death. She hates he now lives a happy life with his friends like nothing happened.  They are mean and full of hate towards each other.  They pull prank after prank on each other trying to beat each other at the game.  During these pranks Cali pulls one that made me throw my kindle!  She pushed it too far and it took me a bit to get past it. 

”And that’s the thing about love: no matter how hard you search, no matter how hard you run, sometimes, just sometimes, true love is right in front of you all along.”

Cali and Logan are set up on a blind date.  They find out they both love poetry and they enjoy being around each other even if It’s to pull pranks. They keep making up more excuses to see each other and be close. Slowly they each begin to break through each other’s walls. Can they move past the tragedy of their past and be together or go their separate ways?

I really enjoyed Two Roads.  It was the perfect mix of love, loss, tragedy mixed with the funniest pranks and laugh out loud moments. 

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