Monday, October 7, 2013

Review: The Road to You by Marilyn Brant

The Road to You
By: Marilyn Brant
Release Date: October 3, 2013

Sometimes the only road to the one you’ve never taken.

Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed — locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary — I’d been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that.

The Road to Discovery...
Two years ago, Aurora Gray’s world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother’s journal and sees that it’s been written in again. Recently. By him.

The Road to Danger...
There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages. Aurora, who’s unusually perceptive and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy’s older brother and a guy she’s always been drawn to — even against her better judgment.

The Road to You...
Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they’ve never dared to ask aloud.

In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began...

“Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed—locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary—I’d believed my brother to be dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that.”
I can without a doubt say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was hooked on their mystery and their road trip to finding out the truth, Nancy Drew watch out (just don't let Aurora hear me calling her that lol).  This book was definitely more mystery than anything else, yes there was a little romance thrown in there and it helped the story on an additional level but it really didn’t even need it.  This book was exciting and adventurous and I’ve never read a mystery before so it was definitely something new for m and I enjoyed it.

We meet Aurora who just discovered a journal from her brother who went missing two years previously with his best friend, but there are new entries in it from the week before.  This surprises her and she joins forces with Donavan who is the older brother of Jeremy the one who went missing with her brother.  They set off on a road trip and discover so many weird things that make them question who their brothers really were and what they could possibly have been doing.  But one thing leads to another and they are off on another longer road trip, one full of discoveries.

This book contains a fabulous mystery with a great ending, there are car chases, motorcycle duded, explosives, fireworks, corrupt police men and possible mob ties thrown in for good measure.  There is so much adventure in this book with a side of romance that is really quite adorable because Donavan being the older of the two holds back his feelings, at least until she turns 18 then it’s free reign. 

I really loved the different places they visited and the addition of having route 66 which has always been a mystery on itself was an added bonus.  Hitting all the small towns from the mid-west to the south west they go about discovering crazy corruption through several states all while trying to find their brothers who were alive in their minds because they were in contact with them, or at least they were with Aurora’s brother Gideon.  All roads lead to finding out the truth and their brothers.

There were a few moments in the book well I really felt for the characters because their journey is long and frustrating and who knew there were so few people you could actually trust in this world.  I loved the different settings from this book, and the time as well because it happened before I was born, before there was so much technology, when things were both harder and simpler at the same time.  If they had the technology we have now none of this would have even transpired in my mind and I love that it really was nostalgic.  Especially when they were talking about Grease coming out in the theater for the first time and their reactions to the movie, I thought that was adorable. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and am happy I had the chance to review it.  If you love a good mystery with a lot of excitement and a little bit of romance then you will definitely have to read this book.  I couldn’t put it down and was mad when I had to go to sleep and I wanted to know what was going to happen next, very addicting. 

About the Author:
Marilyn Brant is a national bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary fiction. For Kensington Books, she wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, a new adult contemporary that won RWA’s Golden Heart Award, as well as the Aspen Gold and Booksellers’ Best; FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in women’s fiction; and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a romantic women’s fiction story featured by the Literary Guild and BOMC2, as well as by the Rhapsody Book Club, where it was Top 20 Bestseller in “Fiction & Literature.”

She's also a #1 Kindle Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, including ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH, both of which were Amazon and B&N Top 100 bestselling novels. She was recently named the 2013 Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English and lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family. She’s a big fan of travel, music and chocolate of all varieties, but she’s not so fond of celery or snakes. Or doing laundry.

Author social media links/website, etc.:
Website | Blog/“Brant Flakes”  | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

I received this book from Marilyn Brant, the author (through ATOMR tours)
, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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