Thursday, October 17, 2013

THE ROAD TO YOU by Marilyn Brant - Review


Author: Marilyn brant

Release: October 3, 2013

Age Group/Genre: Upper YA/New Adult coming-of-age romantic mystery

Book Description

“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.”
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, intelligent 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 McKracken, 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...” 

The Road To You is a brilliant and complex mystery with just the right amount of romance. I absolutely loved every single second of this book. I felt like I was back in the seventies; on a road trip with bad disco, no cell phones, and really cheap motel rooms! The Road To You not only brought the seventies to life on the page, it also had me trying to figure out the puzzle pieces just as diligently (but not nearly so well) as Aurora. 

If there is one aspect of this book that is absolutely, without a doubt, fantastic, it is the mystery. Marilyn Brant’s skill in devising this incredibly detailed, well thought-out and absolutely mind-blowing! I was amazed by the code in the journal, and Aurora’s ability to decode it. All of the thought put in to how the puzzle fits together is absolutely astounding. You will be completely amazed by this book!

The book takes place in the late 70s; before cell phones, caller ID, GPS, etc. The era is really brought to life in The Road To You, through Aurora and Donovan’s road trip. The places they visit and the steps they take to unravel the mystery of Gideon and Jeremy’s disappearance are so interesting. There is a scene where Aurora goes to see Grease in theaters and the author does such an amazing job describing Aurora’s first impression of a movie so many of us have seen over and over again. It’s just fascinating.

This book is full of mystery and excitement and even a little bit of sadness. The romance level is there, but it complements the overall story instead of being the focus of the book. I strongly recommend this read for young adults and adults alike.

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.

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  1. Britney,
    Thank you!!
    Your review made my day ;).

    1. :) So glad to hear that! I absolutely adored the book!