In Review: The Road to You by Marilyn Brant

Posted November 29, 2013 by Kim in 3 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: The Road to You by Marilyn BrantThe Road to You by Marilyn Brant
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Publication date: September 29, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 300 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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My rating:

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...

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in review my thoughts

Marilyn Brant’s The Road to You is a great coming of age story with a bit of romance and a lot of mystery. It took me a little while to get into the book, but once I did I was intrigued by the mystery and the action kept me on the edge of my seat. I was kept me guessing with unexpected twists and turns and an interesting cast of characters. I wouldn’t have minded a little more romance, but the interaction and chemistry between Aurora and Donovan was fairly satisfying on its own and the mystery and suspense made up for the lack of romance. The connection between Aurora and Donovan was sweet and real, regardless of how they fought it.

One of the most interesting things to me was the setting of the book – both geographic and time. Route 66 is such an interesting and historic stretch of road. It made for a perfect setting for Aurora and Donovan’s trip. Set in the 1970s, there were no cell phones or modern technology we take for granted. This story wouldn’t have worked nearly as well in a more contemporary setting because of those devices.

Overall, this was a compelling mystery that kept my attention for the duration. It was a refreshing break from the books I generally  read. I enjoyed Marilyn’s writing style and look forward to reading more from her in the future.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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About Marilyn Brant

As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer for Romantic Times, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is a Lifetime Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her debut novel won RWA's prestigious Golden Heart Award® in 2007 and a number of awards since -- including the Single Titles Reviewers' Choice, the Booksellers' Best and the Aspen Gold.

Marilyn lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family, but she also hangs out online at her blog "Brant Flakes." When she isn't rereading Jane's books or enjoying the latest releases by her writer friends, she's working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.

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