Review: The Road to You by Marilyn Brant

November 22, 2013 Book 6

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Publisher: Twelfth Night Books
Publication Date: October 3rd 2013
Source: Provided by AToMR Tours for Review

Goodreads Summary: Sometimes the only road to the truth…is 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…

My thoughts:

“I sensed that, no, there wasn’t any time to change the road we were on. The piper had called us, and we’d chosen our path. In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began.”

-The Road to You by Marilyn Brant

This is the story of how Aurora and Donovan set out on a cross-country trip to search for clues that will lead to solving the mystery of Gideon and Jeremy. Gideon, Aurora’s brother, and Jeremy, Gideon’s brother, both disappeared two years ago without leaving a trace. Now, Aurora finds a journal, which may prove that her brother isn’t really dead. With Gideon’s reluctant help, they’ll set out to find out what really happened. Will what they find out be truly what they wanted to hear?

I absolutely enjoyed this! The pacing was a bit slow for me, but once it gets going, it’s a truly addicting story.

Aurora is such a refreshing character! She didn’t let romance and angst get in the way of what she truly wanted: to find out what happened to her brother. Aurora put aside her feelings for Donovan so she could actually get her head in the game. I loved how Aurora was always trying to decipher the puzzles that were left in the journals; it was fun to try and guess them with her. There’s also a lot of character growth from her, and also some self-discovery.

Donovan is a different story. From the very beginning he’s closed off and unreadable. Since the book is told from Aurora’s POV, we can only interpret Donovan like Aurora does. Nevertheless, Donovan proved to be a multi-dimensional hero. I totally fell for him.

The best of this book is the mystery. This book branches out from the typical New Adult contemporary romance genre and gives us a New Adult Mystery. The mystery here was so… UNEXPECTED. Your inner Sherlock won’t work here, because it’s like the author structured this book in a way that you’d only find out what was happening when the author wanted you to find out. Each little mysterious aspect was amazing when discovered and overall I liked the mystery in this book, although it wasn’t exactly “thrilling”.

For all of those romance fans, I will tell you that romance takes a backseat to everything else. The romance is mild, and sparse, but there IS romance present in the story. I found that the romance was always present, but never actually played with until it was absolutely necessary. I enjoyed this a lot because it showed that the most important aspect of this book was actually the mystery.

This book is set in 1978, and it was a nice change in setting. There wasn’t as much technology as there is nowadays, so the mystery is easily believable for the time it was set in. There are also great references to that time, so it actually feels genuine (I’m a 90’s child, but my mom read this book also and she says it actually is pretty accurate).

Overall, this was a great New Adult/Young Adult read and a very believable and complex mystery. I recommend this book to anyone who loves books about road-trips. Definitely a great read if you’re feeling adventurous. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Rating: 4 stars

it was really good


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  • Ooh the mystery sounds really good in this one! Thanks for sharing your awesome review Marianne, I haven’t heard of this one before.

    • I really liked it. It was slow at first, but then really surprised me!

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    I LOVE road trip books, and this cover is really pretty. I’ve read lots of books where the romance DOES cloud the vision of the true goal so I’m glad to hear that wasn’t the case here, that’s awesome. I hadn’t heard of this one but now I will for sure be on the lookout for it.

    • You should! It’s kind of New Adult, so naybe you’ll like it. 🙂

  • Marianne,
    Thank you so much for your lovely review of my new novel! I’m delighted you enjoyed the story…and that little clip from “Grease” was a perfect addition!! 🙂

    Jeann and Alise,
    Thanks to you both, too. I hope you’ll like it!

    • When I read the Grease references in the book I was beyond excited! I love that movie 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed my review!