Monday, January 13, 2014

Blog Tour: TWO ROADS by L.M. Augustine

Author: 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... 

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So... I got very lucky to know Luke (my nickname for L.M. because he doesn't want to reveal his name apparently even though I begged him to. In return, I'm naming him whatever I want depending on my mood. Okay this is a very long side comment I'll stop now) while he was writing Two Roads and was even luckier when I was approved (okay not really approved, invited maybe) for an ARC. Hooray! Since then, TR is sitting at the top of my favorite geeky books until now. Maybe only another Luke book can topple it off that chart. Who knows? ;)
Almost four months after reading it, I stumbled upon a tweet about a blog tour for TR and of course, I signed up right away! This stop is actually not an additional job for me since I already wrote a review for TR. If you want to read what I had to say about it, just click here. Just a warning, I think I may have gone a little crazy when writing that. And oh, bonus! In that review is also included my casting for Logan. So if you wanna know who it is, click here. Seriously, just click here. Or here. ;)
I can't actually remember what I signed up for during the tour and when Stephanie emailed the schedule, I saw that I am to post or talk about playlist. As much as I wanted to embed the "official" playlist of TR compiled by the author himself, I can't. I know it sucks, but what sucks more than a country where Spotify isn't available yet? Oh yes people I'm not quite sure if we're living in the same planet but it looks like Philippines is in another galaxy because WHY IS SPOTIFY NOT AVAILABLE HERE?! Epic fail, my country. Anyways, if you want to hear Luke's playlist just click HERE and let's hope it takes you to the right link because I can't open the freakin' link myself! Again, click HERE for the official playlist.
So, my country being a bummer and all that. I wanna share my own playlist for Two Roads. Well, if you haven't noticed, our blog's name is The Bibliomaniacs and their Playlists. I think the name alone would give you an idea about the things we do, say or post here on our blog. Yes people, we review books and attach our own playlist to our reviews. We love books as much as we love music so why not put the two together right? ;) 
Here's my playlist for Logan and Cali's story :
Pray For You by Jaron and the Long Road
Cat and Mouse by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Petals Back On The Rose by Jaron and the Long Road
Let's Be Us Again by Lonestar
It's Always Been You by Chris August
(If you want to view the playlist on YouTube, click here)


For my book playlist I had a very hard time looking for songs that would perfectly fit Logan and Cali’s life stories. Really, really hard time. I found this one song and when I heard it, I immediately thought of Logan and Cali and their banters. The whole song doesn’t really fit but ohmygod the chorus is so perfect. You heard the song Pray for You by Jaron and the Long Road? Riiight?!!! If you haven’t heard it, well it’s in the playlist above and I included some lines from the song’s chorus. Here goes:
I pray your brakes go out runnin' down a hill
I pray a flower pot falls from a window sill
And knocks you in the head like I'd like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you're flyin' high when your engine stalls
I pray all your dreams never come true
Just know wherever you are, honey, I pray for you
Other songs in the playlists were included because they’re the ones I was listening to while writing this review. The Cat and Mouse by Red Jumpsuit well maybe because of the title. Haha! I am so not good at these stuffs I swear! Most of the songs I chose only have parts that fit TR, not the whole song. Just like this another song by Jaron and the Long Road entitled Petals Back on the Rose:
Can we put the petals back on the rose?
It's been you and me and this stem of thorns from a long time of lows.
Sadness and frustration.
Sometimes that's how it goes.
But baby tonight I start to put the petals back on the rose.
And this part from Let’s Be Us Again by Lonestar:
Look at me I’m way past pride
Isn't there some way that we can try
To be us again
Even if it takes a while
I'll wait right here until I see that smile
That says we're us again
Despite my incompetence on finding fitting songs, I think I nailed it with this one. I chose It’s Always Been You by Christ August as Logan’s song for Cali. Enjoy.
It's always been You
From the day that I saw You
From a heart that was broken
I was changed into something brand new 
Like a butterfly learning
How to use my wings to fly like the wind
I gotta make it home again 
It's always been You
Seeing deeper than the surface
With a smile You demolish
All my walls You can always break through 
To the heart of the matter
No matter what I try to do
When I hide from the sun
You come and change my point of view 
And I'm sorry for the things I've done
When You ran to me, I turned to run
But You were waiting when I came undone
And needed something to hold on to 
'Cause it's always been You
In the heat of the moment
When the pain was so real
And the scars on my heart were still wounds 
I gotta stop hiding
From the one thing that's left to do
I know what I gotta do 
And I'm sorry for the things I've done
When You ran to me, I turned to run
But You were waiting when I came undone
And needed something to hold on to
It's always been You 
I wake up, I wake up
To the morning light, to Your morning light
I wake up, I wake up
'Cause You shine so bright 
I'm sorry for the things I've done
When You ran to me, I turned to run
Yeah, You were waiting, You were waiting 
And I'm sorry for the things I've done
When You ran to me, I turned to run
But You were waiting when I came undone
You gave me something to hold on to 
Yeah, it's always been You
Oh, it's always been You
Oh, it's always been You
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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.” 
~L.M. Augustine, Two Roads

About the Author:

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. Click To Subscribe is his first novel, but it won’t be his last. Find Lucas on FacebookTwitter, Goodreads, Website

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