Do adore when artists release their albums for full live stream before the release date. It reminds me of walking through music stores, finding an album and putting it in, putting on the huge noise-cancelling earphones of the store and just losing myself in new music. Tis awesome!
Lea Michele’s album, Louder is on iTunes right now before its March 3rd debut for sampling. The entire album yes, including If You Say So, the song she penned specifically for Corey Monteith.
I agree with Billboard, that the final lines are really poignant and just make her pain feel something universal, reminds listeners of their own losses.
The final verse is the most harrowing, with Michele declaring, “I check my phone and wait to hear from you in a crowded room,” and the music builds as she concludes, “I thought we would grow old/Mirrors in the smoke/Left me here to choke.”
Michele has been talking about her future and what it means to not have Monteith with her and it is so sad to hear how a future so full of promise is gone. A lot of loss lately going on publicly. My heart goes out to her and of course, best wishes for the album that she’s definitely put a lot of her heart into it.
Have you heard, winter is coming… AGAIN. Time to huddle for warmth because while it has been almost spring-like outside lately, the arctic vortex (WTH?!) is making its comeback for the third (???) time.
Don’t look at me, I’m no weatherperson. All I have for you is a guaranteed line-up of YA novels certain to keep you entertained by the fire, and make the company of one better than ever uhm… even though some are not out yet. (Sorry!) Mostly these books are the thirds in their respective series and then one greenish, praying mantis-spurned apocalypse to grow on. What?! It’s not your birthday? Well happy un-birthday to me then, because these books look amazing.
Finally! We get to find out who killed Cecile in Third Strike, the last in the Slayer Chronicles. Oh you know… it’s only been years in the making and we are so pleased to have THE END to these stories. Get your copy now! Oh yeah, there are people out there walking around right now who know the killer’s identity already. Are you jealous? I am.
Yeah, if news of Third Strike didn’t send you into a tizzy, check out this cover reveal and excerpt from Chris Colfer’s third book, A Grimm Warning.
Suddenly the hall of fairies parted. Something was causing a ruckus, and they hurried away from it as fast as possible. Three boisterous witches had just arrived in the Fairy Palace, and they noisily made their way into the center of the hall.
Each wore a long, ragged black cloak and smelled foul. One witch had cat eyes and twigs for hair, another was missing an eye but had two large noses, and the third had skin so loose, it appeared to be melting off her face like wax. They cackled loudly at the fairies cowering away from them.
The eight members of the Fairy Council formed a circle around the witches. It was obvious they had come to start trouble. CONTINUE READING…
Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unmade cover, the third and final book in the Lynburn Legacy, was leaked which means she could post the cover herself along with the excerpt from the back of the book:
Who will be the sacrifice?
Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.
Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.
This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.
Lastly, your bonus book for this Round-up… it is not the third in a series, but this green, florescent tome is one that shouldn’t be missed. Aimed at older readers than the others above, but certainly no less thrilling or fantastically fun, Grasshopper Jungle punches reality along a roller-coaster plot that doesn’t stop for anyone.
Find out more when our blog tour of Grasshopper Jungle posts this Thursday and for now just bask in the weird with this trailer:
Wracking up the criticalacclaim, Andrew Smith, has projectile-vomited green all over the YA Book genre with Grasshopper Jungle and still has come out of the experience, smelling like roses. Damn! He’s good.
I can’t put into words the amount of respect that I have for Lea Michele. She lost the love of her life, Cory Monteith passed away. She’s worked hard at maintaining a career and showing girls every where no matter what their circumstance – they can accomplish anything.
The starlet sat down with her BFF – Jonathan Groff, at a restaurant in Venice, California. They two talked everything from Spring Awakening to Glee to the “whole new level of strength” that Lea Michele has found.
On Spring Awakening and her BFF Jonathan -
At the end of the day I would most certainly give up Spring Awakening, which was the greatest experience of my life, to have met you. In this lifetime, if there is anything you need, it’s a best friend. It’s so crazy to talk about Spring Awakening because I feel like we’ve lived 10 lives since then. I was the one always saying to you, “I’ll never get that part. No one will ever hire me.” The biggest limits are the ones you make for yourself. You believed in me a lot.
Why her debut album is called ‘Louder’…
Louder is like me. I’m loud, I come from an Italian family, I don’t stop talking.
On her love for Cory…
I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now. There’s just something about knowing he’s watching everything I’m doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him. I also have a safety net below me—if I fall or if it’s too much, my friends and family will be there to catch me.
There is so much more that Lea talked to Teen Vogue about. She’s a beautiful soul. The issue hits newsstands February 4th.