Early Excitement: February 2015

Early Excitement

So many books are being released this February! I’ve got a list that has a wide range of books this month! Also, on a bit of a side note: I have reviews of a couple¬†February releases coming up soon on the blog. Be sure to stop by February 10th & 11th for those! Hint: I really really liked them both! ūüėČ Now, on to the books!


Shutter by Courtney Alameda —¬†February 3rd, 2015
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard —¬†February 10th, 2015
One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin — February 10th, 2015


The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson — February 10th, 2015
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas — February 24th, 2015
When My Heart Was Wicked by Tricia Stirling — February 24th, 2015

What February 2015 releases are you looking forward to?


Top Ten Books I’ve Already Read But Don’t Own (Yet)

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

I’m changing things up a little bit this week! Instead of the top books that I really want to read but don’t own, I’ve decided to showcase my top ten books that I’ve read before but for some reason just haven’t gotten my hands on either a physical OR eBook copy (yet). In no particular order…


1. The Selection by Kiera Cass
2. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
3. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
4. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
5. Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson


6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
7. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
8. Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
EXTRA: Bought after reading and loving the library eBook – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

What books have you read but haven’t actually purchased a copy for your collection?


Waiting on…The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: March 5, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:

The thrilling third installment to the Edgar-nominated, bestselling series

At the end of Maureen Johnson‚Äôs New York Times bestselling novel, The Madness Underneath, Rory, Callum and Boo are reeling from the sudden and tragic death of their friend and squad leader, Stephen. The Shadow Cabinet picks up where readers left off, and now Rory is convinced there must be a way to bring Stephen back. Meanwhile, new dangers arise: Rory’s classmate Charlotte is missing, and Jane and her nefarious organization are clearly planning something big‚ÄĒwith Rory as their most valuable asset. Time is running out as the ghost squad struggles to protect London and Rory fights to bring Stephen back.

why i can't wait

I’ve talked before about how much I love this series. The first book was so creepy, and the second book in this series, although majorly different than the first hooked me in a whole other way. I’ve read many of Maureen Johnson’s books and her humor and writing are just so wonderful. I can’t get enough.

My excitement for this book in particular is crazy! Those of you that have read book two in this series you’ll know just how shocking that ending was. Like, WOAH. Yeah, I’ve been waiting for this one FOREVER. Like, before The Madness Underneath came out (I was lucky enough to win an ARC). I’ll definitely be hoping to snag an ARC of this one closer to it’s release, too!

Have you read The Shades of London series? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

xo, emily

Top Ten Books to Put in Your Beach Bag

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books to Put in Your Beach Bag

This week was a freebie and with summer fast approaching (where I’m from it’s already really warm!) I jumped at the chance to talk about summery books! All my picks I consider to be “beach” or “poolside” reads that I think are a must to pack in your bag when you’re headed to the beach!

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Before I Blogged (#1) – The Name of the Star

Before I BloggedBefore I Blogged is a weekly feature inspired by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner in which I share a book that I read and loved before I started blogging!

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1) by Maureen Johnson

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Release Date: September 29, 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon ‚ÄúRippermania‚ÄĚ takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

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