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Editing Emma by Chloe Seager | ARC Review

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Cover of Editing Emma, lying next to my macbook Pro, with its Karen hallion laptop skin which features the 10th doctor and Hermione Granger, with a life and goals journal and pen

3.5 stars

THANK YOU TO HARLEQUIN TEEN AUSTRALIA & NETGALLEY FOR GIVING ME AN EGALLEY OF THIS BOOK IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

This was definitely an interesting read that was quite different to what I expected it; from the blurb below I thought it would be quite similar to Zoe Sugg’s Girl Online series, but it was definitely more mature and looked into the darker side of the web.

“When sixteen-year-old Emma Nash is ‘ghosted’ by the love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any normal teenage girl would do… Emma spends the summer lurking in her bedroom, avoiding all human contact (and the shower), surrounded by the collection of chewit wrappers she saved from packs Leon gave her, back when he actually acknowledged her existence…

But seeing Leon suddenly ‘In a relationship’ on Facebook with the perfect Anna, spurs Emma into action and she embarks on a mission to make positive changes to her life (or ‘edits,’ if you will) and vows to use the internet for more than obsessively stalking Leon’s activities! Instead, she will use it for good and noble causes like finding someone who will actually be nice to her, and recording her findings for the rest of the world to see (i.e. BFF Steph and her mum) on her new Editing Emma blog.

But Emma soon discovers her ‘habit’ is harder to break than she first thought – turns out she’s not the only one ‘editing’ herself online (thank you Tinder for finding her mum’s profile, age 35, really?) and that life through an Instagram filter isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. But it could be worse, she could have outed her best friend, accidentally chatted up a 12 year old boy and revealed to the world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl’s time or virginity… oh no wait, that’s exactly what happened…” (Summary from Goodreads)

“EVIDENCE: Heed my warning. DO NOT make life decisions that will actually affect your future based around someone you like. Even if you think you may ‘love’ them. It is not worth it. You will end up like me. I am doing a whole extra AS level because I am an idiot.” 

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September Wrap Up & October TBR

 

Wrap Up

In September I got through three of the four books I had set out to read, so I am really pleased with my effort overall. I did not expect to read four books, I was really hoping to get through at least two when it was getting close to the end of the month and I hadn’t completed any. However, in the last couple weeks I was bit by the reading bug and just devoured these books. I will get to Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give another month (probably November), as it was not meant to be this month.

The books I completed were:

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August Wrap Up & September TBR

Wrap Up

In August, I decided to partake in ARC August. To get through some of the Advanced Reader Copies I had recently acquired through Netgalley, and I did a lot better than I anticipated. I got through an insane seven books! Three of which were graphic novels but nonetheless this was my best month, and all books were ARC’s from Netgalley.
So now I am at 37/50 books in my Goodreads challenge, so I have already read more books than I did last year.

The seven books I read were:

August Wrap Up photo

• Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. 4 stars. This was different to what I was expecting but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mystery, the magic, the crazily diverse cast of characters. I highly recommend it. Read my full review here.

• An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen. 3 stars. This novel is unlike anything I’ve read before, the different POVs and how they reveal the life of Liv was very interesting. Read my initial thoughts here.

• Her by Garry Disher. 3 stars. This was an unusual novel, although it was definitely a book out of my reading comfort zone. I just wanted more from it, it just felt lacking in certain areas. Read my initial thoughts here.

• Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz. 4 stars. This was amazing, perfectly relatable and just a lovely light and easy read. Highly recommend to all fans of Sarah Scribbles. Read review here.

• The Little Red Wolf by Amèlie Flèchais. 4 stars. The illustrations within this book are breathtaking, such detail, it just immediately draws you in. I love the twist of a fairytale classic. Brilliant. Read my review here.

• Anne of Green Gables: A graphic novel by Mariah Marsden. 4 stars. I had to read this when I saw it listed on Netgalley. A couple of months ago I watched the Netflix adaptation, and having never read the original book I was looking forward to seeing how similar they were. Read full review here.

• Dating You/ Hating You by Christina Lauren. 5 stars. I absolutely loved this book. It was my first official NA novel, and it was just perfect. I loved the switching POVs getting to see events from both Carter and Eve’s perspectives. The romance and workplace rivalry was excellent and I swooned so often. Highly recommend. Read initial thoughts here.

TBR

With the success of last month, I decided to try to take it easy with the expectations for this month. Especially since my anxiety is rearing its ugly head which means more time knitting to help keep it at bay.

September TBR photos

• A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This series is one I found out about through bookstagram. It comes so highly recommended that I was intimidated to start it with such hype and acclaim to its name. But I am already halfway through and I love it, I am completely sucked into the story, and the characters and will have to get the second novel in the series before I finish this because I want to start it immediately after.

• Editing Emma: The Secret Blog of a Nearly Proper Person by Chloe Seager. This is an ARC gifted through Netgalley, at first from reading the summary it reminded me of Zoella’s Girl Online, except more grown up. There are references to masturbation, sex and more grown up topics that Zoella’s very tame G-rated books. I am enjoying it so far.

• Friend Request by Laura Marshall. This is another Netgalley ARC, and I can’t wait to read it. Its premise is so intriguing. Louise opens Facebook one day and has a friend request from her old school friend Maria Weston, except Maria died 25 years ago.

• The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This is being touted as the best and most important book of the year. Based on the Black Lives Matter movement, Starr witnesses her best friend being shot by a police officer for no reason, and she is torn about what to do. I cannot wait to read this.

Let me know what books are on your TBR, or thought on the books above.

I have also done a wrap up for February, March, April, May, June, and July so please feel free to check those out too.

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