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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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An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen | ARC Review

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Cover of An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen on my iPad next to a vase of purple flowers

3.5 stars

“You know, what makes you human is individual variations moving away from the median data. If you were neutral, if you were just in the middle of all the graphs and charts, then you would be no one. You would be a zero. You would be a computer.”

THANK YOU TO TEXT PUBLISHING & NETGALLEY FOR GIVING ME AN EGALLEY OF THIS BOOK IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

An Uncertain Grace is unlike any I have read before, mostly because it isn’t in my usual genres. That being said whilst I did find it highly unusual, I quite enjoyed it. The novel isn’t broken into chapters; instead, it was broken into five parts, each about a completely different character (Casper, Ronnie, Cameron, M, Liv).

“Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her – and when he has lived it, he will understand how.

Later…
A convicted paedophile recruited to Liv’s experiment in collective consciousness discovers a way to escape from his own desolation.
A synthetic boy, designed by Liv’s team to ‘love’ men who desire adolescents, begins to question the terms of his existence.
L, in transition to a state beyond gender, befriends Liv, in transition to a state beyond age.
Liv herself has finally transcended the corporeal – but there is still the problem of love.” – Summary from Goodreads

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Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren | ARC Review

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Cover of Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren next to a vase of fake blue flowers

5 stars

 

“I think I’m only now realizing how hard it must be to be a woman. Too thin or not thin enough. Do your job flawlessly, but don’t show up any of the men. Speak up, but don’t be bitchy. Smile. And then you have people like Brad totally playing into it.” 

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

I absolutely adored Dating You/ Hating You! I had read a few reviews and all of them had been positive, but I would not have expected how much I devoured this book. This is probably my first official New Adult genre novel, and I am definitely going to be looking into the genre in the future, (so if anyone has any good suggestions please leave them below!), the romance had me swooning.

“Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirty-something professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Whether these two Hollywood love/hate birds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.”Summary from Goodreads

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Graphic Novel Mini Reviews | Andrews McMeel Publishing

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So I have decided instead of having my graphic novel reviews solely on Goodreads, I might start doing little batches of mini reviews here. I might try and have them all linked to a similar theme or series in the future (what do you guys think, leave any thoughts or suggestions in the comments below).

The theme for this batch of mini reviews, are that these are all graphic novels I received from Andrews McNeel Publishing through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, and would highly recommend reading any of these.They all brought a smile to my face.

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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.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody | ARC Review

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Cover of Daughter of the Burning City on my iPad, surrounded by fake flowers 

4 Stars

“In short, there is a lot a city can see, hear and experience by traveling the world. Thus, we manage to mingle in the affairs of virtually everyone, and we gain enough intelligence from each destination to pull some powerful political strings.”

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

Daughter of the Burning City was quite different to what I expected going in, for some reason I wasn’t expecting it to be as focused on the mystery. But I’m glad it did because it was really interesting following that and seeing it unfold before the characters. I will say that I correctly guessed one part of the mystery (why her family was being targeted) but did not call the other twists. They definitely caught me off guard.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smouldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet, even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so, she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. (Summary from Harlequin Books)

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