Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.
The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:
Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.
Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.
As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems
I went from start to finish with a grin on my face when reading this. Yep, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (gosh that’s a mouthful) is one of those feel good contemporary reads. If that hasn’t sold you, I know exactly what will: IT’S AUSSIE YA! Clearly you need to read it now, yes?
And to all of those who are going ‘nope’ because they think they’re oh-so-fabulous (but deep down have already got their money out ready to buy a copy), let me persuade you by showcasing some more major selling points.
– It’s written in this seriously awesome, laid-back style. The main character is literally telling us her story TO US, guys. 1) It makes the reader feel included and 2) you don’t get this a lot, so the narrative was really refreshing. I certainly kept me turning the pages. Perhaps this style won’t work for everyone, but I loved it.
– Every character has the utmost detail. No character is wasted here, folks. Each and every single one of these characters had a lot of depth and personality. It’s definitely one of the highlights in this book, because it’s like they’re all your BEST FRIENDS. Well…maybe not Daniel. Blurgh, I’m so-so about that guy, but that was probably the author’s intention.
– There’s no love-triangle, contrary to what the synopsis might suggest at first. I mean, I totally freaked when I read the synopsis–it’s never a good sign when it mentions two different guys. Basically, LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT. But nope, this IS NOT THE CASE here. We have platonic girl-boy relationships and well…we have a beautiful romance too. YOU’LL SHIP IT GUYS, I promise. I certainly jumped aboard the second I cracked open this book–no exaggeration. It’s a very sweet, slow build up, and I approve of it so very much. *nods*
– It’s set in Melbourne! So it was awesome before the story was even written, clearly.
– COMICS. Alba here is quite into them, draws them, so if you like comics, well THEN YOU PRACTICALLY NEEDED THIS BOOK LIKE, YESTERDAY. But no seriously, I really loved this aspect despite not being a comic fan myself, and how it was incorporated into the novel.
In all, I really enjoyed this book (if you couldn’t tell), the characters were all spot on, the romance was so genuine and just boootiful and well, JUST READ IT! If you loved Life in Outer Space, then there’s no doubt that you’ll fall in love with this one too.
~Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy!~
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