By: Melanie | November 27, 2014 | (28) Comments

Review: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa KeilThe Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Pages: 294
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!~

4 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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28 Responses to Review: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

  1. Amelia K says:

    Words do not begin to explain how much I loved Life in Outer Space and I actually just bought myself a copy of this book at the bookstore, so now I want to jump into this like right now. I’m glad that there’s no love triangle, even though I had my suspicions when I read the synopsis. Thanks for clearing that up lol. Nice review once again!

  2. Yes…more aussie ya! I need to read more and Melissa Keil sounds like a brilliant author to kick off with. I do love a laid back narrative when it is done well, and it’ll be perfect for the summer.

    Thanks for the review Mel!!

  3. Bennari H. says:

    Oooh the cover really stand outs! I love the deep blue colour and the girl on the cover, she looks amazing. I do love comics so I think I should read this! Cool review.

  4. I read and loved Life in Outer Space and I’m really looking forward to reading The Adventures… because I liked Melissa Keil’s writing. I don’t have a copy of this book yet, as it’s not available in my local bookstores.
    Thanks for the review, Melanie!

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  5. Fantastic review Mel 🙂 I really enjoyed this one too – it was a light contemporary read with a feel-good vibe as well. It’s so great to see more Aussie YA that is really good coming out of this year, and probably next year as well. I definitely need to read ‘Life In Outer Space’!
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  6. THIS BOOK LOOKS AWESOME. I have a copy sitting on my shelf, patiently awaiting its turn to be read, but I think I’m going to have to bump it up my list, after reading this review. I don’t read nearly enough Aussie YA fiction!
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  7. blodeuedd says:

    Aussie YA..well..I have read 1. Omg only one? I should read more 0_0
    This one sounds good 😉
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  8. I have heard so many people rave about this book but have never really looked into it myself until now. You can bet I’m kicking myself because it sounds awesome! I really want to see what this writing style is like and yay for no love triangles! It’ll also be great to read a book set in Australia because I really don’t read enough.
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  9. This sounds fantastic, Mel! I love that cover, so definitely want to pick up a copy sooner rather than later. 🙂 I didn’t know that this one was set in Melbourne (well, maybe I did but I forgot), so that makes me want to read it even more because YA books set in Melbourne are so rare. 🙂
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  10. Rachel says:

    Aussie’s seem to breath something special into writing! I love the sound of no love triangle and I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the romance. Lovely review, Melanie! 🙂
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  11. Smiling like a maniac while reading FTW! Been there, done that, dealt with the dirty looks & didn’t give a rat’s heine. 😉 I obviously need more Aussie YA in my life! The writing sounds super fun, as does the story, and characters. Bonus points for Keil saying NO to love triangles.
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  12. Valerie says:

    I ACTUALLY WANT TO BUY THIS BECAUSE AS YOU SAID 1) Feel good contemporary and 2) COMIC BOOKS and 3) The main character actually sounds like a unique person that I would love to get to know. SO YES. I will be looking out for this in the future 😀
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  13. Anah says:

    Um, GIMME. Why haven’t I heard about this? I feel all out of the loop now. Maybe it’s ’cause I’m not a cool Aussie. :O

    You had me at no love triangle, though. It’d be nice to read a book with one or zero love interests. And feel good contemporary? Sign me up please. Such an adorable looking cover as well.

    Great review, Mel. ^_^
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  14. Eeek, that cover! I love it! I totally love it! 😀

    A great contemporary YA novel about a great character, and no love triangle?! SIGN ME UP! Going to keep my eyes out for this one. 😀 Great review, Melanie!
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  15. YAY. So happy to hear there isn’t actually a love triangle!! I bought this book immediately for my Kindle because I love Life in Outer Space so much, and I need to get to it soon. Sounds wonderful.

    Awesome review, girl!
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