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The incredible adventures of Cinnamon girl by Melissa Keil

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

Author: Melissa Keil

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont

Published: September 2014

Genre: YA,Contemporary

Source: Netgalley

Date read: 25th February 2016

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publishers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My thoughts:

The Incredible adventures of Cinnamon girl takes place in a small town in Australia, nothing ever happens in Eden Valley until one day a YouTube video goes viral.  Ned Zebidiah has predicted an apocalypse and the only safe haven is the one and only Eden Valley.

17-year-old Alba loves her little town in Australia where nothing much happens, however she is at a stage in her life when she needs to make decisions, life changing ones. Alba wishes everything could remain the way it is, her friends and family all in one place as she likes it. Her friends on the other hand have different ideas, the majority of them cannot wait to say goodbye to Eden Valley and see more of the world. With an impending apocalypse, the return of an old friend and decisions to be made, can Alba keep it together?

I really like Alba’s character, she is artistic, witty and loveable. She is at the stage of her life when she has just finished school and she has to make decisions about what to do with her life, should she go to college? work? travel?  Alba also has curves and a healthy figure which is portrayed in this story really well, there is no self-consciousness with the way she looks, she is confident and it’s so refreshing to see this in a YA book especially as the younger audience are so impressionable. Alba also loves to draw and Cinnamon girl is her creation, drawing frame after frame trying to get her image right or the background just so. I have recently started being interested in comics and I loved the idea of someone creating them and the illustrators thought processes. Alba was a great strong protagonist and very relatable.

Grady is Alba’s best friend in the whole wide world they have grown up and done everything together. Grady has his flaws like most of the characters in this book but he is such a nice boy, knowing what he wants to do with his life and being there for Alba giving her encouragement with her drawings of Cinnamon girl.

One character I didn’t like was Daniel, he just appeared to be egotistical, very self-conscious and a bit of a sleaze. With masses of people flocking to the safe have of Eden Valley, Daniel returns years after moving away and has become a bit of star in TV and is stirring a lot of emotions within Alba and Grady.

This book is so cute, it has a slow burn romance with no love triangle, the writing style is amazing and loved that it was set in Australia.  I really like that the book incorporated comics and a few famous comics/names were mentioned such as Fiona Staples and Persepolis. This was my first Melissa Keil novel and have been recommended life in outer space

I recommend this book to anyone who reads YA with a slow burn romance, art/comic content.

Overall I rated this 4 out f 5 stars.

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Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Oneworld publications

Published: 22nd October 2015

Genre: YA, Sci-fi

Source: Owned

Date read: 2nd January 2016

 

Synopsis from Goodreads

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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My Thoughts:

I am going to be completely honest, I picked this book solely upon the hype it was receiving from booktubers around the globe. I was going into this book pretty much blind, I knew a bit of the premise but that was all. So I get to around 100 pages and I am thinking to myself “Am I reading the same book as everyone else?” I just wasn’t really liking it, I wanted to really like it and the majority of my Goodreads friends have rated it 5 stars, everyone else was liking it…so why wasn’t I! I was perplexed.

So I get to 200 pages and this is where everything started getting interesting and faster paced, you get to see how messed up it is. I really appreciated the format that this book was written in, it was so fun! At one point I had the book upside down trying to read.

This book reads like a folder of hacked documents including emails, IM’S, Medical reports, schematics and interviews. It makes the book read faster and just an interesting idea.

The characters in this book are amazing and side characters are equally as fleshed out. I liked that they weren’t all young and were from totally different backgrounds.

Kady is a 17-year-old girl, she is a very strong, stubborn and intelligent with a knack for programming and hacking, she does have a softer side too. Ezra was a sweet young man, who had been drafted to be a pilot for a smaller aircraft off of the Alexander, he was caring, loyal and I loved the conversations going back and forth between him and Kady.

What I loved was AIDAN(artificial intelligence defence analytics network)I thought this idea was really unique (I haven’t read much sci-fi) and I really loved the growth of this character – if you can even call it that.

I found the ending a little confusing as it doesn’t really explain what Illimunae is, however this is supposed to be a trilogy so I expect we will find out in the next installment.

Also, it seems that this could be made into a movie which will be awesome.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who reads YA or Sci-fi.

Overall I rated 4 out of stars

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You by Caroline Kepnes

 

You (You, #1)

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Ltd

Published:18th June 2015

Genre: Thriller

Source: Library

Date read: 15th December 2015

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

 

My Thoughts:

This book is a great debut novel for Kepnes, I haven’t read a stalker book before and was intrigued, however in parts it felt a bit repetitive, I didn’t like any of the characters in the book and I was starting to get a little bored with the story. The book is written in such a way that it feels like Joe is actually talking about you….ha ha ha see what I did there!*hangs head* So it can be a very creepy book depending on how you read it.

Joe is a total psychopath! I didn’t like him at all, he stalks Beck to no-end, he has Facebook, twitter, email accounts and watching her every move.  He is obsessed with Beck and is determined to be her boyfriend and nothing will get in his way.The thing that shocked me the most was that he didn’t believe he had issues and that he was actually protecting her from her friends and other men that looked her way.

Beck is so annoying I really didn’t like her, she was an attention seeking little cow-bag, she had her own issues but would flaunt around with no bra on and get dressed in front of her window that had no blinds or curtains. Flirt with pretty much anyone. And I know this is probably awful to say but she brought a lot of this on herself. She is such a user as well, she was stringing Joe along at times just for odd job duties and I was starting to feel sorry for him, but I had to remind myself that he was the one in the wrong and I shouldnt be feeling like this.

I felt the story went on a little too long and I was getting bored in places, it was sometimes just him constantly checking email updates and tweets to see if beck was thinking about him. It was a bit predictable as well, even though I haven’t read a stalker book I figured it out pretty early on.

This is a book that will make you step back and have a reality check, there could be someone stalking you but you just don’t know it. With all the social media and how easy it is for people to access the information is very scary.

This is an adult book and does contain explicit language and sexual scenes so it will not be for everyone or a younger audience.

Caroline Kepnes has another Novel Hidden Bodies in February 2016, which I have received an ARC for so it will be interesting to see as it follows Joe the same character.

Overall I rated this 3.5 stars out of 5.