Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

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.

Some idiot in a small corner of the internet has predicted the end of the world and the only safe place will be Eden Valley, Alba's little home town - sounds stupid, right? Until the rumour spreads and strange people start flocking to the Valley. And Alba's live as she knows it is basically over. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this but I immediately fell in Alba's comic-centred brain and loved it.

Alba, or Sarah as she's actually named, lives above the family bakery, she bakes and draws, she has beautiful curves that she shows off in style, her hero is Wonder Woman - Alba is my kind of girl! Her mum and her best friend, Grady, has always known that Alba was meant for better things, and Alba herself has dreamt of seeing amazing art-inspired sights, but she likes her life the way it is and doesn't want to leave now that the time has come. 

This was a great coming of age story with a difference. Alba having to deal with the wide unknown after leaving school was in high contrast to the impending end of the world, and I loved the mirroring between the apocalypse and leaving home. In the end, the world is what you make of it and Alba just needed a push in the right direction. 

Published 11th February 2016 by Little Tiger Group. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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