Review: Adventures in Fashion

About the Book by Emily Craven

Madeline Cain knows that after six chaotic months, the rest of her time in New York City will be smooth sailing with Kevin — her new squeeze — by her side. That is, until Madeline’s idols drop a bombshell – she needs to pick a specialisation before the year is out or risk losing the career of her dreams. The problem? She’s about as sure of her photographic passion as a hiker is of outrunning a bear.

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Thus Madeline begins her search for her one true path with student-arranged assignments featuring certifiably insane children, lip-synching rockers, a dog whisperer, and… zombies? But it’s not until Madeline secures a ‘life-debt’ by saving a potential mobster from a gun-wielding cross-dresser that she sets her sights on an amazing internship opportunity.

Is her new patron really part of the mob? Can she nail this internship when all her experiments are going to hell? And how does she deal with Kevin’s obsession over her escapades?

Written as though you’re reading Madeline’s Facebook page, Adventures in Fashion will leave you giggling on the floor as Maddie posts about the second half of her Big Apple adventure.

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My Review:

Author Emily Craven / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 443 Pages


I loved the cover of this book. It’s fresh and young looking. The page count may look a little intimidating, but it’s not that kind of book. The formatting to mimic Facebook posts adds quite a bit of word count with the “Like Comment Share” line under every post and the spacing between posts. It is an interesting concept. It may take a couple of seconds to figure out who the friends and family are while you are eavesdropping on their posts.

There have been books in the past that were collected letters between authors. Readers felt like they were sharing in the author’s thoughts and feelings.  In this instance though, the Facebook posts back and forth are more humor by the friends teasing each other. They certainly show the fictional characters’ support for the main character. However, I felt they actually slowed down the story line.   I kept wanting to know when we would find out about what Dom really did for a living? I’m sorry to say, I started skipping some of the Facebook banter. I wanted to get to the parts where you were with Madeline discovering her photography talents. Being invited to play Farmville and figuring out hashtag references, while cute, didn’t keep me in the storyline.

I liked the Adventures in Fashion plot and feel Ms. Craven has a talent for getting Madeline into pickles. Don’t get me wrong, the story writing was good. Younger readers may not have the same reaction to the Facebook posts that I did.

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About the Author

author PhotoEmily Craven was first inspired to placed pen to paper when she was 13, after she learnt her favourite author, Isobelle Carmody, began her first novel at 14. Emily finished three books while completing a Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics and Geophysics) at the University of Adelaide. So technically, she can claim to be an astrophysicist (stars), geophysicist (rocks) and writer (crazy). She writes YA fiction, fantasy and non-fiction and teaches teenagers storytelling.

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23 Responses to Review: Adventures in Fashion

  1. REE DEE

    Thank you for the review! It was very helpful!

  2. Mai T.

    Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

    • Diana Wynne Jones! She is my favourite writer of all time, merging fantasy and comedy seamlessly. I wish she was still alive so I could thank her for the inspiration she has given me. As for alive people, I would love to meet Richard Branson.

      You?

  3. Thanks so much for having me on the tour! It’s super appreciated 🙂 And thanks for the considered review, I understand where you’re coming from with the posts vs notes format, most of the readers who have left reviews had strong preferences for one or the other too! (I love the comment banter at the ends of the notes the most…)

    I forgot to mention that I’m happy to give anyone who purchases a copy of ‘Madeline Cain: Adventures in Fashion’ before the end of the tour on the 28th April a free copy of the first book in the series ‘The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain’. Just email me the reciept of your purchase to: emily (at) madelinecain (dot) com.

    I’m here if you had any questions about writing, books, chicklit, the meaning of life… I’m not fussy 😉

  4. momjane

    A really great review. This sounds like a book I would love to read.

  5. Karen H

    Enjoyed reading the review today

  6. Thanks Emily for stopping by and letting us know about the opportunity to get the first book!

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  9. This sounds like a fun book, especially with summer coming up. It’s good to have something easy and light to read outside.

  10. My favorite part of the post is where you give your true opinions. I prefer that to a synopsis.

    • Thanks Elizabeth! I try really hard to share how I felt about a book. And just because there’s something I didn’t care for…. that may be just what someone else is looking for! I may say a dessert was too fruity and not chocolaty enough and someone else is looking for fruity!

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