Here's what reviewers have to say about Madeline Cain's first adventure in The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire:
‘A healthy dose of Kathy Lette, a dash of Bridget Jones, a smidgeon of Crocodile Dundee and a hefty dollop of Sex In The City, and you have a breezy, entertaining read that will have you wondering why your life is so comparatively uneventful.’ ~Jamie Simpson, Bestchicklit.com.
The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire is an engrossing work of young adult fiction that promises to reach beyond young adult audiences into the worlds of twenty-somethings, and provides a story narrated in modern snippets of detail from announcements and texts to Facebook posts. Add romances, betrayals, and blackmail to the mix and you have a rollicking set of encounters at home and abroad, all fueled by the spunky persona of a girl determined to live life to its fullest - and share her experiences with friends and loved ones. ~ Diane Donovan, e-book reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"The problem with Facebook is, you can't fail at life in private."
Madeline Cain has made it! A New York City adventure and acceptance into a world famous photography school in Greenwich Village. What else could await an Australian in the big city but glamour, fun and kickass photo opportunities? All she needs is Facebook to brag to family and friends back home and she’s set. Right? Right??
From the moment she’s forced to make ends meet by accepting a job as a pizza delivery girl chaos becomes a close friend, much to the delight of her growing Facebook followers. As Madeline struggles not to embarrass herself in front of her hot (but taken) neighbour, Kevin, she must survive abusive umbrellas, deliveries to cross-dressing dwarfs, and completely unwarranted FBI questioning. Things move from the crazy to the ridiculous when she accidentally blackmails Kevin’s millionaire girlfriend with photos of her cheating on him.
Does Madeline accept the bribe money she desperately needs or protect her budding relationship with Kevin the hottie?
Written as though you are reading Madeline’s Facebook page, ‘The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain’ is a modern tale that will leave you in stitches.
About the Author
Emily Craven was first inspired to placed pen to paper when she was 12, after she learnt her favourite author, Isobelle Carmody, began her first novel at 14. Emily finished the first draft of her fantasy and travel novel manuscripts while completing a Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics) 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. Emily lives in Australia and yes, back when she was a teenager her high school had its own herd of Kangaroos. She's been to almost every continent (Africa being her weakness in continent-domination) and has the pretty photographs to prove it (though probably less professional then Madeline Cain...). In 2010 Emily decided life wasn't interesting enough and decided trying to write a novel in a month. Definitely not insane enough to try writing a fantasy novel, she chose to do a comedy based in Facebook. She created a Facebook event and threw her plot line to the winds, asking her assortment of friends to give her their best ideas, which included chameleons, umbrella's called Laani, triplets, a transvestite dwarf book club and a group of disturbed university students. Emily sites November 2010 as the only month she could legitimately claim her hours on Facebook as "research". An avid traveller and amateur photographer, Emily has travelled to New York City twice and plans to go back at least a dozen times more. All the photographs in this novel are taken by her. She plans to take Madeline all around the world, so stay tuned for the next Grand Adventure! THE SERIOUS STUFF Emily is an author, speaker, innovator and the creator of the Story City GPS app which allows you to take part in a real-life choose your own adventure. Emily was the first person in the world to create real-life choose your own adventures and is the winner of the Brisbane City Council Innovation Award for her innovative storytelling projects. Emily has spoken to teenagers and teachers across Australia (keynotes, workshops and masterclasses) on ebooks, digital and multimedia storytelling and is the digital writer in residence at Brisbane State High School. She also on occasion podcasts her work; her latest is The Priori Podcast, a YA fantasy novel released a chapter a week on her website and iTunes (available at www.originalfantasy.com). She was previously the Digital Producer for if:book Australia (The institute for the future of the book) and QLD Writers Centre and has been featured in Money Magazine, Channel 7’s ‘The Great South East’ and in various Courier Mail articles. You can find out more about her as an author at her E-book Revolution website. Feel Free To Contact Emily Online! Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GrandAdventuresOfMadelineCain Twitter: @TheMadelineCain Blog: http://originalfantasy.com, http://ebookrevolution.com.au
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain Series is an entertaining set of stories that follows the madcap adventures of Australian Madeline Cain when she comes to New York City and embarks on a journey to become a professional photographer. Author Emily Craven introduces the reader to Madeline Cain's first six months of adventures in The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire, book one in the series. She weaves the tale in an intriguing social media format style utilizing the Facebook platform. One would think that it would be hard to follow Madeline as her journey to become a professional photographer is met with hilarious trials and tribulations via her Facebook postings to her followers, but I found myself easily drawn into her story. This lighthearted and amusing story has so many laugh-out-loud moments, it is a delightful story that will keep you engaged and turning the pages as Madeline's zany adventures in the Big Apple are met with a variety of trials and tribulations that simply tickle the funny bone and leave you wanting more. Just when you think that Madeline can't get herself into any more crazy situations, author Emily Craven entices the reader with Madeline Cain: Adventures in Fashion, the second book in the series. In this book, the story continues with the next six month's of Madeline's adventures while on her journey to become a photographer. More drama, romance, and zaniness are in store for the reader as Madeline takes quirky to a new level when her latest adventures has her tangling with the mob. This quirky Australian sure knows how to get herself in a pickle! I found myself just as entertained and giggling while turning the pages like I did in the first book. The social media Facebook format was easier to follow, I really enjoyed this fresh style of writing a story, it grew on me and I found myself wondering if maybe our own Facebook posts are just as humorous as Madeline's! The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain Series is a thoroughly entertaining YA series that is simply crazy good, it will make you laugh, roll your eyes, smile, and leave you wanting more! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.