Friday, August 3, 2012

Cora Flash #Review #Giveaway

About: Cora Flash is on her way to Topaz Mountain to visit her uncle. It's her first time traveling and she's taking the train. Unbenounced to her, the invaluable diamond of Madagascar is traveling with her, and so is a world class jewel theif.

Which one of Cora's new friends could've stolen the diamond? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out.

Review: As I'm sure you savvy readers have guessed, Cora Flash is a mid-grade mystery. 

I signed on for this tour because I was seeking out new reading material for my eight-year-old niece. I decided to read through the book before handing it over to make sure it's appropriate reading material for her. 

I was pleased to find that Cora Flash is a great fit for it's target audience. 
  • The language is appropriate and civil. There isn't a parent (or pseudo-parent in my case) out there that needs their child learning more curse words and derogatory terms. They reach a certain age when it seems they're auto-populating such things. It's nice to see something geared toward children that strong character interaction and even conflict without going overboard. Kudos!
  • The action in the story is relevant and clean. I hate it when thing aimed towards kids degrade their intelligence with bathroom humor and violence. This book acknowledges the intelligence of and challenges it's target audience.
  • The pacing is appropriate for mid-grade.  Things don't happen "boom-bang and it's done" like we all have the attention span of a guppy. At the time, the story and plot keep a fluid motion. The chapters rise and fall the way that any good fiction should.
  • The characters are likable. Cora is fun character and the kind of girl most everyone would like as friend. In addition, the other people she meets on the train are developed and have personality that can be related too. Not everyone is super nice and sharing, but they're realistic and embody various aspects of social roles. 

Cora flash for me was a bit of Nancy Drew meets The Orient Express, except with thievery instead of murder. Also, Cora isn't as seasoned a sleuth as Nancy, but it is her first novel. Overall, I'd say it's one to read with the kidlets. 

Speaking of The Diamond of Madagascar only being Cora's first novel, the little lady has a new book. Check it out! I put a pretty picture of it for y'all to look at. 

This pretty picture also serves as a purchasing link. Because I  love you like that. 

Wanna win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar? Well, there are two ways to enter...
  1. Leave a comment on my blog. One random commenter during this tour will win a $50 gift card. For the full list of participating blogs, visit the official Cora Flash tour page.
  2. Enter the Rafflecopter contest! I've posted the contest form below, or you can enter on the tour page linked above.
About the author:   Tommy Davey spent his youth writing mystery stories and plays, and watching reruns of Three's Company until every line of dialogue was permanently burned into his memory. When not writing, he enjoys traveling to favorite destinations including New York City and Paris, which he plans to feature in future stories. He lives in Toronto, where he was born and raised, with a Norfolk Terrier named Calvin. "Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar" is his first novel. Connect with Tommy on his website,  FacebookTwitter, or GoodReads.
Get Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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P.S. If you're doing the Rafflecopter, be sure to say that the blog you commented on was Rantings of a Writer. I signed up for the tour under the blogs old name. Best of luck!
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