Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The 12 Authors Of Christmas + Review of Ben Zackheims The Black Cat

Welcome to the fantastic 12 Authors of Christmas seasonal giveaway and blog tour! BookElves Badge
Our busy Book Elves are giving away a total of 30 prizes of books suitable for Middle Grade readers - age roughly 8 to 14 - although a lot of adults enjoy them too!

Who are the Authors on tour?

All these authors are interviewing each other, reviewing each others' books and more in the Giveaway blog tour starting 1st December. Click the links to go to their websites and find out more about them, and check out their books in the InLinkz list below.

S Smith: The Seed Savers series (9th and 18th December)

Julie Grasso: Caramel Cardamom series (11th and 22nd December)

 I Hope You Check out all these books!

 Including, the brand new release

 My Review:
I have to admit I am a huge fan of middle grade mystery.  I just love the way the details are revealed slowly, but with just enough intrigue to keep you guessing, but not totally confused. Mr Zackheim has done a great job of achieving this balance in his latest Shirley Link book, "The Black Cat".  The whole series is written in first person narrative, which I have to say totally suits this genre, as it keeps the pace fast and engaging.

As we journey with Shirley's every thought and move, we are re-acquainted with old friends and get to know a couple of new enemies, giving us a first hand insight into how the cogs of this sassy teen investigator's mind turns.  I absolutely love Shirley's voice and I believe Mr Zackheim has captured just how teens would think and react.  I  also loved Shirley's use of modern technology to help solve the case. Kids these days are so computer savvy, they would totally appreciate Shirley's methods of deduction.

Once again, I was totally intrigued from start to finish.  I highly recommend this to upper middle grade age 12+ and I think kids in their early teens who love a good mystery will thoroughly enjoy this latest instalment in the Shirley Link series.  I give it 5 Stars.....

Now Enter the Giveaway!

You could win a prize from one of these authors. Most are offering one or two books from their series: if you've already got the first, they may offer you a different one if you win. The prizes are as detailed on the rafflecopter form.  
Contest runs: December 1st to 23rd, 11:59 pm EST, 2013  
Open: Worldwide  
How to enter: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have until 28th Dec. to respond. If the winner does not respond in that time, a new draw will take place for a new winner. No cash alternatives to the ebooks offered. Authors may (at their sole discretion) offer a different ebook from that listed if the winner already owns the prize listed. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors named and is hosted and managed by Jemima Pett, the Princelings author. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to jemima (dot) pett (at) gmail (dot) com.


  1. I really enjoyed the first Shirley Link story - looking forward to this one!

  2. What a fun idea to do the 12 authors of Christmas! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  3. I need to read this book! Maybe in 2014, I'll actually get to do a bit more reading? One can dream! :)