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TRIFECTA REVIEW SERVICE
A credible review is an invaluable tool for any writer. Whether you're an author working on your second series or a novice with a first title, a review is essential to be competitive in this industry. Xlibris now offers The Trifecta Review service to cater to authors who want an unbiased critique of their work from three reputable reviewers from different sides of the publishing industry.
As with Kirkus Reviews, all Kirkus Indie reviewers are experienced professionals who give honest, impartial evaluations of the titles they receive. The resulting reviews can be positive, negative, or anywhere in between. But one thing is guaranteed you'll receive a fair and unbiased assessment of your work and its value potential in the marketplace that you can use for marketing your book or catching the attention of a literary agent or publisher.
Below are the list of some famous authors reviewed by Kirkus:
J K Rowling
http://www.kirkusreviews.com/search/?q=J+K+RowlingHARRY POTTER (Kirkus Review on September 1, 1998) In a rousing first novel, already an award-winner in England, Harry is just a baby when his magical parents are done in by Voldemort, a wizard so dastardly other wizards are scared to mention his name. So Harry is brought up by his mean Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia Dursley, and picked on by his horrid cousin Dudley. He knows nothing about his magical birthright until ten years later, when he learns he's to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hogwarts is a lot like English boarding school, except that instead of classes in math and grammar, the curriculum features courses in Transfiguration, Herbology, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Harry becomes the star player of Quidditch, a mystery involving a sorcerer's stone that ultimately takes him to the evil Voldemort. This hugely enjoyable fantasy is filled with imaginative details, from oddly flavored jelly beans to dragons' eggs hatched on the hearth. It's slanted toward action-oriented readers, who will find that Briticisms meld with all the other wonders of magic school.
http://www.kirkusreviews.com/search/?q=Dan+BrownTHE DA VINCI CODE (Kirkus Review on January 1, 2003)
In an updated quest for the Holy Grail, the narrative pace remains stuck in slo-mo.
But is the Grail, in fact, holy? Turns out that’s a matter of perspective. If you’re a member of that most secret of clandestine societies, the Priory of Sion, you think yes. But if your heart belongs to the Roman Catholic Church, the Grail is more than just unholy, it’s downright subversive and terrifying. At least, so the story goes in this latest of Brown’s exhaustively researched, underimagined treatise-thrillers (Deception Point, 2001, etc.). When Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon—in Paris to deliver a lecture—has his sleep interrupted at two a.m., it’s to discover that the police suspect he’s a murderer, the victim none other than Jacques Saumière, esteemed curator of the Louvre. The evidence against Langdon could hardly be sketchier, but the cops feel huge pressure to make an arrest. And besides, they don’t particularly like Americans. Aided by the murdered man’s granddaughter, Langdon flees the flics to trudge the Grail-path along with pretty, persuasive Sophie, who’s driven by her own need to find answers. The game now afoot amounts to a scavenger hunt for the scholarly, clues supplied by the late curator, whose intent was to enlighten Sophie and bedevil her enemies. It’s not all that easy to identify these enemies. Are they emissaries from the Vatican, bent on foiling the Grail-seekers? From Opus Dei, the wayward, deeply conservative Catholic offshoot bent on foiling everybody? Or any one of a number of freelancers bent on a multifaceted array of private agendas? For that matter, what exactly is the Priory of Sion? What does it have to do with Leonardo? With Mary Magdalene? With (gulp) Walt Disney? By the time Sophie and Langdon reach home base, everything—well, at least more than enough—has been revealed.
Bulky, balky, talky.
http://www.kirkusreviews.com/search/?q=Stephen+KingDREAMCATCHER (Kirkus Review on February 15, 2001)
King's first novel since Bag of Bones (1998) builds on the stylistic improvement begun with his splendidly well-writtenThe Green Mile (1996).
Dreamcatcher may at first seem a falling off, as the opening pages crank up the plot and four lads in Derry (see It and Insomnia) exchange vulgarities, but by the halfway point an immense fluff of seeming irrelevancies coalesce into a tight storyline and King has well and truly roped readers for the big ride. The four lads—Gary "Jonesy" Jones, Joe "Beaver" Clarendon, Henry Devlin, and Pete Moore—rescue retarded Douglas "Duddits" Cavell from gross bullying by big Richie Grenadeau. Later, in a communal dream, the four boys and Duddits find Richie beheaded in a ditch, a horror revealed piecemeal over several hundred pages that turns out to be real. The five have literally dreamed Richie dead. This spine-shaking ability comes up against a huge psychic enemy: the invasion of the planet by a thinking fungus that means to take over all species. King hints at a debt to Brian Lumley's great short story "Fruiting Bodies" and tells how the red fungus (called "the Ripley" after Sigourney Weaver's character in Alien) represents all the ETs we have seen in films by Spielberg, Cameron, and others. Twenty-five years later, Jonesy is a history teacher, Henry a shrink bedeviled by suicide, Pete a car salesman, and Beaver a happy-go-lucky partygoer losing his wife. The men meet for a week of deer hunting up in Maine. What they find is the red fungus, escaped from a crashed UFO destroyed by the Air Force and spreading like superflu in The Stand. Only the seemingly retarded Duddits can summon the Dreamcatcher that draws them together and gives them the force to fight a human villain: Kurtz (yes, that Kurtz), a psychotic military officer killing "grayboy" aliens and all humans infected by the Ripley.
Top suspense with a surreal climax you'd have to read twice if the epilogue didn't spell out its layered complexities.
file:///C:\Users\rgemina\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\G4U3Z6MH\Stephenie%20MeyerTWILIGHT (Kirkus Review on September 15, 2005)
Sun-loving Bella meets her demon lover in a vampire tale strongly reminiscent of Robin McKinley’s Sunshine. When Bella moves to rainy Forks, Wash., to live with her father, she just wants to fit in without drawing any attention. Unfortunately, she’s drawn the eye of aloof, gorgeous and wealthy classmate Edward. His behavior toward Bella wavers wildly between apparent distaste and seductive flirtation. Bella learns Edward’s appalling (and appealing) secret: He and his family are vampires. Though Edward nobly warns Bella away, she ignores the human boys who court her and chooses her vampiric suitor. An all-vampire baseball game in a late-night thunderstorm—an amusing gothic take on American family togetherness that balances some of the tale’s romantic excesses—draws Bella and her loved ones into terrible danger. This is far from perfect: Edward’s portrayal as monstrous tragic hero is overly Byronic, and Bella’s appeal is based on magic rather than character. Nonetheless, the portrayal of dangerous lovers hits the spot; fans of dark romance will find it hard to resist.
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As with Kirkus Reviews, all Kirkus Indie reviewers are experienced professionals who give honest, impartial evaluations of the titles they receive. The resulting reviews can be positive, negative, or anywhere in between. But one thing is guaranteed—you’ll receive a fair and unbiased assessment of your work and its value potential in the marketplace that you can use for marketing your book or catching the attention of a literary agent or publisher.
“Kirkus’ review of The Mill River Recluse played an important role in encouraging readers to take a chance on a first novel by an unknown author.”
— Darcie Chan, independent author of The Mill River Recluse, which sold more than 500,000 copies —
“Kirkus sold books, made it much easier for me to book author events and left me well positioned for my sequel. Marketing my book was a bit of frustration but after the review but after the review appeared, I was contacted about film rights and foreign rights.”
— Steven Drachman, author of The Ghosts of Watt O’Hugh —
“Thanks to Kirkus’ review, we have seen a dramatic surge in sales and an increase in both bookstore and publisher interest. Kirkus' reputation as a credible, unbiased reviewer has made all the difference. This has been the best investment we have made.”
— Janet and Ed Howle, authors of The Long Road to Paris —
“I’ve been enjoying great sales since the promotion of my Kirkus review started and have made it into the top 70 for Sci-fi/Fantasy at Amazon in just one week!”
— Clark Carlton, author of Prophets of the Ghost Ants —
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