Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (Daniel X Series #1) Review

(5/5 Stars)

FANBOY POV: 
More! More! and More! 

CRITIC POV: 
If it weren't for the action, this would be a dead novel. The characters don't have much depth except for Daniel. 

THE REVIEW:

WRITING STYLE:
I love the style because it is very quick. Sir James Patterson is making each chapter appetizing. 

PACE:
Alright! This is the area where sir Patterson excels the most. Each chapter ending is a cliffhanger. Very engaging. I love how from the very start it is already a big explosion. 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:
Because of the short chapters, there is no room for character development. Mr. Patterson shoved all the character details from the very start of the novel, and then it stopped. I have read a lot of mr. James Patterson novel and character development just comes in small bits every installment. This is my third time reading this, so I know the characters will become more and more alive as the series goes. 

PLOT:
One word: BOMB! 
I love this novel, you'll never know what is coming next. 

MY VERDICT:
Mr. James Patterson excels in writing YA and JUV novels. They are very engaging. Even the laziest reader will want to finish this treasure in one shot. 

RATING BREAKDOWN:
WRITING STYLE: +1 STAR(S)
PACE: +1 STAR(S)
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: NO STAR(S)
PLOT: +1 STAR(S)
MY VERDICT: +2 STAR(S)


Friday, May 30, 2014

The Summer I Turned Pretty Book Review

(5/5 STARS)

FANBOY POV: 
Jenny Han is definitely the author to follow! Her novel is like an expensive dark chocolate. Once you bite it, the sweetness will spread around your tongue, but it will leave a bitter aftertaste. 

CRITIC POV: 
The melodramas are like cut and will leave you hanging like crazy. 

THE REVIEW:

WRITING STYLE:
I love short chapters, but when it comes to contemporary novels, I am kinda iffy when I know that the author cuts chapter really short. I love Ms.Sarah Dessen. And one of the reasons I love her is she will cradle you with the drama of the scenes. It will carry and soothe you slowly before putting you down gently. For Ms. Jenny Han, the dramatic scenes will carry and soothe you too, but she will slam you down big time. I am not complaining. It's just that I love to stay and savor the dramatic scenes longer because they are beautiful. 

PACE:
I am not sure what to say here other than I know it is fast. It moves the plot really good, but when you want to stay in the scene, well tough luck. 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:
All right! What can I say? Jenny Han plainly excels in this area. You will have a love and hate relationship with the characters. You'll feel sorry for them. You'll fell loved by them. You'll feel everything. They are so alive that you can see them with their own mannerisms and whatnot. 

PLOT:
At first, I wasn't not sure where the plot is going, but really it was just Belly holding on to what she really wants. She is not letting it go. It's like She and Conrad are having the toughest shell contest. Whoever let other in to their lives will lose the game. 

MY VERDICT:
Follow this author! She clearly has talent and I love, love, love this series. 

RATING BREAKDOWN:
WRITING STYLE: +1 STAR(S)
PACE: NO STAR(S)
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: +1 STAR(S)
PLOT: +1 STAR(S)
MY VERDICT: +2 STAR(S)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Unmatching Book Covers!

Are you a book collector? 
Imagine the pictures below are books in your shelf.


Across The Universe Series 
Shatter Me Trilogy 
Proxy Series 

This might be an imaginary (or digital bookshelf), but I know many of you have muttered under your breath, "that is my bookshelf," and it is not because of these amazing books that we own. It's because of the un-matching covers. 

I don't have any idea what is the main goal of many publishers out there whenever they decide to reprint covers. If it is more money they want, I believe it is kinda working and kinda not

Why so? 

Why kinda working: 

The Anna And The French Kiss series covers went from this:
To this: 

I have nothing against the first covers, but I have a special story about that (And I will post that story soon). 

Let's take a minute to adore the new covers. It is no longer and argument that they will look good on our shelves. However, the first two books are only available in paperback. The last installment is coming out on August 14, 2014 in hardcover.

I digress. Why they work? Like what I said, the third book will come out in hardcover first. Who wants a un-matching book formats on their shelves? What I do is I will buy my copy of Isla And The Happily Ever After on ebook reader first and then I will buy the paperback once it comes out. In other words, that publisher will take more money out of my pocket more than I intended to spend on books. 

Why they kinda not work:

The Delirium Trilogy went from this: 
To this: 

First, I must say that the covers are beautiful and I can't tell you how much I love The Delirium Trilogy
But why the new covers don't work? The new covers come out all in hardcovers. I am the type of person who doesn't buy they first installment of the series (most of the time) unless the second book is already out. Once I see the second book is a new cover, I stop buying the book. Instead of the publisher getting more money from their readers, they lose buyers. 
Luckily, though, the first book got reprinted as a hardcover, so I ended up buying the it. 

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"Don't judge a book by its cover" 

How many times have we heard that? 
I know it's unavoidable, but some readers do not really judge books by their covers. 
As a book collectors, that is another story for us. We love making our bookshelves look as beautiful as possible, but book publishers have their own goal-- earn money, more money, and more money. 
We love buying books, and I know it is annoying to have to buy another copy, but books always have their value regardless of their covers. 

I did not write this blog to diss publishers, especially authors. During Festival of Books 2014, I talked to Ms. Emery Lord author of Open Road Summer. She said that they have no control on what is happening to the covers. If ever to become an author, I guess I want the book cover to be the least of my worries. 

However, I just want to give praises to these publishers, because when they make new covers, they finish the whole series first before they reprint everything. 

The Percy Jackson And The Olympians Series went from this: 
To this: 


Ms. Sarah Dessen do not write series, but hey, look how beautiful the covers are. 

The book covers went from this: 
To this: 

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Read It Because They Said So

(Photo Credit: BN.com)

Every bookworm has a bookworm friend that all their recommendations never fail to wow you. But are you also that reader who will read a book because your favorite author(s) have their comments posted on the cover or the product page?

I still remember that I read The Hunger Games because Stephenie Meyer recommended it on her blog. And look where The Hunger Games series is now.

Now, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is creating a giant buzz online. First, John Green called the book "Thrilling, beautiful, and blistering smart. We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." Not only that, but Susane Colasanti, author of All I Need highly praises the book by giving it 5/5 stars on Goodreads.com.
(Photo credit: Goodreads.com)
Not only that, but big YA authors showed their amazement on BN.com

(Photo Credit: BN.com)

As a Barnes & Noble employee my curiosity is growing by the minute, so I checked how many our store was ordering. As I click the enter button on our bookmaster, it said that 28 copies were coming to our store, oppose to 6 or 10-- quantity that we always order. 

So I must say that We Were Liars by E. Lockhart will be taking the YA world by the storm this coming May 13, 2014. 

Books mentioned in this post: 




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Monday, May 5, 2014

The Debut Dilemma


John Green is well known for his witty and dramatic novels.
Sarah Dessen for artistic symbolism and character development.
Rick Riordan for his breathtaking action scenes and cliffhangers. 

So I guess it is only normal for me to plan what I want to be known for. Do I like to be the next J.K Rowling who would fill the JUV genre with magic? Or do I want to be like Stephanie Perkins who will create candy form novels?

I have become so obsesses of what kind of image I want to project inside the literary world that I forgot what the secret of writing is all about. Writing is a really painful job, but creating the characters and the world inside your mind is the best part of being a writer. Above are the book covers of my first two novels on Wattpad.com (click to see my profile). Those are two Contemporary YA novels, and I would really love to be known for being a Contemporary YA novelist. I would etch that oath to my brain to the point that I have forgotten that I have novel ideas for YA Action & Adventure genre, fantasy, dystopia, and so much more.

But what I have realize is no matter how hard writing is, it is the love that will make you stay forever. It is not the kind of job that will make me rich, but I am dreaming and reaching for it like it would give me fortune larger than Bill Gate or Steve Jobs could handle.

PS: My full name is Kurt Kevin Regis. I used to use Kevin as my author name, but now I am shifting to Kurt.

Click the following links to read my Wattpad novels (They are free!)

Spotlight On The Lake

Casey, a 16-year-old girl who believes that there is nothing more beautiful than the night sky. Astronomy and science have always been the content of her heart. Before boarding the plane to spend the summer with her mother and Paul, her mom's new husband, Casey's fortune is told by a friendly psychic, Maurice. The prediction is the name of Casey's soul-mate starts with the letter "C" and contains the letter "L." Being the science girl that she has been, Casey shrugs the prediction. But after arriving in North Carolina, the last thing she wants to see is a tree with "Casey + Colby 4ever" inside a heart shape sign engraved on it. As time flies by, she is compelled to find Colby and prove Maurice is wrong, but on the process there are lessons that will make Casey see the beauty of life without using her telescope.

Songs For Ali (Coming Soon on June 1st)

16-year-old Ali is living the dream-- She's the girlfriend of the dreamy pop star Caleb. What everyone doesn't know this is just a one year contract to save Caleb's falling career. And behind the camera Caleb and Ali are mortal enemies. Could the on-screen lovers set aside their hate for each other and deliver genuine photos for the public? Or would they ruin each other in front of the whole world?