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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 27, 2016
(Updated: August 27, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Killer In Me

Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows hates to sleep. Whenever she does, she sees through the eyes of a serial killer that she calls 'The Thief'. He lets her in on his methods of killing as she follows him while he stalks and then kills his victims. Nina not sure...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 22, 2016
(Updated: August 22, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Wake The Hollow

Eighteen-year-old Micaela Burgos comes back to her hometown Sleepy Hollow after the tragic death of her mother. Town locals considered her mother crazy with her over the top obsession with author Washington Irving. She insisted that they were in fact related but no one believes that. When...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 21, 2016
(Updated: August 25, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Prez

In this future, the American people choose presidents on Twitter. After they are dissatisfied with two candidates, they end up choosing Oregon teen Beth Ross. In this world the poor will shoot themselves on live TV in order to win money, big corporations take over things like vaccines...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 19, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Orange: The Complete Collection 1

I'm a firm believer that manga and graphic novels are perfect for reluctant readers. I know as that's what helped my son discover the magic of books. What worked: First off, I loved the premise of this manga novel that has a teen receive a letter...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 17, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Stars Never Rise

What worked: This is an unique twist on the whole post-apocalyptic world only in this case the church rules with a heavy hand to 'protect' citizens from demons. Only not all is what it seems to be. Vincent introduces readers to a new tough protagonist who finds out...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 05, 2016
(Updated: August 07, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Something in Between

What worked: This novel nails the fear and struggles of an undocumented teen during her senior year of high school. The voice is authentic and rang true. This book brought back memories I had as a bilingual teacher in a school district close to East LA during the...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 31, 2016
(Updated: August 03, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Forgetting

What worked: Intriguing premise of a place where memories are erased every twelve years and the only thing that helps you remember is the book you carry. Without that book? You become one of the 'Lost'. First off, I was totally engaged in this dystopian novel. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 24, 2016
(Updated: July 27, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Color Blind

When April's father suddenly dies, she finds herself alone. Her mother abandoned her when she was a baby. Then she finds herself in New Orleans with an aunt she barely knows. While checking out the sites of her new city, she stumbles on a haunted tour. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 21, 2016
(Updated: July 22, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Darkest Hour

Sixteen-year-old Lucie Blaise is a spy in Paris during the Nazi occupation. This is one way she deals with the loss of her beloved brother who was killed while serving in the North Africa campaign. While in Paris she becomes part of the Covert Ops-a secret espionage unit....

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 11, 2016
(Updated: July 11, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Survive The Night

What worked: This is a creepy, nail-biting suspenseful tale where horror takes different forms. I seriously couldn't put this book down! The horror starts out slow and then strikes out when readers don't expect it. Think Pretty Little Liars with an edge meets Stephen King. Casey...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 09, 2016
(Updated: July 09, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Someone I Wanted To Be

What worked: This is a realistic portrayal of a teen who is ridiculed by just about everyone, including her so-called friends, and the lengths she'll go to be noticed. First off, this book brought back memories of my own awkward years when I tried so hard to fit in....

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 08, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

This Savage Song

What worked: Where do I even begin? This novel is amazingly brilliant with it's lush, dark world of monsters set some time in the future. Beautifully written, I was hooked right from the very first page and couldn't put this book down! THIS SAVAGE SONG introduces readers...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 30, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Breaker

What worked: This is one suspenseful tale of the son of a serial killer who goes to another town to start over. He changes his name and goes to a private academy. Then his world is shaken when he finds out that the daughter of one of his...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 28, 2016
(Updated: June 30, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Million Times Goodnight

What worked: Page turning tale of one act that has painful consequences. This is one powerful tale told in alternating chapters. Think YA meets Sliding Doors. I was hooked right from the start! Seventeen-year-old Hadley at first comes off as reckless when she 'borrows' her boyfriend's...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 26, 2016
(Updated: June 27, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Memory Girl

What worked: This dystopian novel has lots going for it--great world building, a society that never ages, secrets, and an engaging protagonist. In this society no one ages after 25. Every twenty-five years a new group of youth at the age of fifteen have a Celebraze where they...

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