Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 18, 2017
(Updated: April 20, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Forward Into Darkness

Valencia Paine is confined to her house, away from the growing unrest outside. Her father is a scientist who plays a huge part in the creation of hybrids. Valencia refuses to stay hidden and sneaks out where she runs into Mateo, someone who has personal ties to the hybirds and...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 08, 2017
(Updated: April 10, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Romancing the Throne

Charlotte is beyond excited when her older sis Libby ends up enrolling at her Sussex Park boarding school. Charlotte hangs with Britain's young elites, teens who jet around the world on vacation and have endless money on hand. But more importantly Prince Edward, heir to the British throne, is in...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 30, 2017
(Updated: March 31, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Run The Risk

Grace hasn't seen her ex-boyfriend Mateo for years after he chose to belong to a gang over her. Then one day she finds him working as security at the small theater she works at. He insists he's left the gang life behind. At home, Grace's younger brother Alex is involved...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 28, 2017
(Updated: March 29, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Crazy Messy Beautiful

It's hard not to be a romantic if you're named after Pablo Neruda, one of the greatest poets of all time. Neruda though finds his 'voice' not in writing but rather his art. He longs for his own love story with the 'perfect' one. His own parents seem to have...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 23, 2017
(Updated: March 25, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Lost Girls

One day, Rachel is listening to the latest Taylor Swift song and worrying about school. The next day, she wakes up and finds herself in a ditch. She's forgotten the past year but only knows one thing: she's changed dramatically. She's not the only girl who went missing. Rachel wants...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 20, 2017
(Updated: March 21, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Letters to the Lost

Juliet Young writes letters to her dead mother and leaves them at her grave site. Declan Murphy mows lawns there to complete his court-ordered community service. After he opens one of Juliet's letters and responds, little does he know what will take place. Juliet at first is beyond furious but...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 20, 2017
(Updated: March 20, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

10 Things I Can See From Here

What worked: This is an authentic portrayal of a teen who deals with severe anxiety. I know, as I deal with anxiety too. The author nails the feelings, struggles, fears, and yes, worries that go through someone's mind while dealing with anxiety attacks. I had to put the story down...

Young Adult Nonfiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 06, 2017
(Updated: March 06, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Cool Japan Guide

What worked: This is a fun guide for those interested in traveling to Japan. The illustrations add to the appeal. Some things included in this guide are: what to expect and plan for when traveling to Japan; what to eat(love all the fun illustrations...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 28, 2017
(Updated: February 28, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Forever, Again

Lily Bennett hates that she is the new kid at school. Her whole life has fallen apart after her father leaves and her best friend ends up dating her boyfriend. To make matters worse, she lives in the guesthouse of her wealthy grandmother. Her father's mother isn't...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2017
(Updated: February 21, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Dreamfall

Cata Cordova and some other teens suffer from severe insomnia. When there is an opportunity to be part of a test study that could help with her insomnia, she signs up. Little does she know that insomnia was the least of her worries. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 18, 2017
(Updated: February 21, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

WANT

Jason Zhou lives in a futuristic society in Taipei, Taiwan, where pollution is everywhere. This affects not only the air but the food. The 'meis', or the people without money, die young while the 'yous', or the wealthy people, are able to benefit from their wealth. One way...

Young Adult Nonfiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2017
(Updated: February 17, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Diary of A Tokyo Teen

What worked: This is a must-read for anyone fascinated with Japanese culture. Engaging, fun graphic novel version of a teen's travel guide through a summer in Japan. I really loved the photos and illustrations of some of the things the author encounters while in Japan. Some of...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 10, 2017
(Updated: February 10, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Waste of Space

A satirical look into a reality show set in Outer Space. Readers get a back seat into witnessing what really goes on behind the reality show Waste of Space, where ten teens are placed into a space ship and set off into space. Drama erupts along with a...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 05, 2017
(Updated: February 05, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

That Burning Summer

Sixteen-year-old Peggy finds a young Polish airman named Henryk in July 1940 off the southern coast of England. Henryk is suffering from anxiety and what would later be called PTSD. Peggy hides him in an abandoned church. Her younger eleven-year-old brother Ernest is obsessed with British war...

Kids Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   January 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Fish Girl

I'm a huge fan of Donna Jo Napoli's novels especially her twists on classic fairy tales. I was really excited to receive a copy of her latest work. Fish Girl lives in a tank at a boardwalk aquarium. She's the main attraction but...

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