Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 28, 2016
(Updated: April 28, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Defender

What worked: This is a very suspenseful mystery that totally had me on the edge of my seat right up to the ending! The twists on the usual stereotypes really added to the story too! Tyne 'Tiny' isn't the usual petite protagonist. No, she's six foot six...

Young Adult Nonfiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 24, 2016
(Updated: April 27, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

My Mad Fat Diary

Rae Earl shares the intimate feelings of being a teen in 1989. This memoir is told in journal format which starts on January 24, 1989 and ends right before 1990. Rae has just been released from a psychiatric ward after suffering a 'nervous breakdown'. Rae's depression is...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 02, 2016
(Updated: April 02, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Doreen

Chilling retelling of Oscar Wild’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. In this case a trio of girls from an exclusive boarding school are involved in transforming a new arrival with Photoshop magic. Queen Bee Heidi Whelan sees the possibility of getting revenge against the man who used her....

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 28, 2016
(Updated: March 29, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Unrivaled

Dark, gritty view of LA celeb scene and the true cost of fame. Unrivaled introduces readers to three protagonists, each wanting to become famous. Layla, wants to go to journalism school, and accepts an invite to Unrivaled in hopes that it'll help with the cost of college; Aster,...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 25, 2016
(Updated: March 26, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Liars and Losers Like Us

What worked: Engaging tale of the drama behind Prom. Secrets, betrayals, bullying, and gossip come together for a darker coming-of-age story. Readers are sure to relate with seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes as she gets to be on the Prom court only after one person declines after being nominated as...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 23, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Hunt

What worked: This sequel is even better than the first book! The story continues after Cora, Lucky, and Mali fail to escape from the alien cage. There's nail biting tension right off the start! Great pacing and suspense with romance woven throughout. Once again, we see...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 20, 2016
(Updated: March 21, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

I Woke Up Dead At The Mall

What worked: The whole twist on the murdered-girl-stuck-in-limbo-with unresolved business premise. In this case the afterlife is the Mall of America. The voice is quirky and hilarious. The twists include: defeated spirits roaming zombie-like through the Mall for years; a God that is in fact two children-a boy...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 20, 2016
(Updated: March 20, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Amazing Body Records!

What worked: This is the perfect book for Guinness World of Records fans. This book goes over amazing body records. The photos show some body records that are equally fascinating and bizarre. Here's a few facts that are included in this book: ..The tallest man was...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 18, 2016
(Updated: March 20, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Way I Used To Be

Fourteen-year-old Eden always was the 'good' girl. She was in band, never questioned rules, and was a book nerd. That all changed one night when her older brother's best friend sneaks into her room and brutally rapes her. Her life is shattered and she can't make sense...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 16, 2016
(Updated: March 20, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Save Me, Kurt Cobain

When Nicola, 'Nico' Cavan was four years old, her mother left and promised that she'd return. Only she didn't. Now fifteen, Nico finds something that links her missing mother to grunge star Kurt Cobain. She thinks he's her father and when she returns from a trip to...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 06, 2016
(Updated: March 06, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Pearl

Pearl is seventeen and lives on and off the streets of Manhattan with her drug addict former rock star mother. After a tragedy hits, her rich uncle sends Pearl to an elite boarding school for another chance. She seizes on this opportunity as it means she'll be off the...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 04, 2016
(Updated: March 05, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Serpent King

Dill, Travis, and Lydia are the so-called outcasts of a small rural Tennessee town which was named after a leader of the KKK. Each one has their own story. Dill deals with the aftermath of his Pastor father's fall from grace. Travis escapes from his abusive father...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 29, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

We Were Never Here

Sixteen-year-old Lizzie Stroller's life suddenly changes when a severe stomach pain lands her in the hospital. After being in a cancer unit, she fears the worse. Nothing prepares her though for an illness she never heard of. While there, she falls for the mysterious cute volunteer who...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 28, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

I Was Here

Think of a darker THIRTEEN REASONS WHY. In this case Cody blames herself for the suicide of her BFF. After finding a troubling email that hints that there might have been something more sinister behind the death, she sets out to find out the truth. What she finds is troubling...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 28, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Vault of Dreamers

Rosie Sinclair wants to be part of the cut of special students who will be chosen to stay at the prestigious Forge School of Arts. Here their lives are televised and their blimp rating determines if they stay, get financial backing from sponsors, and other perks. But something...

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