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Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     March 10, 2015
Last updated: March 10, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Made You Up

One thing I hate more than anything are stories that reinforce cliche and stereotypes on mental illness. Or worse, depict them as serial killers. So when I find a book that shows readers a more realistic portrayal, I want to share it with everyone. MADE YOU UP...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     March 07, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

I Remember You

All it took was one glance and sixteen-year-old Juliet's life was forever changed. I REMEMBER YOU takes a familiar premise of time-travel and gives readers an unique twist with an amazing voice and addictive chemistry. I love a good time-travel story and this one fit the bill. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     March 02, 2015
Last updated: March 02, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Sculptor

I'm a huge fan of graphic novels and one of my favorite publishers has to be First Second books. WHAT WORKED: This is interesting twist on a man being offered a chance to fulfill his childhood wish of being a sculptor. Only in this case he only has...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     February 26, 2015
Last updated: February 26, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Death Marked

One of the best parts of being a Cybils judge has to be having the opportunity to read amazing YAs. One such book DEATH SWORN caught my attention with it's story of a girl raised to topple an Empire and then being forced to live among assassins. When I...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     February 09, 2015
Last updated: February 10, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Frostfire

What worked: I loved Hocking's Trylle series and was really excited to revisit this world. We're introduced to Bryn Aven, a protector of the kingdom of Kanin. Problem is she's never felt like she has fit in as she's half Kanin. This makes her more...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     February 02, 2015
Last updated: February 02, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Cemetery Boys

Brewer brings us a new tale that is psychological horror with a dash of STAND BY ME. This time readers are introduced to Stephen who ends up Spencer, a small town with a horrific urban legend that the whole town seems to believe. What worked: This latest...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     January 31, 2015
Last updated: January 31, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Utopia, Iowa

What worked: This is a quirky tale set in an equally quirky town where most of the residents have some kind of paranormal ability. Reminded me of a TV series I really loved back in the 90s--Eerie, Indiana. Only in Utopia, Iowa the protagonist is a teen boy...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     January 16, 2015
Last updated: January 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Gabi A Girl in Pieces

It's so refreshing to read a novel that gets the whole Latina experience. Quintero shows us sixteen-year-old Gabi, who's sassy, smart, hilarious, loyal, and struggles with her love of nom-worthy Mexican food. A chica after my own heart. What worked: Just about everything! Told in...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     January 01, 2015
Last updated: January 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Kiss of Deception

What worked for me had to be the rich language and world building that starts right on the very first page when readers get a glimpse of one elaborate design created on Princess Lia's back. Readers see how tightly controlling Lia's world is and how she wants nothing more...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     December 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Read Between the Lines

I'm a huge fan of Knowles's YA novels. She nails the voice of teens without being preachy or patronizing. Her latest READ BETWEEN THE LINES takes a common rude gesture and shows how it affects some in this one small town. This novel is more a...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     December 14, 2014
Last updated: December 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Bodies We Wear

It's always fun to find a book that gives an unique twist to a dystopian novel. There's so many out there right now it's hard to find one that stands out among all the others. THE BODIES WE WEAR got my attention with the premise of a futuristic...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     November 16, 2014
Last updated: November 20, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Gilded

I'm a huge fan of diversity in YA novels. For this reason I'm always on the look out for fantasy worlds that are based on other cultures besides the usual Anglo ones. Seriously, there are other cultures out there! We need to see them! GILDED has...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     October 06, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Atlantia

A great tale of the love of sisters set in a futuristic world under the sea. I loved Condie’s dystopian series MATCHED and once again she delivers an amazing new tale! What worked: I loved the twist on ‘The Little Mermaid’ set in a future world with Sirens....

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     September 26, 2014
Last updated: September 26, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Fire in the Woods

Cute alien. Action. Suspense. Romance. Sign me up! What worked: I really enjoyed the alien backdrop with hints of Roswell the TV series meets ET. Only in this case the alien just happens to be sizzling hot. Not only model hot...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     August 29, 2014
Last updated: August 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Ghost House

A girl with an ability to see the dead. An English house with one very hot guy who just happens to be dead. A beautiful ghost that is able to cause havoc. All these are included in GHOST HOUSE. What worked: I'm a huge fan of...

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