Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Editor

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Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     August 23, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Fall

Creepy, haunting retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER told through the eyes of Madeline Usher. What worked: Griffin once again weaves magic in her retelling of a Poe novel. This novel starts off with a horrific scene and then goes back and...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     August 19, 2014
Last updated: August 19, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Hexed

I'm always a sucker for a good witchy tale. So I was really excited to get a copy of HEXED to read. What worked: The writing is fun, catchy, that reminded me of CHARMED meets SECRET CIRCLE only with witty dialogue and a reluctant heroine. ...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     August 10, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Model Undercover: Paris

The premise of this novel sounded intriguing--young girl goes to Paris, goes undercover as a model as she searches the mystery behind a top designer's disappearance. Oh, did I mention the backdrop is Paris? What worked: There's lots of insight into what goes on behind the cameras...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     August 06, 2014
Last updated: August 06, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Deep Blue

What worked: Donnelly shows readers Miromara, a rich ocean world filled with mermaids, subjects, and sea animals. The creatures and language in this world are imaginative and give Ariel of Disney's Little Mermaid a run for it's money. There's some humor and light moments throughout which will bring...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     July 23, 2014
Last updated: July 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Bridge From Me to You

Contemporary YA romances are hot right now. The Bridge From Me to You uses an unique approach by alternating between prose and poetry to deliver a heart felt story of two lost teens and the magic of believing in not only yourself but others. What worked: I have...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     July 13, 2014
Last updated: July 13, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Get Even

Four girls get together and form a secretive group to combat bullying on their campus only they didn't realize that in the process they'd made some deadly enemies. What worked: I loved the whole premise of four classmates with nothing in common who get together to fight against bullying...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     July 03, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Taking

I'm a huge fan of Kimberly Derting's THE PLEDGE series and was really excited to be able to read her latest novel. Mysterious and suspenseful, this novel shows us sixteen-year-old Kyra waking up and finding out she's lost five years. This is more than a Sleepy Hollow type...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     June 30, 2014
Last updated: July 01, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Latitude Zero

Talk about whirlwind suspense, tension, and adventure that doesn't stop! I was hooked on the very first page of the latest Diana Renn novel. With all the talk lately on a lack of diversity in YA, this one is a perfect addition to that collection. What worked:...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     June 30, 2014
Last updated: June 30, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Wanted-Dead or In Love

I'm huge on historicals with a paranormal element. Add a hint of romance and suspense and I'm hooked. WANTED-DEAD or IN LOVE takes a historical couple, Bonnie & Clyde and weaves an unique twist that is equal parts engaging and intriguing. What worked: I totally loved how...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     June 27, 2014
Last updated: June 27, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

Love graphic novels! This latest from First:Second continues the Olympians series with Aphrodite. It starts with her 'birth' and then forced marriage to Hephaistos and a contest that ends up starting an infamous war. So much to love about this graphic novel! Aphrodite is not so...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     June 23, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Before I Wake

I’m not usually a fan of ‘flashbacks’ as I feel they sometimes are jarring and slow down the pacing in an otherwise engaging novel. But there’s always exceptions to this and BEFORE I WAKE is one of them. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     June 12, 2014
Last updated: June 12, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Cinderella's Dress

Imagine if the story of Cinderella might in fact be true. That's what you'll discover in the very imaginative CINDERELLA'S DRESS which is the PERFECT fantasy set in WW2 with a girl, a magical dress, and much more! What worked: This is a delightful tale that introduces us to...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     June 02, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Like No Other

One thing lacking in YA has to be diversity. So when I received a package from Penguin Teen with the contemporary romance LIKE NO OTHER, I had to read it. Only this novel is that and much, much more! What works: I love the voice of this...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     May 27, 2014
Last updated: May 28, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Truth About Alice

I think everyone in high school knew of that 'girl' or 'guy' that was labeled bad and/or very loose. These were the people that seemed to have a story. I can't help but think of Rizzo in the movie Grease, and how isolated she became after rumors of her being...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor     May 25, 2014
Last updated: May 26, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Brazen

Historicals are one of my all time favorite genres. I also love anything that deals with the Tudors. So when I found out there was a YA historical that took place in the 16th century around the time of King Henry VIII? I had to read it....

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