Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 24, 2016
(Updated: July 24, 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...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 19, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

With Malice

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital bed with no memories of what put her there. Then she finds out while on a trip to Italy, she was in involved in a tragic accident that claimed the life of her BFF Simone. The media runs wild saying...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 17, 2016
(Updated: June 18, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Places No One Knows

Waverly Camdenmar is 'perfect' or so everyone thinks. Problem is she has a secret--she an insomniac and can't sleep. Her way of coping is by running at night until she can't think. Then one night she falls asleep and finds herself in Marshall Holt's bedroom. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 05, 2016
(Updated: June 10, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Look Past

Avery is a transgender teen in a small town that runs up against his small town prejudice and bullying. Then when Mary, one of the few people that loved him, is found dead? He wants to know who would kill her. What he finds is chilling. What worked: This...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 01, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Almost Girl

What worked: Amazing futuristic world where Terminator meets Sliders with one kick ass heroine. Riven is a tough, hard soldier of the parallel world Neospes. Her latest job involves jumping to our world to find the twin of her world's ruler. Riven's attempts to fit into...

Kids Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 23, 2016
(Updated: May 25, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Lily and Dunkin

Powerful, heart-wrenching, inspiring tale of Lily, a transgender girl who tries to be true to herself even when it seems like everyone else is against her. What worked: I loved this something fierce! Lily's struggles to be true to who she is are at times heart-wrenching(the...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 22, 2016
(Updated: May 22, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Wandering Wild

What worked: Engaging glimpse into the life of Grifters mixed with forbidden love and hope. Sixteen-year-old Tal is a wanderer who travels to the next big con. Along with her younger brother Wen, they end up in a Southern town. When a con goes wrong, a...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 15, 2016
(Updated: May 15, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Beyond The Red

What worked: Powerful action packed Sci-fi with a Dune feel going for it. Right from the first page, I was hooked. Alien queen Kora is the first ruler of her territory in generations. Jae does a great job showing Kora's struggles to be taken seriously by...

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