Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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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...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 04, 2016
(Updated: May 05, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Safest Lies

What worked: This is one nail biting suspenseful tale with a dash of Hitchcock-like psychological terror. Kelsey lives in a fortress like home with a mother who is so fearful that she hasn't left their home in seventeen years. The author nails the fear of not only the mother...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 01, 2016
(Updated: May 02, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Nightstruck

What worked: There's a lot to love about this paranormal. Think Holly Black meets Guillermo del Toro. The night brings out the stuff of nightmares only in this case inanimate objects come to life and prey on humans. Twisted magic surfaces after Becket 'accidentally' opens a portal...

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...

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