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Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     May 03, 2015
Last updated: May 05, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

5 To 1

In the year 2052, India now has a ratio of 5 boys to 1 girl. Girls are now a valuable commodity. There are a series of tests that every boy goes through in order to be 'chosen' by a girl to be her husband. One such girl, Sudasa,...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     May 02, 2015
Last updated: May 02, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Kidney Hypothetical Or How To Ruin Your Life In Seven Days

Higgs Boson Bing has it made. It's the last week of his senior year in high school, he's going to Harvard, and is dating Roo the prettiest girl at Sally Ride High School. That all changes when his best friend's girlfriend poses a hypothetical question--would he give a...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 26, 2015
Last updated: April 27, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Children Of The Earth

Some sequels have a hard time living up to the first book in the series. I hate if after a year or so of reading the first book in the series, 'I forget' what happened. This doesn't happen in CHILDREN OF THE EARTH. The author does a...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 18, 2015
Last updated: April 19, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Ark

Only a few are able to escape an upcoming meteor attack on Earth by winning a place on one of five Arks, massive bioships designed to protect them on their way to a new home. Sixteen-year-old Char, isn't one of the lucky ones. She's in prison and her...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 13, 2015
Last updated: April 13, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

An Ember In The Ashes

Laia lives in the Empire's impoverished backstreets under the rule of the harsh Martials. When her grandparents are murdered and older brother Darin is captured, she flees under the catacombs of the city only to run into the Resistance. Laia agrees to go undercover as a slave...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 08, 2015
Last updated: April 08, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Ruthless

Ruth Carver's nickname is 'Ruthless' as she takes charge and goes after what she wants. She's ambitious and tough. Little does she know that those traits will come in handy after she's abducted by a serial killer who wants to break feisty girls. Ruth will be his...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 06, 2015
Last updated: April 08, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Every Last Promise

Kayla comes back to her small town with a terrible secret. Some of the town let her know how much they dislike this and a few others hope she'll come clean with what she knows of that fateful night. Kayla knows if she keeps the secret, maybe her...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 03, 2015
Last updated: April 05, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Rebels by Accident

Fifteen-year-old Miriam hates being the only Egyptian in her school. She longs to fit in and not have to hear yet another mean comment thrown her way. Then she goes to a party only to get busted and sent to jail. She knows she's in trouble with...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     March 27, 2015
Last updated: April 03, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Miss Mayhem

Harper Price is back sassier than ever and she’ll need that as there’s more drama going down in her Alabama town. This only makes her more determined to help David, her new boyfie, and make sense out of her Paladin calling. Then her missing friend Bee shows up...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     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, Staff Reviewer     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, Staff Reviewer     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, Staff Reviewer     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, Staff Reviewer     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, Staff Reviewer     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...

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