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

Ink And Bone

Rachel Caine delivers an intriguing new series in an alternative world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived. Only the library has the power to control what knowledge goes out to the masses. It's a crime to have personal access to books. Jess Brightwell comes from a...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     July 22, 2015
Last updated: July 22, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Blue Voyage

After a recent shoplifting offense, Zan, the daughter of a politician, finds herself on a forced mother-daughter trip to Turkey. While on the trip she's suppose to help her Aunt Jackie with her struggling hotel. Her aunt has suffered a tragic loss of her husband, who she swears...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     July 16, 2015
Last updated: July 16, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Notorious Pagan Jones

The Cold War was filled with fear, endless duck and cover drills(as if that would save you if a bomb hit), paranoia, and propaganda on both sides. I still remember when the Berlin War came down in 1989. I was surprised as I never thought that would happen...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     July 05, 2015
Last updated: July 09, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Run To You: Deception So Deadly

Sarah Spencer's family shares a huge secret: most of them have some kind of psychic ability and are on the run from those who will stop at nothing to silence them. Another secret is Sarah's real name is Tessa Carson and unlike her parents and siblings she doesn't share...

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

Nova

Survivor Lia Johansen's memory is foggy about her time as prisoner of war. The only thing that she does know is she has a mission to complete and time is literally ticking down. Her mission? To detonate at New Sol Space Station. But then something goes...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     June 30, 2015
Last updated: June 30, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Rules

For a small town, Callabrese High has a lot of secrets. When Junior Robin Brisset accepts an invitation to go to an exclusive party, she doesn't know how far someone would go to exact revenge. This is a case of bullying to the extreme that has deadly consequences....

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     June 28, 2015
Last updated: June 28, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Falling For Alice

I'm a huge fan of analogies. Why? They are perfect for those who feel that they're too busy or have the time to read a novel. What worked: This is a fun collection of shorts based on an Alice in Wonderland theme. ...

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

Sweet Madness

It's been over 120 years, but the horrific murders of Mr. Borden and his wife still are unanswered. The media throughout time has painted Lizzie Borden as a crazed person who got away with the murder. And everything does point out that she did do it. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     June 14, 2015
Last updated: June 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Mirrored

Alex Flinn has a gift of breathing into classic fairy tales. She does the same in her latest MIRRORED. Violet knows she's different and not very pretty. After a playground incident, in which she brings back to life a dead crow, she becomes friends with fellow loner...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     June 11, 2015
Last updated: June 12, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Edge Of Forever

I'm a fan of time travel novels especially ones that bring an intriguing twist. The Edge of Forever is set in two different times with two different characters who end up meeting in 2013 with surprising results. It's 2146 and seventeen-year-old Bridger is able to travel...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     June 05, 2015
Last updated: June 05, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Daughter of Deep Silence

Think REVENGE meets YA. I was a huge fan of the first season of the TV series REVENGE. The Count of Monte Cristo influence of where a wronged person later comes back to seek revenge against those who wronged him has always intrigued me. In Carrie Ryan's...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     May 30, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Pandemic

PANDEMIC had my full attention right at the beginning. I love how the author spins her own unique twist into what might have been yet another deadly-disease-plague-that-kills-everyone story. No, the voice is very engaging with a character that deals not only with a deadly flu that kills most...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     May 24, 2015
Last updated: May 24, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Hunted

As a Cybils 2014 Speculative Fiction panelist, I was lucky to read the apocalyptic novel THE LIVING. The edge of the seat action set on a luxury cruise ship was gripping with the vivid images of a deadly tsunami and earthquakes that hit the Western coast. So...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     May 12, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Finding Audrey

Fourteen-year-old Audrey is battling anxiety and after an unpleasant incident at her school, stays home with her colorful family. She loves them and knows they're only looking out for her but that doesn't make her plight any easier. Her way of coping is wearing dark glasses and of...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     May 07, 2015
Last updated: May 07, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Popular: How A Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence

Most so-called memoirs can come off dry or not too interesting. POPULAR isn't that book. Rather it's an enchanting journey of a fifteen-year-old as she uses a copy of a 1950s Popularity Guide for her eighth grade school year. What worked: I totally loved the voice of...

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