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Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 22, 2012
Last updated: April 23, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Hilarious, Fun YA Tale

I totally loved this book! First, the cover. Yes, I have to mention that. I felt the cover was perfect for the story. The clerks at Barnes & Noble, where I purchased my copy of this book, smiled when they saw it. You will too! Love...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 15, 2012
Last updated: April 16, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Wowza Tale

I first found out about this novel in Justine magazine and knew I had to read it. I wasn't disappointed! There's so much to love about this book which starts with this sentence: I should probably start with the blood. That sentence grabs you and takes...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 09, 2012
Last updated: April 09, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Fun Twist on a Paranormal Tale

I love this graphic book series from Graphic Universe. This book introduces us to Nora Reilly who loves Jane Austen. Her family just moved into an old Victorian home. Seems others still live there. When Nora meets Tom, a ghost, who still lives in the house,...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 09, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Fun Tale that shows history of the Empire State Building

Beautiful illustrations capture the essence of the Depression-era while showing the building of the Empire State Building. As a former educator, I would have loved sharing this non-fiction picture book with my first/second graders. The rhythm of the text is very catchy, using words that make it fun...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 06, 2012
Last updated: April 07, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Amazing Tale

I've always loved reading about Medieval Europe. When I was a teen I read THE DISTANT MIRROR by Barbara Tuchman. I didn't care that it had over 1000 pages, to me reading about everything that happened in Medieval Europe was fascinating. So I was really excited when...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     April 01, 2012
Last updated: April 02, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Watch out Buffy! Here comes Riley!

I loved Jana Oliver's first book THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER and couldn't wait to read more. FORGIVEN is the third book in this series. The book grabs you right at the beginning and doesn't let you go. Riley finds her dead father, Master Trapper Paul Blackthorne has...

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     March 29, 2012
Last updated: March 29, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Book Two in the Goddess Test series

I loved the story THE GODDESS TEST. The whole twist of the myth of Persephone and Hades fascinated me. I loved Kate and Henry and how a modern day girl could end up with a God. There's great romance along with Greek mythology. What's not to...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     March 25, 2012
Last updated: March 26, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Great Paranormal Twist

It’s 1888, and Abbie Sharp has been sent to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. Abbie starts volunteer work at Whitechapel Hospital and meets Dr. Bartlett. Quickly she learns to love working there. She runs into another handsome doctor, William, who’s she’s attracted to....

Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     March 21, 2012
Last updated: March 21, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Thorn's Back!

One of my all time favorite characters has to be Thorn from Linda Joy Singleton's The Seer series. I was very excited to hear that Singleton was giving Thorn her own series! So when Buried came out, I rushed out and purchased it. Buried lives up to my...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     March 16, 2012
Last updated: March 17, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Satisfying Conclusion to a Great Paranormal Series

After the cliffhanger ending in DEMONGLASS, I was worried SPELL BOUND wouldn't live up to my expectations. I shouldn't have worried. SPELL BOUND is a great conclusion to the very successful Hex Hall series. First off, I love Sophie. I love her voice which has just...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     March 12, 2012
Last updated: March 12, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Makes You Want To Go On Your Own Journey!

When I graduated from high school, I wished I’d been brave enough to travel to a foreign place. How exciting would it have been to backpack through Europe, visit the ancient Mayan ruins in Central America, or even go to a yoga retreat in India? Reading WANDERLOVE was...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     March 08, 2012
Last updated: March 10, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Alex Flinn Does it Again!

I'm totally a fan of Alex Flinn! She cast a spell on me with her last two books, BEASTLY and BEWITCHING. Flinn is able to put her own twist on classic fairy tales and weave them into engaging stories. In CLOAKED we meet seventeen-year-old Johnny, who works...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     March 04, 2012
Last updated: March 05, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Great Collection of YA stories

I really love anthologies. They are just perfect for when you don't have time to read a big novel. What makes GIRL MEETS BOY so special is it's a collection of short tales that have a he said/she said feel to the same story. One...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     March 02, 2012
Last updated: March 03, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Amazing Tale

I loved the book and movie adaptation of BEASTLY. My favorite character had to be Kendra, the witch, who cast a spell turning the vain high school jock into a beast. BEWITCHING continues the story of Kendra, only this time she tries to help out Emma in this...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer     February 25, 2012
Last updated: February 25, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Return to the land of Trylle

I loved SWITCHED and couldn't wait for the second book in this trilogy. Hocking doesn't disappoint. TORN continues the story of the changeling Wendy Everly only this time she finds out the truth about her father. Wendy didn't think it was possible for her birth father to...

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