Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 24, 2014
(Updated: April 24, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Great New Tale!

I love to peruse Justine Magazine's YA selection of upcoming books. One book blurb caught my attention. ...If Buffy was Southern and grew up with manners, sweet tea, and Cotillion, she'd be Harper Price. I knew I had to have this book! So I ordered a copy...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 22, 2014
(Updated: April 22, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

ASK ME

Love Kimberly Pauley's novels. And her latest ASK ME is no exception. What worked: Loved Pauley's modern day take on an oracle. Only in this case, high schooler Aria Morse can not only tell the future but doesn't know when her ability will strike. And...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 04, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Fates

There's a lot of promise in this paranormal story of a Fate that is doomed to live on Earth and the only way to return to Pyralis Terra is to kill a boy she finds herself attracted to. What worked: I love the unique twist on Greek...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 26, 2014
(Updated: March 26, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

The Shadow Prince

Get ready for a new swoon worthy protagonist! Sixteen-year-old Rowan has lived among mortals but is surprised when his Queen mother summons him back to Avalon. She's abdicating the court and wants him to be crowned King. His mother hasn't been warm toward him in the past so...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 24, 2014
(Updated: March 24, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Scared Stiff

Who ever thought reading a book on different phobias would be fun? SCARED STIFF uses a fun approach on learning about 50 different types of phobias. Each one has the facts behind it along with some famous phobics from celebs and other famous figures plus how to overcome...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 18, 2014
(Updated: March 18, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Scan

Wow, hold on to your seat as this story is one adrenaline rush that is filled with suspense, intrigue, romance, and even aliens. What worked: This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm totally loving alien YA stories and this one doesn't...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 14, 2014
(Updated: March 14, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Nearly Gone

One of my favorite genres to read has to be thrillers and mysteries. NEARLY GONE is both these with a math/science twist. What worked: The mystery behind who was plotting the murders and why they seem to point toward Nearly had me wondering. I liked...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 10, 2014
(Updated: March 10, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Love Letters to the Dead

Unique twist on a tale of lost and acceptance. I loved the premise of a teen writing letters to famous dead individuals that reminded her of her dead sister. Dellaira breathes life into each of these letters by giving readers a glimpse into the world of Laurel who...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 07, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Amazing Tale

I admit it. The packaging to END TIMES totally got my interest. I also love stories that show characters struggling with their faith or lack of it. So I opened the first page and was hooked. This isn't the typical end of the world novel but is...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 07, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Gripping Tale

What's to love? It's part Quantum Leap, part Dr. Who,and even some Somewhere in Time mixed into one gripping tale. I'm a huge fan of time travel novels but this one is a little different. Alex can travel back in time by accessing Limbo(a...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   March 02, 2014
(Updated: March 02, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

White Hot Kiss

I totally didn't think I could love a book character more than Daemon from Jennifer Armentrout's LUX series. Boy was I wrong! WHITE HOT KISS has seventeen-year-old Layla, living between two worlds. She's half demon and half Warden. Wardens are gargoyles who...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 24, 2014
(Updated: February 25, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Fire & Flood

I was really excited to be able to get a galley of Fire & Flood. I enjoyed Scott's Dante series but this new series is different. What worked: Fire & Flood is a fast-paced dystopian novel with a likeable heroine who joins a race where the...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 17, 2014
(Updated: February 18, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

16 Things I Thought Were True

I'm a huge fan of Janet Gurtler's contemporary YA novels. Her latest 16 Things I Thought Were True shows us Morgan who is horrified after a video of her dancing in boy's undies surfaces. Then she gets a text from her twin brothers that her mother is in the...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 17, 2014
(Updated: February 17, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Big Fat Disaster

The latest Beth Fehlbaum novel tackles a combination of sensitive subjects: eating disorders, abuse, cyberbullying, and suicide. What worked: The first chapter had me feel like a fly on the wall witnessing the careful facade of a conservative political candidate's family being rip off with...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 11, 2014
(Updated: February 11, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Forbidden Love

1983 Berlin. The Cold War was winding down and a ominous fence divided one city. East and West. One side equaled freedom while the other oppression. GOING OVER is one amazing glimpse into the lives of Ada and her love, Stefan. Ada is...

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