Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 25, 2013
(Updated: June 26, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Quirky voice adds to charm

As a mom of a son who has ADHD and anxiety issues, I’m always searching for books that have protagonists that deal with similar issues. Not only that but the portrayal has to be realistic or else I put the book aside. I was really excited...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 15, 2013
(Updated: June 16, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Amazing Read

I was so excited when I received the galley of TARNISH. I'd heard rumors that there was a YA historical based on Anne Boleyn's life and to actually get a copy of this book made me jump for joy! I'm a huge fan of the Tudors and anything...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 11, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Veronica Mars Look Out!

I'm a huge fan of the TV series Veronica Mars and was really excited to be able to read a galley of SPIES AND PREJUDICE. This book lives up to it's hype! Think Veronica Mars meets Pride and Prejudice with yes, teen spies. It would have been...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 06, 2013
(Updated: June 07, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Creepy trip into dreams

Ooh, INSOMNIA was one of those books that pulled me right in. I love the premise of a teen who 'watches' others dreams. High school junior Parker Chipp hasn't slept in four years. After he makes eye contact with someone, he ends up being transported into their...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 24, 2013
(Updated: May 24, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Another Winning Tale!

Sirens Penn and Lexie for now are leaving Gemma alone while they search for another girl to take her place. Meaning Gemma doesn’t have much time to find out how to break the curse before she’s killed. Things back home aren’t going that great either. Alex hates...

Young Adult Indie
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 22, 2013
(Updated: May 22, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

Is it Real or Not?

Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller turns up after being missing. Authorities think she’s delusional as she tells them stories filled with Fallen, Archangels(oh, yeah, she’s one), prophecies, and even Lucifer. Yeah, they think she’s lost it and Grace finds herself institutionalized. She’s not sure what’s real...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Sci-Fi Meets Lord of the Flies

Just when I thought I was over dystopian novels, along comes one that knocks me off my feet. When I read the blurb for GLOW at first I thought it would be too similar to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. Boy was I wrong! The sequel SPARK is no...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 03, 2013
(Updated: May 03, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Beautifully written

There once was a girl. Her name was Angie. She was fat. I totally fell in love with this story! The voice is unique and pulls the reader right into Fat Angie's life. Beautifully written contemporary tale with a heart. We meet Angie who is navigating through...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 30, 2013
(Updated: May 06, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Chilling Alien meets Ender's Game

All I can say is, "OMG." This book had me on the edge of my seat. Think Aliens meets Ender's Game. In this case the kids are the ones being geared to be the killers. There is so much to love about this book. It's...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 28, 2013
(Updated: April 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

Intriguing Paranormal Tale

Quinn used to be the girl with everything. She was cheerleading captain, honor student, and had a hot boyfriend. Then she loses it. Only here she's not sure if the demons she sees and hears are a figment of her imagination or real. Aaron finds himself...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 28, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

True Friends

I totally loved this book! As a former first grade teacher, I could very easily see myself sharing this wonderful tale of friendship with my students. Gollie and Bink are like any other younger elementary aged kids with their interests and also differences. Children will totally relate...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 22, 2013
(Updated: April 25, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

User Friendly Solution Guide

This compact 'How-to' Handbook breaks down everyday life problems into six sections, making it easy to navigate and find what kinds of skill you need help in. This is a huge plus! I hate when reference books only make you more frustrated with complicated directions. With...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 11, 2013
(Updated: April 11, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Awesome sequel

I was lucky enough to read THE IMMORTAL RULES when it was a 2012 Cybil's nominated book. Not another vampire book, I thought. Boy, was I dead wrong! And the second book ETERNITY CURE is even better than the first! I mean, what's not to love?...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 07, 2013
(Updated: April 07, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

New Must Have Resource for Writers

I love resources that help me with my own writing process. I'm a huge fan of stories that are emotionally packed. I feel ripped off if I read a story that deals with heartache and grieve and skips over the emotion the characters must be feeling. Denise...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   April 01, 2013
(Updated: April 05, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Great Voice

I'm a huge fan of paranormal romances and PROPHECY GIRL is that and so much more. First off I totally fell in love with the voice. Amelia Bennett is a demon hunter who would eat Buffy the Vampire Slayer for breakfast. Her voice is hilarious with just...

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