Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 27, 2014
(Updated: May 28, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Truth About Alice

I think everyone in high school knew of that 'girl' or 'guy' that was labeled bad and/or very loose. These were the people that seemed to have a story. I can't help but think of Rizzo in the movie Grease, and how isolated she became after rumors of her being...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 25, 2014
(Updated: May 26, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Brazen

Historicals are one of my all time favorite genres. I also love anything that deals with the Tudors. So when I found out there was a YA historical that took place in the 16th century around the time of King Henry VIII? I had to read it....

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 17, 2014
(Updated: May 19, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Haunting

I was so excited to get this upcoming novel from Brenna Yovanoff. I'm a huge fan of her writing which is hauntingly beautiful with it's own rhythm. It's like poetry in motion. But then again she's part of the mega talented Merry Sisters of Fate which includes...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 06, 2014
(Updated: May 08, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Kissing In Italian

Right now I'm loving contemporary romances set in European places. KISSING IN ITALIAN caught my interest as it takes place in Italy. I'm a quarter Italian and I love to read books set there. What worked: The Italian setting which is a character. The...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 02, 2014
(Updated: May 02, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Don't Even Think About It

This story caught my interest with the premise of some NYC teens being able to read minds after having the flu shot. Unique twist on the whole super powers premise. What worked: Hilarious with a fun voice. Think Gossip Girls get a funky flu shot...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   May 01, 2014
(Updated: May 02, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Spellbinding Tale

Mystical. Magical. Some books just wrap you up in their spell. I know this is what happened with me once I opened The Falconer. The publishing director’s letter at the beginning of this novel warns readers of this. And believe me it delivers! ...

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...

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