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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 22, 2013
(Updated: November 22, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Amazing Tale

Laurie Halse Anderson isn't one to shy away from sensitive subjects. In THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY she tackles another tough subject with amazing results. Hayley has been on the road with her former military dad Andy for five years. During this time she's been...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 13, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Open Mic

I'm a huge fan of diversity in YA. OPEN MIC is a collection that addresses the sometimes sensitive topic of race in ways that reflect the diversity of the authors. Most are written in such a way that bring light-heartiness without tearing down a culture. More than...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 11, 2013
(Updated: November 14, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Seductive & Equally Haunting

I'm a huge fan of adaptations of Shakespeare. My favorite has to be Hamlet. A WOUNDED NAME is a modern day adaptation of Hamlet only told through the eyes of Ophelia. From the very first sentence, I was hooked. Sixteen-year-old Ophelia is a student...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 09, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Installment 3 of an intense YA romance

Now that Sarah has made the very hard decision in regards to whether or not she should break up with Dave, she wonders if Will will stay true to his promise of breaking up with Tricia. Emotions tug at Sarah on what she really feels for Will. Is...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 07, 2013
(Updated: November 07, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Losing It

I'm finding that I'm really loving anthologies, especially ones by YA authors. I was excited to find a copy of LOSING IT on my porch and couldn't wait to read the selection of short tales. I read this collection in a few hours as I couldn't put it...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 30, 2013
(Updated: October 30, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Sizzling new YA romance e-serial

In this second installment of While You're Away, Sarah questions whether or not she should follow her heart with Will or stay in her 'safe' relationship with Dave. It's so hard to decide what to do and it doesn't help that her BFF claims 'Switzerland' on the whole thing....

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 25, 2013
(Updated: October 25, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Steamy YA Romance

I love it when publishers think outside of the box. WHILE YOU'RE AWAY is a YA romance told in six different installments. Think Dickens meets the YA world with romance. Tons of steamy romance that is! What I loved had to be the emotional...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 23, 2013
(Updated: October 24, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Fascinating Look Into Historical People

This is a fun collection of historical public figures that asks the question--Would you date them? There's some really fun trivia on each of these 50 individuals including a 'heat factor' that ranks their worthiness to be a crush. Here's some of my favorites: ...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 21, 2013
(Updated: October 21, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Creepy, Spooky Horror Tale

I'm a huge fan of YA horror novels and THE WAKING DARK fits the bill! What worked for me had to the horror element that was creepy and very suspenseful. This novel reminded me of Stephen King with the subtle horror elements woven throughout. ...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 19, 2013
(Updated: October 19, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Once We Were

What I liked: I really loved how the author is able to weave in intense emotions between her characters. In ONCE WE WERE readers see the conflict that arises between two souls trapped in one body. Think THE HOST meets GOLDEN COMPASS. Eva is the recessive soul...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 18, 2013
(Updated: October 18, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Six Months Later

Chloe is a mediocre student who has a huge crush on fellow student Blake. One day, while in study hall, she falls asleep and finds herself six months in the future. She can't remember what happened in those missing months. Now she has a 2155 SAT score and on...

Red
Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 13, 2013
(Updated: October 13, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Spunky Romp Through Scarletville

As a self-proclaimed Artie, I knew I had to read this story when it came out! What is an Artie? An Artie is someone who dyes her hair red or enhances the color. What worked for me had to be how the...

Young Adult Nonfiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 06, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Leap of Faith

I'm a huge fan of non-fiction stories that aren't afraid to show the struggles and challenges people go through. In this case a story of a teen coming to terms with his own faith. In RAPTURE PRACTICE we meet Aaron Hartzler as a child remembering the...

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

Very Satisfying Conclusion

I fell in love with Gayle Forman's romantic coming of age story JUST ONE DAY and couldn't wait to read what really happened that one fateful day in Paris. Let's just say I wasn't disappointed! JUST ONE YEAR shows us what happened through the...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 28, 2013
(Updated: September 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Captured At Sea

I'm a huge sucker for realistic portrayals of teens dealing with modern day events. In this case being captured by Somalian pirates. What worked for me had to be the writing style that is courageous in thinking outside of the box. It's fast paced...

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