Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 07, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

OMG, Did That Just Happen?

I've been a huge fan of this series since the first book came out. I even made sure to come an extra day during last year's ALA event just so I could grab a copy of the next book in the series. What can I say? I'm...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 04, 2013
(Updated: September 04, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

SKIN

I'm a huge fan of Donna Jo Napoli's YA historicals so I was excited to be able to review her latest. SKIN introduces us to sixteen-year-old Sep who wakes up one morning to white lips. She's horrified. Her mother let's her borrow some candy pink lipstick to...

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

Daemon is Back!

I'm a huge fan of the Lux series so when I was sent an ebook galley I was beyond excited! I even purchased the book in print. I'm that much of a fan! Readers finally find out what happens to Katy in the jaw-hanging ending to OPAL....

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 28, 2013
(Updated: August 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Magical

I'm a huge fan of stories that weave in surrealism in a world filled with magic and darkness. Off the bat I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of faery stories other than those by Holly Black. But with INDELIBLE I found myself drawn into the...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 18, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Tween Time Travel Tale Continues

This is a fun time travel series perfect for tween and younger readers. In the first book we're introduced to Mira who finds out her missing mother is in fact a time traveler on an important mission. Now Mira goes to Rome with her brother and father in...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 06, 2013
(Updated: August 06, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Engaging Tale

I'm a huge fan of Janet Gurtler's novels. Her writing wraps around you like a visit with a best friend. You laugh, cry, and feel the love. Her books are just like that. You don't want them to end. HOW I LOST YOU has two...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 27, 2013
(Updated: July 27, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Intriguing premise set in historical Paris

The whole premise of gargoyles being protectors intrigued me. Add to that the rich Parisian setting. I also love historical paranormals. When I read a blurb for THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED in the June/July issue of JUSTINE magazine, I knew I had to read it. ...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 25, 2013
(Updated: July 26, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Veronica Mars Meets Paranormal World

This is a fun new paranormal series that reminded me of what it would be like if Veronica Mars just happened to be investigating the paranormal world. In this case seventeen-year old Jessie helps her mom with their paranormal detective agency. Yes, she battles against demons, ghosts, and...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 20, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Hilarious

I was first introduced to Alvin Ho when it was a nominated Cybils book. I totally loved him! So much to love! Alvin's fears are something kids will be able to relate with. As a former first grade teacher, I would have loved to have shared Alvin's...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 20, 2013
(Updated: July 20, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Satisfying Follow Up

C.J. Omololu first introduced readers to her spin on reincarnation with Transcendence. I loved the unique twist and how the author shows us Cole struggling to come to terms with the fact that she's lived other lives in the past. In Intuition, Cole is coming to terms with...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   July 15, 2013
(Updated: July 15, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Victorian Age and Zombies

I was a huge fan of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY and couldn't wait to review the sequel! This novel has tons to love: steampunk(check out those zombie zappers!), romance, lush Parisian setting, and one amazing voice! If the voice sucks me in? I'm hooked. Eleanor Fitt...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   June 27, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Seize the Moment

I was lucky enough to meet author Jessi Kirby at a YA panel held at my local library. I was really excited to read her latest novel GOLDEN after reading the blurb in the June/July issue of JUSTINE. This story engaged me right from the start. The...

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...

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