Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 31, 2012
(Updated: January 02, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Winning Tale

Ooh, love futuristic stories that have a Romeo and Juliet feel to them! Aria Rose wakes up and finds she's engaged to marry Thomas, son of the rival Foster family. No matter how much she tries to believe she 'loves' him, everything feels wrong. Then she stumbles...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 30, 2012
(Updated: December 31, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Ghost Tale with a Modern Twist

I'm a huge fan of ghost tales and was excited to be able to read THE DEAD AND BURIED. This intriguing tale is so much more than the usual ghost story. It's also a mystery with a hint of romance. Jade's family ends up moving...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 26, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Magical New Series

Neryn has lost everyone she's loved and is on the run. A tyrannical king has a verdict out to kill anything that has to do with magic or the Good folk. Neryn is a Caller, one that can see and speak with the Good folk. Now there's...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 10, 2012
(Updated: December 10, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Great New Multi-cultural Fantasy

I admit I'm a huge fan of fantasies with multicultural backdrops. VODNIK takes place in Slovakia and introduces readers to new urban legends that include a Vodnik, which is a trickster who has a thing for capturing souls and putting them in teacups. Tomas is a...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 05, 2012
(Updated: December 06, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Unique Twist to Dystopian/Vampire Tale

I couldn't wait to read this book! For one thing I loved the premise of a Amish teen getting ready for her Rumspringa, coming of age experience, right when all things break loose. In this case, vampires. You'd think this mixture of things wouldn't work but it...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 24, 2012
(Updated: November 24, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Chilling Twist on The Little Mermaid Tale

Twists on classic fairy tales are very popular right now. Look at the success of the TV series ONCE UPON A TIME and GRIMM. One YA author who's been retelling some classic tales is Jackson Pearce. I loved her previous stories: SISTERS RED and SWEETLY. I...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 23, 2012
(Updated: November 23, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Beautifully written YA Historical

I love books set in Italy. The blurb to PASSION BLUE intrigued me and I was very excited to be able to read this book which was everything I'd hoped for and much more! Let's just say this book kept me up into the early morning. This...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 18, 2012
(Updated: November 18, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Another Amanda Hocking Winning Tale!

I admit it. I'm a huge Amanda Hocking's fan. She's able to take a story and weave her own magic to it. A sign of a true storyteller! This time she puts her own stamp on a mythological tale of sirens. In this sequel to...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 14, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Enchanting Tale

I love paranormals that are able to swept readers away with addictive storytelling. Add romance to the mix and I'm hooked. ECHO is the second book in The Soul Seekers series. I felt this book was Daire's heroine's journey as she learns more about her mystic abilities...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 07, 2012
(Updated: November 07, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Original Twist on the Grim Reaper

One great thing about being a Cybil's panelist has to be discovering some great books. CROAK is one such book. Right off the bat, I loved the voice of this wicked, funny paranormal. Lex is a teen Grim Reaper with mega 'tude. She's filled with anger...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 01, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Dear Teen Me

This anthology first started off as a blog where YA authors shared letters they wrote to their teen selves.I really loved the whole idea behind this premise. Some are hilarious, others poignant, and still others very touching. I was excited when I heard that an anthology would be...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 30, 2012
(Updated: October 30, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Great E-serial Continues

I'm a huge Heidi Kling fan. She's the master of showing readers characters in such a way you can't help but fall in love with them. And in THE GLEANING, trust me, you will! There's something magical between Lily and Logan. Something as simple as a...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Watch Out What You Might Look For

I’m a huge fan of a good paranormal with an element of fantasy that transports you to different time periods. CONJURE does just that! This story whisked me away with it’s magic and adventure. Emma Guthrie stumbles on an old bottle with a message from...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 19, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Magical Sequel

I’m a big fan of DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and was excited to get a copy of the sequel to review. Fans of YA will enjoy the crossover appeal of this magical paranormal tale that is much more than just a vampire story. First off, Matthew and Diana are...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 14, 2012
(Updated: October 14, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Amazing Dark Retelling of Mother Goose Rhymes

I'm a huge lover of anthologies. This year there's been some really great ones to add to my collection. I was really excited to hear Georgia McBride was putting together an anthology. If you don't know, Georgia is the founder of the fab YA site, YALITCHAT. ...

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