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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 17, 2014
(Updated: February 17, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Big Fat Disaster

The latest Beth Fehlbaum novel tackles a combination of sensitive subjects: eating disorders, abuse, cyberbullying, and suicide. What worked: The first chapter had me feel like a fly on the wall witnessing the careful facade of a conservative political candidate's family being rip off with...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 11, 2014
(Updated: February 11, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Forbidden Love

1983 Berlin. The Cold War was winding down and a ominous fence divided one city. East and West. One side equaled freedom while the other oppression. GOING OVER is one amazing glimpse into the lives of Ada and her love, Stefan. Ada is...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 10, 2014
(Updated: February 10, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Loud Awake and Lost

Loud Awake and Lost is the intriguing glimpse into the life of a survivor of a car accident trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Seventeen-year-old Ember Leferrier doesn't remember much that lead up to her horrific accident that nearly took her life. Only bits and...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   January 27, 2014
(Updated: January 28, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Teen Spirit

I'm a huge fan of Francesca Lia Block's poetic voice which resonates throughout most of her novels. Her latest introduces readers to Julie right after the loss of her beloved grandmother. If that wasn't bad enough, her mother is fired from her job and they have to move...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   January 26, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Chilling Tale

I've heard amazing things about UNINVITED and knew I just HAD to read this novel. Let me tell you all: This book delivers! What worked: Jordan opens by showing readers Davy's 'privileged' world. She's a music prodigy, rich, attends an exclusive private high school, and is...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   January 23, 2014
(Updated: January 27, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Devil's Frost

I’m a huge fan of author Heidi Kling’s ebook serial The Spellspinners. Kling casts a spell on readers by bringing her characters to life. Nothing cliché or stereotypical with her witches and warlocks of Melas! **Love the twist on this Northern Californian town's name. Melas is Salem spelled...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   January 01, 2014
(Updated: January 02, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Romantic Bittersweet Tale

One of my goals for this year is to read more YA romances. I admit, I'm a huge fan of bittersweet love stories. I also love when a book digs deep within each character and reveals not only strengths but vulnerabilities. Plus, of course chemistry between the...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 12, 2013
(Updated: December 12, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Wimpy Kids Meets Zombies

Jed is a zombie or rather cardiovascularly-challenged teen, who's rapier humor helps him challenge the horrors of middle school. There is so much to love about this book: the humor, the very real situations such as fitting in to asking a girl out on a date. Jed's upbeat...

Kids Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 02, 2013
(Updated: December 02, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Dirty Laundry

Rachel's father has moved out. She is determined to go to Florida and try to get her parents back together. After she 'takes' from her college fund to pay for the airline ticket, she helps her mother at her cleaning job, hoping to earn enough money to put...

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

Amazing Twist on Frankenstein Tale

One thing I have to say is right off the bat is I totally loved the voice of Boy, the son of Frankenstein and The Bride. Only in this story, Boy lives with his parents and other 'creatures' in New York who all are part of a modern day...

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...

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