Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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January 30, 2023 (Updated: January 30, 2023)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Salt and Sugar

Lari Ramires and Pedro Molina's families have been sworn enemies. Lari's family owns the bakery Salt, while across the street is Molina's bakery Sugar. After the death of Lari's beloved grandmother, things take a turn for the worse. Rumor has it that the big supermarket in town is looking into...

January 20, 2023 (Updated: January 21, 2023)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Every Gift A Curse

Life has taken a strange turn for Maeve after a fire destroys St. Bernadette and kills Sister Assumpta. She finds out that Sister Assumpta left her what is left of the school. Maeve's friends have changed too. Boyfriend Roe's band is on track to hit the big time. Fiona...

January 17, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Museum of Magic

What worked: Unique twist on a fantasy tale where the author drew a tarot card to set the mood of each chapter. Originally this was an e-serial where readers got to vote on the direction of the next chapter. I've always loved whenever authors write outside of the box. In...

January 08, 2023 (Updated: January 09, 2023)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Harvest House

Hughie Wolfe is excited to be part of Harvest House, his community's Halloween project until he finds out that the legend of the "Indian maiden" will be the highlight. There have been rumors in the town of a supernatural presence that seems attracted to mostly Indigenous women. Some of these...

January 06, 2023 (Updated: January 07, 2023)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
The Davenports

It's Chicago 1910 and the Davenports are one of the few wealthy Black families in the city. Mr. Davenport is a formerly enslaved man who founded the Davenport Carriage Company years ago. Within his family there is drama. The oldest Olivia is set to marry a handsome man from England...

January 01, 2023 (Updated: January 03, 2023)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Delicious Monsters

What worked: This book had me hooked right at the beginning. I love a good ghostly story but this one is much more! Add a strong Black protagonist with an unwanted ability to see the dead. There's not one, but two stories that run parallel to each other with...

December 28, 2022 (Updated: December 29, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Throwback

In this contemporary YA, Samantha 'Sam' Kang doesn't understand her tight-laced mother. After a fight, a strange ride share ends up taking her back in time where she meets her mother as a teen. Sam ends up thinking she needs to make things right in 1995 by helping her...

December 22, 2022 (Updated: December 24, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Luminary: A Guide To Magical Self-Care

What worked: A good practical guide and a good start for those curious about such things as tarot readings, witchcraft, astrology, and much more. This book uses a collection of eclectic sources that help guide readers toward self-fulfillment and discovery. The author touches on a...

December 21, 2022 (Updated: December 21, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
The Prince & The Apocalypse

Eighteen-year-old Wren's dream British trip ends up turning out like nothing she had planned. Not only is she sick with a virus most of the trip, but she also ends up missing her flight back to the states. She ends up running into a British prince who is fleeing. Add...

December 17, 2022 (Updated: December 18, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
A Complicated Love Story Set In Space

What worked: BLACK MIRROR in space where not all is what it seems. There are so many twists, turns, and quirky reveals in this Sci-fi dystopian novel where two boys fall in love while on the run of their lives in outer space. Noa wakes...

December 16, 2022 (Updated: December 16, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Royal Blood

Seventeen-year-old Evan Bright has been in and out of boarding schools. She's also the illegitimate daughter of the King of England. When disaster hits her last boarding school, she finds herself in London with a father she doesn't remember and his current royal family. Her stepmother resents her presence and...

December 14, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Healer & Witch

What worked: Engaging fantasy of a girl who struggles with her magical ability. After the death of her beloved grand-mere, fifteen-year-old Sylvie leaves her small village, searching for a teacher to help guide her with her gift. The novel goes over how the women in Sylvie's family are known as...

December 13, 2022 (Updated: December 17, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Talk Santa To Me

Frankincense 'Frankie' works at her family's holiday store. Her family also has a Santa farm where people come from all over to learn how to be a good Santa and even Ms. Santa. Readers see how much this family LOVES Christmas from the decorations to even the little fact that...

December 08, 2022 (Updated: December 12, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
One Girl In All The World

In this sequel, it's close to twenty years after Buffy sealed the Hellmouth-Sunnydale. After a terrible explosion, Buffy is feared dead. Only it gets out that maybe she might still in fact be alive. The new slayer in town is Frankie. She's the daughter of Willow. Spike is her Watcher....

December 03, 2022 (Updated: December 06, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Nothing Sung and Nothing Spoken

What worked: Powerful portrayal of the complicity of friendship and small acts of resistance during WWII Nazi Germany. This story shows the underground contraband Swingjugend movement and American Jazz in Berlin before and during the war. Friends Geli, Charlie, Minna, and Renate start with discovering the joy of Swingjugend....

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