Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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October 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Wait For Me

Seventeen-year-old Casey hears and sees flashes of a past that take her off guard. She's attending NYU and should be having the time of her life. Add to this she's dating one of the most eligible guys in NY. Her father and stepmother think she really has dissociative personality disorder...

September 29, 2022 (Updated: October 03, 2022)
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
The Silent Stars Go By

Three years ago, Margot's fiance, Harry, was listed as missing in action. Now she receives a letter saying he did survive the Great War. Margot has conflicting feelings that have to do with a big secret that she's afraid to reveal. She's afraid by revealing this secret that the carefully...

September 28, 2022 (Updated: September 29, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Tasting Light

What worked: Haunting, powerful portrayals where future technology offers not only innovation but hope. This collection of short stories is both insightful and gives a sucker punch with their versions of a future world. So many emotions are sure to arise by reading this collection. ...

September 24, 2022 (Updated: September 24, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Spells for Lost Things

Willow only wants to spend her senior year in Paris with a cousin and isn't too happy when her mother informs her they need to take care of business in Salem. Mason is a foster kid who has been bounced around after his addicted mother leaves him. Both come together...

September 13, 2022 (Updated: September 15, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
They Call Me Güero

What worked: I love books in verse. They Call Me Güero introduces readers to Güero, a light skinned twelve-year-old Mexican American boy. He navigates seventh grade and his life with poetry. There's so much to love about this novel. This generation's Gary...

September 08, 2022 (Updated: September 08, 2022)
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Pretty Dead Queens

Seventeen-year-old Cecelia ends up living with her famous mystery writer grandmother Maura after the death of her mother. The seaside town had a whole Veronica Mars vibe going for it. The teens at the local high school also had their own group of Mean Girls. The real mystery happens when...

September 02, 2022 (Updated: September 02, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Amazing Collection of YA paranormal stories

What worked: I'm a huge fan of short story anthologies. I'm also a huge fan of diversity in YA. ETERNALLY YOURS has both of these and more. In this collection, there are vamps; demons; zombies; merfolk; fallen angels; and more! Here's some of my favorites:...

August 30, 2022 (Updated: August 31, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Beneath The Wide Silk Sky

What worked: Wow, just wow. Powerful, poignant portrayal of a Japanese teen right before the internment camps. Huey nails Sam's emotions with the backlash from her small Washington state community when Pearl Harbor is hit. Those who she thought were friends show their true character. But there are also small...

August 25, 2022 (Updated: August 26, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
And We Rise

What worked: Powerful journey of the Civil Rights Movement shown with poetry. The years covered are 1950-1960s. There's mention of Emmett Till: The Black Panther Party; Malcohom X; and Martin Luther King. There's also individuals that helped with the movement that I didn't know about. One such person is Claudette...

August 22, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Hope Is an Arrow

What worked: Beautifully illustrated biography of Lebanese American poet Kahlil Gibran. I loved his book THE PROPHET while in college. This picture book introduces young readers to this famous poet. Readers learn the early story of Gibran who left his beloved Lebanon and came to...

August 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Mine

Lily is a total drama queen. Her antics though went terribly wrong back in her Colorado hometown. Bad enough that her father felt they needed a fresh start. They move clear across the country to Florida to an old abandoned house with lots of secrets. Secrets that might involve a...

August 07, 2022 (Updated: August 12, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
The Second Death of Edie and Violet Bond

What worked: I love a good spooky tale! There's so much to love about this story set in 1885 Sacramento, California. For one, my own great-grandfather settled in downtown Sacramento around this same time so the descriptions of the area brought back fond memories. Another huge plus is how the...

August 04, 2022 (Updated: August 04, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Latin American Monster Stories

What worked: I'm a huge fan of short story anthologies, including ones that include Latinx monster tales. This anthology is a collection of fifteen shorts that are filled with stories of vampires, werewolves, zombies, and much more! Here are a few of my favorites: ...

July 31, 2022 (Updated: July 31, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
These Fleeting Shadows

What worked: Creepy, surreal story of Helen Vaughan and a mysterious ancestral home filled with deadly secrets. This story had an almost Edgar Allan Poe feel going for it with ghostly mysteries that keep readers on the edge of their seats. Helen doesn't get why...

July 27, 2022 (Updated: July 27, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Funeral Girl

What worked: Engaging portrayal of a girl dealing with death anxiety that just happens to live in a funeral home. This novel goes a step further than other paranormal ghost stories in which readers are introduced to Georgia, 'G', and are shown the anxieties she daily deals with. I love...

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