Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Review: Crossed Out by Kim Baccellia
Crossed Out by Kim Baccellia is an interesting blend of typical teenage issues and chilling supernatural secrets. The teenage aspect is treated rather stereotypically, with witchy it-girls and melodramatic protagonists. The stereotypes make it hard to become invested in the characters, whether good or bad, and the melodrama makes the heroine's mental voice a bit amorphous. Still, Stephanie handles her encounters with the dead with surprising and refreshing grace: it's clear the teen has been fulfilling her unearthly duties for years and has come to terms with her calling. Her poise in the face of the impossible shows her admirable strength and confidence, in contrast to her overly dramatic responses to typical teen traumas.
The story plunges headfirst into the action surrounding Stephanie's bizarre powers, and many surprising secrets revealed toward the end leave the reader eager to know more about the source of her abilities. One of the most interesting aspects of Stephanie's ghostly talents are her dreamlike visions, which are vivid, delectably chilling and dramatic - often serving as the prelude to some of the darker and more dangerous scenes. A foreboding chill hangs over the novel, leaving the reader on the edge of their seat with suspicion and building hair-raising suspense. The action, mystery and intrigue finally pick up the pace in the latter pages and, though it takes a while to get there, the conclusion is packed with startling revelations and gut-wrenching danger. Crossed Out is left open for a sequel, which will hopefully delve more deeply into the closet full of skeletons and family secrets hinted at in the final pages.
Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the author. This did not affect my review in any way.
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Don't miss yesterday's guest post by author Kim Baccellia on the spooky spots of Sacramento!