Crossed Out

Crossed Out

by Kim Bacccellia

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ISBN-13: 9781897562680
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing
Publication date: 12/18/2017
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Crossed Out 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
HollyRae on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Good read. However I would have liked to know more about her gift. Other than that it was a good book. : )
roses7184 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The concept of Crossed Out was definitely one that caught my eye. Stephanie's ability to help spirits cross over to the other side was fascinating enough alone, but the fact that she didn't really want this ability added that edge for me. From the very first page I watched as Stephanie tackled this "gift" of hers. I loved how Kim Baccellia pointed out Stephanie's very real feelings. Who wouldn't feel a bit confused and lost if you were constantly contacted by spirits?Although I really adored Stephanie's character, I felt like there wasn't enough of an opportunity to get to know her very well in this story. Her development felt very rushed, and in fact by the time that I realized what was going on in her life I wasn't that invested in her struggle. I think Kim Baccellia did a great job of building Stephanie up as a high schooler and as a daughter, but I would have liked to see more attention paid to what she was on the inside. I like to be invested deeply in my characters so that I can support their struggles.In the same respect, I felt like the overall story line was a bit rushed. There are a few key scenes in the book that are rushed through, and then mentioned later as important events. For one of these I was so confused that I had to go back and read the entire chapter before. I think there is a lot of promise in this story, and in this series, but that it just needs a little more polish. I for one am quite intrigued by Stephanie and her new found friend's abilities! I'd be on board to see what happens to them next.Overall I think that Kim wrote a very original feeling and solid story, it just needs a bit more attention to detail. As I said I loved the concept and truthfully there is a lot to appreciate if you give it a read! I'll be looking out for more writing by Kim Baccellia and hope to see Stephanie back in another installment.
Allykitten More than 1 year ago
This book was a fun, interesting, intriguing, adventurous read! This book really reminded me of TV Shows, “Tru Calling” and “Medium.” As Stephanie can see and talk to the dead and helps them cross over like Tru does in Tru Calling and Allison does in Medium. I really liked the main and supporting characters, Stephanie, Dylan, Cura, Hillary, and Dr. A. They all played well off each other and kept the story entertaining. I liked the teen drama and angst that played throughout the book. No matter where you live or what school you’re at you’re bound to find cliques and the school hierarchy pyramid. This was absolutely true here, with Hillary calling the shots and making sure everyone knew she was the Queen B. This was even more fun when certain things happen to Hillary and scores get even – but no spoiler alerts here lol. There is a lot of drama in this book! Whether it is between Stephanie and her frenemy, Hillary; Stephanie and her boyfriend, Dylan; Stephanie and her BFF, Cura; or Stephanie and her mom – Stephanie seems to have a bit of a case of teenage irritability lol. Stephanie also tends to be a tad reckless in her decisions and tactics. I’m not sure if it’s due to her age or the fact that she goes out of her way to not ask for help, but she makes some risky calls that clearly show her negligence and ignorance and land her in some hot water. Clearly a YA book, with all the drama between BFs, BFFs, frenemies, and parentals. Not to mention the indestructible/invincible feeling that many teenagers feel by taking daring chances, not realizing the consequences or dangers lurking. I found it interesting how all the teen’s gifts each brought something to the table and am excited to hopefully see future books in this series of them all working together. The writing style is fluid, well developed, and at a steady pace. The storyline is quite creative and imaginative – and it totally works! I think the character’s personalities and the fact that they act like real teenagers really sells it. This book is written from Stephanie’s POV. I liked that this book is written in a light hearted, funny, sometimes sarcastic tone – hence teenager POV lol. It gives humor to the story and the characters. Even during some of the more serious, wild, dark, gruesome scenes; the writing continues to be on the lighter side. This book is the second book in the Crossed Book Series. I had not read the first book before reading this book. I did not get lost or confused, so this book can be read as a standalone. However, there are many references to the previous book and the characters seem to overlap. However, since I liked this book, I would suggest getting in from the beginning and starting with book one, so you don’t miss anything. All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in a YA paranormal book. **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephanie is a character I'd like for a friend. She is sassy, a little pessimistic and determined to do what she thinks is right - most of the time. I have always wondered about the people who made the crosses on the sides of the road. Now after reading this book I do think of them and look at them a whole lot differently then before. Of the male characters I can't really say I liked one more than the other. I pretty much connected with Stephanie the most. The air of tension and mystery had me turning the pages and I finished this book feeling satisfied. I give it a 4 out of 5 crosses.