Blog Tour~Crossed Out~by Kim Baccellia

17 August 2010

Title: Crossed Out
Author: Kim Baccellia
Paperback: 212 Pages
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing {May 17, 2010}
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1897562683
ISBN-13: 978-1897562680

Crossed Out

About Kim Baccellia
Kim Baccellia
Kim Baccellia has always been a sucker for the paranormal. She blames it on her families’ love for such things such as having picnics at cemeteries, visiting psychics, and reading her mother’s copies of the daily horoscope. She even had her own horoscope column in middle school, which was a big hit! Kim’s other works include the poem, “My Father”, which appears in the anthology Mind Mutations, published by The Sun Rising Press. Her essay about the adoption of her son, Finally, Our Turn, appeared in Adoptive Families magazine. Her YA multicultural fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea, is published by Virtual Tales and available now at Amazon. A member of SCBWI, Kim is currently writing the sequel to Crossed Out, her latest paranormal young adult fiction novel. She’s also putting the finishing touches on an upper MG fantasy No Goddesses Allowed. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.
You can visit her website at

About Crossed Out:
Crossed OutFollowing the light can’t be that hard, right?  So why don’t the dead just do it and leave Stephanie Steward alone?  However nothing is ever as simple as it should be as Stephanie learns when her hidden ‘gift’ becomes more than a nuisance, quickly turning into a liability.  If she can’t learn to trust someone with her secret, the world as she knows it will go to hell.  Literally.  But if she doesn’t choose wisely, she might just end up learning firsthand how hard it is to follow that light.  Because she’s next on the list to be crossed out.

My Thoughts:
I'm a sucker for any paranormal book. Be it vampires, werewolves, or ghosts. So, coming upon Crossed Out was perfect for me.
Crossed Out by Kim Baccellia is an interesting blend of typical teenage issues and supernatural secrets. The teenage aspect is treated rather stereotypically, with not so nice it-girls and lots of melodrama. The stereotypes make it hard to become interested in the characters, whether good or bad. Even though, Stephanie handles her interactions with the dead with surprising grace: it's clear the teen has been doing her unearthly duties for years and has come to terms with her calling. Even though she can be a little whiny about it at times. 
 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 things about Stephanie's ghostly talents are her dreamlike visions, which are vivid, chilling and dramatic. A foreboding chill hangs over the novel, leaving the reader on the edge of their seat with suspicion and building suspense. The action, mystery and intrigue finally pick up the pace closer to the end and, though it takes a while to get there, the conclusion is packed with startling revelations and danger. Crossed Out is left open for a sequel, which will hopefully answer some of the questions I was left with at the end.
Crossed Out Tour Schedule:
Monday, August 2
Book spotlighted at Examiner

Tuesday, August 3
Interviewed at Review From Here

Wednesday, August 4
Interviewed at As the Pages Turn
Book spotlighted at Between the Covers

Thursday, August 5
Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Friday, August 6
Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Monday, August 9
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Tuesday, August 10
Guest blogging at The Bookish Type

Wednesday, August 11
Guest blogging at The Writer’s Life
Book reviewed at The Bookish Type

Thursday, August 12
Guest blogging at The Book Boost

Friday, August 13
Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Monday, August 16
Guest blogging at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, August 17
Book reviewed at Chaotic Book Obsession
Interviewed at Cafe of Dreams

Wednesday, August 18
Book reviewed at Marta’s Meanderings
Book reviewed at Marilyn’s Musings

Thursday, August 19
Interviewed at Personovelty
Book reviewed at YA Reads

Friday, August 20
Interviewed at Examiner

Monday, August 23
Interviewed at The Writer’s Life
Book reviewed at Books R Us

Tuesday, August 24
Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz
Book reviewed at What Should I Read Now

Wednesday, August 25
Book reviewed at Mom’s Not All

Thursday, August 26
Book reviewed at Minding Spot
Interviewed at The Hot Author Report

Guest blogging at A Fanatic’s Book Blog
Friday, August 27
Book reviewed by Proud Book Nerd

Book reviewed at A Fanatic’s Book Blog