Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations, Children 10-12, Educational, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 2

Children, Young Adult and Coming of Age and Anthropomorphic Fantasy   By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Children’s Fantasy This is fantasy that is explicitly aimed at children, although adults will often enjoy some children’s series and books. Children’s fantasy tends to have younger but highly developed characters, a low level of violence, a variable level of… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 2

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: Apple and Rain Author: Sarah Crossan Genre: YA General Fiction Review: Orla O’ Brien (Kildare Town Library) Synopsis: A stunning novel from Carnegie-shortlisted author Sarah Crossan; moving and beautifully crafted, it explores the bond between daughters and mothers, forgiveness and the healing power of words. Review: The social pecking order at school can prey a lot on a teenager’s… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Book Review: To Die For by Linda Howard

Title: To Die For Author: Linda Howard Genre: Romance novel. Fiction. Suspense. Mystery.  Review: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: After a painful divorce, Blair Mallory follows her dream and opens a health club. But Nicole Goodwin develops a strange fixation on Blair. When Nicole is gunned down in the club's parking lot, Blair… Continue reading Book Review: To Die For by Linda Howard

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Children 10-12, Young Adult 12-15

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Author: J.K. Rowling Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Children's Fiction. Review: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing  a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter "H" ……..Harry… Continue reading Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations, Educational

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 1

There are many fantasy fans among our readers in Kildare Libraries so Elaine in Library HQ has taken a look at this genre in depth. This will be a series of interesting articles on the various types of fantasy writing, appearing on this blog once a week. Part 1 - Introduction I thought I would… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 1

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Book Review: Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts

Title: Blue Smoke Author: Nora Roberts Genre: Romantic Suspense. Crime Thriller. Review: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Reena Hale's destiny was shaped in the destructive - yet fascinatingly beautiful - fire that leveled her family's pizzeria when she was young. Now an arson investigator, she finds her strength and wits constantly tested, although… Continue reading Book Review: Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts

Book reviews and recommendations

Kildare Libraries Summer Stars Book Review Winner

Congratulations to Katrina from Ballitore Library on your excellent picture and book review. Katrina is the winner of this week’s Summer Stars book review . Well done Katrina! Katrina's Review Book Title: The Purple Butterfly Author: Holly Webb Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Review: Molly looked at the back door. Molly’s little sister Kitty wriggled… Continue reading Kildare Libraries Summer Stars Book Review Winner

Book reviews and recommendations, Children 6-10

Kildare Libraries Summer Stars Book Review Winner

Congratulations to Persephone from Leixlip Library on your excellent picture and book review, we loved it so much! Persephone is the winner of this week’s Summer Stars book review . Well done Persephone! Persephone's Review Book Title: Isadora Moon Goes to School   Author: Harriet Muncaster Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Review: Isadora is half… Continue reading Kildare Libraries Summer Stars Book Review Winner

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Book Review: Leonard And Hungry Paul

Title: Leonard And Hungry Paul Author: Ronan Hession Genre: Humorous Adult Fiction Review: Mairead, Monasterevin Library Synopsis: They use humour, board games and silence to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st Century. It is the story of two friends trying to find their place in the world. It is about those uncelebrated people who have the… Continue reading Book Review: Leonard And Hungry Paul

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: Boys Don’t Cry Author: Malorie Blackman Genre: YA General Fiction Review: Orla O’ Brien (Kildare Town Library) Synopsis: Bestselling author Malorie Blackman explores the unchartered territory of teenage fatherhood. You're waiting for the postman - he's bringing your A level results. University, a career as a journalist - a glittering future lies ahead. But when the doorbell rings it's… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month