Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 6

Alternate Worlds, Crossworlds, Portal and Quest Fantasy By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Alternate World Fantasy Stories told in this sub-genre take place on a world other than our own and journeys to this world end in adventure. Consequently, world building is very important in Alternate World Fantasy as they must be developed enough to be… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 6

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

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: The Crossover Author: Kwame Alexander Genre: YA General Fiction Review: Orla O’ Brien (Kildare Town Library) Synopsis: A powerful novel in verse about twin brothers who are rivals both on and off the basketball court. Winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. Review: This is a captivating verse novel, which means it is written… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: Play With Me by Piper Shelly

Title: Play With Me Author: Piper Shelly Genre: Romance, Young Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Ryan Hunter's parties are legendary. And tonight Liza is going to be there. Liza Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten from soccer camp. But when Tony finally… Continue reading Book Review: Play With Me by Piper Shelly

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

Book Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Title: Just Listen Author: Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Fiction Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: When Annabel, the youngest of three beautiful sisters, has a bitter falling out with her best friend, (the popular and exciting Sophie) she suddenly finds herself isolated and friendless. But then she meets Owen, a loner,… Continue reading Book Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 5

Sword and Sorcery/Planet, Swashbuckling and Military Fantasy By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Sword and Sorcery Fantasy and Sword and Planet Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Fantasy focuses on sword-wielding heroes and their adventures to save the day, and includes magic (which is usually restricted to the villains). Stories in this sub-genre do not tend to be… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 5

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Title: The Hating Game Author: Sally Thorne Genre: Romance, contemporary novel. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Lucy Hutton, charmer, assistant and professional "Nice girl", is waging war. She's got the entire office on her side except tall, dark and charmless, Joshua Templeman. He's been nothing but hostile since the moment they… Continue reading Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: Stuck With You by Trish Jensen

Title: Stuck With You Author: Trish Jensen Genre: Romance novel. Holiday fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Paige Hart and Ross Bennet couldn't stand each other. Lawyers on opposite sides of a divorce case, there was nothing but bad blood between them. Until a courthouse bombing throws them together. Exposed to… Continue reading Book Review: Stuck With You by Trish Jensen

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

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 4

Low, Mundane, Magical Realism and Vampire Fantasy By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Low Fantasy Low Fantasy is the opposite of High Fantasy, and so has little emphasis on heroism and magic. The setting is more ordinary, such as the real world or a world very like the real world. Social commentary is often present, with… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 4

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Book Review: I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

Title: I Heard The Owl Call My Name Author: Margaret Craven Genre: Drama, Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: This novel tells the story of a young Anglican Vicar named Mark Brian who is sent to a very remote parish in British Columbia. Unbeknownst to him, he is dying and… Continue reading Book Review: I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

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Book Review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Title: The Outsiders Author: S.E. Hinton Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: The Socs or "Socials", and the "Greasers" are rival gangs from the opposite side of town. The Socs' idea of a good time is cruising around in their flashy cars and beating up long-haired Greasers like… Continue reading Book Review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton