Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 14+, Young Adult 16+

BookTok Recommended Reads : Young Adult Edition

By Emma Doran, Leixlip Library Some of you may be familiar with the phrase BookTok that has been doing the rounds on the Internet lately, but if not and you are wondering what BookTok is ? #BookTok refers to the go-to hashtag for all the content on the social media platform TikTok related to books,… Continue reading BookTok Recommended Reads : Young Adult Edition

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 14+, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: Fire in Frost

Title: Fire in Frost Author: Alicia Rades Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Crystal Frost is adamant she isn't crazy. But despite all her protests, she can't justify the fact that normal people don't see ghosts. Only insane people do. Crazy people, like herself.  As her psychic… Continue reading Book Review: Fire in Frost

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses Author: Sarah J. Maas Genre: Fantasy fiction. Young adult novel. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: The skin of a wolf would bring enough gold to feed her sisters for a month. But the life of a magical creature comes at a hefty price, and… Continue reading Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 14+, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules Author: Julie Kagawa Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Supernatural. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: What if having a chance to save humanity comes with a grim price? One that you hate and fear the most? To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness. Allison Sekemoto… Continue reading Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 11

Historical, Pre-historic, Classical and Mediaeval. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Historical Fantasy This is fantasy that is set in a historical period of the real world and that frequently offers an alternative version of history and where magic or supernatural creatures exist. Historical fantasy is essentially blending the fantasy and historical genres together. The level… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 11

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

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 10

Romantic, Fantastic Romance, Alternate History and High Historical. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Romantic This sub-genre blends both fantasy and romance elements, so relationships are an important part of the plot and the story. The degree of magic, plot, violence and characterisation can be low, but this varies from story to story.  Related fantasy subgenres… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 10

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Title: Crash Into You Author: Katie McGarry Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Romance Novel. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: People expect Rachel Young to be the good girl who always gets straight As. But Rachel is keeping her real life a secret. Her wealthy family has no idea that she loves racing… Continue reading Book Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

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

Book Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Title: The Love Hypothesis Author: Ali Hazelwood Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Romance Novel. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: As a third-year PhD candidate, Olive Smith doesn't believe in lasting romantic relationships-but her best friend does, and that is what got her into this conundrum. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and… Continue reading Book Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

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

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 9

Fairytales, Mythopoeia, Fantastic Poetry and Fantastique By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Fairytales Fairytales are a form of fantasy as they are usually set in distant magical worlds where supernatural characters exist. Fairytales in fantasy are expanded and given more back story and many fairytales have been re-written for adults. Due to the lack of specification… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 9

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: Paper Girls (Collected Paperback) Volume 1. Author: Brian K Vaughan and Cliff Chiang Genre: Graphic Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction. Review by: Orla (Kildare Town Library) The creators of this graphic novel have done a superb job bringing it to life. The colour palette chosen by Matthew Wilson compliments the sharp and detailed drawings by Cliff Chiang and the… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month