Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

YA Book of the Month Recommended by Orla 

Author: Jarlath Gregory Genre: Contemporary Fiction YA (Suitable for 16-18 yr olds) Review by: Orla O’ Brien, Kildare Town Library  Review Ben, the main protagonist, is gay and proud. The first chapter zones in on how difficult he finds it meeting a significant other. Whether you are gay or not, the dating scene has changed drastically over… Continue reading YA Book of the Month Recommended by Orla 

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

Midnight Sun Book Review

Author: Stephenie Meyer Genre: Young Adult Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife, Newbridge library When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun. This unforgettable tale, as told through… Continue reading Midnight Sun Book Review

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

Tolkien Reading Day

By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters Tolkien Reading Day takes place annually on the 25th of March and celebrates the life and works of J. R. R. Tolkien, author of some of the famous works of fantasy in the English language. As a mild fan of Tolkien’s most famous works-I really must get around to reading… Continue reading Tolkien Reading Day

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

The Rest Of The Story

Author: Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Fiction Review by: Aoife, Leixlip Library Synopsis: It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of the Lake – and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.But when it’s finally time to go back home, which side of Emma Saylor will win?. Review: This book… Continue reading The Rest Of The Story

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

Young Adult Top 5 picks for November

by Orla, Kildare Town Library The Complete MAUS by Art Spiegelman Maus is the first graphic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize. It tells the true- life story of Art Spiegelman’s father, Vladek Spiegelman, who is a survivor of the Holocaust. It also deals with their tense and turbulent relationship. His father is a difficult… Continue reading Young Adult Top 5 picks for November

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

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Author: Suzanne Collins Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian/ Contemporary Fantasy/ Science Fiction Review by: Emma, Leixlip Library ★★★★ Synopsis: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games. Ambition will fuel… Continue reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Educational, Young Adult 16+

I am Malala: The Story of the Girl who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

Author: Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb Genre: Biography Review: Aoife Kerr Branch: Leixlip Library When the Taliban took control of Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9,2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price.… Continue reading I am Malala: The Story of the Girl who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

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

A Throne of Swans

Author: Elizabeth & Katharine Corr Genre: Young Adult Fiction Ages 15 plus (some violence and Mild Romance scenes) Review by: Emma, Leixlip Library ★★★★ Synopsis: When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will… Continue reading A Throne of Swans

Uncategorized, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli Genre: YA Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr Branch: Leixlip Library Sixteen-year-old and not so openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed:… Continue reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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

The Falling in Love Montage

Authur: Ciara Smyth Genre: Young Adult 13+ Reviewed by: Ciara, Maynooth Library Synopsis Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. If they were real, her mother would still be able to remember her name and not in a care home with early onset dementia. A condition that Saoirse may one day… Continue reading The Falling in Love Montage