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

Book Review: Bridgerton: The Duke and I

Title: The Duke and I Author: Julia Quinn Genre: Historical Fiction. Romance. Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has concocted a devious plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers.  He shall pretend to be engaged to the lovely Daphne… Continue reading Book Review: Bridgerton: The Duke and I

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BookTok Recommended Reads: Adult Fiction

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: Adult Fiction

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Aoife’s Recommended Science Fiction Reads

By Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library Did you know that January celebrates the genre of Science Fiction. National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States on January 2, which corresponds with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. While it's the 8th of January today,… Continue reading Aoife’s Recommended Science Fiction Reads

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Book Review: It Ends With Us

Title: It Ends With Us Author: Colleen Hoover Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: "Easy" isn't a word that has ever described Lily's life. It's always been a battle, but it never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. Lily left behind a small… Continue reading Book Review: It Ends With Us

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 12

Gunpowder, Gaslamp, Flintlock and Steampunk. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Gunpowder Fantasy Gunpowder fantasy is centred on the presence of gunpowder in the story. Consequently, it more or less encompasses flintlock fantasy and more modern guns and gunpowder-related weapons. Magic, fantastical creatures, and other tropes of fantasy are still present in gunpowder fantasy. Magic and… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 12

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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

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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

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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

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 8

Celtic, Mythic, Arthurian and Legend Retelling. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Celtic Fantasy  This is fantasy that draws on Celtic legends and lore, usually Irish, Welsh or Scottish legends and mythology. Such fantasy is high in magic and magic influences most other story elements. Because characters and plot are vital to the development of Celtic… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 8

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Book Review: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Author: Seanan McGuire Title: Rosemary and Rue Genre: Urban Fantasy, Adult Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library October “Toby” Daye has been an outsider from birth. As a changeling who is half human half fae, she has been burned by both sides of her heritage and as a result, has retreated to a “normal”… Continue reading Book Review: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire