Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 14+, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: Shadow and Bone

Title: Shadow and Bone Author: Leigh Bardugo Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Young Adult Fiction. Romance. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Alina Starkov is a soldier, a map maker really, when her regiment is attacked while crossing the Shadow Fold. Then something peculiar happens as she tries to survive the assault, Alina discovers… Continue reading Book Review: Shadow and Bone

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

Book Review: Switched

Title: Switched Author: Amanda Hocking Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: When Wendy was just six years old her mother proclaimed that she was a monster and ran at her with a knife. Her mother wanted to kill Wendy because she was adamant that she wasn’t… Continue reading Book Review: Switched

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 14+

Book Review: Soulmates

Title: Soulmates Author: Holly Bourne Genre: Romance, Young Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Every now and then two people are born, they are the perfect match for one another. One could say, they are even “soulmates”. But what if meeting your soulmate could very well rock the world? .… Continue reading Book Review: Soulmates

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15

Book Review: The Host

Title: The Host Author: Stephanie Meyer Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Romance. Science Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed… Continue reading Book Review: The Host

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

Book Review: Five Feet Apart

Title: Five Feet Apart Author: Rachael Lippincott Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Romance. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Stella has spent a good portion of her life in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is carefully planned with routines, boundaries and self-control -- all of which begin to… Continue reading Book Review: Five Feet Apart

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 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 12-15

Book Review: Divergent

Title: Divergent Author: Veronica Roth Genre: Dystopian fiction. Young adult novel Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Sixteen year old Tris is forced to make a terrible choice. In a divided society where everyone is slotted into one faction, Tris doesn't fit in.  So she makes the choice to venture out alone, determined… Continue reading Book Review: Divergent

Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations

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

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