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+

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

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

Top Five YA Picks for September

 Orla O’ Brien – Kildare Town Library The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. This is a poignant coming of age verse novel. It tells the compelling story of Michael, who is a mixed-race, gay teen. During Michael’s teenage years, and first year of college, he gradually and bravely embraces his identity. Michael boldly pursues the… Continue reading Top Five YA Picks for September

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15

Cirque Du Freak/ The Saga of Darren Shan

Author: Darren Shan Genre: Teen Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr Branch: Leixlip Library Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will… Continue reading Cirque Du Freak/ The Saga of Darren Shan

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness Genre: Young Adult Ages 12+ Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr Branch: Leixlip Library What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who… Continue reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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

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

Am I Normal Yet?

Authur: Holly Bourne Genre: Young Adult Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list....… Continue reading Am I Normal Yet?

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

I’ll Give You the Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson Genre: Young Adult Fiction (16+) Review by: Ciara, Maynooth LibrarySynopsis: At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later,… Continue reading I’ll Give You the Sun