Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations


Author: John Banville Genre: Adult - Mystery Reviewer: Kevin - Athy / Castledermot Library Synopsis: While spending some rest time at his fathers’ home, D.I. St John Strafford is directed to attend the horrific murder of Ballyglass parish priest Tom Lawless; whose body was found at the home of the once influential family of Ballyglass; The Osborne’s. Not only… Continue reading Snow

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

The Girl From Widow Hills

Author: Megan Miranda Reviewed by: Aoife, Newbridge library Genre: Adult Fiction Synopsis Everyone knows the story of the girl from Widow Hills ...When Arden Maynor was six years old, she was swept away in a terrifying storm and went missing for days. Against all odds, she was found alive, clinging to a storm drain. Fame… Continue reading The Girl From Widow Hills

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Things My Mother Told Me

Author: Tanya Atapattu Genre: Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr Branch: Leixlip Library When Anjali finds out that Jack, her boyfriend of ten years has been cheating one her, it throws her world into chaos. Heartbroken, she fills the emptiness by embarking on a series of flings her traditional Sri Lankan mother would (mostly) disapprove of.… Continue reading Things My Mother Told Me

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

A Lost Child of Cyprus

Author: Steven Baker                                   Genre: Historical fiction.                               Reviewed by Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Branch/Headquarters                Age Range: Adult Synopsis: Born into loving family in Famagusta, Yasmin is caught up in the violence that rips her community apart. In the chaos that follows, baby Yasmin is separated from her family, never to see them again. Adopted, she is… Continue reading A Lost Child of Cyprus

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

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


Author: Jennifer Donnelly Reviewed by: Niamh Ennis, Leixlip Library Stepsister takes the original Grimm Tales version of Cinderella and turns it on it’s head again. Isabella and Vari are the two step-sisters of Ella and their mother is keen to get them married to the prince. Isabella and Vari are forced by her to do… Continue reading Stepsister

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

The Book Thief

Author: Marcus Zusak Genre: Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library Age: 12-18 It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is… Continue reading The Book Thief