Brilliant Book Titles #146

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blurb:
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship–the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves–and about the kind of people they want to be.

Brilliant Book Titles #79

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blurb:
Penelope is a pretty regular sixteen year old girl living in New York City. Except for a few run-ins with her nemesis Cherisse, high school has been fairly drama free …until the day that Keats shows up at school. Handsome, charming, but with an edge, Keats comes in and upends everything. Faced with her first break-up, and her first heartbreak, Penelope decides to put together a collection to tell her story and help her sort out her feelings. Featuring a spectrum of artefacts that chronicle the lives of the curator, her best friends, her first boyfriend and some dinosaurs, the Museum of Heartbreak explores the giddy confusion, inevitable sadness and sheer joy of growing up and falling in love.

The Blog Awards!

What a brilliant night we had at the blog awards last night!

First off, for the ceremony, we all went off to the circus (!)
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It was a beautiful evening full of buzzing and blogging – phones livetweeting the lot!
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I got to try a VR headset for the first time, but I don’t have a picture of that, unfortuneatly!
*insert picture of me, open-mouthed, in love with the VR headset, planning to run away with it*

The awards ceremony was held inside the big top
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There was some fantastic entertainment
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And even their very own transformer!
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But, the reason why we were there was because of the awards. This blog, and my colleague Eleanor’s Young Adult blog, YAPS, were both nominated in the Best Arts & Culture Blog of the Year corporate category!

And we both won!

BALLYROAN READS WAS AWARDED BRONZE IN THE CATEGORY
AND YAPS *WON* THE CATEGORY!

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We almost fell off the chair!

I’d just like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who voted for us, the judges and everyone who reads this blog. We’ve only been going six months, and to placed in this category is a MASSIVE SUCCESS – beating out established big hitters like writing.ie and The O’Brien Press!!!

And HUMONGOUS congratulations to my work bestie, Eleanor, for WINNING BEST ARTS & CULTURE BLOG OF THE YEAR with YAPS! So proud! Here’s a picture of her with the gorgeous award!
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And to finish, here’s a picture of the two of us celebrating, with her award!
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Thanks so much to the Littlewood’s Ireland Blog Awards 2016 for a fantastic night!

A sincere thanks to everyone who reads and likes this blog and a shout-out to our most frequent commenters S. J. Higbee, Book Heathen, MySestina and The Genre Minx!

5 New Young Adult Novels to Watch Out For

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Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
(11 Oct 2016)
It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths those afflicted with the ability to create illusions through art captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny s crowds, and by day they con Boston s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, she realises how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron s hires are shot and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn. An ideal next read for fans of Libba Bray s The Diviners.

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (13 Oct 2016)
Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter and Nik Malikov is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. Together they struggle with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, blissfully unaware that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall with news of the Kerenza invasion.

Picking up about five minutes after Illuminae ends, Gemina is the electrifying sequel to the hottest YA novel of 2015.

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Nemesis by Anna Banks (13 Oct 2016)
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponise it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his a grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude. Tarik has just taken over ruler ship of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face to face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined. Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

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What Light by Jay Asher (20 Oct 2016)
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon – it’s an idyllic place for a girl to grow up, except that every year they have to pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life begins to eclipse the other. . .

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Glitter by Aprilynne Pike (15 Nov 2016)
From #1 “New York Times” bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel “Breaking Bad” meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it s the eighteenth century with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls is one risk she has to take.”

 

Most Requested #1 – August 2016

A new, occasional series about the most-reserved books in the library. Today, we look at the two most-reserved books at the moment.

Firstly,

Liz Nugent stormed onto the thriller scene with Unravelling Oliver in 2013, and it was still being heavily reserved a couple of years later (which is practically unheard of in library circles; normally a book is popular for three to six months, and can come and go in waves as word of mouth spreads).

Her new book, Lying in Wait, was released on the 14th of July and there is over 280 reserves. It is pretty safe to say that the people have spoken and this book is officially The Next Big Thing.

You can reserve Unravelling Oliver here and you can reserve Lying in Wait here (although be prepared to wait a while, but perhaps not as long as you might think – we try and work our library magic as much as we can!)

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Gone Girl fans will love Liz Nugent’s Lying in Wait … it twists, it turns, its characters are utterly despicable and it is a compulsive triumph’ Stylist

‘A stunningly talented writer’ Sophie Hannah

‘The intricate plotting and jolting suspense hold you in a vice till the last page’ Sunday Times

‘Clear your diary if you pick up this seductively sinister story. The twists come together in a superbly scary denouncement which delivers a final sting in the tail. Brilliantly macabre’ Sunday Mirror

‘Brilliant plotting ratchets up the tension in this chilling tale of obsessive love, madness and motherhood’ Woman & Home

‘The wit is sharp and the plot full of punishing twists’ The Times Crime Club

An unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page’ Irish Times

From the award-winning author of the No 1 bestseller,Unravelling Oliver

‘My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.’

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants …

This is a dark, twisty and utterly gripping domestic noir that you won’t be able to put down from the author hailed as Ireland’s answer to Gillian Flynn.

‘A tense, taut, almost gothic thriller where the tension tightens to near unbearable proportions … impossible to stop reading. A brilliantly written, stand-out novel.’ Marian Keyes

‘Taut, crisp, clear, a storm-warning of a book. It has the eeriness ofThe Turn of the Screw; but as these screws turn, a mighty tension takes hold. Masterly’ Sebastian Barry

‘Deliciously twisted, shot through with dark and acid humour and the denouement is truly chilling.’ Sarah Hilary

Lying in Wait is a gradual descent to the very heart of darkness. Liz Nugent’s characters are as unforgettably monstrous as they are believable. A superbly crafted novel and an absorbing portrait of the purest kind of evil.’ Jane Casey

‘I thought it impossible to match the brilliant Unravelling Oliver, but this Liz has done. Not only is her style beautiful, but she keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from page one until the completely unexpected ending. I read Lying in Wait in one sitting. I just couldn’t bear the suspense. I absolutely loved it.’ Amanda Redman

‘As I finished the last page I actually stood up and gave a round of applause to my empty sitting room. Seriously … She writes compellingly, creates posh sociopaths like no-one else and she doesn’t flinch when the end demands what it demands. Lying In Wait is a story you genuinely should not miss’ Rick O’Shea, RTÉ

Secondly,

Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, you’ll have heard that on Sunday the 8th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was published in script format, as it is a two-part play that has just opened in London and has been getting rave reviews from everyone (The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, Variety).

Before I left for the weekend, there was about twenty reserves, but since its release (and due to being able to reserve online 24/7), there’s now close to 90. I’d be very suprised if that didn’t double in number by the end of the week.  A note about the fact that it’s dubbed “special rehearsal edition” – playscripts that are published in conjunction with the premiere are often tweaked/modified in light of seeing how it plays, night in, night out, with a real live audience, and they have followed suit by announcing that a definitive edition of the script will be published next year.

I caved in, bought and read the book yesterday and I shall try and post a review of it sooner, rather than later, on here. For now, here’s the cover and the blurb for the book, and of course, you can add to the growing list of reserves by reserving yourself a copy online at our catalogue here.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD: PARTS ONE AND TWO (SPECIAL REHEARSAL EDITION: THE OFFICIAL SCRIPT BOOK OF THE WEST END PRODUCTION)

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Blurb:
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Childis the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

This Special Rehearsal Edition will be available to purchase until early 2017, after which a Definitive Edition of the script will go on sale.

 

 

The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde

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I spotted this book as it was on the CBI Book of the Year awards shortlist and couldn’t wait to read it. The Wordsmith is set a future where the world is a very dangerous place, the environment has been destroyed, water is not safe to drink and wild animals run free.  Letta lives in the Ark and in a time where survival is paramount it is a safe haven. It was created by John Noa and to live there means to abide by the rules he imposes on society- no music, no dancing, no art, freedom of expression is not encouraged  and even words are controlled.

Letta is the Wordsmiths apprentice. The Wordsmith, Benjamin, produces the list of words that people are permitted to use as set down by John Noa. He also collects books and words to keep them safe so that they cannot be used by society in the ark. Only a chosen few can use words not on the prescribed list including the Benjamin and Letta. Benjamin disappears, a boy from outside the Ark turns up on the run and Letta finds out a terrible secret- John Noa has a plan to abolish language altogether.

This is a great story, full of suspense, I love that words are seen as important and powerful, that you must choose your words carefully and that they are seen as something to collect-not that they are restricted though!  The background to the story is also thought provoking, a world that has reverted back to nature, wolves roam free and conservation is on everyone’s minds. This dystopian young adult novel is a fantastic read, hoping there will be a sequel!

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

One by Sarah Crossan

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Sarah Crossan is one of my favourite authors at the moment so when I heard this book was coming out I really wanted to read it. The book is in verse and it really adds to story emotionally as well as making it stand out.

 “One” is a story about twins Grace and Tippy. They are home schooled but their father is unemployed and their mother is made redundant. This book joins them as they start main stream school, Grace falls in love, they make new friends, they start new classes but they are also very different to everyone else- they are conjoined twins.

The book is told from the perspective of Grace and we see her ups and downs, her fears and worries. The sisters can never escape the stares and comments of people but also they can never get away from each other and considering their personalities are completely different his proves to be one of the most difficult things of all. Everything Tippi does affects Grace and everything Grace does has a knock on effect on Tippi. When Tippi starts to get sick however, the twins are faced with a terrible decision

This book is aimed at young adults but adults will equally enjoy it- I read it almost in one go from cover to cover.

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This book has just won the CBI (Children’s Book Ireland) Book of the Year 2016!

You can reserve a copy on South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue online here.