🍀 10 Irish YA Books to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The one day of the year many celebrate all things Irish/green. I am always looking for themes in my reading and there are some themes in YA that are more difficult to find titles for. I have rounded up a few titles that I have discovered on Goodreads and beyond that are all set in the gorgeous country of Ireland. Most of these titles are older, as I couldn’t seem to find ones that are more recent. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments! Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

   The Radiant Road by Catherine Katmull


   Greener Grass by Caroline Pignat

   When Irish Guys are Smiling by Suzanne Supplee

   The New Policeman Series by Kate Thompson

 

   Notes From a Spinning Planet-Ireland by Melody Carson

 

   Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

   There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

 

   The Carnaval at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

 

   A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd

 

   Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

 

Book cover for Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Title: Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1)
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all. Continue reading

Review: Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, and Nina Malkin

 

Book cover for Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott

Title: Mistletoe
Authors: Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, and Nina Malkin
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Snuggle up beside the fire with this juicy collection of four different, but equally sizzling, winter romances.

Glittering white snowflakes. The handsome blond ski instructor. The sparkle on a cashmere skirt. Hot cocoa and kisses in front of a crackling fire. The holiday season is the ESSENCE of magic…and romance. Four of today’s bestselling teen authors — Melissa de la Cruz (THE AU PAIRS), Aimee Friedman (SOUTH BEACH), Hailey Abbott (SUMMER BOYS), and Nina Malkin (6X) — bring us delectable tales of love and lust and holiday cheers (and tears) in this one-of-a-kind collection that teens will devour faster than a plate of Christmas cookies. Continue reading

Review: Ex-mas by Kate Brian

 

Book cover for Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

Title: Ex-mas: A Love/Hate Story
Author: Kate Brian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 6, 2009
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Two Exes. One holiday adventure. Merry Ex-Mas? 

Seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith’s parents just left for vacation, and Lila’s all set to throw the holiday party of the season. But when her Christmas-obsessed little brother, Cooper, discovers that global warming is melting the North Pole, he and his best friend, Tyler, take off on a runaway mission to save Santa.

Lila has to get Cooper safely home before her parents get back on Christmas Eve. But the only person who can help her is Tyler’s older brother, Beau — a.k.a. Lila’s musician, anti-everything ex-boyfriend.

It’ll take more than a Christmas miracle for Lila and Beau to overcome their differences and find their fugitive brothers. But could a journey destined for disaster help these polar opposites fall in love…all over again? Continue reading