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Narvla’s life is as precisely choreographed as the routines that have made her a national step-dancing champion. She has a loyal best friend, a devoted boyfriend, and a lock on admission to her dream college, the University of Notre Dame. Until her mother is named U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, and her life unravels. First Narvla receives a disturbing picture of her boyfriendNarvla’s life is as precisely choreographed as the routines that have made her a national step-dancing champion. She has a loyal best friend, a devoted boyfriend, and a lock on admission to her dream college, the University of Notre Dame. Until her mother is named U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, and her life unravels. First Narvla receives a disturbing picture of her boyfriend and her best friend. Then she struggles to qualify for the Irish elite step-dancing squad, and her grades plummet. But the biggest obstacle in Narvla’s new life is Dublin Boy, a cheeky musician with a disdain for academics and a distrust of Americans. Although Narvla is upset when she’s paired with Dublin Boy for the most important semester of her life, her real concern is the growing attraction she feels toward him. As the Celtic New Year unfolds, Narvla is pushed to abandon her lifelong need for control and embrace the charm of the unexpected....

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Narvla's Celtic New Year Reviews

  • Erin Lynn
    2019-03-03 07:09

    This review can also be found on my blog, The Hardcover Lover. In accordance to FTC guidelines, I must state that I received a free e-copy of this book for review consideration.When I first saw Narvla's Celtic New Year by Therese Gilardi on NetGalley, I knew that I had to request it. I'm an Irish-American and I love learning more and more about my culture (my name is Erin...), so I really wanted to see how Irish-inspired YA would entertain me. In the case of this book, I'd say it's pretty solid, and I enjoyed it, despite finding a few flaws and errors.The writing in this novel is okay. It's definitely a quick read, and I could see many readers finishing it in one sitting. (I probably would have if it weren't for a nasty case of the stomach flu.) However, I found myself a bit frustrated because many of the paragraphs didn't flow together, especially when Gilardi has Narvla narrating about one thing, and the next paragraph is completely unrelated or occurs hours after the preceding paragraph. The book could have used some section breaks so that the reader does not become too confused or disappointed.I'm not saying that this is the best YA book out there, but it's a cute read. You may want to pick it up between Halloween and Christmas to get you in the mood for the holidays. And ff you're a fan of the Anna and the French Kiss books by Stephanie Perkins, you may want to check this book out, especially if you enjoyed Anna and Isla. The characters in Narvla's Celtic New Year are fun and fresh, and there is definitely a swoon-worthy boy that you won't want to miss. It's definitely worth the read.

  • Corinne
    2019-02-28 12:01

    *received complementary copy via netgalley*Narvla's in love with all things Celtic - she's an Irish Step Dancer, she wants to write Irish-themed literature and the only school she wants to go to is Notre Dame. So, when her mom gets a job as the Irish Ambassador, she is thrilled to move to Ireland. Things aren't always as easy as you hope, though, earning a spot on a new dance team is tough, school is tougher and the beautiful Irish singer-boy on the street corner is less than pleasant to her. When there is betrayal at home, Narvla has to work even harder to find happiness in this new country, it's going to take some of that serious Irish luck to make this year turn around.I have a hard time writing reviews of books I don't like. I know that authors are out there, real people, and I don't ever want to hurt anyone's feelings. However, this one didn't do it for me. I want to note what I did like: being in Ireland with Narvla, I have always wanted to go there. I liked a secondary character that clearly had an autism-spectrum disability and that was treated with care. I wanted it to be more about step dancing - which she is supposedly so good at that she's winning huge championships but the details just didn't ring true - it's not just wigs and rhythm and drama between the dancers. The best-friend character and love-interest character swung widely around, too perfect sometimes then (especially in the love-interest case), too snarky. There are actual factual errors, dialogue that's way too formal and intense, a few strange grammatical choices and sometimes just errors - like people are walking somewhere and then in the next paragraph they are somewhere else. People are too talented and good to be true. I think probably with a better editor this story could be tightened up and made more fun to read - because I did like it enough to keep reading until the end, I just found it frustrating.

  • Terri
    2019-03-26 11:45

    Review also found at received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is April 6th 2015.I enjoyed this book more than I thought it would. I originally chose it because I thought it would be a cute light read and did not have too many expectations. I was correct in that it was cute and light but it was more interesting than I thought it would be.As the reader you see the struggles of Narvla as she is transplanted to Ireland and struggling with her life plan that has been set in stone for as long as she can remember. She goes from suddenly being the best at everything to one of many who is finding a way to get by. She learns that her chosen path may not be as easy to follow as she expected.Then comes in Dublin Boy. Why do these stories always have the best potential love interests? He was utterly adorable in the handsome, unapproachable, sensitive sort of way. I was drawn to him the same way Narvla was. I particularly enjoyed his Narvla playlist.I'm not sure if this story depicts what it is actually like to be a high school senior in Ireland as I have never been there but I really loved the sense of community and close friendships. People looking out for friends and family and gatherings at the pub was interesting as well. If it was playing to stereo types then it is the type of stereotype I would want.This story will appeal to the YA audience who wants a good love story/growing up and finding your way kind of book. I was along for the journey with Narva and hoping that everything would work out in the end. I am glad I stumbled across this book.

  • Serenity
    2019-03-18 10:47

    Narval is an amazing character. She has her life planned out, focuses hard on her work, and just has a good head on her shoulders. So she moves to Ireland and decided to explore a bit. She finds a guy singing and goes to compliment him. Despite what he said, she kept things positive. Well I'm so happy to see a character to confidant and stays positive through a lot. And there were points where I wouldnt even kept cool.Overall I really enjoyed this book! It was just amazing and so was the writing and details. I loved the way it ended. I can't wait to see what else the author comes out with!

  • Michayla
    2019-03-13 08:08

    I really loved this story, but I think the editing could have been a million times better. I may write a more full review at a later point. Still processing.

  • Meghan
    2019-03-14 05:57

    I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.What you need to know: Narvla’s Celtic New Year is a lighthearted novel that refines the definition of an American being thrown into Irish culture with all the bumps that come along with it, even though some bumps come off a bit cliché.When thinking about how to write this review, I found it a bit of a struggle because there were so many pieces that I wanted to mention but couldn’t figure out a way for the thoughts to flow in a natural way. While looking through my notes though, I realized that this fact alone was something that I noticed continually throughout the novel. The story is primarily focused around high school senior Narvla, who is forced to uproot her life in the U.S. and move across the globe to the land of the Irish. Naturally, there are ups and (a lot) of downs that Narvla has to face to be happy in this new environment. Note my comment on “a lot” of downs while heading further into this review. She also needs to learn the balance of who she wants to be and who she is expected to be.I found that the novel lacked a strong flow throughout the book that resulted in it being hard to focus on for an extended period of time. As I made my way through the book, I could not help but notice a bit of a trend where this flow was continually being disrupted. There were some general conflicts throughout the book that ebbed their way into the plot here and there, but I was surprised by the amount of subplots that seemed to be dropped in for no apparent reason just to be resolved by the end of the next page. I felt that every conflict in the book (with maybe one or two exceptions) was placed there to simply have the reader turn the page to immediately learn how it was resolved. I also felt as if many conversations, people, or actions were introduced with the idea that they would fuel certain subplots, only for them to be thrown aside after one page of conflict and a following page with the solution.Now in regards to the romance portions of the novel, I had a hard time picking up on the mutual attraction between the characters. They were hot and cold and every other temperature in between before coming to a shocking realization that was not all that shocking at all to the reader. The focus on the romance was a struggle, which is unfortunate because that was one of the main spotlights of the book.Basically, my two biggest issues with the book were that there was a lack of focus and most conflicts didn’t last for more than a page and were solved super easily.What I truly, full heartedly enjoyed about Narvla’s Celtic New Year was the exposure to Irish culture that Gilardi placed in it. Coming from someone who has little knowledge about traditions and differences in Irish culture, I enjoyed the tidbits of information about the places and people in Ireland. Gilardi also made a really good choice by including little sayings or phrases before each chapter that not only introduced the theme of the chapter, but also gave the reader some fun information on the side. While I cannot speak about accuracy, I trust the information put into the novel is based on fact solely because she has her own “Irish Man” okay okay it’s in her author bio and I’m trusting she knows what she’s talking about. So. With that in mind, I consider myself a bit more knowledgeable about Ireland than I was before reading, which is something I am very happy to be taking away from the book.All in all, the book is a pretty quick and breezy read. Narvla’s Celtic New Year does come with its strengths, but it’s not without weaknesses. It has interesting information about the daily lives of those in Ireland, but as for “embracing the charm of the unexpected?” If anything, the book follows exactly how the reader would have expected.

  • Jenna
    2019-02-27 11:02

    I received Narvla’s Celtic New Year in exchange for an honest review.I didn’t plan it this way, but I read Narvla’s Celtic New Year just as St. Patrick’s Day was approaching. Shamrock Shakes, Irish soda bread, and corned beef were all on the menu as I was reading the book. I even made an Irish beef stew, although the weather did not cooperate and it was really too warm for stew that day. Some of those things may be more American than true Irish — I’m pretty sure real Irish soda bread doesn’t have green decorating sugar on it like the loaf I bought did — but they helped set the mood. I did not, after all, have my very own Dublin Boy to sing Danny Boy on a streetcorner.Almost everything seems perfect when Narvla and her mother move to Ireland. Narvla’s a very talented Irish step dancer in the US and making an elite Irish team will help her stand out in her Notre Dame application for the following year. Her mother’s friend keeps sending word about how competitive it is, this year especially. It’s mentioned so often that it gets a little heavy-handed. She doesn’t seem to be very kind about it, either. Narvla’s already struggling and she doesn’t need that additional pressure. Her new school in Ireland is more difficult than her old one and unless something changes, Narvla’s final year grades may not be good enough.Almost immediately upon arriving in Ireland, Narvla runs into a local boy who sings in the park. Known locally as Dublin Boy, he’s about her age and when she tries to compliment him, he makes a rude comment about her being American. Narvla’s sorry to see him again when she enrolls in a local school and even more unhappy when they’re partnered to work on a project together. Everything eventually works itself out and Narvla discovers that he’s not that bad after all. I wasn’t sure about him either, but Dublin Boy grew on me as well. I laughed a little when I realized that Narvla continued to think of him as Dublin Boy even after meeting him, even after partnering with him on school projects, and even after becoming involved with him. But I thought of him as Dublin Boy all along too, and Colin didn’t seem to fit him, so Dublin Boy he is.I love the cast of characters in Ireland! From Malcolm, who runs the ambassador’s household, to Narvla’s new friends at school and at her step dance school, they’re all fun and different in their own ways. There’s so much emphasis on Irish culture and the differences Narvla experiences that Ireland itself even seems to be a character. The end of the book skips ahead about a year and provides an update on where the many of these characters are at that time. I love that! I like not having to wonder what’s happened to characters after the book ends.Despite such drastic changes in Narvla’s life, Narvla’s Celtic New Year isn’t a book full of big drama. It’s mostly about Narvla’s day-to-day life in adjusting to a new country and a new school. The things that happen to her and around her are relatable because they’re the types of things that could happen to any high school senior. She struggles to keep up in school, she meets a guy she likes, a party gets out of hand. Narvla’s Celtic New Year is realistic with good characters that are interesting to read about.

  • Heather Anne
    2019-03-03 11:09

    Previously posted on my blog,my link text">The Turning Pages.After having traveled to Ireland myself, I was thrilled to have the chance to read a book set in the beautiful Dublin setting. The description of Ireland & it’s many beautiful nooks and crannies, is captured on each and every page. Narwal’s Celtic New Year was a joy to read & I truly cannot wait to read more from the author, Therese Gilardi.Narvla and her mother, the newest U.S. Ambassador, have just landed in their new home of Dublin, Ireland. It’s an adjustment for everyone, especially Narvla, who has always been at the top of everything that she does. She’s got a plan and one that she’s been working towards all her life. Unfortunately, things in her new home of Dublin, Ireland, aren’t as easy for her as they were back in the States. As an Irish step dancer, she was always at the top of her team back home in Connecticut, but once she’s in Ireland, she finds that she must work twice as hard in order to keep up with the other dancers. The same goes for her schooling. She now attends a prestigious school where her marks are even more important and require a lot more effort. Basically, everything is a struggle for Narvla now that she’s in Ireland and that the path she has chosen, may not be as easy to follow as she’d like.Of course, what’s a good book without a mysterious love interest? In comes Dublin Boy. A handsome and very mysterious singer that not only performs in the park where Narvla walks through every day, but also attends the same school. As the reader, you find yourself drawn to him in the same way that our leading lady, Narvla, is. Perhaps it’s the fact he can sing & play guitar or the fact that he is an Irishman? Either way, I love the depth and mystery his character added to the pages. I especially adored his more sensitive side, especially when it came to his little sister & her special needs.I love the sense of community and friendship that is apparent throughout the book. Narvla leaves behind so much when she moves to Ireland, but gains so much more by doing so. She meets several people who quickly become her friends, finds love in an unexpected person, and also gains more confidence in herself. There is so much to admire about Narvla. Her strength and determination being just a few. She overcomes a lot by moving to a place where the culture is unfamiliar, but learns a lot about herself & the person she is becoming.This is a beautiful story, told in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I’m fortunate enough to have been able to visit Dublin in person, and thankful to have been able to “revisit” it in the pages of this marvelous book.Now that Narvla’s Celtic New Year is out, I hope you find yourself downloading or purchasing a physical copy. It’s certainly a contemporary young-adult read to add to your ever growing TBR pile!

  • kariny
    2019-03-18 08:03

    NARVLA'S CELTIC NEW YEAR BY THERESE GILARDI (FREE ARC FROM NETGALLERY)Goodreads Summary 5 STARS!!!Narvla’s life is as precisely choreographed as the routines that have made her a national step-dancing champion. She has a loyal best friend, a devoted boyfriend, and a lock on admission to her dream college, the University of Notre Dame. Until her mother is named U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, and her life unravels. First Narvla receives a disturbing picture of her boyfriend and her best friend. Then she struggles to qualify for the Irish elite step-dancing squad, and her grades plummet.But the biggest obstacle in Narvla’s new life is Dublin Boy, a cheeky musician with a disdain for academics and a distrust of Americans. Although Narvla is upset when she’s paired with Dublin Boy for the most important semester of her life, her real concern is the growing attraction she feels toward him. As the Celtic New Year unfolds, Narvla is pushed to abandon her lifelong need for control and embrace the charm of the unexpected. MY REVIEWThis is one of the sweetest contemporary romance novels i've ever read! Narvla is an lovable character with her head on straight. She's focused on her studies and doesn't get involved in drinking and stuff. I loved that there was no insta-love! Narvla moves into a new house in Ireland and she walks in the park when she sees Dublin Boy singing and circled by a crowd; she goes straight up to him and says he was great! Loved her confidence at that moment even when he says something nasty to her!We see her struggle and adjust in her new school to the overwhelming workload and she has to juggle all that with her passion for dancing. She makes awesome friends-no drama! Dublin Boy's name is actually Colin but throughout her narration she refers to him as 'Dublin Boy'! They have an actual build up to their relationship and i think that's the root of any readable love story! Of course they fight sometimes but they start warming up to each other slowly until they get to the point of being friends. And then things start to heat up just when Narvla receives heart breaking news...We learn a lot about Irish culture and the sights that Dublin Boy takes her to. The dialogues were quirky and there was no 'awkward' exchange. It was just a beautiful love story, drama free and something you read when you're just laying back and relaxing!But everything was perfect in this cute and deep standalone novel with a perfect ending! I can't wait to read more from this author!

  • Jaidis Shaw
    2019-03-21 06:43

    Narvla is a no nonsense, live by the rules kind of girl. She knows what she wants and she works 110% to get it. That includes doing everything she can to go to her dream school, Notre Dame. Her life is suddenly interrupted when her mother becomes the U.S. ambassador in Ireland and Narvla is forced to move there and complete her schooling. The move is bittersweet as she will have to leave behind her friends and boyfriend, but she is excited as she will have the chance to join the elite step-dancing team which will give her a better chance of getting into her choice of college. Once in Ireland, things don't go as expected. Narvla receives a text that confuses and hurts her. The school is much tougher than she anticipated and her grades fall. Even though she was the top step-dancer in the U.S., she is struggling to keep up and may not make the elite team in Ireland. A mysterious singer, Dublin Boy, is pushing all of Narvla's buttons, causing her to rethink her feelings about her boyfriend. Not to mention both her mother's and father's U.S. businesses are taking a dive into disaster. Will Narvla be able to hold herself together and get into her dream school? Narvla's Celtic New Year was a quick and fun read. I really got a sense of the Irish culture and could envision what it was like for Narvla to experience her ancestor's home turf. The dialogue between characters (who each had unique qualities of their own) was rich and authentic. One of the main issues I had with the book is that it tended to repeat itself just a little. It was the same routine with Narvla, from getting up and going through the school day, to walking through the park to see Dublin Boy sing, to practicing her step-dancing. I found myself skimming those parts but I was pulled back when she ventured out into other scenarios, like going to the museum with Dublin Boy. Another issue I had is that throughout the entire book, the singer is always referred to as Dublin Boy and not by his name, Colin. According to the search option on my Kindle, he is only referred to as Colin 12 times, yet there are 434 instances of Dublin Boy. It was distracting to always have people call him that instead of by his name like the other characters.Overall, Narvla's Celtic New Year was a fun read that I enjoyed.

  • Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
    2019-03-17 07:44

    This book made me want to visit Ireland, I'll admit. I've always had a desire to go there, but Narvla's Celtic New Year brought that desire out full force. I ended up really enjoying the romance, the characters, the setting...everything, really, about this book!What immediately attracted me to the story was the fact that Narvla is an Irish step-dancer. I have been in dance since I was three, and so I love reading about all types of dance, no matter what they are; and I'd never read anything about Irish step-dancing. I loved how the dancing was described; Narvla really has to work hard at what she does, even though she's already amazing. She has passion for it, you can tell. In fact, I loved Narvla as a character period. She was relatable and realistically painted; a lot of her goals in the story are goals that I have for myself. I was cheering for her when it came to the smallest of things; I wanted so badly for Narvla to get good grades, become the top dancer at her studio...I really liked her. Colin...I am still in awe on how the author managed to get me to like him! I absolutely hated him at the beginning of the story. I could see the romance coming, and I was sure I would hate it because I. could. not. stand. Colin. He was very rude and presumptuous. However, his character went through a lot of development; not only that, I understood why he was so horrible at the beginning. One thing I thought was good about the plot was the fact that it didn't only center on romance. Narvla and her family, her mother in particular, have a lot of struggles throughout the book, and they aren't pushed to the side by Narvla and Colin's relationship. There's a good mix of the two. The culture of Ireland was so vividly described; I fell in love with it via this story. I've read books set in Ireland, but none of them paint the place the way this book does. I really wanted to hop on a plane and go there straight away after reading this book.I'd definitely recommend this book, especially to lovers of realistic fiction, but even those that aren't; I usually don't enjoy these types of books, but I really liked this one!

  • Sara Strand
    2019-03-09 09:05

    When I started reading this book, I wasn't totally sure how much I was going to love it. It starts kind of slow for me, but it does pick up, so don't give up so quickly on it. Narvla basically has the perfect life. She's a dance champion, she has great friends and an even better boyfriend and she's super smart. Then it all basically goes to crap when her mother's job forces them to relocate to Ireland, which let's be honest, not the worst place to be relocated to. At least you have a rich culture and history to take it and countless opportunities to be a tourist where you live. But the move is the catalyst for everything previously great about her life going to crap. And it does. In big ways. But then she meets Colin. Who is a bit of a jerk. He's that kid in high school who is too cool for school and comes off as an arrogant asshole because that's basically what he is. He is the complete opposite of the boyfriend she had at home, but since that's clearly not working out, she develops a romance with Colin, though reluctantly .The really great thing is the author does a great job with character development because we obviously see Narvla growing into the young woman she's meant to be and we see all of these internal changes in her, the real challenge in this story is Colin. He is introduced as a character that is VERY hard to like or even root for, but the author really does a bang up job developing him. He goes from asshole to someone you find endearing once you realize how his start in life sets him up for shutting others out. And I really did not want to like him, I didn't want to root for their relationship and then I was forced to agree, it's kind of adorable. Dammit. The only gripe I have with the book is that some of the conversations are a bit too teenager for me. Which I understand sounds ridiculous considering this is a YA geared book. I know. But I wonder if because I've read quite a few YA books that sound more adult that it was hard for me to look past that? But overall? Solid book.

  • TLBC
    2019-03-02 08:58

    My Review (ARC provided)4-4.5 Stars!I don't read much YA romance usually because I find it to be too hard to get into the mind of someone that young, but this book I adored. It was quick, smart, fun and so stink'n cute. I loved Narvla's character and for being a teenager that was pulled from her school, her boyfriend, and the states before her senior year of high school she was such a good sport about it all. I thought about myself at that age and don't think I would have handled it well at all. Narvla was a forgiving person especially after what her best friend and boyfriend did. She was sweet and not catty which I appreciated, definitely a nice change. In fact almost all the characters in this book had interesting qualities ans quirks. Dublin Boy the popular musician that just so happens to end up being her partner for a school project gets Narvla all riled up. She can't seem to express her thoughts without them coming out rambled and misunderstood. She thinks he hates her but time and persistence proves her wrong...or maybe not. He is so hard to read, so hot and cold, one minute she thinks they are friends the next he doesn't acknowledge her. The other thing I really appreciated about this book was the slow build of the relationship, I felt I was really getting the connection and not just thrown into it. I thought it was so cute how she still called Colin and referred to him as "Dublin Boy" even after they became close. There were so many times in this book I was just smiling. The scavenger hunt made me laugh and I thought it was such a clever idea. Ireland is one of the top places I would love to visit and this book made me want to go all that much more. I definitely recommend!

  • Rachel Juillerat
    2019-03-08 03:46

    Synopsis: Narvla and her mother leave Connecticut for a year so her mother can fulfill her term as the American ambassador in, wait for it, Ireland. The book is filled with good Guiness, creamy foods and potato dishes, music, step dance, and crazy hats. It’s sort of a love story, sort of an overcoming hardship tale, and mostly a story about growing up.I have to say, this book is fantastic. I read it in two days and argued when I couldn’t read it to do life-oriented things like eating and showering. There are three things I look for in a book: characters, writing, story, in that order. Mostly, I want to connect to characters. Gilardi did a swell job making all of her characters, even minors, fully fleshed. Everyone has a desire and a problem and works to overcome it. There’s a lot of dimensions in the book because every character was given attention.The other two aspects? Well, the story line is familiar, but well-developed. Bad boy love affair. Cheating boyfriend. Parties and school troubles. Familiar, but in this case more exciting because of the characters and the fact that it’s all in Ireland. The writing? It was clean and precise. No extra flourishes. Nothing disgustingly poetic that gave me shivers. But I can’t complain because I loved the story and the characters and they were developed well.The bad news? This book isn’t released until April 6, 2015, so you have to wait. This is a book that on April 6 I’ll be buying a copy just so I can read it again.If you want to see more of my reviews, go to

  • Nina Rossing
    2019-03-12 08:53

    The story is sweet enough, and I liked the plot as such. The main characters are cute, and none of them are perfect. They definitely behave like real-life teenagers.With the story set in Dublin, I'm all the more likely to enjoy the story too, but there are too many factual errors in the book. I don't expect writers to get every detail right, but in this novel it is all too clear that the writer has a sketchy idea of Dublin, and its geography in particular. The school's English curriculum seems a bit off too (they cover too much in the lessons. Gatsby and grammar in one lesson, Wilde drama and the ten minutes later Yeats poems in another). I also wonder why Malcolm, the house driver/organiser/gardener etc. at the ambassador's residence, wears different kilts all the time, but maybe that's just a quirk of his (you'd be hard pressed to find Irish men in kilts).Some more attention to correcting details would benefit the story. Walking from a DART station all the way out to Phoenix Park, for instance, is not something I imagine a schoolgirl would gladly do after a long day. Phoenix Park is also huge, so it's not as crowded as this novel makes it - nor is it filled with British hen and stag parties.I received an ARC from Netgalley of this book.

  • Susan James
    2019-03-03 07:55

    I bought Narvla's Celtic New Year at the Los Angeles Festival of Books. I'd been to Ireland.The premise of a seventeen year old being uprooted from Connecticut and having to spend her senior year in Dublin appealed to me.Narvla’s worked hard to attain her perfect life. She’s a National Step Dancing champion, loves her school in Connecticut; has the perfect boyfriend; and is on track to attend her dream college, Notre Dame.When her mother is named US Ambassador to Ireland she has to say goodbye to all that. Her new school is much harder than the one in Connecticut. Her A average is a thing of the past and so is her boyfriend, Derek, once someone sends Narvla a picture of him kissing her best friend. Notre Dame may not be in her future unless she can earn a place on an elite Step Dancing team. And everyone doesn’t like Americans. Especially the enigmatic singer known as Dublin Boy who is her new Lit partner.I loved the characters, the glimpses into life in Dublin, the slow build of the romance. The quotes at the beginning of the chapters. I couldn’t stop reading. Occasionally I got confused by scenes dropped into the story that didn’t have a resolution. On balance I loved the book and will probably read it again. I look forward to many more from this author.

  • Brenna Briggs
    2019-03-14 10:57

    Reading Therese Gilardi’s new book, Narvla’s Celtic New Year, is like falling head first into the mind of an over-achieving, totally disarming, transplanted high school senior who has reluctantly accompanied her mother overseas when she becomes the new U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Already a championship Irish dancer back in the States, Narvla must re-establish her dancing credentials in Dublin and succeed academically in her new Secondary School if she is to be accepted at the University of Notre Dame. In the midst of all these new pressures and adjustments, she finds herself falling hard for a handsome but moody young man in her class who also happens to be an amazing street performing guitarist. With unexpected twists and turns, Narvla’s Celtic New Year is an excellent read for teenagers--especially Irish dancers, and a nice glimpse at Irish life in Dublin. I very much enjoyed meeting up with Narvla and hope there might be more of her adventures forthcoming.

  • Carissa
    2019-03-17 05:48

    A sweet teen read set in Ireland. A story about finding out who you are, who your friends our. But more importantly the importance of dreams. and chasing your dreams.

  • Amy
    2019-02-26 07:50

    3.5 Stars! This was a fun little YA read, although I felt like I got dropped off a cliff at the end. Full review coming soon!

  • Mareena
    2019-02-27 12:05

    Narvla believes that she has everything going for her back home in Connecticut. Her life has always been as precisely choreographed as one of the routines that has made her a national step-dancing champion. Actually, Narvla's life is as close to perfection as it gets; and she wouldn't have it any other way. She has a loyal best friend named Gabby, a devoted boyfriend named Derek, and a definite lock on admission to her dream college - the University of Notre Dame.Everything is perfect - until her mother is named United States Ambassador to Ireland, and then Narvla's life slowly begins to unravel. First her father has to stay in Connecticut for work, so just she and her mother move to Dublin. Then she receives a disturbing picture of Derek and Gabby; from someone who wants to remain anonymous. Next she struggles to qualify for the Irish elite step-dancing squad, and her grades plummet.Narvla isn't quite sure if her life could possibly get much worse than it has already; and then she meets Colin McPherson. Known on the local music scene as Dublin Boy, he presents perhaps the biggest obstacle in Narvla's young life. While Colin loves to play the guitar, he disdains academics and has an obvious distrust of Americans - a feeling that borders on downright animosity. So, Narvla is utterly devastated when she is unexpectedly paired with Dublin Boy for the most important semester of her life.Although she is genuinely upset with this particular situation, she knows that she can't really do anything much to change it. However, Narvla is truly alarmed by her burgeoning attraction to Dublin Boy. In reality after all, Dublin Boy is most definitely not her type: he has a reputation for being a 'lady's man'; he obviously has no desire to focus on his studies; and of course, there is his deep resentment of Americans. Yet Narvla can't seem to help her growing feelings for him...So as the Celtic New Year unfolds for her, Narvla slowly begins to discover the true charm of embracing the unexpected. She will come to understand that not everything in life can be organized quite so perfectly as one of her dance routines. Soon she will learn that not everything in life should go as planned, and that she can abandon her lifelong need for control in every single aspect of her future.This book has actually been on my TBR pile for a little over two years and I have just gotten around to reading it. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. In my opinion, this was a fast-paced and intriguing story. I have always enjoyed reading books about Ireland and Irish culture and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. I would give the book a definite A!