Welcome to Badass Book Reviews’ Hidden Gems – The Canada eh? edition. Yup, 1/4 of Badass Book Reviews is Canadian. Hmm…Does that make us an international blog?
I’m very excited to be a part of this blog hop and thought what better way than to highlight a few of my favorite and newly discovered Canadian authors. I went and Googled Canadian authors and came up with an Oprah’s Book Club list. Those aren’t the kind of authors we review on Badass Book Reviews. Not a werewolf, vampire, or a dragon on that list. No aliens or androids, either. So….I did the next best thing and checked Goodreads most followed Canadians list and voila…Here are my favorites/newly discovered Badass Hidden Gems Canada eh? authors.
Thirteen releases July 24
Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series was my first exposure to urban fantasy. I fell in love with Clay and Elena and to this date, they are my top werewolf pair. My favorite books in this series are Bitten, Stolen, Broken, and Frostbitten – can you tell that I love Clay and Elena? While Ms. Armstrong’s books take place around North America, there are strong Canadian roots as Elena is from Toronto. Canadians can appreciate the little “Canadianisms” that the author inserts into her books. If werewolves are not your thing, the series has witches, sorcerers, demons, vampires and more.
“Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her
One word to describe Ultraviolet – Cool! Go into this book without reading any spoilers. This is an extremely well-crafted story about a special 16 year old girl. The writing is beautifully descriptive and you are never really sure about what is real and what isn’t. Pieces of the story are meted out bit by bit and the plot twists the story around.
This book takes place in Sudbury, Ontario home of the big giant nickel.
My review can be found here. A sequel Quicksilver is due out this fall.
If fantasy and dragons are your thing, Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina is an amazing debut novel. Words cannot describe at how in awe I am of Ms. Hartman’s storytelling skills. This is different from any dragon book I’ve read. These dragons hoarded knowledge and were logical and mathematical. I adored the main character Seraphina. Seraphina releases July 10 and will appeal to both adults and young adult readers alike.
My review can be found here.
There is a prequel available online here. Watch the trailer, too.
Having not read enough werewolf books, I picked up a copy of Ms. Arend’s Wolf Signs – Granite Lake Wolves and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This is one series that I definitely need to continue reading. Not only are these werewolves hot, Ms. Arend plays a little with Canadian/American slang. I love how this series is set in the North. The first book focuses on Robyn and Keil. What’s interesting is that Robyn is deaf and only uses ASL to speak. I’m glad that I discovered this series and I can’t wait to catch up on these.
My review for this book can be found here.
There are so many other wonderful Canadian authors out there. Do you have a favorite Canadian author? A favorite book set in Canada? Leave us a comment and tell us about it.
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