Badass Hidden Gems – Canada eh? (and giveaway too!)

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.


Kelley Armstrong – Women of the Otherworld series – 13 books

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.



RJ Anderson – Ultraviolet

“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.


Rachel Hartman – Seraphina

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.



Vivian Arend – Granite Lake Wolves.

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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  • I’d love to win Ultraviolet !

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  • I would choose Seraphina or Bitten. My fav. Cdn. author is Lesley Livingston or Kelley Armstrong!! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • I would like to win Bitten because I haven’t read anything by Kelly Armstrong yet but she seems to be a favorite amongst the bloggers and commenters in this blog hop. My favorite Canadian author is Margaret Atwood.

  • Go Canadians, woot! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. 🙂 My favourite Canadian authors are: L.M Montgomery, R.J Anderson, Courtney Summers, Margaret Atwood, and Moira Young. I really, really want to read Seraphina!

    Happy Canada Day! 🙂

  • I’d love to win Ultraviolet.

    My favourite Canadian author has to be Yann Martel 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kelly Armstrong….I have all her books! I am addicted to her series.
    I would love to win Under the Northern Lights by Vivian Arend – I have read a couple of books from this series……I would love to read this one!
    Thanks for the giveaway…..

  • I would love to win Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. i have been waiting to get a chance to read that book and anticipating its release so much!! thanks for a chance at getting the book!!

  • I’d love to win Ultraviolet. My favorite Canadian author is Michelle Rowen.

  • I’d love to win Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. I am following her YA series but I haven’t yet tried her adult series (although I’ve heard great things!). Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • bitten. and kelley armstrong. 😀

  • Thanks for the great recs. I see my TBR list growing….again.
    Happy Canada Day!

  • I’d love to win Ultraviolet. I really enjoy books by Kelley Armstrong and Courtney Summers

  • I’d love Bitten! My favorite Canadian author is Lesley Livingston.

  • Ive read Bitten by Kelley Armstrong and loved it but I would like to win a copy of Ultraviolet.

  • There are very few if any authors that I know where they live. I just know the books I read are written by very good writers. I’m certain a part of them are from Canada. I would love to win Granite Lake Wolves.

  • I’d love Ultraviolet. As for Canadian authors, I love Lesley Livingston

  • Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win Seraphina! I love Kelley Armstrong and have read most of her books. My favorite of hers are the Women of the Otherworld series for their awesome heroines!

  • My favourite Canadian author is Steven Erikson and I would like to win Seraphina.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  • Ultraviolet for me please if possible.

    In no particular order, Canadian authors I like are Margaret Atwood, Kelley Armstrong, Steven Erikson and Yann Martel.

  • Awesome picks ladies! I really love the first few Kelley Armstrong books, and I also loved Seraphina and Ultraviolet. Courtney Summers is one of my favorite Canadian authors. Happy Canada Day tomorrow!
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  • I’d love to win Under the Northern Lights.

    My favourite book by a Canadian author is Still Missing by Chevy Stevens!

  • Hi I’m Lady Heather and I’m an obsessive reader. I love paranormal, historical, and contemporary romance. The more ‘Kick-Ass, Uber-Alpha, Possessive Male and Female lead.. the better.,,,and I LOVE a “Happily-Ever-After”!
    My favorite Canadian Author’s are Charlotte Featherstone and Kaylea Cross and I would LOVE to win a copy of ‘Ultraviolet’ (the reviews on Goodreads are amazing)!

  • My favorite Canadian authors are Michelle Rowen and Moira J. Moore and I’d love to win Ultraviolet