Hi. My name is K. and I’m a Canuck.
So, I’m the Canadian here in the Midnight Garden and I bring with me a selection of Canadian fiction. Some will be titles you might already be waiting for, some you might never have heard of. All I really want to do is spread the word, because, admittedly, there just aren’t as many popular Canadian YA books out there. It’s easy to be overlooked. But I feel like we, the big country, have awesome things to offer, too.
Now, there are quite a few titles I want to present so I should probably hurry up. Let me just preface by saying that these are just some titles I’m excited to read. This is not, in any way, the full scope of Canadian YA…only what my feeble mind is capable of containing.
In order of their release dates, check these babies out!
by Hiromi Goto
Release Date: January 31, 2012
The sequel to the award-winning Half World. It’s a fantasy about the Three Realms: the Realm of the Flesh, the Realm of the Spirit, and Half World. It’s poetic, gruesome, and vivid. There’s a blurb on the first book from Neil Gaiman. That’s all I need!
40 Things I Want To Tell You
by Alice Kuipers
Release Date: February 10, 2012
About Amy (a.k.a. Bird), a quirky over-achiever whose life is turned upside down when she decides to do away with her rules and agendas. I’ve heard this one deals with some serious life issues and its been getting rave reviews. I have a good feeling about this one. And okay, technically Kuipers is from the UK but she lives in Saskatoon…so, technically technically she’s now one of ours.
by Leah Bobet
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Dystopian. A boy called Matthew and a shape-shifter called Ariel. An underground community of supernatural outcasts called Safe. Evil shadows. Above is where these outsiders were persecuted but where they are now forced to re-assimilate. I am so looking forward to this. I’m particularly intrigued by Ariel — she sounds like a beautiful mess.
by Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: April 10, 2012
The second book in the Darkness Rising series. I haven’t read The Gathering, but it’s gotten so much hype and received such impressive reviews that I know I’m going to have to sometime very soon.
by Lesley Livingston
Release Date: August 15, 2012
A new series about Norse mythology. A girl called Mason is rescued from a mysterious storm by a stranger called Fenrys Wolf. Mason discovers that her family has had a long-term alliance with Norse gods…Yeah, I think this will be bad ass.
by Moira Young
Release Date: October 30, 2012 (Have mercy!)
The anticipated sequel to Blood Red Road. Now, I started BRR but was forced to put it aside — for now. But I was absolutely blown away. The writing, the concept, the dialogue, the everything was top notch. I can easily turn this little paragraph into a love-fest and I haven’t even finished the book! It’s been described as Hunger Games meets True Grit. I already feel that this will be monumentally epic. But we’ll see.
There you have it, folks. I hope at least a couple of these titles have piqued your curious minds and sneaked their way into your TBR pile…
Until next time,