The following is an annotated bibliography of books by Canadian authors that I have enjoyed and would recommend to you.
- The Wild Wood – Charles de Lint
This book will appeal to those of you who do not mind sacrificing story for prose. The story and the pace at which it moves is slow, very slow, but the prose is so beautiful that it makes up for the languid movement of the narrative.
- The Plain Janes – Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Jim Rugg
I know that Cecil Castellucci has written a lot of other stuff but I haven’t read any of them. This graphic novel is a duet and I believe it captures the whimsical nature of adolescence in not very many pages. The illustrations are wonderful and accompany the text quite brilliantly.
- Ultraviolet – R. J. Anderson
This novel will take any expectations you have of it and subvert them. Also, the followup to this one has an asexual protagonist which is pretty darn awesome.
- Witchlanders – Lena Coakley
The male protagonist of this high fantasy novel is likable and the world Coakley writes of is wonderfully complex with political intrigue mixed with complicated familial relationships. The bad thing is I don’t know when the sequel will be out but on the bright side, this novel is totally withstands multiple readings.
- Outcast – Adrienne Kress
I am not ashamed to say that I am so over the angel trope in YA but Kress’s portrayal of the same angel mythos brings something fresh and new to the table. Told from the viewpoint of a remarkably relatable character, the story will tug at all heartstrings (unless you are Stephie, :P).
- Seraphina – Rachel Hartman
Really, what else can I say about this except wonderful book and please do read it. Go on. GO. Buy it!
- Dust City – Robert Paul Weston
We have interviewed Robert here and talked about his novels in some detail already. All I can say now is that I appreciated the cleverness of Dust City and the life it breathed into old tales, giving familiar characters an edge and a modernity they previously lacked.
- The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen – Susin Nielsen
I loved this novel. Stephie has already done a review on it and I believe that Susin’s going to be on the blog in the form of an interview. Look out for that.
- Blood Red Road – Moira Young
The fact that this was told in dialect made me like this a whole bunch more than I would have had it been told in standard English.
- Fall for Anything – Courtney Summers
This took my heart and wrung it out a few billion times and I appreciated it more for that. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and I recommend it to the world.
- Shadows Cast by the Stars – Catherine Knutsson
Yash has already talked about this and I want you to know that I agree with everything she said.
- The Agency: A Spy in the House – Y. S. Lee
This historical detective series is brilliant, featuring a POC as the protagonist and discussing issues of identity and race in interesting ways. The author will be on the blog next week for an interview. Look forward to it!
- (Not pictured) Plain Kate and Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow.
I’ve said all I can about how much I love Erin Bow. Check out her interview and then her books and you’ll love her as much too.