HAPPY CANADA DAY! IT’S OUR 150th B-DAY! 🇨🇦 A GUIDE TO CANADIAN YA!

Greetings readers!

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Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! Today is an extra special day for us as we are turning 150 years old!!! OMG we are so old….yet still so young!

Anyways, I’m pretty sure all my Canadian bloggers know it’s Canada 150 today, I mean how many commercials and TV specials have there been?!

Today I decided to celebrate and commemorate the wide selection of Canadian literature, specific Young Adult books (because that is what I specialize in!) Within the massive number of American and British authors you have those special little snowflake authors from Canada! They are there and very present! Some are more well-known than others but they all deserve some recognition as fabulous writers!

Alright so let’s get to meeting our authors!

*Note: Some of these authors have several different books published, but I only wrote about specific books that interest me. Click on their names to know more about the other books they have written.*

Canadian YA Authors I Have Read

Morgan Rhodes (a.k.a Michelles Rowan)

I have had the pleasure of meeting her and honestly she is such a fabulous person! He Falling Kingdoms series one of my favourite fantasy series and I cannot wait for the final instalment this fall!

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E.K. Johnston 

I have also had the pleasure of meeting E.K. Johnston! I read her retelling of 1001 nights called, A Thousand Nights and I cannot wait to dive into more of her work! Starting with Spindle! E.K. has also written other books/series including a contemporary and a special novel for the Star Wars fandom.

L.M. Montgomery

Author of the Canadian Classic Anne of Green Gables! Seriously people you need to read this! You will never regret meeting the kindred spirit who is Anne!

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Melanie J. Fishbane

Melanie wrote an amazing story about the teenage years of L.M. Montgomery. Maud is very fictional, but also very entertaining!

Moira Young

Moira Young’s Dust Lands trilogy was fantastic in my opinion. The way in which the story was written was very unique and the plot twists. The. Plot. Twists. She also has a middle grade out that I have yet to read but I am very attracted to because of the amazing cover!

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Eve Silver

Eve Silver holds a special place in my heart as she was the first ever person I trusted with reading a piece of my writing. Like fictional writing! I have read the first book of her The Game trilogy so I am still looking to continue it!

Alyxandra Harvey

My first vampire book that I ever read was written by this women and set in a Quebec city I believe! The Drake Chronicles was very trashy but in a good way and to this day I still think about it so yeah…!

Eric Walters

Say You Will was one of the cutest stories I read last year! I need to dive into more of his work! He has a ton of books out so…I have to put on my game face!

Amanda Sun

I read Amanda Sun’s Heir to the Sky last summer which had a very interesting concept! I have yet to read her other series, but the covers are gorgeous!


Canadian Authors I Have Yet To Read From

Megan Crewe

Megan Crewe has several series out that I have been meaning to get to! I think her Earth & Sky series appeals to me the most!

Earth & Sky (Earth & Sky, #1)

Kelley Armstrong

I actually own Sea of Shadows (as it was given to me by my library!) I haven’t read it yet but the fantasy series does sound very intriguing! Kelley also writes thrillers if you are interested in that!

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, #1)

Lesley Livingston

The Valiant was one of my most anticipated reads this year! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. I mean FEMALE GLADIATORS!

The Valiant (The Valiant, #1)

Erin Bow

I have the ARC to Swan Riders in my home, but shamefully I haven’t even read the first book The Scorpion Rules yet! I will though! I will!

The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace, #1)

S.K. Ali

Saints & Misfits has been making a lot of buzz since it was released! I cannot wait to dive into it!

Saints and Misfits

Sarah Raughley

Her debut Fate of Flames was pitched as Sailor Moon meets the Avengers. YES.

Fate of Flames (Effigies, #1)

Kenneth Oppel

Every Hidden Thing sounds so epically cute! I have to jump on this book! It is, however, a Romeo & Juliet retelling so things might not end well! Or maybe they will?

Every Hidden Thing

Deborah Ellis

Her novel The Breadwinner about the Taliban rise in Afghanistan is becoming an animated film! Watch the trailer then read the book in preparation for the movie!

Alwyn Hamilton

Now, Alwyn lives in the U.K. BUT she was born in Toronto so she is totally Canadian! Her novel Rebel of the Sands has gotten a lot of hype and I finally have my copy so I cannot wait to read it!

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

Kristen Ciccarelli

TALK ABOUT ANTICIPATED READ! Her novel The Last Namsara sounds so epic I want to read it now!!!!!!!!!

The Last Namsara (Iskari #1)

Heather Fawcett

TALK ABOUT ANOTHER ANTICIPATED READ! Her debut Even The Darkest of Stars sounds freaking amazing! I want to get my hands on it so bad!!

Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1)

L.E sterling

I have seen her novel True Born in various cases across the internet and I am very intrigued by this dystopian/sci-fi tale!

True Born (True Born Trilogy, #1)

Danielle L. Jensen

Her Malediction Trilogy has been catching my eye as of late, I need to read this series. It is a need. A. NEED.

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)

G.S. Prendergast

I JUST GOT AN ARC FOR THIS AND I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHH IT’S A BEAUTY & THE BEAST RETELLING!!

Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1)

AND FINALLY…

Elly Blake

Her debut novel Frostblood has been out for a while and I was lucky enough to win a signed copy! I will most definitely be getting to this book soon. It’s been getting quite a lot of buzz lately!

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

My Top Read Canadian Author

Morgan Rhodes

 

I got to give to Morgan Rhodes! She writes awesome books and she is such a lovely and funny person in real life! Plus she actually made me fall in love with a character after loathing him for three books! Now that is magic!

 

 

My Top To-Read Canadian Author

Kristen Ciccarelli!!! I’m serious, The Last Namsara sounds like an epic fantasy and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!!! This has everything! Magic. Dragons. Dragon Slayers. Running away from a political marriage! Ancient stories! AND MAGIC!! Can someone please just hand this book over to me NOW! UGH October why are you so far away!

Kristen Ciccarelli

Just read the Goodreads synopsis!

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

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Time To Tally!

Alright so out of the 24 Canadian authors named, how many have you read from? How many are you looking froward to reading from? Comment below as I would love to know!


I know I am probably missing a lot of Canadian authors out there, but I only have so much time to write!

To have a much longer list of CAN authors visit this Goodreads page for a nice list!

CAN authors are out there guys! I hope as the years go by many more talented authors are published and that more stories about the diversity and history of Canada’s people are heard!

Happy Canada Day friends!

~ Rendz

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May TBR

Greetings readers!

Okay, so I literally got no reading done in this first week of May. None. Yet, this list is going to rather long because I decided to go Net Galley splurging (my new favourite thing to do) and I got approved for various reads. I also got a few requests and I have my own personal list on here!

So yeah… this list is going to be long and most likely will not be completed, but who knows!

This month I plan to read:

Personal Books

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
~ I’m really hoping I can get to this one because I have special guest posts planned for it!

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
~ One of the exciting things that will be going on later this month is that I will be meeting Sarah J. Maas on her ACOWAR tour, even though I haven’t read that series of hers. I am going to get Crown of Midnight personalized all the while I try not to make a fool of myself! *Also, my friend has almost caught up to me in Throne of Glass and I refuse to let her surpass me!*

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
~ I have a copy from OverDrive and I need to read it before my time expires! Also, I really want to read some more books by Latinx authors.

Books for Review

Bentwhistle: The Dragon in A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude
~ This is a dragon YA series! Stay tuned for an author interview later this month!

Net Galley

Death & Night by Roshani Chokshi
~ A prequel to The Star-Touched Queen! I’m so excited to read this, I was over the moon when I got my acceptance email!

The Book of Whispers by Kimberley Starr
~ The premise of the book sounds very intriguing, who knows if I will actually get to it!


Six books.

Six books in three weeks. Can I do it? Maybe not. Probably not, but I’ll have fun trying!

What are you reading this month? I would love to know!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Sims Book Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by Ava @ Reads, Rhythms & Ruminations to do the Sims Tag! Confession: I have never actually played Sims before and it took me a while to figure out what it was even about! Virtual games just are not really my thing! Anyways thank you for the tag Ava, I hope you all enjoy!

The Original Sims – the best author debut

From 2017, I’d say Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This book blew up and with good reason I think!

Honourable mentions, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (2016)  [Review] and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (2015)

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The Grim Reaper – saddest character death

*Spoiler…maybe?*

Humberto, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I’m still not over it!

Sims Getting Stuck – a character that just got in the way

Memphis, Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney.  Full review here.

Simlish – a book with amazing writing

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi! It’s so beautiful! Pretty much from the first line, I was stunned as to how amazing Roshani is as a writer!

Expansion Packs – a series where the books keep on getting better

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Honestly, I love all the books, but as they go forth in the series they get more action packed, suspenseful and adventurous!

Sim Romance – the worse case of insta-love

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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They literally start making out two seconds after they meet.

Cheats – a book that was entirely unrealistic

Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy, #1)
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Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier. The MC can travel and pass into peoples dreams through doors. Totally unrealistic, but it does make for a great story!

Needs Fulfillment – a character who made all the wrong decisions

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Jonas Agallon from The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes, honestly he made some bad choices in the first five books. A lot of people died for his cause, but I am slowly forgiving him. Perhaps he will redeem himself fully in the final book!

Error Code 12 – a series that started off great but went downhill from there

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I have a love-hate relationship with this series. I get so engrossed with the action and magic of the story, but lose it as soon as Rowan and Aelin come together, smut-it all up and ruin everything. 🤢

The Sims Vortex – a book/series that completely engrossed you

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Just ensnared me completely this past summer. Completely. I never felt so wrong about judging a book by it’s cover after reading these books. I loved them!

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I Tag:

RedHeadedBookLoverBlog
MyBookishBabblings
ReadbyChris

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Candy Book Tag

Greetings readers!

A while back, the lovely Kate @ MeltingPotsandOtherCalamities tagged me in the Candy Book Tag! Thank you so much for the tag! As for the rest of you I hope enjoy my answers!

Fun fact: I am not the biggest candy fan out there. Lollipops, hard candy, licorice, and all that other stuff you get on Halloween is not really my thing.  I prefer chocolate over all of these! A candy…but not really like those other candies.

On to the tag!

Apples – Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

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I don’t know if The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli has one any awards, but I wouldn’t give it one since it was that boring.

Milk Chocolate – This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE.

I don’t know if I can recommend one book to everyone because we all have different tastes. But…

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a great book if you want your life to be destroyed.

The Kite Runner
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Black Jellybeans – Why do these exist??

*First of all….who would even want to eat candy that is black and smells gross.*

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hilter

Seriously who would want to read this.

Chocolate Kisses – Awww this novel had the best romance.

Gosh I can’t choose!

I will say The Lunar Chronicles as one whole.

4 coming on 5 amazing ships. With such adorable moments that I literally melt.

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Gummy Spiders – Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

I don’t read a lot of horror, so I’ve never felt this on a personal level. I’m too much of a scardy-cat.

Jumbo Lollipop – This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

Not because it was long or boring, but because I realized that audiobooks were not for me and the time at which I was reading it was also super busy! Read my review here.

Cotton Candy – Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think children’s or MG fiction.

I have no shame to admit this, but I didn’t read when I was younger so if you think I was going to put Narnia…you are only half right!

Answer #1: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (This will stay with me now, forever and always)

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Answer #2: The Fudge series by Judy Blume or The Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park or The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne.

Four series that really made my childhood magical, despite my disdain for reading.

I Tag…

*If you have already done this, don’t worry about doing it again!*

Maya @ Maya Hearts Books

Bella @ Bella Blogs Because Books

Jackie @ Too much of a Book Nerd

Thank you again to Kate for tagging me! In other news I have some exciting reviews coming your way in a few days! I hope you all come back to visit me by then!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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My Signed Books Collection!

Greetings readers!

I am finally on my March break (Spring break) and it feels glorious to know that I will be away from that wretched school of mine! Joking…it’s not wretched…well only slightly! So, one day I had a mini conversation that inspired this post with a special blogger friend, Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews . You should all go check her out because she has an amazing blog, with amazing reviews and is just generally awesome! (<3 you Mandy!)

Now since this post idea was inspired by Mandy, I felt it necessary to create it and make her feel jealous! Mwahaha! Just kidding! I won’t make you too jealous…maybe. Today I shall be sharing with you all the books I have signed in my collection. I have acquired these books over the past year, from June of 2016 to today. I hold all signed books close to my heart because the author took the time to dedicate their book to me and sometimes I see them physically touch and sign my book, so I fangirl like crazy! *That does not sound creepy whatsoever!*

Let’s start with the first signing I ever went to!

It wasn’t really a signing but more of an event for Romance writers that the public could attend…if they payed the ticket fee. I knew Morgan Rhodes was going to be there, so I had to go and dragged my sister along. It was the first time I ever met Morgan Rhodes (or an author for that matter) and even though I only talked to her for a few minutes it was one of the best moments ever! *I was internally fangirling and blushing like crazy…I was that nervous*

  1. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  2. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

In June, I went to another signing featuring Morgan Rhodes, E.K. Johnston and Teresa Toten. I only had books for Morgan to sign that day, but it was so wonderful seeing and listening to the other authors as well.

  1.  Rebel Spring  by Morgan Rodes
  2. Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

In August, I was lucky enough to attend the Indigo Teen Fall Preview Event hosted  by my local bookstore Chapters Indigo. Surprisingly, E.K. Johnston joined our meeting and I was able to get an ARC of Spindle signed! (It is the companion to A Thousand Nights…you should definitely read it!)

  1. Spindle (ARC) by E.K. Johnston

In September, I went to the HCCFrenzy author signing featuring Lauren Oliver and Kendare Blake! You can read more about that signing in my Teen Tour Experience post! I actually had Three Dark Crowns made out to my sisters and I because we are going to buddy read it! Also, Lauren Oliver signed REPLICA twice! One signature and message on each side! So Cool!!!

  1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare  Blake
  2. Replica (LYRA) by Lauren Oliver
  3. Replica (GEMMA) by Lauren Oliver

In October, I had the amazing opportunity to go to another signing event! Penguin Teen brought their teen tour to Brampton and so I had the chance to meet Morgan Rhodes (again 🙂 ), Catherine Egan, Kiersten White and Marie Lu! I was so incredibly happy that day, you can read more about that event in my The Lady is a Champ – Experience post!

I honestly get so giddy when I look at these books!

  1. Legend, Prodigy & Champion by Marie Lu
  2. The Young Elites, The Rose Society & The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
  3. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

In December, I got lucky and won a giveaway for an ARC of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves! I didn’t think it would come signed but I am so happy it did! You can read my review here!

  1. Blood Rose Rebellion  by Rosalyn Eves

In January, I got lucky again and won a signed hardcover of Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields. Please take a moment to admire this beautiful signature!

  1. Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

Finally, in February I got lucky AGAIN! I won a signed hardcover of Frostblood by Elly Blake! (Another Canadian author YAY). I also attended the Veronica Roth signing for her Carve the Mark Tour and got the book for FREE and SIGNED! You can read more about that hilarious night in my Veronica Roth Event Experience.

  1. Frostblood by Elly Blake
  2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

That is it for my signed books! I have a total of 18! It feels so cool when I say that. Of course, I could have had 20 if I had gone to the Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir signings the year before, BUT NO I DIDN’T AND IT IS THE BIGGEST, LARGEST, MOST MASSIVE REGRET I HAVE! *cries*

Anyways, I will be getting more signed books in the near future! I will be meeting Sarah J. Maas when she comes to my town in May for her A Court of Wings and Ruin tour. It’s time for me to jump on that bandwagon. I will be getting Crown of Midnight signed with some other books and I, of course will obsess over Chaol and his novel! Look forward for that event recap!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are feeling envious. Just kidding! Tell me about your signed books and author meetings below so I can get super jealous! Seriously, if any of you mention meeting Sabaa and Leigh I will get CRAZY jealous!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Most Anticipated Releases of 2017-Pt 2

Greetings readers!

As promised, the second half of 2017 releases that I am excited to read are here. (Not actually here-here as in released…obviously…but here as in, my post is up!) The first half of 2017 was pretty great, with so many amazing releases like Wires & Nerve, Caraval and Blood Rose Rebellion. The second half of 2017 might be a little sparse because not many details are out since it is so early in the year, but that doesn’t mean this list still cannot be great.

There are so many books coming out this year and I can’t list them all, mostly because I  don’t know of them or have yet to discover them…so if you see anything missing in this list let me know because I will definitely check it out!

This list covers July to December…so these books are a long ways off. Hopefully you guys can wait that long. I sure can’t! #AmDyingOnTheInside

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Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of VillainyJuly

BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME: 13 TALES OF VILLAINY Anthology edited by Ameriie

 

August

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

WONDER WOMAN by Leigh Bardugo

WICKED LIFE AND WILDFIRE by Lana Popović

September 

THE GLASS SPARE by Lauren DeStefano

THRONE OF GLASS #6 by Sarah J. Maas

October 

WARCROSS by Marie Lu (I will read anything (and EVERYTHING she writes)

RINGER by Lauren Oliver

Warcross (Warcross, #1)November

THE GALTON SCHOOL FOR VIGILANTES by Marissa Meyer (Once again, will read EVERYTHING she writes)

December

FALLING KINGDOMS #6 by Morgan Rhodes (Not exactly sure it comes out in Dec…but I need to read this NOW)

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This is a VERY short list, but I’m sure as the year goes by more books can be added to it! I hope to add more (as always). If you have any recommendations (they don’t have to be coming out in 2017) that you would love to tell me about leave a comment below or tweet me @RwRendz!

Happy reading!

-Rendz

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