Canadian Young Adult and New Adult Novels


Terra Nova (The Variant Conspiracy Book 3) - September 2016
The end of the humanity and an unrecognizable future Earth are now days away. After Irina and her variant friends failed to publicize Innoviro Industries’ horrific activities, they pursued their nemesis to London. On the other side of the world, they begin tracking when and where Terra Nova will be unleashed. They know Terra Nova is only the beginning, but if they can’t stop this virus, there will be no one left to save.

 



Best Laid PlansThe Compendium (The Variant Conspiracy Book 2) - July 2016
Irina and her renegade variants scramble to pick up the trail of a globally catastrophic scheme. They share with the media and head south to recruit help.
Their attention develops a laser focus on an engineered earthquake planned for San Francisco. By the time they reach a facility in the Mojave Desert, they've uncovered a horror none of them had ever imagined.

 


 Reviews:

"A well-written, imaginative read and the author does well to make each of the many characters distinctive. Using their paranormal abilities the group track the company's bosses across Canada but always seem to be one step behind, partly due to their betrayal by members of their group.
A fast paced read, it ends with their pursuit taking them to London. So although an enjoyable read in it's own right the book is very much part of a series."

- Maria, September 2016 

"I love this series. The second book picks up pretty close to where In Irina's Cards left off. It kept me reading until I was finished. I thought the pacing was good and steady. The character development was well done as well. I am eagerly awaiting the 3rd installment of the series."
- Bookjunkie's Book Blog, July 2016



Best Laid PlansIn Irina's Cards (The Variant Conspiracy Book 1) - May 2016
Irina Proffer leaves mundane small-town life behind when she experiences visions inspired by a strange deck of tarot cards. To get answers, she travels from her northern British Columbia home to the province’s coastal capital. She quickly discovers a world of fringe genetic science and supernatural mystery.




Reviews:

"I enjoyed this book a great deal. There is a good balance of adventure, discovery and her making friends, and navigating relationships.  Are all the questions that were asked, answered by the end of this book?  No. Some readers have strong opinions about whether each book should have resolution, even if they are part of a series. You probably know where you fall on this spectrum. If you like science fiction, or have dreamed of having a super power, I think you will enjoy this series."
- Lilac Reviews, August 2016
 
"I thoroughly enjoyed In Irina’s Cards ... I was sucked into the story and stayed up way too late reading it because I had to know what happened next.
Because this is the first in the series, do not expect a clear cut ending—there is a bit of a cliffhanger that leads you into book two—which I will be starting this weekend!"

- Long and Short Reviews, August 2016

"This book is kind of like Fantastic Four meets Divergent ... it is a steady compilation of suspense, drama, and a dab of romance. I can’t wait until the next one comes out. I am excited to see what it will bring as this story progresses!"
- Addicted to Reviews, June 2016

"I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series to see what happens next!"
- Rebecca Austin, June 2016

"I believe that this would be a satisfying read for lovers of this genre and look forward to reading follow up books in this series."
- Twisted Book Curmudgeon, June 2016

"This is a complex, intriguing story."
- Liza O'Connor, June 2016


"An excellent start to a new series. I would recommend this book to fans of series like Divergent, or just of scifi romance in general, and I look forward to reading the sequel."
- I Heart Reading, June 2016



Best Laid Plans Stalked - Sept 2010
It's the summer before her final year of high school, and Amy and her best friend Elise are stoked about their summer job. Two months, no parents, a dreamy twenty-something boss, and a remote Vancouver Island resort. It sounds like the perfect opportunity for shy, artistic Amy to reinvent herself. But when her dream boss turns creepy, Amy has to decide how far she''s willing to go to get the recommendations she needs for her future.



Reviews:
 
"This title in the Sidestreets series from Lorimer is a definite must-read for girls ... For young women, this simple story with a simple plot is about a very real danger ... This is highly recommended for those twelve and up, especially those looking for a summer job."
- VOYA.com, June 2011

 "Christine Hart’s novel is an incredibly relevant young adult account ... The characters in Hart’s novel are well constructed and believable ... At times disturbing, and at other times light and enjoyable, Stalked is a novel well worth reading ...
Hart covers a number of uncomfortable themes within the narrative, but balances very carefully so as to avoid falling into extremes for shock value."

- Keen Readers, April 2011



Best Laid PlansBest Laid Plans - Sept 2009
Robyn has dreamed of a better life as long as she can remember. Trapped by poverty with an alcoholic father and a depressed mother, Robyn feels like her dreams of attending university and having a career are impossible. Robyn meets her first boyfriend and tastes the affluent life of her aunt, fueling her drive and ambition. Then her sister becomes pregnant while the family orchard flounders. She has to choose between her family’s future and her own.




Reviews:

"... Should Robyn give up her dreams to support her family? Will she make the best decision for herself? Best Laid Plans is an enjoyable novel about reaching for the sky and confronting obstacles head-on. I would recommend this book for any teen."
- Teens Read Too, June 2010

... The portrayal of Robyn's family life is realistic and dynamic. Hart's representation of poverty as it intersects with alcoholism is perfectly pitched ... accurately captures the pervasive boredom encountered by teens stranded in small towns."
- CM Magazine, December 2009


"Every so often I come across a novel that touches a cord and leaves me yearning for more ... Best Laid Plans crosses generation boundaries and is so well written and such a moving story that I could no sooner set it aside than say goodbye to the characters. Robyn Earle is that young girl inside all of us. She's that girl who is afraid to make the wrong decision, but who so desperately wants to grow up and escape...
Best Laid Plans is the story of a young woman on the cusp of self-discovery. Will she reach for her dream and leave her family behind? Or will she save the orchard her father is bent on destroying?
I recommend this book for those young people in your life.
"
- Joylene Nowell Butler, December 2009



Watching JulyWatching July - May 2008
Follow Vancouver teen July MacKenzie as she recovers from the loss of her mother and adjusts to an unwelcome move to a small Interior town. She begins rebuilding only to discover a new problem. Something is haunting her. July's suspicions begin to point towards two horrifying truths. A reality she doesn't want to accept. And an impossibility she can't believe. 



Reviews:

"... Hart’s novel delivers an engaging story about the strong bond between mother and daughter. Her writing depicts the denial a person can have towards dark teenage relationships, and how a once happily-ever-after, can become a controlling lost future."
- Youthink Magazine, February 2010

"... The setting of the novel in the BC interior and the storyline where the barriers of the living and dead are worn thinner and thinner the most appealing parts ...
... Watching July also leans into the alterna-punk scene, making the protagonist a lovesick revolutionary ... A very good novel, worth the short but sweet read ... "
- Nexus Newspaper, September 2008

"... the descriptive flowing style of the work invites the reader right into the life of July MacKenzie ... a cunningly written book, with strong and vivid characters, plot twists and turns."
- A 'n' E Vibe Magazine, June 2008




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