Our final February Author Takeover comes from Lisa Williamson, whose second novel All About Mia is out now from David Fickling Books. A standalone after her first book, The Art of Being Normal, Lisa now turns to look at family dynamics and the structure of sibling personality types, Lisa was fascinated by the things her research revealed about middle children. From Weasleys to Blacks, the Potterverse has a thing or two to say about compli…

Just imagine: what would your year look like if you read only marginalized authors? What would the world look like if we all did the same? And how many books do you read each year, anyway? If it’s more than 30, I challenge you to pick up every one of these. I know you can do it!

Today, our Author Takeover is by Sharon Gosling, whose Scandi Noir YA horror novel, FIR, is out now as part of the RED EYE series from Stripes Books. Set in the middle of an isolated ancient forest in Sweden, FIR has a menacing and claustrophobic atmosphere that haunts the misadventures of a family stranded, surrounded by the might and magic of trees.

To celebrate book lovers everywhere, this month we have a series of Author Takeovers. The first comes from the hilarious Maz Evans, whose book, "Who Let The Gods Out?", is a new, exciting, and brilliantly British, Percy Jackson-esque adventure – the first in a series centered on the Olympian gods.

This month's Author Takeover comes from Alwyn Hamilton discussing the trials and tribulations of writing a second book. The characters from her first book, Rebel of the Sands, return with Traitor to the Throne. We have three copies up for grabs for readers in UK & Ireland, find out more below!

This month's Author Takeover comes from the queen of retellings with a twist, Zoë Marriott, discussing her new novel, "Barefoot on the Wind", a darkly magical "Beauty and the Beast"–inspired story set in fairy tale Japan.

This month's Author Takeover comes from Joshua Khan, author of "Shadow Magic", out this month from Scholastic UK. "Shadow Magic" takes the idea of the Chosen One and flips it on its head…what if you were the dark side’s Chosen One?

This month's Author Takeover, on defiant voices, comes from Italian author Manuela Salvi, author of the bold and important novel "Girl Detached". Banned for "strong content" in her home country, the text has now been translated into English by Denise Muir and published by Bucket List Books. Like Harry Potter, Manuela knows what it is like to ask for her voice and the truth to be heard when it seems like society and the media have turned a…

This month's Author Takeover comes from our YALC Gryffindor Head of House, Non Pratt, author of "Trouble, Remix" and her latest novella with Barrington Stoke, "Unboxed". "Unboxed" is about four teenagers who reunite after the passing of a close friend. In her Author Takeover, Non turns her eye for complicated friendships to some of our most beloved "Potter" characters.

This month's Author Takeover comes from the fantastic Louise Gornall, whose inspiring and honest first book, "Under Rose-Tainted Skies", is released this week. This is an important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD. Discover the ways that Louise sees the personal magic and strength you demonstrate in living with mental health issues.

Book Review: The Borrowers books by Mary Norton
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

In the 1950s Mary Norton wrote The Borrowers and followed it up with four sequels: The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat, and The Borrowers Avenged. If you've only seen the movie, starring John Goodman and Jim Broadbent, you may be in for a surprise.

Book Review: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Dean Koontz is an author I haven’t delved into. In my mind, I class him with Stephen King – as a horror writer. But a couple of nice readers suggested that I try Odd Thomas. Their description of the book suggested to me that it was at least as much a mystery and a fantasy as a work of horror. So I thought I would give it a try.

Book Review: The Second Siege by Henry H. Neff
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Book 2 of the "Tapestry" quartet continues with Max McDaniel's second year at the Rowan Academy, a school for magically talented teens somewhere on the east coast of the U.S. I have already noted that Rowan has as much in common with Hogwarts as almost any school for magic.

Book Review: The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (Editor)
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

In the preface to his 1910 collection of world folklore and fairy stories, Andrew Lang very firmly insists that he did not write any of them. Most of them, he says, were not really “written” but came from traditional storytelling in many cultures. To the extent that someone had to write them down, most of the tales in this book were translated and edited not by Lang himself, but by his wife. Yet together with the illustrations o…

Book Review: The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Ms. Konigsburg has said that this small novel originated in a handful of unfinished short stories. The real stroke of inspiration was when she realized what all of those stories had in common and shaped them into one coherent whole. The outline of some of the stories can still be seen in the description of the journeys each of four children took on their way to becoming a team, or club, known as the Souls. But the way all their …

Book Review: The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (Editor)
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

From the preface with its thumbnail history of the fairy tale to the final “happily ever after,” this book is as rich a treasury of folklore as any of the other “Fairy Books of Many Colors.” Edited by Lang, adapted from many languages and cultures by his friends and family, and beautifully illustrated by Mr. H. J. Ford, it is filled with romance, adventure, magic, and humor, with a bit of clever nonsense and a lot of no-nonsense…

Book Review: Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

One Wednesday afternoon in March (1960 or so), a girl named Susan Shaw vanished from the Manhattan apartment building where she lived with her widowed father. After several days' frantic search, during which no trace of her seemed likely to turn up, she reappeared with a bizarre story about a gift of "three" from a gypsy woman on the street, an elevator ride back in time to 1881, and an adventure with two children who wanted to …

Book Review: Bedknob and Broomstick by Mary Norton
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This was originally two books entitled, The Magic Bed Knob and Bonfires and Broomsticks. The first book is about the three Wilson children, Carey (about 10) and Charles (about 9) and their 6-year-old baby brother Paul, who looks like an angel but is really a mischievous little devil. The three of them are being raised, apparently, by a single mother who works full-time, and during their summer holidays she doesn't have time to l…