One fateful summer, fate convenes a ragtag group of people together on the remote Scottish island of Nin: locals Fraser and his eccentric younger brother, Dunny; Haley, a rebellious American girl; Ben McCaig, a scientist who studies whales; and the mysterious man who seems to be hiding in one of the island’s caves.
Our author takeover today comes from Chloe Seager, with a missing scene from her new hilarious and relatable UK YA book in the Editing Emma series. Like any Potterhead, Chloe is no stranger to thinking about Hogwarts houses. Find out who of her characters Chloe would sort in to which house, and why.
We are delighted to reveal the stunning UK cover of a brand new YA contemporary fantasy by debut author Christine Lynn Herman. The Devouring Gray follows four teens who have the power to protect their town from a monster – if their families' dark secrets don't devour them first. It's the perfect read for Potterheads who love a bit of mystery with their monsters.
In our July Author Takeover, we're joined by Simon James Green, whose hilarious Noah Can't Even sequel, Noah Could Never, is out now in the UK. With parallels to Goblet of Fire and Harry's encounters with Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students, Simon examines the perils of expectations and stereotypes. Of course, there are lots of laughs along the way while Noah figures it out.
Joining us for an Author Takeover today is author and Potterhead Sara Holland, whose fantastic young adult novel Everless is out now. Much like our beloved Potter series, Everless tackles the trouble with becoming obsessed with living forever, and the unfortunate imbalance this creates when it comes to power. Sara joins us today to ask if it's worth it.
Our second Author Takeover for May is from YA author Alice Oseman, whose incredible third novel, I Was Born For This, was published in the UK earlier this month. An absolute must-read for everyone who has ever been involved in fandom, Alice's novel has a particularly insightful exploration of the light and dark side of shipping, something the Potter fandom knows all about.
Welcome to our Author Takeover for May, with a guest post from Lucy Christopher. Her new YA novel, Storm-Wake, is a modern reimagining of The Tempest. It is a spellbinding tale of transformation and illusion that moves between the realms of dream and reality. Lucy discusses elemental magic and how the stormy island setting lends itself to find magic in the minutiae.
We are joined by debut author Sophie Cameron to celebrate her wonderful new young adult novel Out of the Blue. Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh Festival, Out of the Blue is the story of grief, love, and learning to live on. Supported by a group of new friends, Sophie's main character, Jaya, finds her feet, even when angels are falling from the sky.
Our March Author Takeover comes from Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of "Starfish", which is publishing in the UK next month. Her stunning debut novel examines social anxiety, toxic relationships, rejection, and the importance of being true to yourself. Today Akemi looks at the similarities between Harry and her main character, Kiko, and the paths they tread.
In our first Author Takeover of 2018, we are joined by the New York Times–bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch, Adriana Mather. A spellbinding story of witchcraft, ghosts, and a destructive age-old curse, How to Hang a Witch was partially inspired by Adriana's own family history.
This month's Author Takeover comes from a "Harry Potter" superfan, author Annabel Pitcher. Her new teen novella, "The Last Days of Archie Maxwell", explores the aftermath of secrets revealed. Published by dyslexia-friendly publisher Barrington Stoke, Archie's story is a heartfelt and accessible story exploring the boundaries of love – particularly upon realizing a parental figure may not be all that they seem.
Everyone knows not to enter the Puszcza, the strange, deep wood where magic and wolves lurk. There are dark forces at play in the woods, manipulating wolves, pigs, and little girls alike into stories they’d rather not be a part of. Can Magia foil the witch and save her family?
When Stanly notices a bone growing in his backyard, he knows he’s made a special discovery. When his younger sister, Miren, finds out about the bone – which seems to be growing into a full-on skeleton – she seems to have a special affinity for “Princy.” But is Princy what’s making Miren so sick, or is there something else going on?
"Graveyard Shakes" tells two intersecting stories – one of sisters Katia and Victoria, who have just started boarding school after years of homeschooling, and one of Little Ghost and Modie, who have a friendship that bridges this world and the next.
Mia is the middle child and the only one of her sisters who doesn’t have a “thing.” When her older sister, Grace, comes home from abroad pregnant and Mia’s parents seem to accept it almost without batting an eye, it’s almost more than Mia can stand.
Andrew Kendall is wise beyond his years, and reading about his ongoing journey is very special. There’s a lot to be learned from this book – about life, about words, about circumstance, and about myself. It is definitely a book that will be kept close to my heart and revisited often.
Mostly cast as the villain, often without rhyme or reason as to why, witches have always seemed so mysterious. They are the opposite of damsels in distress, Sleeping Beautys, Cinderellas, Snow Whites. They are mistresses of their own fortunes. They have the power to change lives – their own and others’. They have magic.
Emmett Atwater and nine other teenagers have been selected for a very special mission. Babel Communications, a powerful technology company, needs young people to visit a recently discovered planet, Eden, and extract Nyxia - an alien natural resource with mysterious powers.
The momentous events of the summer, during which Sierra learned the true extent of her shadowshaping powers, still loom large in Sierra's and her friends’ minds when fall arrives. But just because a few months have gone by doesn’t mean they’ve let down their guard.
In the conclusion to the "Hunter" series, things are more tense than ever in Apex City. Joy and the other Elite responsible for keeping the Othersiders at bay are working overtime – way overtime – keeping the city safe, and the suspicious head of PsiCorps isn’t making their jobs any easier.