Best friends Odo and Eleanor didn’t know what to expect when they saw a bit of metal glinting at the bottom of the river near their home, but they definitely didn’t expect an enchanting talking sword named Hildebrand Shining Foebiter – or for said sword to declare Odo a knight and Eleanor his squire.
Our September Author Takeover comes from debut author Anna James, whose dazzling new middle-grade adventure book, Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers, is out this month. Anna explores the bookish wonders of Harry Potter and how her own favorite library spots have lent themselves to her imagination.
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 whom of her characters Chloe would sort into 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.
I’ll admit that though I love the "Star Wars" films (I mean, who doesn’t?!), I’ve never read a "Star Wars" novel, though I know lots of readers who swear by them. I may be late to the game, but I couldn’t resist the chance to read YA superstar Claudia Gray’s novelization of Princess Leia’s teenage years.
As with 2015’s "Welcome to Night Vale", you don’t need to already be a fan of the well-loved podcast to enjoy or understand "It Devours!" – though fans will definitely be the ones who appreciate the novel most.
Ever wondered what pushed a Disney villain to evildoing? Serena Valentino's new novel, "Mistress of All Evil", is a look into the backstory of Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty's malevolent foe. Check out our review and enter to win a Disney "Villains" prize pack!
Before you ask – yes, this is a novelization of that "Mean Girls", the 2004 movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. Homeschooled Cady Heron has a lot to cope with when she starts public high school for the first time. Foremost among her new problems: Regina George, the most popular girl in school and queen of “The Plastics.”
By now, the name “Beatrice Groves” should be familiar to MuggleNet readers. The research lecturer and tutor at Trinity College, Oxford, has shared tons of fascinating interpretations on our site, so it’s no surprise that we’re thrilled to be reviewing her book, "Literary Allusion in Harry Potter", here today!
It’s been 30 years since the classic film adaptation of "The Princess Bride" was released (can you believe it’s only ten years older than "Harry Potter"?), and to celebrate, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has released a breathtaking deluxe edition of William Goldman’s enduring tale of adventure, humor, and – you know – love.
As a fan of Maggie Stiefvater’s "Raven Boys" and "Shiver" series, I was excited to read Stiefvater’s first YA book in a while that explores a world totally different from those two. And though "All the Crooked Saints" employs a number of recognizable Stiefvater touches – mainly a memorable magic system and a reverence for cars – she has managed to conjure a completely magical world that’s much different from any of her earlier works.
A doomed prison escape attempt gets Callum and his friends Tamara and Jasper imprisoned in Constantine Madden’s old fortress by those convinced that some part of Callum’s soul remembers how to be Constantine. He’s determined to escape – until he learns that there might be a chance to bring Aaron back.
It’s been a little over a year since Sunny Nwazue found out that she’s one of the Leopard People – people who can work jujus, or magic. Her world is as magical as that of "Harry Potter", but instead of mining British tradition for material, author Nnedi Okorafor wields Nigerian and West African culture and lore to create a totally captivating read.