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.

This month's Author Takeover comes from wonderful debut author Rosalind Jana, whose first book Notes on Being Teenage was released in the UK this past weekend. Aside from writing, Rosalind has just finished her degree at Oxford University and runs a successful blog on everything "from the psychology of colour to feminism and the media." As such it is clear which character in the Harry Potter series serves as a mirror to …

This month's Author Takeover comes from Sue Wallman, whose first novel, "Lying About Last Summer", is published today. When those around you are prone to lying, whom can you trust?

Our April Author Takeover comes from debut author Michelle Osgood, whose novel "The Better to Kiss You With" will be published by Interlude Press later this month. Michelle developed her writing in fandom communities and joins a family of authors who have made their way into Interlude's ranks through the realm of popular fan fiction. Not only are these titles fantastic examples of writing with an understanding of fan culture and interests…

We read and loved the new book "The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle" by Janet Fox, so we're delighted to be a part of Janet's Blog Tour promoting the book! Today we'll be sharing our exclusive interview with Janet!

This month's Author Takeover comes from Eve Ainsworth on the eve of the publication of her second novel, "Crush". We all know that love is a powerful tool in the "Potter" world, be that tangled teenage emotions, first kisses, broken friendships, or family frays. In "Crush", Ainsworth explores what happens when the darkness takes over. Love can hurt. But should it hurt this much?

This week's Author Takeover explores the power of an ancient, elemental kind of magic that forms the background to our understanding of magical worlds today. After all, there would be no "Avada Kedavra" without "Abra Kedabra" and no magic words at all without the Djinni of old. Alywn Hamilton, author of the brand new YA novel "Rebel of the Sands", writes about her journey through "Potter" and how it helped to release the genie of fantasy …

We recently announced a giveaway of Israel Grey's "Dark & Day" series, where you can win one of 34 prize packs, including the grand prize of an autographed copy of the complete "Dark & Day" set! Now the author tells us more about the "Dark & Day" series and its place in the realm of sci-fi and fantasy.

Author Takeover: Shifting Shapes
Author Takeover / November 8, 2015

This month's Author Takeover sees the return of Ryan Graudin to celebrate the release of her new novel, Wolf by Wolf. Many fans see strong parallels between Voldemort's rise to power and the events of World War Two, Wolf by Wolf explores an alternate history of our own world, where Hitler has won the war and medical experimentation within concentration camps has created unexpected results. Ryan's previous Author Take…

Book Review: “The Glass Sentence” by S.E. Grove
Book Reviews / November 7, 2015

Just before the dawn of the nineteenth century, the world of "The Glass Sentence" changed forever. Up until that point, history had progressed much like it has in our world - pyramids, the Dark Ages, the Crusades, and more were all things of the past, and the world was poised to embark on a bright future as the year 1800 dawned. All of that changed with the Great Disruption, which thrust all the different lands of the world into…

Book Review: “Half Wild” by Sally Green
Book Reviews / November 3, 2015

"Half Wild," the sequel to "Half Bad," picks up right where its predecessor left off. Nathan has received the three gifts he needs to become a full-fledged witch from his father, the Black Witch Marcus, but now he’s on the run, with nowhere to go and no way to control his terrifying new Gift - the ability to turn into an animal. A very dangerous animal.

Book Review: “The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s Bag” by Alan Bradley
Book Reviews / November 1, 2015

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce unites her passion for chemistry, her keen wit, a lot of pedaling of a bicycle named Gladys, and a willingness to use her girlish charms to open doors that are often closed to the police to solve her second murder mystery. This time the victim is a famous puppeteer who, during a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the local parish hall, comes crashing down on the stage instead of the expected giant.

Book Review: “City of Halves” by Lucy Inglis
Book Reviews / November 1, 2015

Lily is not your average teenager - at sixteen years old, she’s already a first class computer hacker, and uses her skills to help her father, a lawyer, solve his toughest cases. But that still doesn’t prepare her for what she discovers one morning while out investigating a case: magic is real. Unfortunately, she finds this out in the worst way possible, by being attacked by a bandogge, a terrifying two-headed dog.

Book Review: “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel
Book Reviews / October 30, 2015

"Life of Pi" is mainly a first-person account of a sixteen year-old Indian boy's experience spending 227 days alone with a Bengal tiger in a lifeboat on the Pacific Ocean. This book was an international bestseller and Man Booker Award winner. Pi's story is sad and inspiring, and it overflows the boundary of pure narrative to meditate on the nature of storytelling and the love of God.