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.

Our Author Takeover this month is dedicated to everyone headed to university/college this autumn/fall! It comes from Brit authors Lucy and Tom, whose novel "Freshers" is all about that first transitional year. In particular, the benefits of fandom and clubs for finding your people.

Our Author Takeover for July comes from Aisha Bushby, a debut author and Potterhead whose short story "Marionette Girl" is published next month in "A Change Is Gonna Come" from Stripes. #ChangeBook is an anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change.

Our May Author Takeover is by Cat Clarke, whose latest YA novel, "Girlhood", is a darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief. Set in a boarding school in Scotland, the familiar halls are the perfect place for "Potter" fans to escape to in this compulsive, addictive read. Yet there are some sinister secrets that threaten to tear friendships apart.

Our April Author Takeover features Aliette de Bodard talking about something the "Potter" fandom knows all about: warring Houses. Join Aliette as she discusses her own House wars and the continuation of the beautiful "Dominion of the Fallen" series.

Our new Author Takeover comes from New York Times–bestselling author of "The Lunar Chronicles" Marissa Meyer, with her new novel, "Heartless". The "Potter" fandom knows all about characters with a predetermined fate, and we're well used to the idea of the Chosen One. In Marissa's "Heartless", we have a vision of Wonderland like none you've seen before.

When Mary Adams sees Millais’ depiction of the tragic Ophelia, a whole new world opens up for her. Determined to find out more about the beautiful girl in the painting, she hears the story of Lizzie Siddal – a girl from a modest background, not unlike her own, who has found fame and fortune against the odds. Mary sets out to become a Pre-Raphaelite muse, too, and reinvents herself as Persephone Lavelle.

The first of our March Author Takeovers comes from Gemma Fowler. Her new novel, "Moonlight", is an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller with a contemporary voice. Gemma would be pleased as punch to find herself on the highest tower of Hogwarts. Her soul is still and always will be 13 years old, and her characters embrace teenage rebellion and refusal to blindly comply with authority, much like our Golden Trio.

Our final February Author Takeover comes from Lisa Williamson, whose second novel, "All About Mia", is out now from David Fickling Books. In this 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.

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!

Author Takeover: Fandom in Fiction
Author Takeover / April 10, 2016

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…

Book Review: “A Tangle of Gold” by Jaclyn Moriarty
Book Reviews / April 6, 2016

"A Tangle of Gold" is the final installment in Jaclyn Moriarty’s "Colors of Madeleine" trilogy, and picks up right where "The Cracks in the Kingdom" left off: Elliot has crossed over from the Kingdom of Cello to Earth, and discovered his missing father there. But as delighted as Madeleine is to have Elliot here in person, he has to leave almost immediately or risk forgetting his true identity. Before she knows it, he’s been whis…

Book Review: “Even in Paradise” by Elizabeth Nunez
Book Reviews / April 5, 2016

"Even in Paradise" by Elizabeth Nunez is a love story, a "King Lear" retelling, and a Caribbean epic all rolled into one. Peter Ducksworth may be Trinidadian to the bone, but he and his beloved three daughters are white, and the legacy of their skin color is impossible to ignore. Like Shakespeare’s famous king, Ducksworth hopes to avoid familial strife after his death by announcing how his assets will be divided among his childr…

Book Review: “Daughters of Ruin” by K.D. Castner
Book Reviews / April 2, 2016

Four princesses - Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren - live together under one roof, but this is no fairy tale - their countries are enemies, their co-habitation the means of an uneasy truce. Rhea’s father, King Declan, emerged victorious from the last war, and the treaty that calls for the heirs to three other kingdoms to live under his roof is of his own devising. Cadis, Suki, and Iren, ripped away from their families as small childr…

Book Review: “The Great American Whatever” by Tim Federle
Book Reviews / March 29, 2016

Quinn Roberts’s life is thrown completely off course when his older sister Annabeth is killed in a car accident. As in - he doesn’t turn on his phone or go to school or even leave his house for six months. His mother isn’t faring any better, and his father left a long time ago. But this summer, his best friend Geoff is determined to pull Quinn out of his funk (as much as possible, anyway), and it all starts with a college party …

Book Review: “Half Lost” by Sally Green
Book Reviews / March 28, 2016

When we last left our hero Nathan at the end of "Half Wild", things weren’t going ideally - his girlfriend had just fatally wounded his father, Marcus, meaning that if the Alliance was going to stand any chance of winning this war, Nathan had to eat Marcus’s heart to gain his father's magical abilities. If you for some reason are reading this review and haven’t read "Half Wild" or the first book in the trilogy, "Half Bad"...we r…

Blog Tour: Janet Fox Answers Our Questions!
Author Takeover / March 23, 2016

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!

Book Review: “The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle” by Janet Fox
Book Reviews / March 22, 2016

Twelve-year-old Kat Bateson and her younger siblings Rob and Amelie aren’t happy about leaving their home in London to attend Rookskill Castle Children’s Academy, but with the blitz, they really have little other choice. Almost as soon as they arrive, the children realize that something is amiss in the castle, and while logical Kat is almost certain that Lady Eleanor - who oversees the academy - is hiding a German spy, her sibli…

Book Review: “Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend” by Alan Cumyn
Book Reviews / March 22, 2016

Let me warn you: the description of this book is going to sound bizarre. This book IS bizarre. Very. Seriously. Really weird. BUT I also really, really liked it. So hang in there: Shiels’s ultra-organized world is thrown out of control when, no joke, a pterodactyl flies out of the sky with a transfer slip. Apparently, his enrollment is a school board initiative, even though no one quite seems to know how it’s possible that a fre…

Book Review: “Brothers of the Buffalo” by Joseph Bruchac
Book Reviews / March 21, 2016

Washington “Wash” Vance was born a slave in Virgina, and now, in 1872, a free man, he’s joined the United States Army as a member of the 10th Cavalry, an all African-American regiment stationed in the Wild West. Wolf is a young Cheyenne warrior whose way of life is endangered by the US Government’s encroaching expansion and the greed of the white hunters who are killing off the buffalo that Wolf and other members of his tribe ne…