A slim novel written in verse, "American Ace" tells the story of Connor Bianchini learning that his grandmother once had a secret love, meaning that the man he always believed was his grandfather isn’t actually related to him at all. Connor and his father set out on a compelling journey to discover the truth about their past - and themselves. It’s not long before they realize that Connor’s true grandfather may have been a black …
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!
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?
"The Memory of Light" follows teenager Vicky Cruz’s journey to recover after she is hospitalized following a suicide attempt. Unlike many novels for teens, this book traces not the circumstances leading up to a suicide attempt, or the grief that follows a successful one, but instead the trying and unglamorous journey that awaits those who are lucky enough to fail. Inspired by Stork’s own experiences as a young man, you won’t for…
When seven-year-old Anna’s father doesn’t return from a meeting at the university at which he teaches, she has no one to turn to. The year is 1939, and Anna’s neighbors and acquaintances - and the reader - can guess the truth behind his sudden disappearance. No one Anna knows is willing to risk gaining the attention of the fierce German occupiers by helping her, and as her mother has been dead for several years, Anna is all alone.
Romance via email – while not entirely uncommon today – has never been so exciting. "Love Virtually" is like secretly reading the emails of two strangers' "will they, won't they" romance. This dual review covers both the book and BBC radio drama.
In "We Are the Ants", Henry Denton has been given a choice by the aliens who have been abducting him for years: he can either press a button and save the world, or not press the button, in which case the world will end on January 29. It seems as though the choice ought to be easy, except for the fact that his school life is miserable because everyone calls him “Space Boy,” and his boyfriend killed himself last year. He only has …
Ash and her twin brother Rhys have never thought too much about the fact that their mother escaped from a cult in Kansas just a few months before they were born. Sure, she makes her living creating extraordinary perfumes, burns sage around the house to cleanse it, and gives Ash invisible tattoos that are meant to protect her - but Ash is mostly focused on the dead girl she’s been seeing hanging from the ceiling all her life. It’…
Who doesn't love a good Regency fantasy? Author Alison Goodman has brought us a cracking one with "The Dark Days Club", which follows young Lady Helen as she begins to learn that she has special abilities that allow her to fight forces of evil. Before making the acquaintance of the enigmatic (and, if society is to be believed, frankly dangerous) Lord Carlston, Helen's biggest worry is making a bad impression at her presentation …
The world of "Madly" is a lot like our own: teens spend a lot of time on their phones, and a lot of money trying to emulate the fashion of the royal family. There’s just one difference: magic is real, and for Samantha Kemi, that means entering the centuries-old family business of alchemy. And trust me, "Madly" shows us just how fun potion-making can be when you’re not worried Professor Snape is breathing down your neck.
Laura Lam's "Dark Circus" series has undergone a transformation in recent months, gaining a new costume of covers and revealing the final novel in the trilogy, "Masquerade", at its new home of Pan Macmillan publishing. To celebrate the reincarnation of the original novels, "Pantomime" and "Shadowplay", and look forward to the release of "Masquerade" in a year's time, we asked Laura to tell us about her whirlwind writing journey.
Honestly, after how much I loved "The Glass Sentence", the first book in S.E. Grove’s "Mapmakers Trilogy", I can’t believe it took me two months to read the equally excellent sequel, "The Golden Specific", which follows our heroine Sophie as she continues to search for her missing parents.