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?

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 …

Author Takeover: Katherine Catmull on Her New Book, “The Radiant Road”
Author Takeover / January 11, 2016

Today we are very excited to be a part of the blog tour promoting Katherine Catmull's latest novel, "The Radiant Road"! We absolutely loved this book - you can read our review here - and for our portion of the blog tour, Katherine will be sharing with us a little bit about the development of "The Radiant Road" and its journey to publication. Read on to learn more!

Book Review: “The Radiant Road” by Katherine Catmull
Book Reviews / January 10, 2016

Clare Macleod has just moved back to her childhood home in Ireland, a place she and her father haven't even visited since her mother died. It's built into a green hillside by the sea, and there's a tree growing right inside the house, which has been there for a thousand years. All her life she's felt the pull of the Strange, unexplained moments of beauty or oddness that seem otherworldly. It's only after she moves back to Irelan…

Book Review: “The Shadow Behind the Stars” by Rebecca Hahn
Book Reviews / January 6, 2016

"The Shadow Behind the Stars" is told from the perspective of the youngest of the Three Fates (yep, the ones that spin our fortunes), Chole, who, along with her sisters Serena and Xinot, has lived for centuries without ever really interacting with mortals - it's too dangerous. That all changes when they get a taste of their own medicine in the form of the beautiful Aglaia, a young girl who comes to them for help - or at least to…

Book Review: “The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof” by Annie M.G. Schmidt
Book Reviews / January 4, 2016

Annie M.G. Schmidt’s "The Cat Who Came In Off the Roof" was originally published in 1970, but its publishers are smart to reissue the title now - the character at the story’s core, Mr. Tibble, would fit in quite well with today’s cat video-obsessed culture. As Mr. Tibble’s boss points out at the beginning of the middle-grade novel, “Apparently you only ever associate with cats.” Been there, Mr. Tibble. Been there.

Book Review: “Cracked” by Barbara Leslie
Book Reviews / December 30, 2015

Danny Cleary has a cocaine habit, but that's not her only problem. When her twin sister is murdered and her nephews go missing, Danny and her brother head out to California to find them, and to hunt down her sister's killer.

Book Review: “The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch: Volume One” by Daniel Kraus
Book Reviews / December 27, 2015

This 625+ page novel follows the exploits of Zebulon Finch, a petty thug and criminal who’s killed at the age of 17...but somehow he doesn’t exactly die. Precisely seventeen minutes after he’s shot, Zebulon wakes up. He can’t feel pain, he doesn’t age, and his body is decaying (albeit very slowly). Zebulon doesn’t know why he’s been chosen for this particular fate, and, most of the time, doesn’t particularly care to find out. Th…