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.

This month's Author Takeover comes from a "Harry Potter" superfan, author Annabel Pitcher. Her new teen novella, "The Last Days of Archie Maxwell", explores the aftermath of secrets revealed. Published by dyslexia-friendly publisher Barrington Stoke, Archie's story is a heartfelt and accessible story exploring the boundaries of love – particularly upon realizing a parental figure may not be all that they seem.

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.

Book Review – and GIVEAWAY!: “The Love That Split the World” by Emily Henry
Book Reviews , Giveaways / February 5, 2016

Natalie is not like most other girls in her small Kentucky town, and it’s not the fact that she’s adopted and half Native American that sets her apart - it’s that ever since she was a little girl, she’s been visited by an old woman who tells her stories in the night. An old woman whom no one else can see, and no one else believes exists. And that woman, known to Natalie only as “Grandmother” has just told her that she has three …

Book Review: “Burning Midnight” by Will McIntosh
Book Reviews / February 2, 2016

Sully sells spheres - the mysterious colored marbles that appeared on earth nine years ago and offer enhanced special abilities to humans who use them - but knows he’ll never be able to afford any to use himself. That dream was taken from him long ago, when billionaire Alex Holliday cheated him out of the money he should have earned from discovering a new type of sphere. Sully’s world is turned upside down when he meets Hunter, …

Author Takeover: The Power of Ancient Magic
Author Takeover , Giveaways / February 1, 2016

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 o…

Author Giveaway – Learn More About “Dark & Day”
Author Takeover , Giveaways / January 29, 2016

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.

Book Review: “American Ace” by Marilyn Nelson
Book Reviews / January 27, 2016

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 …

Book Review: “The Memory of Light” by Francisco X. Stork
Book Reviews / January 26, 2016

"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…

Book Review: “Anna and the Swallow Man” by Gavriel Savit
Book Reviews / January 25, 2016

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.

Book Review: “Love Virtually” by Daniel Glattauer
Book Reviews / January 24, 2016

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.

Book Review: “We Are the Ants” by Shaun David Hutchinson
Book Reviews / January 22, 2016

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 …