Our final February Author Takeover comes from Lisa Williamson, whose second novel All About Mia is out now from David Fickling Books. A 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, Lisa was fascinated by the things her research revealed about middle children. From Weasleys to Blacks, the Potterverse has a thing or two to say about compli…

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.

Book Review: “The Empress Game” by Rhonda Mason
Book Reviews / July 11, 2015

"The Empress Game" by Rhonda Mason is a wonderfully intense work of science fiction. It will get under your skin and leave you wanting more. Filled with fighting, politics, and just the right amount of romance, this book will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

Book Review: “The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms” by Chris Colfer
Book Reviews / July 10, 2015

The next book in Chris Colfer's The Land of Stories series takes twins Conner and Alex beyond the fairy kingdom and into the realm of classic children's literary worlds. Beyond the Kingdoms is a funny and moving addition to Colfer's magical tale, which sees the twins maturing into independent teenagers without the guidance of their fairy godmother. With Robin Hood, Peter Pan and the Tin Man thrown into the mix, talk about a whir…

Book Review: “The Accident Season” by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Book Reviews / July 1, 2015

BEWARE! This story will creep under your skin, make you fall in love, and won't leave your thoughts. "The Accident Season" is a danger-laden trip through a family’s unspoken fears. With the sense that peril is around every corner, I was utterly gripped and had to keep reading even with a distinct sense of unease. Filled to the brim with secrets, hidden love, and dark pasts - you never quite know where you stand with Cara and her…

Book Review: “Letters to Zell” by Camille Griep
Book Reviews / July 1, 2015

In "Letters to Zell" by Camille Griep, CeCi, Rory, and Bianca (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, respectively) send correspondence to Zell (Rapunzel), who has recently departed Grimmland for Oz. Through their exchanges, we come to see that they are far from the fairy tale princesses we’ve always known and that “Happily Ever After” can oftentimes be anything but.

Book Review: “Shadowshaper” by Daniel José Older
Book Reviews / June 30, 2015

In "Shadowshaper" by Daniel José Older, Sierra Santiago is thrust into a world of danger and magic when she discovers that her grandfather is a shadowshaper—a magic user who can channel spiritual energy through art—and she’s got the ability, too.

Book Review: “Anything Could Happen” by Will Walton
Book Reviews / June 29, 2015

"Anything Could Happen," the debut novel from Will Walton, is an aching and sweet story of high schooler Tretch Farm’s journey to coming out to his family and friends. Tretch has known that he’s gay for a while, but everything changes when he realizes that, for the first time, he’s in love - with his best friend Matt.

Book Review: “Lois Lane: Fallout” by Gwenda Bond
Book Reviews / June 22, 2015

With all the Marvel hype that’s been happening these last few years, it can be easy to forget that DC has some pretty awesome properties as well. When DC characters do get mentioned, people are usually talking about Superman or Batman (though that might change with the upcoming "Supergirl" television series!)—which is why I was so excited when I saw "Lois Lane: Fallout" on the shelf.

Book Review: “Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures” by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater
Book Reviews / June 10, 2015

In this delightful early reader/middle-grade novel, young Pip Bartlett finds that her talent for talking to magical creatures more often gets her into trouble than out of it. Despite the fact that Pip’s world is populated with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles, and a slew of other fantastical creatures, no one believes Pip when she claims that she has the ability to speak to them. This not only results in the infamous (and hysteri…

Book Review: “The Invasion of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen
Book Reviews / June 9, 2015

The wait is finally over - the sequel to "The Queen of the Tearling" has arrived! "The Invasion of the Tearling" picks up right where "The Queen of the Tearling" left off - with the army of Mortesme looming right on the border of the Tearling. Nineteen-year-old Queen Kelsea may have stopped the trade in human trafficking that has plagued the Tearling since the reign of her mother, but her problems are only beginning.