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!

Book Launch Report: “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell!
Book Reviews / October 7, 2015

You may have noticed that around here, we have, well, sort of a thing for wizarding school and magic. So you won’t be surprised to learn that we LOVED author Rainbow Rowell’s latest book, Carry On (okay, we love all of her books, but this one is about WIZARDS and WIZARD SCHOOL and ROMANCE). Not only did we love the book, we were also lucky enough to attend the book’s launch in New York City at the Powerhouse Arena!

Book Review: “Simon Snow” by Rainbow Rowell
Book Reviews / October 6, 2015

The release of Rainbow Rowell’s "Simon Snow" novel, "Carry On (The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow)", has been one of my most anticipated book releases this year. The time has finally arrived – "Carry On" is out in the world and I couldn’t be more excited.

Book Review: “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness
Book Reviews / October 5, 2015

Entering the world of Patrick Ness’ warmhearted and tongue in cheek pastiche of young adult fiction is to find yourself in the midst of two stories, that of the Indie Kids whose days are numbered as they battle the mysterious Immortals, and of Mikey and his friends, who just want to graduate and get the heck out of dodge. What happens when the background actors in the superhero world get to lead the show? When “Hufflepuff studen…

Book Review: “Upside Down Magic” by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, & Emily Jenkins
Book Reviews / October 1, 2015

In the world of "Upside Down Magic," all children begin their magical training in the fifth grade. Luckily for Nory, her father is the headmaster of the best magic school around - Sage Academy - and her older brother and sister always ace their magic classes. Unluckily for Nory, her out-of-control magic means that she flunks the entrance exam for Sage Academy, and instead has to attend a special class at public school for studen…

Book Review: “Faceless” by Alyssa Sheinmel
Book Reviews / September 30, 2015

"Faceless" by Alyssa Sheinmel chronicles sixteen-year-old Maisie’s journey to recovery after part of her face is destroyed in an electrical fire. Maisie’s burns are so bad that the tissue in her cheeks, nose, and chin actually died. Luckily (although Maisie won’t like it if you call her that - lucky girls don’t get their faces burned off), Maisie qualifies for a face transplant. But recovery after the surgery is so much harder t…

Book Review: “Demons of the Hellmouth: A Guide for Slayers” by Nancy Holder
Book Reviews / September 29, 2015

It may be 12 years since "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" went off the air, but that doesn't mean that fans are any less devoted. If you've been hankering for a Buffy fix, "Demons of the Hellmouth: A Guide for Slayers" just may do the trick! Although written by Nancy Holder, "Demons of the Hellmouth" is an in-universe book, ostensibly penned by none other than Rupert Giles himself, and the text is spotted with little handwritten notes…

Book Review: “Untwine” by Edwidge Danticat
Book Reviews / September 26, 2015

When 16-year-old Giselle Boyer, her twin sister Isabelle, and their parents dash out of their house, stressed and trying to make it to Isabelle’s orchestra concert on time, little do they know that these are the last few moments of normalcy they’ll ever have. A car accident puts all four members of the Boyer family in the hospital and ends the life of one of them forever.

Six Companion Reads for “Six of Crows”
Author Takeover / September 26, 2015

We’re thrilled that MuggleNet is part of the international Magic and Mayhem Tour celebrating to countdown to Six of Crows! September 24-29, bloggers in the US and UK have been paired up to share their own Six of Crows-inspired lists, such as six tips for surviving the Grishaverse, six signs you do/don't have what it takes to join Kaz's crew, and more. PLUS, we have a fantastic competition to win a swag pack acr…

Graphic Novel Review: “Heart in a Box” by Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren
Book Reviews / September 25, 2015

Emma is having a hard time recovering from having her heart broken. At times like this, many of us may wish we’d never fallen in love, or that we didn’t have hearts to begin with. The only difference between us and Emma is that she actually gets her wish when a mysterious stranger overhears her pining. Though she almost immediately realizes she’s made a mistake, getting her heart back isn’t going to be as easy as wishing it away.