Our second Author Takeover for May is from YA author Alice Oseman, whose incredible third novel, I Was Born For This, was published in the UK earlier this month. An absolute must-read for everyone who has ever been involved in fandom, Alice's novel has a particularly insightful exploration of the light and dark side of shipping, something the Potter fandom knows all about.

Welcome to our Author Takeover for May, with a guest post from Lucy Christopher. Her new YA novel, Storm-Wake, is a modern reimagining of The Tempest. It is a spellbinding tale of transformation and illusion that moves between the realms of dream and reality. Lucy discusses elemental magic and how the stormy island setting lends itself to find magic in the minutiae.

We are joined by debut author Sophie Cameron to celebrate her wonderful new young adult novel Out of the Blue. Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh Festival, Out of the Blue is the story of grief, love, and learning to live on. Supported by a group of new friends, Sophie's main character, Jaya, finds her feet, even when angels are falling from the sky.

Our March Author Takeover comes from Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of "Starfish", which is publishing in the UK next month. Her stunning debut novel examines social anxiety, toxic relationships, rejection, and the importance of being true to yourself. Today Akemi looks at the similarities between Harry and her main character, Kiko, and the paths they tread.

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.

Book Review: “Shades of Darkness” by A.R. Kahler
Book Reviews / March 9, 2016

Kaira Winters came to Islington Arts Academy to get away from her past. What better way to get away from the haunting memories of her past boyfriend and what he did to her (and what she did in return…)? For almost two years, it’s worked. At the isolated private high school, she’s managed to make a few close friends and pour herself into making her painting the best that it can be. But when students start dying her senior year, K…

Book Review: “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu
Book Reviews / March 8, 2016

Although almost all of the stories in Ken Liu’s new collection "The Paper Menagerie" have been published before, readers (like me!) who came to his work after reading or hearing of his Nebula-nominated debut novel "The Grace of Kings" will be thrilled to have so much of his shorter work easily available in one place.

Book Review: “Kill the Boy Band” by Goldy Moldavsky
Book Reviews / March 3, 2016

Goldy Moldavsky’s "Kill the Boy Band" is exactly as much fun it sounds. The novel follows four teenage girls who are huge fans of British band the Ruperts. In fact, they’re such big fans that when they’re unable to score tickets to the band's Thanksgiving show in NYC, they book a room in the same hotel where the band will be staying in hopes of glimpsing their idols. After they’ve checked in, it seems like they’re in for the nig…

Author Takeover: Fractured Lives, Damaged Souls
Author Takeover / March 1, 2016

This month's Author Takeover comes from Eve Ainsworth on the eve of the publication of her second novel, "Crush". We all know that love is a powerful tool in the "Potter" world, be that tangled teenage emotions, first kisses, broken friendships, or family frays. In "Crush", Ainsworth explores what happens when the darkness takes over. Love can hurt. But should it hurt this much?

Book Review: “The Key to Extraordinary” by Natalie Lloyd
Book Reviews / February 27, 2016

The women in Emma’s family have always done remarkable things, whether it’s serving as a spy in the Revolutionary War, becoming a champion boxer, or being a renowned singer. The one thing all these women have in common, besides being extraordinary in their own way, is the Destiny Dream they have, which shows them the path to follow. Emma’s been waiting for her own Destiny Dream ever since her mother told her about them two years…

Book Review: “Amulet #7: Firelight” by Kazu Kibuishi
Book Reviews / February 26, 2016

Many "Potter" fans were introduced to Kazu Kibuishi and his graphic novel series "Amulet" after Kibuishi illustrated new covers for the American editions of "Harry Potter" in 2013, just before the release of the sixth "Amulet" book, "Escape From Lucien." It didn’t take long for Potterheads to get hooked on the series, and you’ll be happy to know that "Amulet #7: Firelight" has just been released!