In "The Book Thief" a girl named Liesel Meminger learned to love everybody in her low-income neighbourhood, but then a tragedy still drops on you like a bomb. A foreseeable, inevitable, but devastating explosion of grief and loss. in the midst of one of the ugliest chapters in modern civilization, "The Book Thief" and the tragedy within, provides a moving depiction of courage, humanity, and love.
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.
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.
If you love twisty stories with plenty of action, danger and sometimes sweet—other times steamy romance, this is definitely the book for you.
"The Lightning Queen" by Laura Resau is a story told in two times, the present day and what is known only as “Long, Long Ago,” but only one place — the Hill of Dust in Oaxaca, Mexico. Mateo and his mother visit their family in Oaxaca every summer, but this year, Mateo can tell there is something different about his grandfather as soon as he arrives. Before long, Mateo’s grandfather launches into a captivating tale, one he’s been…
Estep knows how to write smooth storylines with kick-ass heroines that you can’t get enough of therefore, book two, Dark Heart of Magic was on the top of my to-read list.
Jerry Schmitz presents an insightful and enthralling view of Snoopy's return to the big screen in this stunning account of the creative process behind new "The Peanuts Movie".
Despite coming off the success of two big cases, all is not well for Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott when "Career of Evil", the third installment of Robert Galbraith’s detective series, picks up. Sure, things are going well enough for Cormoran, who’s dating the glamorous Elin, and whose business is booming, but Robin’s relationship with her fiancé Matthew has never been worse - they’re fighting almost every day about Robin’s …
How do you confront human monstrosity? Could you look your enemy in the eye? "Wolf By Wolf" is a howling, powerful must-read for 2015. This incredible alternate World War II history is a heart-stopping, world changing, truly unmissable second novel from "The Walled City" author, Ryan Graudin.
Jackie and Diane share a similar problem - a man who no one seems to remember has left them both with an ominous message: a note that simply reads KING CITY that they can't get rid of no matter how hard they try. They both find that this message is interrupting their lives in ways that are unable to be ignored, as Jackie begins to wonder about her past (and why she doesn't age), and Diane tries to prevent her son from getting to…
Maria Dahvana Headley’s imagination and creativeness is through the roof! "Magonia" is wholly original and enticing.
"In Conspiracy of Angels", Michelle Belanger presents a gripping fantasy of angels, demons, and awesome powers.