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.

This month's Author Takeover comes from wonderful debut author Rosalind Jana, whose first book Notes on Being Teenage was released in the UK this past weekend. Aside from writing, Rosalind has just finished her degree at Oxford University and runs a successful blog on everything "from the psychology of colour to feminism and the media." As such it is clear which character in the Harry Potter series serves as a mirror to …

This month's Author Takeover comes from Sue Wallman, whose first novel, "Lying About Last Summer", is published today. When those around you are prone to lying, whom can you trust?

Our April Author Takeover comes from debut author Michelle Osgood, whose novel "The Better to Kiss You With" will be published by Interlude Press later this month. Michelle developed her writing in fandom communities and joins a family of authors who have made their way into Interlude's ranks through the realm of popular fan fiction. Not only are these titles fantastic examples of writing with an understanding of fan culture and interests…

We read and loved the new book "The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle" by Janet Fox, so we're delighted to be a part of Janet's Blog Tour promoting the book! Today we'll be sharing our exclusive interview with Janet!

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?

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 of fantasy …

Book Review: “When My Heart Was Wicked” by Tricia Stirling
Book Reviews / April 2, 2015

"When My Heart Was Wicked" is a fascinating exploration of a troubled mother-daughter relationship, with just a tad of magic thrown in. The story focuses on 16-year-old Lacy, whose father has recently passed away. After his death, her unreliable mother Cheyenne waltzes unwelcome back into Lacy’s life, forcing her to move away from her beloved stepmother, school, and friends. Beyond losing everything she cares about, Lacy harbors…

Book Review: “The Skull Throne” (The Demon Cycle #4) by Peter V. Brett
Book Reviews / March 31, 2015

Man, have I been through a lot with Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle. I loved the first two books tremendously, passing them along to everyone I knew, and eagerly anticipated the release of the third installment, 2012’s "The Daylight War". And I hate to say it, but I was so let down by that book - for a lot of reasons I won’t go into. But "The Skull Throne" has re-energized my enthusiasm for the series!

Author Takeover: The power of language
Author Takeover / March 30, 2015

This month's Author Takeover comes from bestselling author Marcus Segwick. His novel "Midwinterblood" won the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award and serves as the inspiration for today’s post. When novels are crafted so carefully by their authors, then translated for their numerous fans around the world, can the experience of the text be as magical as originally intended? As fans of "Potter" we have come across many examples of J.K. R…

Author Takeover: “Toujours Pur”
Author Takeover / February 10, 2015

This month's Author Takeover comes from debut author and "Potter" enthusiast Melinda Salisbury. Her first book, "The Sin Eater's Daughter", was published last week in the UK and will be coming to the US on February 24. "The Sin Eater's Daughter" is a book of intensity, misdirection, and passion; a world of mythology, poison, and politics; and the start of a series that will leave you counting the days until Book 2 is in your hands.

Book Review: Intrepid Traveler’s “Universal Orlando 2015”
Book Reviews / January 22, 2015

If you've been to Universal Orlando, you know how amazing and overwhelming Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios can be. If you have yet to make your trip, you may be anxiously awaiting your first visit, desperately wanting to make the most out of your time there. In either case, you may want to consider purchasing a travel guide to help you plan your next visit. For those Ravenclaws who like itineraries and lists, Intrepid…

Author Takeover: The Freedom of Fandom
Author Takeover / December 13, 2014

This month’s Author Takeover sees Lucy Saxon, author of Take Back The Skies, discuss growing up in the world of fandom, its pitfalls and how it can change your life. Lucy wrote Take Back The Skies as part of National Novel Writing Month when she was just sixteen years old and now has a six book deal with each novel set in a different continent of her Steampunk world of Tellus. See our review of Take Back The Skies here and…