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.

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.

Book Review: “Where Futures End” by Parker Peevyhouse
Book Reviews / February 9, 2016

This series of five interconnected novellas blurs the boundaries between science fiction and fantasy. We begin with Dylan, a teen who lives in a time not so far from the present day and can’t quite shake the memories he has of another world he used to visit as a child, even if he knows that place can’t be real. We end with Quinn, a girl who lives more than a hundred years in our future, in a desolate and changed world, searching…

Book Review: “Blackhearts” by Nicole Castroman
Book Reviews / February 8, 2016

What most of us know about Blackbeard is that he was a pirate - pretty much the most famous one ever - and that he had, well...a black beard. In "Blackhearts", author Nicole Castroman has mined history for the few facts we know about Blackbeard the man (real name Edward Teach, likely born in Bristol, named his ship Queen Anne’s Revenge) and transformed them into an imaginative YA romance between Edward “Teach” Drummond, heir to …

Book Review – and GIVEAWAY!: “The Love That Split the World” by Emily Henry
Book Reviews , Giveaways / February 5, 2016

Natalie is not like most other girls in her small Kentucky town, and it’s not the fact that she’s adopted and half Native American that sets her apart - it’s that ever since she was a little girl, she’s been visited by an old woman who tells her stories in the night. An old woman whom no one else can see, and no one else believes exists. And that woman, known to Natalie only as “Grandmother” has just told her that she has three …

Book Review: “Burning Midnight” by Will McIntosh
Book Reviews / February 2, 2016

Sully sells spheres - the mysterious colored marbles that appeared on earth nine years ago and offer enhanced special abilities to humans who use them - but knows he’ll never be able to afford any to use himself. That dream was taken from him long ago, when billionaire Alex Holliday cheated him out of the money he should have earned from discovering a new type of sphere. Sully’s world is turned upside down when he meets Hunter, …

Author Takeover: The Power of Ancient Magic
Author Takeover , Giveaways / February 1, 2016

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 o…

Author Giveaway – Learn More About “Dark & Day”
Author Takeover , Giveaways / January 29, 2016

We recently announced a giveaway of Israel Grey's "Dark & Day" series, where you can win one of 34 prize packs, including the grand prize of an autographed copy of the complete "Dark & Day" set! Now the author tells us more about the "Dark & Day" series and its place in the realm of sci-fi and fantasy.

Book Review: “American Ace” by Marilyn Nelson
Book Reviews / January 27, 2016

A slim novel written in verse, "American Ace" tells the story of Connor Bianchini learning that his grandmother once had a secret love, meaning that the man he always believed was his grandfather isn’t actually related to him at all. Connor and his father set out on a compelling journey to discover the truth about their past - and themselves. It’s not long before they realize that Connor’s true grandfather may have been a black …