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 …

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: 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…

Book Review: “The Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown
Book Reviews / November 12, 2014

The book introduces us to the Andreas sisters - three young women, two of whom are in their twenties and one in her early thirties - who reunite in the small college town where they were raised to care for their now-ill mother. The three sisters must now deal with their past, present, and future while simultaneously dealing with each other, something they haven’t done since they were little.

Book Review: “Snow Like Ashes” by Sara Raasch
Book Reviews / November 7, 2014

My go-to genre is typically paranormal/supernatural contemporaries, but once in a while it’s great to escape to a completely new and mysterious world. With "Snow Like Ashes", I never knew what to expect, which made learning about new lands and customs so exciting!

Book Review: “The Tree of Water” by Elizabeth Haydon
Book Reviews / November 1, 2014

In the fourth book of The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, the young Nain explorer continues his journeys to find out all the magic in the world and report it to a good young king. He has already explored the thieves' quarter of the city of Kingston, stopped a war between the dwarflike Nain and the elflike Lirin, and survived an encounter with Scarnag the dragon who represents earth-magic.

Book Review: “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
Book Reviews / November 1, 2014

I was never very interested in reading this book until lately, when political pundits began setting it up as an opposite to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. After reading it, I don't really see them as opposites so much as complimentary, dystopian views of the direction our world may be headed.