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.

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.

Book Review: “Demons of the Hellmouth: A Guide for Slayers” by Nancy Holder
Book Reviews / September 29, 2015

It may be 12 years since "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" went off the air, but that doesn't mean that fans are any less devoted. If you've been hankering for a Buffy fix, "Demons of the Hellmouth: A Guide for Slayers" just may do the trick! Although written by Nancy Holder, "Demons of the Hellmouth" is an in-universe book, ostensibly penned by none other than Rupert Giles himself, and the text is spotted with little handwritten notes…

Book Review: “Untwine” by Edwidge Danticat
Book Reviews / September 26, 2015

When 16-year-old Giselle Boyer, her twin sister Isabelle, and their parents dash out of their house, stressed and trying to make it to Isabelle’s orchestra concert on time, little do they know that these are the last few moments of normalcy they’ll ever have. A car accident puts all four members of the Boyer family in the hospital and ends the life of one of them forever.

Six Companion Reads for “Six of Crows”
Author Takeover / September 26, 2015

We’re thrilled that MuggleNet is part of the international Magic and Mayhem Tour celebrating to countdown to Six of Crows! September 24-29, bloggers in the US and UK have been paired up to share their own Six of Crows-inspired lists, such as six tips for surviving the Grishaverse, six signs you do/don't have what it takes to join Kaz's crew, and more. PLUS, we have a fantastic competition to win a swag pack acr…

Graphic Novel Review: “Heart in a Box” by Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren
Book Reviews / September 25, 2015

Emma is having a hard time recovering from having her heart broken. At times like this, many of us may wish we’d never fallen in love, or that we didn’t have hearts to begin with. The only difference between us and Emma is that she actually gets her wish when a mysterious stranger overhears her pining. Though she almost immediately realizes she’s made a mistake, getting her heart back isn’t going to be as easy as wishing it away.

Book Review: “The Inker’s Shadow” by Allen Say
Book Reviews / September 24, 2015

"The Inker’s Shadow" is a companion to Allen Say’s 2011 graphic memoir "Drawing from Memory." In "Drawing from Memory", Say chronicled his childhood in Japan in WWII and his path to his mentor, cartoonist Noro Shinpei. In "The Inker’s Shadow", Say continues his autobiography, telling of his life in America after he left Japan - and Shinpei - behind.

Book Review: “Beastly Bones” by William Ritter
Book Reviews / September 22, 2015

Abigail has finally convinced Jackaby to let her accompany him into the field again, just in time for their next big case: missing dinosaur bones and a mysterious death. A farmer in nearby Gad's Valley recently discovered an enormous dinosaur skeleton on his land, which means that in addition to solving a murder, Abigail also finally has the chance to follow in her father's footsteps and do some serious science. Of course, Jacka…

Book Review: “A Reluctant Assassin” by J.C. Morrows
Book Reviews / September 21, 2015

"A Reluctant Assassin" is a dystopian novel set in a future United States where monarchs rule, women wear big dresses, and princes must marry to become kings. The story opens at a ball where 25 of the most eligible ladies have been selected from the kingdom in order that the prince might choose his bride. Only, one of them isn't really a wealthy noble; she is an orphan plucked from the streets and trained to assassinate the prince….

Book Review: “The Marvels” by Brian Selznick
Book Reviews / September 15, 2015

The first 400 pages of "The Marvels" are told through illustration, chronicling the exploits of sailing-turned-acting family the Marvels in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the last 200 pages told in prose, following the story of 13-year-old Joseph Jervis after he runs away from boarding school to stay with his eccentric uncle, Albert Nightingale. Selznick unfurls the relationship between these two stories gradually,…