"I Am Princess X" by Cherie Priest gives literary voice to pretty much every friend I had growing up—pizza-eating, video-game playing, comic-writing 12-year-old girls. I will never stop advocating for books about the bonds of female friendship, especially if they forgo romance altogether, and "I Am Princess X" is a prime example of both.
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.
Just imagine: what would your year look like if you read only marginalized authors? What would the world look like if we all did the same? And how many books do you read each year, anyway? If it’s more than 30, I challenge you to pick up every one of these. I know you can do it!
I know Clive Barker primarily from his 2002 YA release “Abarat”—meaning that I wasn’t quite prepared for what awaited me when I opened “The Scarlet Gospels”. The novel is the continuation of Barker’s "Hellraiser" mythos and follows supernatural detective Harry D’Amour as he opposes Pinhead, a demon from the Cenobite order (and the stuff of your worst nightmares).
“Openly Straight” tells the story of high school junior Rafe from Boulder, Colorado, who has been out and proud since he was in the eighth grade. But when he switches from public high school in Boulder to a private high school across the country in Massachusetts - an all boys school, no less - he decides to hide his sexuality from his new classmates.
For this week's Author Takeover we are delighted to host the author of "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda", Becky Albertalli. While Simon and his interest for all things "Harry Potter" may be fictional, Becky's love is all fact.
"If I Ever Get Out of Here" by Eric Gansworth follows nearly two years in the life of Lewis Blake, a twelve-year-old Native American living on the Tuscarora reservation in 1975. He loves Queen and the Beatles—especially the Beatles—and more than anything wants to fit in with his classmates.
"Cold Burn of Magic" is dark - and funny. Murder isn’t taboo; it’s a way of life in Lila’s world.
I’ll say right off—I absolutely loved "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory" by Stacy Wakefield! The novel chronicles a young woman’s adventures in squatting in New York City in the mid-1990s. Our protagonist is Sid, practical and daring, who decides to become a part of the city’s bustling squatting scene rather than go to college. The only problem—Manhattan is full. If she wants to find an empty building, she’ll have to venture in…
This month we've got a double Takeover with two fantastic authors writing for us about their experiences crafting novels in a post-"Potter" world. Both were fans of "Potter" who have turned to writing and used their love of the series within their writing, consciously or subconsciously. First we welcome Lucy Hounsom at the end of her blog tour for her fantasy novel, "Starborn".
"The Sin Eater’s Daughter"> by Melinda Salisbury was a thoroughly enjoyable read—one of my favorites recently. Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives at court as Duanen Embodied, the living embodiment of a goddess. Her touch is poison, and it is her responsibility to mete out punishment to traitors of the kingdom. As you might have guessed, Twylla’s life isn’t awesome, but it improves somewhat with the arrival of Lief, her new guard. …
This month's Author Takeover finds Tess Sharpe reminiscing on the release of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and its influence on her own writing.