"The Empress Game" by Rhonda Mason is a wonderfully intense work of science fiction. It will get under your skin and leave you wanting more. Filled with fighting, politics, and just the right amount of romance, this book will stay with you long after you finish reading it.
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.
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.
The next book in Chris Colfer's The Land of Stories series takes twins Conner and Alex beyond the fairy kingdom and into the realm of classic children's literary worlds. Beyond the Kingdoms is a funny and moving addition to Colfer's magical tale, which sees the twins maturing into independent teenagers without the guidance of their fairy godmother. With Robin Hood, Peter Pan and the Tin Man thrown into the mix, talk about a whir…
If you're looking for a quick, fun, and funny read, "Bad Taste in Boys" is definitely for you.
BEWARE! This story will creep under your skin, make you fall in love, and won't leave your thoughts. "The Accident Season" is a danger-laden trip through a family’s unspoken fears. With the sense that peril is around every corner, I was utterly gripped and had to keep reading even with a distinct sense of unease. Filled to the brim with secrets, hidden love, and dark pasts - you never quite know where you stand with Cara and her…
In "Letters to Zell" by Camille Griep, CeCi, Rory, and Bianca (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, respectively) send correspondence to Zell (Rapunzel), who has recently departed Grimmland for Oz. Through their exchanges, we come to see that they are far from the fairy tale princesses we’ve always known and that “Happily Ever After” can oftentimes be anything but.
In "Shadowshaper" by Daniel José Older, Sierra Santiago is thrust into a world of danger and magic when she discovers that her grandfather is a shadowshaper—a magic user who can channel spiritual energy through art—and she’s got the ability, too.
"Anything Could Happen," the debut novel from Will Walton, is an aching and sweet story of high schooler Tretch Farm’s journey to coming out to his family and friends. Tretch has known that he’s gay for a while, but everything changes when he realizes that, for the first time, he’s in love - with his best friend Matt.
With all the Marvel hype that’s been happening these last few years, it can be easy to forget that DC has some pretty awesome properties as well. When DC characters do get mentioned, people are usually talking about Superman or Batman (though that might change with the upcoming "Supergirl" television series!)—which is why I was so excited when I saw "Lois Lane: Fallout" on the shelf.
In this delightful early reader/middle-grade novel, young Pip Bartlett finds that her talent for talking to magical creatures more often gets her into trouble than out of it. Despite the fact that Pip’s world is populated with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles, and a slew of other fantastical creatures, no one believes Pip when she claims that she has the ability to speak to them. This not only results in the infamous (and hysteri…
The wait is finally over - the sequel to "The Queen of the Tearling" has arrived! "The Invasion of the Tearling" picks up right where "The Queen of the Tearling" left off - with the army of Mortesme looming right on the border of the Tearling. Nineteen-year-old Queen Kelsea may have stopped the trade in human trafficking that has plagued the Tearling since the reign of her mother, but her problems are only beginning.