In the world of "Beasts Made of Night", aki are responsible for consuming the sins of the guilty by fighting and killing shadow monsters – manifestations of sin called forth by the mages who force the aki to do their bidding. This is the only world that Taj knows – and it’s about to be entirely turned upside down.
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 Scarecrow Queen" is the eagerly awaited conclusion to Melinda Salisbury’s "Sin Eater’s Daughter" trilogy. In the series finisher, it’s do or die for protagonists Twylla and Errin. Either they find a way to destroy Aurek forever – or relinquish their world to his power.
Best friends Odo and Eleanor didn’t know what to expect when they saw a bit of metal glinting at the bottom of the river near their home, but they definitely didn’t expect an enchanting talking sword named Hildebrand Shining Foebiter – or for said sword to declare Odo a knight and Eleanor his squire.
I’ll admit that though I love the "Star Wars" films (I mean, who doesn’t?!), I’ve never read a "Star Wars" novel, though I know lots of readers who swear by them. I may be late to the game, but I couldn’t resist the chance to read YA superstar Claudia Gray’s novelization of Princess Leia’s teenage years.
As with 2015’s "Welcome to Night Vale", you don’t need to already be a fan of the well-loved podcast to enjoy or understand "It Devours!" – though fans will definitely be the ones who appreciate the novel most.
Ever wondered what pushed a Disney villain to evildoing? Serena Valentino's new novel, "Mistress of All Evil", is a look into the backstory of Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty's malevolent foe. Check out our review and enter to win a Disney "Villains" prize pack!
Before you ask – yes, this is a novelization of that "Mean Girls", the 2004 movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. Homeschooled Cady Heron has a lot to cope with when she starts public high school for the first time. Foremost among her new problems: Regina George, the most popular girl in school and queen of “The Plastics.”
By now, the name “Beatrice Groves” should be familiar to MuggleNet readers. The research lecturer and tutor at Trinity College, Oxford, has shared tons of fascinating interpretations on our site, so it’s no surprise that we’re thrilled to be reviewing her book, "Literary Allusion in Harry Potter", here today!
It’s been 30 years since the classic film adaptation of "The Princess Bride" was released (can you believe it’s only ten years older than "Harry Potter"?), and to celebrate, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has released a breathtaking deluxe edition of William Goldman’s enduring tale of adventure, humor, and – you know – love.
As a fan of Maggie Stiefvater’s "Raven Boys" and "Shiver" series, I was excited to read Stiefvater’s first YA book in a while that explores a world totally different from those two. And though "All the Crooked Saints" employs a number of recognizable Stiefvater touches – mainly a memorable magic system and a reverence for cars – she has managed to conjure a completely magical world that’s much different from any of her earlier works.