This month's Author Takeover comes from the queen of retellings with a twist, Zoë Marriott, discussing her new novel, "Barefoot on the Wind", a darkly magical "Beauty and the Beast"–inspired story set in fairy tale Japan.

This month's Author Takeover comes from Joshua Khan, author of "Shadow Magic", out this month from Scholastic UK. "Shadow Magic" takes the idea of the Chosen One and flips it on its head…what if you were the dark side’s Chosen One?

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?

Book Review: “Small Gods” by Terry Pratchett
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

The thirteenth "Discworld" adventure appears to be Pratchett's agnostic jab at organized religion. His views appear to be, there's a supreme being, but he didn't create the universe because if he had, he wouldn't have done such a lousy job, and you wouldn't want to address him in prayer lest you draw his attention to the sad state of things down here.

Book Review: “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This first of the adventures of British "SpecOps" agent Thursday Next is set in 1985 England-- but not quite the same 1985 or the same England we know. In this world, or timeline, or whatever, the Germans won World War II, Wales is a People's Republic, and England is a police state in which the Goliath Corporation wields a sinister amount of influence. Also, England has been at war with Russia for over 130 years over a muddy lit…

Book Review: “The Ice Dragon” by George R. R. Martin
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Adara is a cold little girl, in more ways than one. This is a matter of heartbreak to her widowed father, a big strong farmer who amazingly bursts into tears when he explains to his brother that his youngest child can never love him. But Adara does love the winter.

Book Review: “Pyramids” by Terry Pratchett
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

The seventh novel is totally different from those that have gone before, but you can see one thread that connects it to "Wyrd Sisters": the idea of a country that is magically isolated from the flow of time. Lancre only skipped 15 years. In "Pyramids" however, the Old Kingdom a.k.a. Kingdom of the Sun a.k.a. Djelibeybi is like Egypt at the height of its pyramid-building, king-worshiping tradition...only it has been frozen like t…

Book Review: “The Fourth Bear” by Jasper Fforde
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This second novel in the "Nursery Crime" series, itself a spinoff from the "Thursday Next" chronicles, maintains the same high pitch of literary loopiness as the preceding book. Beyond belief, Fforde doesn't seem even close to running out of steam, even after five previous novels intensely saturated with well-read in-jokes, cosmic weirdness, and oodles of the unexpected.

Book Review: “The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime” by Jasper Fforde
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Though not directly connected to the "Thursday Next" series, this "“Jack Spratt Investigates"” novel clearly comes from the same irresistably twisted mind. Set in an otherwise realistic, present-day world where characters from nursery rhymes are free to mix with the general population – as are blue-skinned aliens from outer space – it transforms the often told demise of Humpty Dumpty into an adult police-procedural. Who knew tha…

Book Review: “The Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchett
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

It's set in the Discworld of so many of Terry Pratchett's books, but somehow it doesn't seem to be part of the "Discworld Series". Some characters from the series even appear in it, but it mainly stands on its own. It's the exciting, scary, outrageously funny fairy tale of a nine-year-old witch named Tiffany Aching, who plunges into a Fairyland where dreams come true (horribly true) in order to save her obnoxious baby brother We…

Book Review: “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This is another book that I would never have read if it hadn'’t been assigned to me by a teacher. But after that, I read it many times on my own initiative. It is really a fascinating book -– one that blurs the line between ultra-realistic “serious” literature, and off-the-wall fantasy.