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?

This week's Author Takeover explores the power of an ancient, elemental kind of magic that forms the background to our understanding of magical worlds today. After all, there would be no "Avada Kedavra" without "Abra Kedabra" and no magic words at all without the Djinni of old. Alywn Hamilton, author of the brand new YA novel "Rebel of the Sands", writes about her journey through "Potter" and how it helped to release the genie of fantasy …

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.

Book Review: “The Multiplying Menace” by Amanda Marrone
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Ever since a freak birthday party incident involving a cake-flinging chimp, Maggie Malloy has tried to avoid saying the words "I wish." Who knows what would happen if people found out about her magic wishing powers? But then a wish slips out on the last day of fifth grade, and what with a class bully's hair turning into a swarm of cockroaches, Maggie gets expelled from school.

Book Review: “The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

In a grim but possible future world, a unique boy named Matt experiences a unique childhood, made of equal parts privilege and horror, leading to a unique opportunity to change his world. And in this National Book Award winning novel by the author of the "Sea of Trolls" series, you get to go along for the ride.

Book Review: “Midnight Is a Place” by Joan Aiken
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Although this book's connected to the "Wolves" series by the bleak setting of the industrial city of Blastburn, last heard from in "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase", I believe it is separate from the series. It shares the series’ running theme of good children, through the malice and greed of bad adults, being stripped of their wealth and privilege and forced to find their own way in the world.

Book Review: “Wicked Lovely” by Melissa Marr
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Welcome to Huntsdale, an American industrial city in decline. Factories are decaying. The streets are getting meaner. Even the Catholic prep students are deep into the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll scene. And the town is infested with faeries.