It’s been a little over a year since Sunny Nwazue found out that she’s one of the Leopard People – people who can work jujus, or magic. Her world is as magical as that of "Harry Potter", but instead of mining British tradition for material, author Nnedi Okorafor wields Nigerian and West African culture and lore to create a totally captivating read.
Our second Author Takeover for May is from YA author Alice Oseman, whose incredible third novel, I Was Born For This, was published in the UK earlier this month. An absolute must-read for everyone who has ever been involved in fandom, Alice's novel has a particularly insightful exploration of the light and dark side of shipping, something the Potter fandom knows all about.
Welcome to our Author Takeover for May, with a guest post from Lucy Christopher. Her new YA novel, Storm-Wake, is a modern reimagining of The Tempest. It is a spellbinding tale of transformation and illusion that moves between the realms of dream and reality. Lucy discusses elemental magic and how the stormy island setting lends itself to find magic in the minutiae.
We are joined by debut author Sophie Cameron to celebrate her wonderful new young adult novel Out of the Blue. Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh Festival, Out of the Blue is the story of grief, love, and learning to live on. Supported by a group of new friends, Sophie's main character, Jaya, finds her feet, even when angels are falling from the sky.
Our March Author Takeover comes from Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of "Starfish", which is publishing in the UK next month. Her stunning debut novel examines social anxiety, toxic relationships, rejection, and the importance of being true to yourself. Today Akemi looks at the similarities between Harry and her main character, Kiko, and the paths they tread.
In our first Author Takeover of 2018, we are joined by the New York Times–bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch, Adriana Mather. A spellbinding story of witchcraft, ghosts, and a destructive age-old curse, How to Hang a Witch was partially inspired by Adriana's own family history.
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.
In the world of "That Inevitable Victorian Thing", Queen Victoria was an empowered forward-thinker. The result? Two hundred years later the British Empire is still going strong and corsets are still a required part of formal wear (except now they’re fashionable bio-tech accessories).
"Jane, Unlimited" is a kaleidoscopic labyrinth of a novel, incorporating just about every genre you can think of: mystery, science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, heist, romance – whatever you want, you’re likely to find it in this book.
Tess Fowler wasn’t exactly sure what she was doing when she dropped out of high school; it wasn't like she had anywhere to go. She knew only that the person she felt closest to in the world, Jonah, had killed himself.
One fateful summer, fate convenes a ragtag group of people together on the remote Scottish island of Nin: locals Fraser and his eccentric younger brother, Dunny; Haley, a rebellious American girl; Ben McCaig, a scientist who studies whales; and the mysterious man who seems to be hiding in one of the island’s caves.
Everyone knows not to enter the Puszcza, the strange, deep wood where magic and wolves lurk. There are dark forces at play in the woods, manipulating wolves, pigs, and little girls alike into stories they’d rather not be a part of. Can Magia foil the witch and save her family?
When Stanly notices a bone growing in his backyard, he knows he’s made a special discovery. When his younger sister, Miren, finds out about the bone – which seems to be growing into a full-on skeleton – she seems to have a special affinity for “Princy.” But is Princy what’s making Miren so sick, or is there something else going on?
"Graveyard Shakes" tells two intersecting stories – one of sisters Katia and Victoria, who have just started boarding school after years of homeschooling, and one of Little Ghost and Modie, who have a friendship that bridges this world and the next.
Mia is the middle child and the only one of her sisters who doesn’t have a “thing.” When her older sister, Grace, comes home from abroad pregnant and Mia’s parents seem to accept it almost without batting an eye, it’s almost more than Mia can stand.
Andrew Kendall is wise beyond his years, and reading about his ongoing journey is very special. There’s a lot to be learned from this book – about life, about words, about circumstance, and about myself. It is definitely a book that will be kept close to my heart and revisited often.