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 …

Author Giveaway – Learn More About “Dark & Day”
Author Takeover , Giveaways / January 29, 2016

We recently announced a giveaway of Israel Grey's "Dark & Day" series, where you can win one of 34 prize packs, including the grand prize of an autographed copy of the complete "Dark & Day" set! Now the author tells us more about the "Dark & Day" series and its place in the realm of sci-fi and fantasy.

Book Review: “American Ace” by Marilyn Nelson
Book Reviews / January 27, 2016

A slim novel written in verse, "American Ace" tells the story of Connor Bianchini learning that his grandmother once had a secret love, meaning that the man he always believed was his grandfather isn’t actually related to him at all. Connor and his father set out on a compelling journey to discover the truth about their past - and themselves. It’s not long before they realize that Connor’s true grandfather may have been a black …

Book Review: “The Memory of Light” by Francisco X. Stork
Book Reviews / January 26, 2016

"The Memory of Light" follows teenager Vicky Cruz’s journey to recover after she is hospitalized following a suicide attempt. Unlike many novels for teens, this book traces not the circumstances leading up to a suicide attempt, or the grief that follows a successful one, but instead the trying and unglamorous journey that awaits those who are lucky enough to fail. Inspired by Stork’s own experiences as a young man, you won’t for…

Book Review: “Anna and the Swallow Man” by Gavriel Savit
Book Reviews / January 25, 2016

When seven-year-old Anna’s father doesn’t return from a meeting at the university at which he teaches, she has no one to turn to. The year is 1939, and Anna’s neighbors and acquaintances - and the reader - can guess the truth behind his sudden disappearance. No one Anna knows is willing to risk gaining the attention of the fierce German occupiers by helping her, and as her mother has been dead for several years, Anna is all alone.

Book Review: “Love Virtually” by Daniel Glattauer
Book Reviews / January 24, 2016

Romance via email – while not entirely uncommon today – has never been so exciting. "Love Virtually" is like secretly reading the emails of two strangers' "will they, won't they" romance. This dual review covers both the book and BBC radio drama.

Book Review: “We Are the Ants” by Shaun David Hutchinson
Book Reviews / January 22, 2016

In "We Are the Ants", Henry Denton has been given a choice by the aliens who have been abducting him for years: he can either press a button and save the world, or not press the button, in which case the world will end on January 29. It seems as though the choice ought to be easy, except for the fact that his school life is miserable because everyone calls him “Space Boy,” and his boyfriend killed himself last year. He only has …

Book Review: “Blood and Salt” by Kim Liggett
Book Reviews / January 21, 2016

Ash and her twin brother Rhys have never thought too much about the fact that their mother escaped from a cult in Kansas just a few months before they were born. Sure, she makes her living creating extraordinary perfumes, burns sage around the house to cleanse it, and gives Ash invisible tattoos that are meant to protect her - but Ash is mostly focused on the dead girl she’s been seeing hanging from the ceiling all her life. It’…

Book Review: “The Dark Days Club” by Alison Goodman
Book Reviews / January 20, 2016

Who doesn't love a good Regency fantasy? Author Alison Goodman has brought us a cracking one with "The Dark Days Club", which follows young Lady Helen as she begins to learn that she has special abilities that allow her to fight forces of evil. Before making the acquaintance of the enigmatic (and, if society is to be believed, frankly dangerous) Lord Carlston, Helen's biggest worry is making a bad impression at her presentation …

Book Review: “Madly” by Amy Alward
Book Reviews / January 19, 2016

The world of "Madly" is a lot like our own: teens spend a lot of time on their phones, and a lot of money trying to emulate the fashion of the royal family. There’s just one difference: magic is real, and for Samantha Kemi, that means entering the centuries-old family business of alchemy. And trust me, "Madly" shows us just how fun potion-making can be when you’re not worried Professor Snape is breathing down your neck.

Author Takeover: Laura Lam Answers Your Questions
Author Takeover / January 18, 2016

Laura Lam's "Dark Circus" series has undergone a transformation in recent months, gaining a new costume of covers and revealing the final novel in the trilogy, "Masquerade", at its new home of Pan Macmillan publishing. To celebrate the reincarnation of the original novels, "Pantomime" and "Shadowplay", and look forward to the release of "Masquerade" in a year's time, we asked Laura to tell us about her whirlwind writing journey.