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.

Just imagine: what would your year look like if you read only marginalized authors? What would the world look like if we all did the same? And how many books do you read each year, anyway? If it’s more than 30, I challenge you to pick up every one of these. I know you can do it!

Book Review: “The Season” by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer
Book Reviews / July 20, 2016

The life of college junior Megan revolves around soccer, but her dreams of becoming a professional are threatened when her mother secretly registers her to be a Bluebonnet debutante - the most elite debut for young ladies in all of Texas. To avoid causing family strife, she attempts to conform to Bluebonnet’s exacting standards while finishing her soccer season. Being a part of both isn’t easy, especially when you throw in some …

Book Review: “On the Other Side” by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Book Reviews / July 18, 2016

When 82-year-old Evie Snow dies peacefully in her sleep, she finds herself back at her former apartment building in her younger years and unable to reach her personal heaven. Upon discovering that her soul is too heavy to move on to the afterlife, Evie realizes she must unburden the secrets of her past life that have weighed her down for over 50 years.

Book Review: “Mirror in the Sky” by Aditi Khorana
Book Reviews / July 18, 2016

Tara Krishnan’s junior year of high school isn’t off to a great start: her best friend is spending the year studying abroad, meaning that Tara will be left alone to navigate the clique-filled halls of Brierly, where she’s never quite felt she fit in with her wealthy, mostly white classmates. To make things more interesting, NASA has just intercepted a message from outer space confirming that there’s life on other planets. In fac…

Book Review: “Remix” by Non Pratt
Book Reviews / July 17, 2016

Best friends Kaz and Ruby should be in for the weekend of their lives - they’re off to the Remix music festival! Not only will they get to see their favorite band perform live, they’ll also have the chance to finally get over their respective exes and get some partying in before the summer’s over. Too bad both of their exes will also be at the festival…

Book Review: “The Geek’s Guide To Unrequited Love” by Sarvenaz Tash
Book Reviews / July 16, 2016

Graham and his best friend, Roxy, are nerds. Uber nerds. Together, they obsess about "Harry Potter", video games, and comics - especially their favorite series, "The Althena Chronicles". When the reclusive creator of Althena announces that he’s appearing at New York Comic Con, Graham knows he and Roxy have to go - and that it’s the perfect place to tell her that he loves her.

Book Review: “Railhead” by Philip Reeve
Book Reviews / July 16, 2016

Fans of Philip Reeve’s futuristic "Mortal Engines" quartet or "Larklight" trilogy will be glad to know the author is back with a new steampunk odyssey, which takes place in a future where passengers ride trains (that have their own personalities and consciousness) between worlds. At the beginning of "Railhead", Zen Starling is just a petty thief who loves to ride the rails when he can. Before long he’s caught up in a swirl of ev…

Book Review: “Never Ever” by Sara Saedi
Book Reviews / July 14, 2016

Wylie doesn’t expect to fall for a guy at her brother’s going away party - she’s here to spend time with her brother Joshua, not make small talk - but she especially doesn’t expect to fall for a guy who can fly and lives on an island where teenagers never grow up. When the mysterious Phinn whisks away both Wylie and her two brothers to Minor Island, the Dalton siblings are in for an experience they’ll never forget.

Book Review: “Last Leaves Falling” by Fox Benwell
Book Reviews / July 13, 2016

Abe Sora has ALS, and he’s going to die, and soon. Unlike in many other YA novels that feature a terminally ill protagonist, there’s no hope for remission or salvation. In "Last Leaves Falling", Abe struggles to find a new normal in a life where he won’t go to college, or play baseball, or walk, or fall in love, or...anything. Two new friends he meets in an online chatroom bring a feeling of belonging that he thought he’d lost f…

Book Review: “Without Annette” by Jane B. Mason
Book Reviews / July 13, 2016

Josie can’t believe that she and her girlfriend, Annette, are actually escaping their small Minnesota town (and Annette’s alcoholic mother) to attend an elite boarding school in Connecticut. There, she hopes they’ll be free of the stigma of small-town gossip, and that Annette will be safe from her mother’s verbal and physical abuse. But from the moment they arrive, Josie feels Annette pulling away from her, attaching herself to …

Book Review: “Orangeboy” by Patrice Lawrence
Book Reviews / July 12, 2016

Thrilling, dangerous, compelling, mysterious, and intriguing - delve into the curious question of "Orangeboy" for a fast and furious contemporary read. The debut YA novel from author Patrice Lawrence, "Orangeboy" is an action-packed story that hurtles along the streets of London, and your heart will still be pounding after the final page. It is the journey of one young boy’s desperate attempts to outrun the past and a society wh…