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From the author of The Disasters, this genre-bending YA fantasy heist story is perfect for fans of Marie Lu and Amie Kaufman.

In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by HarperCollins Children's Books
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    M.K. England
    Apr 03, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)


    I'm so thrilled to announce my second stand-alone book with HarperTeen, SPELLHACKER! It's the story of a heist gone wrong in a futuristic world with magic, starring a girl named Diz who is basically a cactus secretly filled with marshmallow. Diz is joined by her NB childhood friend Remi (who she is definitely not dating), her fierce bestie Ania, and her dad-friend Jaesin. I love the magic system, setting, and found family dynamics in this book, and I hope you do, too!

    To show you how much the
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    Hollis
    I've not really had the best luck with queer fantasy lately and that is such a shame. Here is another story that has a great concept that just didn't quite win in execution. But unlike another recent read, at least I didn't hate this one? And also, unlike that same book, at least this author prefaced the novel with definitions for the magic system?

    This does seem to be a standalone, however -- just like their debut -- so it might be worth checking out if you like fantasy and queer representation
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    Iris
    Mar 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
    This is "the story of a heist gone wrong" by the author of one of my favourite reads of 2019 so far, and I NEED IT RIGHT NOW.
    Madison
    Spellhacker is a fantastic mix of fantasy and science fiction. I can tell you right now it is going to be a pain deciding whether to put it in our YA fantasy or YA Sci-fi section but the pain will be worth it to share this adventure of a novel with our readers. Tech hackers, best friends, diverse romantic relationships, conspiracy theories, magic literally woven with technology and gadgets, explosions, heists and enough action to keep you glued to the pages, M.K England seriously delivers with ...more
    Kat
    Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I read an early version of this book, and let me tell you -- you're in for an absolutely wild ride!

    THE TWISTS! THE TURNS! The amazingly loveable characters and their fabulously real and dear friendships!

    The world is new and cool, the magic and tech blend is expertly executed, and you are not ready for the ending, ya'll.

    Preorder this book ASAP
    Mhairi
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019-reads, favorites
    No sophomore slump for M.K England's new book. I adored all the Final Fantasy vibes in this amazing novel as well as the prickly lead Dizzy. It's a standalone I would love to read more of, just like Disasters. ...more
    rachel ☾



    the actual blessing that i got accepted for an eARC one of my most anticipated 2020 releases

    Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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    Fanna
    Nov 21, 2019 marked it as definitive-tbr  ·  review of another edition
    November 21, 2019: a futuristic world with magic and hi-tech? diversely queer rep? a heist story? I'm super excited to read this as part of a blog tour! Thank you, FFBC Tours and HarperTeen for the digital copy.
    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Harper Teen/Epic Reads for my review copy. (physical arc read)
    lapetitepritt
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
    3.5

    Before we begin, a little disclaimer: I am part of the Spellhacker Launch Crew and I was provided with an e-ARC of the book via Edelweiss+, but I want to make sure that you know that neither of these two circumstances have affected my rating nor will influence my review in any way.
    Usually, when I start writing a book review I know what I am going to say, more or less, and I already know what rating I gave to the book on Goodreads. This time is different, because ever since I have finished
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    Diana Kim
    Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is so good?? I thoroughly enjoyed the book and Diz is most definitely a cactus on the outside and a marshmallow on the inside. I would also like to wrap the characters into a blanket, give them hot chocolate, schedule a meeting with a therapist, and shower them with all the love. The ending satisfies the reader and a specific character pulls through in the end which makes you shout "Yes!" and throw your hands in the air. It's relatable and great- probably because Megan is also relatable and ...more
    Kait Goodwin (Kait Plus Books)
    Review will be posted on January 16th at http://kaitplusbooks.com as part of the FFBC blog tour!

    (But in case you're wondering now: I LOVED IT!!!)
    Alana
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Fast read with a little bit of something for everyone.
    Melinda Beatty
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Great heist adventure in the vein of Six of Crows with great queer rep, a well-thought out magic system and thoughtful representation of trauma.
    Kyle Kerr
    Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    *review based on ARC*

    Damn, this book was a lot of fun. I can't remember the last time I read a fantasy book with such a new and unique way of using magic. Also, I don't really know what category this would fall into? I say fantasy, but it's also got a lot of great tech, some thriller/heist elements. Sci-Fantasy? Techno-Fantasy? Regardless, it's cool as hell and an utter blast to read.

    Dizzy is the main character, and she has a LOT of baggage and is extremely stubborn. To the point where you want
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    Amy
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A big thank you to Harper Collins Publishers UK for sending me an ARC copy of Spellhacker. All views and opinions discussed here are my own.

    This is quite a bizarre review to write because whilst I honestly enjoyed this book, I don't actually have that much to say about it and that's a very strange experience for me because normally I babble on for ages!

    What I really appreciated about this book was the fact that it was a standalone; too often authors write series after series and sometimes I
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    C.L. McCollum
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Trigger Warnings: attempted murder, discussions of medical treatments due to chronic illness, discussions of drug use, severe anxiety, on screen panic attacks.

    OK I lucked into getting my hands on an ARC of this and it was an absolute blast of a romp! One of the most clever magical (magi-punk, techwitchery, what are we calling this anyway??) systems, especially in a modern semi-cyberpunk world. The visuals for how the magic worked and it's effects on the world around our characters was just
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    Vinny —☽.。* Artsy Draft
    Thank you HarperTeen for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


    Brittany (Verge of Wisteria)
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    CAN I GIVE 10 STARS?!?

    Because I wanna. I loved every second of this book. I will now proceed to shove it down all my friends throats until they all read it when it comes out. You should read it. Everyone needs to read it.

    I think the best comparison I've come up with so far is that this book is the epic love child of War Cross and Six of Crows, with some space sprinkled in. So, the best.

    Read it.
    Eggbeater
    Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A savvy blend of sci fi and creative magical world building. The characters were endearing in their imperfections. Diz, especially, was relatably like trying to hug a teen porcupine. Good representation of a non binary character and chronic illness both. Full of action, snappy humor, and even environmental commentary should you choose to notice. The magical killer bunnies were my favorite. I loved it!

    * I borrowed the ARC from a friend who obtained it at NCTE.
    ThatOneCornerReader
    Nov 05, 2019 is currently reading it
    Me: *unexpectedly gets an ARC of this book*
    Me: *has no idea what to do with sudden surge of emotion*
    Me: *flies off into galaxy on happiness alone, rarely ever seen again*
    (Will return when book is finished and will gladly rant about it)
    lixel
    Nov 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: sci-fi
    must read must read must read must read must read now
    SylExLibris
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    Louisa
    Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Such a great book! I loved this world with magic, and how it worked! And the heist and resulting shenanigans were so great to read!
    Jenn
    Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: own, arc
    I received a digital ARC from Edelweiss of this title for an honest review.

    Several years ago, an earthquake happened, releasing a spellplague on the public. Many people died and some got their life spans incredibly shortened. And the magic, known as maz, that used to be free to all, is now tightly controlled by a corporation that many hail as a savior, but just as many see as a greedy overlord. Diz and her friends have been pulling maz heists for a few years, but when three of the four friends
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    Cassandra
    Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    *I was provided an ARC by the publisher; all opinions about the book are my own*

    In our YA world of #ownvoices works and growing availability of LGBTQIA+ stories, SPELLHACKER is a must read. The female/nonbinary romance, found family, unique magic system, and heart of this novel left me completely spellbound. SPELLHACKER packs a fantastic one-two punch of comedic and emotional complexity that will grab you by page one. Read this book!!
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    M.K. England is an author and YA librarian living who grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and now calls rural Virginia home. When they're not writing or librarianing, MK can be found drowning in fandom, going to conventions, rolling dice at the gaming table, climbing on things in the woods, or feeding their video game addiction. They love Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. It’s best ...more
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