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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.
USOM
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Found family, standing up when others would stay silent, and all the queer magic, Spellhacker is a story that celebrates resistance and love. Featuring a queer MC, nonbinary love interest, bi side character and some other smaller but adorable queer characters, Spellhacker is a story of choosing with whom we will take a stand. The world building in Spellhacker is magical, colorful, and
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Fanna
January 15, 2020: Kinda disappointed. RTC.

December 23, 2019: buddy reading with the lovely Nandini @Novels&Nebulas!

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.
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
Nandini | Novels and Nebulas
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I'm so thankful for the opportunity to read this early! I received an e-ARC via Edelweiss as a part of the blog tour organised by Kate @ Your Tita Kate. I'm buddy reading it with Fanna @ Fannatality.

Reasons to Love
Found family trope
#OwnVoices queer representation
Non-binary representation
Heist plot
Fantasy + sci-fi elements
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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
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
DNF @ 35%
This is a quirky and queer read and I'm so bummed that this book didn't work for me!

I actually really enjoyed the first 20% or so, but once I realized the bulk of the plot hinged on miscommunication as a plot device... it kind of was all I saw. (view spoiler)
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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
Dany
3.5 stars

Another enjoyable sci fi from M. K. England. I loved disasters and this book was no less amazing.

Spellhacker pretty much reminded me of disasters in the story telling , twists and majority of the plot device.

Spellhacker follows Dizzy and her friends while commiting their last heist before college & real life starts. Since the entire book follows Dizzy's PoV , we couldn't get a clear picture on what she looked like except she has half shaved head and lots of hair in the other half. I
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Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-2019, 2019
Full review to come
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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Alexandra Nae
Spellhacker is one of my most anticipated releases this 2020 and I adored reading it! It’s absolutely delightful! With queer characters everywhere and a fast-paced and fun story, you just can’t help but enjoy this book!

Good writing
The writing style is good! Spellhacker is told in the first person point of view and that really allowed me to get to know the main character and see the story unfold the way she saw it. The tone is light and fun, but it can also get exciting or thrilling and even
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Sheila Goicea
Thanks so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for having me be a part of the Spellhacker Blog Tour!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, HarperTeen, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.

DNFing at 40%

I absolutely couldn't get into this one. Review to come 1/22/20.

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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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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)
Charvi
Jan 11, 2020 added it
DNF at about 70 pages

I have nothing against this book, it's just me. The writing style doesn't fit with me but you all should definitely give this book a shot!
Katherine
Thank you to Book Hooked Box for the ARC copy of this book

Going into this book I initially liked the premise and the idea of a heist was exciting for me. I found the beginning of the book to be really slow and I didn't feel like there was much going on and it was very much just setting the plot for what felt like forever. The action did kick in around 200 pages in but I didn't feel like it wowed me. I haven't read a whole host of fantasy/sci-fi but this really didn't hit the mark for me in
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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.
Brooke Banks
I received this book for free from Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Happy Friday ya'll! Today I'm ecstatic to bring you Spellhacker by M.K. England. It's a fantasy, but in a futuristic society where a ragtag group of teens steal from the monopoly company controlling the magic of the land, maz. It follows Diz, Supreme Overlord of Naming, as she crushes on her nonbinary friend in said gang who is ...more
Holly Hughes
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for providing me with a physical review copy. This has not affected my review, which reflects only my honest opinions.

Today is a day for fixing things. That’s what we’re here to do. No point in dwelling on the rest.

My full review is available on my blog!

M.K. England is a superstar when it comes to writing compelling standalone fantasy/sci-fi, and Spellhacker expertly blends together a lot of what I love in my books.

First: there’s a fantastic and intriguing
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Heidi
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-reads
A heist gone wrong in a futuristic dystopian world where magic (or 'maz', as it's called in this book) is a natural resource that only some people can use after it became contaminated with 'spellplague' a decade ago. Sounds like the kind of story that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time, biting down your nails until the final page. And it did, after a while. The first third of the book went by very very slowly, as we get a glimpse of this futuristic world through the eyes of ...more
Raji
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed-arcs
Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own .

Thank you to the publisher, HarperTeen, and Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Magic, known as maz, was freely available in Kyrkarta before an earthquake contaminated it with a plague, killing thousands, and a corporation stepped in and commercialized it. Years later, Diz and her friends are running their last job illegally siphoning maz when they accidentally siphon something they
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Stephanie Ward
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Spellhacker' was an exciting blend of genres that readers of all types are sure to enjoy. I read the description and since I absolutely love anything that has to do with magic - I knew I had to read this book ASAP. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it strangely exceeded any hopes I had. It's a great story that's not just a mix of genres, but one that also touches on very real topics in society - like friendship, family, trust, loyalty, love, and so much more.

The setting was fascinating
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Jess
*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss*

2.5 stars

Diz and her friends live in Kyrkarta where maz (magic) caused a magical plague that killed thousands of people. Access to maz is now controlled by a big corporation who charge as much as they want for maz.
Diz and her friends take advantage of this by illegally siphoning maz to order. Their next job is the last one they will ever do.
But the heist ends in explosions and destruction
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Katie
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to Harper360ya for sending me an ARC of Spell Hacker in exchange for an honest review.

When I first saw this book being advertise it immediately made me think of Six of Crows, maybe the word heist did that? However I was worried that it would be a knock off version of it and I just wouldn't enjoy it. I do love a good heist though so I wanted to give it a go. I actually quite enjoyed this book and I am glad that I did pick it up and give it a chance.

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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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