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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, 416 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by HarperTeen
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M.K. England
Apr 03, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition


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?

And speaking of the magic system, it felt.. new. The fact that not everyone could use it, and there were different levels of ability, but there didn't
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Fanna
January 24, 2020:

Spellhacker is riding on a magical substance called maz against the backdrop of scientific support so it does blend the two genres of fantasy and science-fiction very well. Portraying a diverse set of characters, from POCs to LGBTQ+, with a great intention and a normalized manner of pure existence instead of justification is commendable: lesbian, gay, non-binary characters along with the mention of brown skin and headwraps. Definitely a magnetic choice for those who love squad
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Iris
This was everything I ever could have wanted and I'm shook

Found family? Check!
Disaster queers? Check!
Idiot main character who you can't help but love? Check!
Commentary on climate change? CHECK!
Cool magic? Check!
Fast-paced exciting plot? Check!
Adorable slow burn love interest? Check!
Plot twists that will leave you shook? Check!
Lots of feelings? Check!
Banter, banter, and more banter? Check!!

I could go on I'm sure, but I think you get the gist. Now go read the book!!
Madison
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
USOM
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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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Kat
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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JenLovesBooks
This was such a fun read, with a lot of fantasy mixed with bits of sci-fi, making this novel tons better. I’m already a fan of both genres so it worked out perfectly. But, what made this an even more interesting read, were the characters included in here. I appreciated the diversity and originality of them, and the story that was created for the reader. Aside from Diz, we see the three others that made this story what it is.

“We already have Ania for a techwitch, and Remi the spellweaving
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kelly {BookCrushin}
Spellhacker is the queer sci-fi fantasy book you've been waiting for! There is a wild magic system, inventive tech, high stakes, heists, and at the very heart of it, found family and love. I absolutely speed through this book and I think it's a damn good time.

READ the full review at BookCrushin.com
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. Buddy read with Fanna @ Fannatality.

Reasons to Love
Found family trope
#OwnVoices queer representation
Non-binary representation
Heist plot
Fantasy + sci-fi elements

Characters
Diz is the kind of heroine that takes some time to get used to. She is a flawed person who runs away from her emotions and makes a lot of poor decisions. The other
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Mhairi
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2019-reads
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
Shalini
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an action packed thriller set in a land where technology and magic were amalgamated beautifully.

Once magic (maz) was freely available, an earthquake brought about a spellplague and a corporation which took advantage. Now maz was sold to a select few who could afford. Diz and her friends siphoned of this maz and sold it to their clients. A job gone bad and the maz blew up on their faces, they knew they had to act fast.

My first book by author M. K. England, this was a complete fun of a ride.
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Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Full review to come


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1/23/20: Listening to the audio this time and I regret nothing.
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Review going live on the blog at midnight EST because UBB doesn't want to get along with block editor.

The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.

I love heists in books. We've got a group of people (each who are talented AF), something goes wrong (oop--) and then they're scrambling to fix things. Sometimes there's a character
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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)
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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lapetitepritt
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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Kate
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The anti-capitalist science fantasy book I never knew I needed.

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Diana Kim
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!)
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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Alana
Fast read with a little bit of something for everyone.
Melinda Beatty
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the Author as part of the Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

To be very fair, before I even start the review, I signed up for the book, ‘cause SoC Duology pretty much pretty much set the bar for heist plots (so yes, I have very high expectations with heist books!)– and all I saw in the blurb was the heist and
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Sheila Goicea
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.

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DNFing at 40%

I really hate it when I come across a book that I don't have much to say about. Unfortunately, Spellhacker was one of these books for me. The synopsis promises a really interesting plot-line. However, from what I read, nothing about the story hooked me. It was also after being granted for an ARC of this book that I found out that
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Vee_Bookish
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2020
I'm also a book blogger: Vee_Bookish

This is such a fun book. Magic meets technology and perfect pacing as Diz and friends find themselves on the run after what was supposed to be one last, easy heist. When the story starts there's clearly the start of a rift happening between the friends as everyone but Diz plans to leave the city Kyrkarta in search of a better life, and Diz feels completely abandoned.

Diz was such a flawed and complex character, clearly torn between extreme anxiety of wanting
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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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