Book Review: Spellhacker

Book Review: Spellhacker

When their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.


Author: M. K. England
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: Harperteen/EpicReads
Page Count: 416
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT
Cover Artist: Jenue
My Rating: DNF - no star rating

SpellhackerSpellhacker by M.K. England

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 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 it falls into a genre that I don’t typically read due to personal preference. I really wish, as I’ve said many times before, that books would be labeled appropriately from the get-go. I feel guilty for receiving an ARC of a book that would be more suitable for other readers.

Spellhacker tries to be relevant to it’s readers by having a fresh premise and including popular tropes. Yet, it falls completely flat. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the “squad” trope is my least favorite of all the tropes. I have yet to come across one of these groups in YA fiction that feel natural and well-developed. The problem with this trope is that the people in the squad don’t have to work at their friendships. It is assumed that they will stay that way, no matter what. In my experience, that doesn’t reflect real life at all. When people are involved, there will always be up’s and down’s, friendships, and losses.

Spellhacker clearly just wasn’t the right read for me. I hope others find it enjoyable and up their alley. Unfortunately, too many concepts that aren’t in my preferences congealed in this one book.

Since this is a DNF read, I will not be assigning a star-review.

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