Fantastic Firsts: Monthly Book Subscription Program

So many books come out each month, and it can be hard to pick your next great read. That’s where we come in!
Fantastic Firsts is our monthly book subscription program where we send you a new staff pick each month. The selections are always new releases that are first in series or stand alone novels. When possible, we even get the books signed by the author!
Members get an exclusive 20% discount on the month's pick and shipping is only $3.00.  
A subscritpion is also a great gift for your loved one. You can buy them 3, 6, or 12 months of amazing reads.  


Select a club and start receiving amazing books! 

Science Fiction/ Fantasty   ----   Young Adult   ----   Mystery   ----   Cozy

***For locals you can pick your book(s) up each month and the shipping fee is waived when you pay in store. You can also buy whichever of the selected books for that month you'd like regardless of its genre. If you don't pick up your book by the end of the month, we'll automatically charge your card and send you the book selected as your preferred genre.

If for any reason you wish to skip a month or cancel your subscription please call us at 858.268.4747 or email us at mgbooks [@] mystgalaxy (dot) com and we will immediately cancel your subscription.

This Month's Picks!

Science Fiction/ Fantasy

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

"Live in the Saddle. Die on the hog." 

"I never thought I would find myself so drawn into a story where the main characters are half-orcs. But by page three I was hooked, and rooting for them. This book took what I thought I knew about fantasy and flipped it on it head. The main character is Jackal, a half-orc and a member of the Grey Bastards, a biker-like gang that rides hogs with snouts and tusks instead of wheels. He is young but also cunning and head-strong. Along with his "brothers" they patrol the Lots and do their best to keep full-blooded orcs away from the human world. Jonathan French created a rich world filled with boorish jokes, scheming, fighting, brotherhood, friendship, and betrayal. Each member of The Grey Bastards has their own charm. Some you end up liking more than others, like Oats and Fetching. The Grey Bastards was a book that I actually found myself laughing out loud while I was reading. The characters breathe life into the pages and leave you wanting more."

- Bookseller Victoria (Add to Cart)

Young Adult 

Dive Smack by Demetra Brodksy

“Dive Smack is a contemporary novel full of deception and manipulation, with an unreliable narrator who holds the truth of his past locked away in his own head. It shows the ups and downs of coping with loss while trying to live a normal life when your world is everything but normal and you keep seeing things your dead mother told you not to tell anyone about.

Through the eyes of competitive diver Theo Mackey, you’ll feel the excitement and awkwardness of asking out your crush for the first time, as well as the pain of haunting memories and hallucinations that hijack your mind and point to truths too painful to accept.

As someone who normally reads female protagonists, I loved that while reading this I wasn’t thinking about the character’s gender. It felt natural to be inside a teenage boy’s head. I was simply reading engaging writing and endearing characters I wanted to learn more and more about. Demetra Brodsky’s book is an amazing debut and exciting story to see in the young adult community.”  - Bookseller Constance (Add to Cart)

Mystery / Suspense Thriller

Watch the Girls by Jennifer Wolfe

"Watch the Girls is a campy, creepy and fun debut thriller. Liv Hendricks is a 32-year old former child star whose youngest sister disappeared 15 years ago. After Liv loses her job on a reality TV series, she posts a video on a crowdfunding site, offering to investigate an unsolved missing person case, chosen by the highest contributor. Her highest donor is Jonas Kron, a legendary horror film director, whose bizarre, highly disturbing films have a rabid cult following. He wants Liv to investigate a series of disappearances in the California small town where he shot his films. The chapters alternate between Liv’s investigation and the events surrounding her sister’s disappearance 15 years ago, and the unfolding narrative is by turns comical and very dark. Wolves, fires, sacrificial rituals, hidden cameras, sibling rivalry, stage mothers, revenge, and buried memories all feature in this highly original thriller, and the shocking, twisted and totally unbelievable finale is a fitting homage to horror films, reality TV and the devastating power of online video and social media. Highly recommended for fans of dark thrillers, campy horror films and refreshingly inventive storytelling."

— Bookseller Kim Devoe  (Add to Cart)


Live and Let Chai  by Bree Baker

Trouble is brewing in Everly's new cafe. Can she bag the culprit?

Life hasn't been so sweet for Everly Swan over the past couple of years, but now that she is back in her seaside hometown and the proud owner of a little iced tea shop and caf right on the beach, things are finally starting to look up--until a curmudgeonly customer turns up dead on the boardwalk. With one of her hallmark glass tea jars lying right next to him and an autopsy that reports poison in his system, it doesn't look good for Everly or her brand new business.

As the townspeople of Charm, formerly so welcoming and homey, turn their back on Everly, she fights to dig up clues about who could have had it in for the former town councilman. With a maddeningly handsome detective discouraging her from uncovering leads and a series of anonymous attacks on Everly and her business, it will take everything she's got to keep this mystery from boiling over. (Add to Cart)

Science Fiction/ Fantasy Paperback

The Mermaid by Christina Henry 

"It's hard not to fall in love with anything Christina Henry writes. The Mermaid tells the story of Amelia, a young mermaid who lives as a human after falling in love with a fisherman of a small village. When the ambitious and insatiable P.T. Barnum decides to find a mermaid for his new exhibition and tales of Amelia reach his ears, he convinces her to become part of his show. But Amelia begins to question whether or not she can ever leave and soon learns she must fight for her independence and agency as both mermaid and woman. Written with fairy tale-like narration and enchanting characterization, The Mermaid is a poignant portrayal of love and freedom." - Bookseller Kelly (Add to Cart)


Previous Month's Picks

June 2018

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