Fantastic Firsts

Fantastic Firsts: Monthly Book Subscription

So many good books come out each month and it can be hard to pick the next great read you want to dive into. That’s where we come in! Fantastic Firsts is our monthly book subscription program where our staff hand picks 4-6 of our favorite new books each month. Our selections will always include science fiction / fantasy, young adult, and mystery hardcovers as well as a cozy and any other books we felt you had to hear about. As a subscriber, you can pick one or more of these books each month and will get an exclusive 20% discount. Subscribers can either pick their books up in store or have them shipped to their home. 

How to Join: Call us at 858.268.4747, email us at mgbooks [@] mystgalaxy (dot) com, or come on into the store and a bookseller will sign you up. 

In Store Pick Up: Books will be paid for in store when you pick them up. If you haven't picked up your book by the 15th of the month you'll get a call reminding you your book is on hold and waiting for you.   

Home Delivery: You can pay over the phone via credit card or for ease we can keep your credit card on file and charge it after you confirm which book you'd like. If there is a specefic genre you'd like shipped to you each month (for example you'd like to get a cozy every month) we can automatically charge your card and ship you the book each month, no reminder/confirmation call needed.     

Book Bundles: This is a great gift option for someone and includes the cost of shipping! For the set prices listed below the member will get a book each month for three months (3 books total). 

  • Science Fiction/Fantasy or Mystery Hardcover Subscription  = $68.99
  • Young Adult Hardcover Subscription Subscription  = $49.99
  • Cozy Mysteries (Paperback) Subscription = $25.99                                                      

As a subscriber you are agreeing to buy a book each month. If for some reason you don’t want to receive a book one month you can skip.

This Month's Picks!

*Members can now order their books online! In the comments section just note that you are a Fantastic First Member and we will add you're discount onto your order when we process it. 

Science Fiction/ Fantasy

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

"Space Opera! Exactly what Catherynne Valente’s new brilliant hoot of a novel is about! Aliens arrive (weird and nutty ones), and they have serious doubts if humans are really civilized. Their test: a human band has to compete in the galactic version of Eurovision and not finish dead last. Our champion: Decibel Jones, a washed out glam-rock David Bowie has-been. The result: great lunacy and fun! And, along the way, an unending stream of the best bon-mots since Christopher Moore! Space Opera has the funniest opening line of any novel I know of. And that’s just the beginning. Enthusiastically recommended!"  -Bookseller David

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Young Adult 

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades leads you down the dangerous back alleys of a place where kindness can be found behind masks of cruelty and the truths you uncover can destroy and save you. With this beautiful game of life and death, Amanda’s gritty writing solidified for me my love of the authors talent as a story teller. She takes her time building this darkly twisted tale knowing when to slow down and then escalate the narrative, giving readers a city of sin they won’t want to leave and a band of characters they’ll want more of after the last page. I loved the Las Vegas feel of certain parts of the city combined with the gang politics and fantasy setting.” - Bookseller Constance

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Science Fiction / Fantasy (paperback)

School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

“Teddy Cannon is a screw up. She has gotten herself banned from every casino in Las Vegas, kicked out of Stanford, and in deep trouble with a Vegas bookie to whom she owes hundreds of thousands of dollars. But she is a screw up with a gift. She can tell when a person is lying. When a mysterious stranger recruits her for the School of Psychics she is in so much trouble that she has no other choice but to follow him there. Her training ignites her in ways she did not expect and her future becomes tied to this unexpected place and the friends she meets there. This first entry in what is sure to be a fast moving series offers something a little different (and definitely entertaining!)” - Bookseller Terry

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Mystery / Suspense Thriller

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

“What are the stages of grief? Can love evolve into something unhealthy, or become an obsession? Leah Eady thought she had the perfect marriage, the perfect family, the perfect life. Until she didn’t. Until Robert, her husband and the father of two teenage girls, went for a jog and never returned. Following little clues like breadcrumbs, she and her two teenage daughters leave Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Paris, France, trying to second-guess the footsteps of the missing husband and father. They are a family trying to reinvent themselves and move forward – invest in a bookstore, start school, make new friends...  Robert, missing and missed, is reflected in every action his family takes; he haunts every page of this novel.  As readers keep turning pages, their hearts will break just like mine did.” - Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale

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Young Adult 

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

“This book is a fast, easy read which surprised me. It is scary and traumatizing. And riveting. I would love to meet Sara again – if she survives.”

–  Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale

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Natural Thorn Killer by Kate Dyer-Seeley

Britta Johnston might be a late bloomer, but after leaving her deadbeat husband and dead-end job, she's finally pursuing her artistic passion at her aunt Elin's floral boutique, Blooma, in Portland, Oregon. But things aren't as peaceful as they look. For one thing, someone's been leaving dead roses around--and a sleazy real estate developer who wants the waterfront property has put a big-money offer on the table. Then, after a contentious meeting of local business owners, he's found on the floor of the shop, with Elin's garden shears planted in his chest. And before the police decide to pin the crime on her beloved aunt, Britta will have to find out who arranged this murder . . .

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