Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review – March 2015
Uppercase is a YA book subscription box from Lisa Parkin. Each month Uppercase sends you a new YA book, a related accessory, and exclusive content from the author of the chosen book. I love a good YA book, so I wanted to try this subscription out!
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process postto learn more about how we review boxes).
The subscription is shipped in priority mail envelope, and inside it is packaged together in a thin canvas sleeve.
The Subscription Box: Uppercase
The Cost: $29 (If you want them to pick a book based on your tastes the cost is $35 each month)
The Products: “When you sign up for Uppercase, every month you’ll receive:
- 1 exciting new YA book
- 1 book accessory (funky items like bookmarks, posters, jewelry, totes, etc)
- A personal explanation of the choice + other similar titles
- Discount codes for popular book buying websites
- Exclusive content from the author of that month’s book”
Ships to: US and Canada (extra shipping costs for Canadian subscribers).
Check out all my reviews of Uppercase!
The subscription comes with a hand written letter explaining why the book was selected for this month.
Here is the synopsis of the book from Amazon:
Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
I’ve heard good things about this book – and I actually bought it a few days ago at Costco! (My husband and I just discovered that Costco books are competitively priced with Amazon and went a little book shopping crazy).
This box also came with a signed bookplate for the book, and a coupon code to use at Ink & Dolly.
Paddywax Library Tin Candle in Oscar Wilde – Value $8
This library themed candle is fitting for the box, and a fun extra. It is made with soy wax and I absolutely love the scent!
Verdict: The retail value of this box is about $26. (It’s about $20 if you count the Amazon price of the book). I wouldn’t recommend this box (or most book subscriptions) if you are looking for the retail value to be competitive with Amazon pricing. I do recommend this box though if you value the thoughtful curation and the bonus extras like the signed bookplate, and the exclusive content from the author just for subscribers.
I recently finished the selection from the February box (I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios) and I really enjoyed it. So far I am finding the value in the curation of this box. Of course this month I would have loved to receive a book I hadn’t just purchased, but I’ll share this with a friend!
What do you think of Uppercase Box?