Indie Book Connect Subscription Box Review – March 2017
Indie Book Connect is a monthly book subscription box for folks who feel like they’ve read it all, or are just looking for something off the beaten path. Each month, they’ll send you two new books from two different indie authors just waiting to be discovered.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Indie Book Connect
The Cost: $20.00 per month, or choose a 3-month prepay plan for $57.00 ($19.00 per month), a 6-month prepay plan for $105.00 ($17.50 per month), or a 12-month prepay plan for $192.00 ($16.00 per month)
COUPON: Use code ADDICT to save 5% off every box for life
The Products: Each month, you’ll receive two indie books by two different authors.
Ships to: $5.00 within the U.S. $25.00 to other destinations.
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I love the springy design of the info card, and the Stephen King quote is fantastic (and very true).
I always appreciate when book boxes establish ways for readers to get together and discuss what they’ve read, even if it’s just via social media. This Goodreads group represents the “connect” aspect of Indie Book Connect.
There’s a bookmark in the box, as well. I like how this quote nods to the idea of these being indie books. You don’t have to be a big famous author with a lot of connections to put something of value into the world—you just have to do the work of putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard)!
Some info about the artist appears on the back.
Coetir: People of the Woods by Rani Divine – Value $12.99 (retail price $18.00)
The first book is an engaging fantasy novel about the colliding worlds of humans and druids. In this story, druids, or “Coetir” are a mysterious, dangerous species with mystical, alien qualities. The fear associated with crossing the boundaries between Coetir and humans is infused into the first few pages. There’s a lot of tension in the writing style, and learning more about these unique creatures and cultures is thrilling. I really enjoyed delving into this fictional world and watching its secrets reveal themselves.
Book Summary on Amazon:
Beyond the boundary on the edge of town live the druids, the Coetir, a species so deadly that they threatened to destroy our very existence. We have a law: don’t cross the line that keeps humanity separated from the druids, on penalty of death. I’ve never been good at following the rules. My name is Ellya, and I’m the first person to cross the boundary since its creation. What follows will change more than any of us could’ve possibly imagined.
The book is autographed on the title page, too.
There’s an information card about the indie publisher that produced the book, too. Check it out if you’re an aspiring writer!
Stealing Time by KJ Waters – Value $14.99
The second book in the box has a totally new, unique concept, where a real hurricane transports the protagonist into the past. The narrative bounces back and forth between the parallel struggles of the past and present characters, adding to the tension and urgency of the story. The story unfolds like a TV drama, but in a fun, guilty-pleasure kind of way. This would make a great beach read for spring vacations!
Book Summary on Amazon:
Stealing Time is a fast paced time travel thriller set during the turbulent hurricane season of 2004. As Hurricane Charley churns a path of destruction towards Orlando, Ronnie Andrews and her best friend, Stephanie McKay, scramble to prepare for the storm. Ronnie seeks shelter at her boyfriend’s weather lab while Steph waits for Nick hoping she won’t have to face the hurricane alone. During the peak of the storm Ronnie is hurtled back in time to eighteenth-century London where she is caught in a web of superstition, deception, and lies. Accused of being a witch, Ronnie finds herself in a life and death struggle to return to her own time. Steph and Nick are thrust into the middle of the hurricane where it quickly turns into a living nightmare as she is faced with losing everything. Book 1 of the Stealing Time Trilogy. “A very clever concept, nicely executed by a wonderful storyteller. Stealing Time will have you on the edge of your seat!” Suzanne Kelman, Multi-award winning writer and author of The Rejected Writers Book Club.
This one is autographed, too!
If you love this story, there’s a second book in the series! This little card shows you how to get access to it.
There’s a second card that summarizes both books.
Verdict: I enjoyed paging through these sci-fi fantasy stories. I liked their unique perspectives—where larger publishers are sometimes more interested in what’s trendy, these indie publishers are more willing to take risks with new ideas. The value of the two books is about $28.00, which makes it pretty cost effective if you’re in the US. International readers will get hit with a huge shipping cost, though, so if you’re not in the US, you might want to consider other avenues for getting your indie novel fix!
What do you think of Indie Book Connect?