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Quarterlane Book Subscription Box Review – Spring 2017

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Quarterlane Books is a seasonal subscription box. Each quarter you get a selection of 3 newly released books, plus a bookish item or two!

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The packaging with this subscription is gorgeous! It would make an excellent subscription to gift, too.

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We were sent this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: Quarterlane

The Cost: $95 a box ($85 with an annual subscription)

The Products: You’ll receive early access to the most anticipated books of the season, exclusive benefits and special literary perks.

Ships to: US only.

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This box comes with a card introducing you to the box:

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Now, onto the books!

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Exit West by Moshin Hamid – Retail Value $26 (On Amazon for $13.68)

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Book summary from Amazon:

As featured in the Skimm, on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Fresh Air, PBS Newshour, the cover of the New York Times Book Review, and more, an astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

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The Futures by Anna Pitoniak – Retail Value $26 (On Amazon for $13.68)

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Book Summary from Amazon:

In this dazzling debut novel about love and betrayal, a young couple moves to New York City in search of success-only to learn that the lives they dream of may come with dangerous strings attached.

Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, a scholarship student from a rural Canadian town, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia–blond, beautiful, and rich–fits perfectly into the future he’s envisioned for himself. After graduation, and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, they move together to New York City, where Evan lands a job at a hedge fund. But Julia, whose privileged upbringing grants her an easy but wholly unsatisfying job with a nonprofit, feels increasingly shut out of Evan’s secretive world.

With the market crashing and banks failing, Evan becomes involved in a high-stakes deal at work–a deal that, despite the assurances of his Machiavellian boss, begins to seem more than slightly suspicious. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past who offers a glimpse of a different kind of live. As the economy craters, and as Evan and Julia spin into their separate orbits, they each find that they are capable of much more–good and bad–than they’d ever imagined.

Rich in suspense and insight, Anna Pitoniak’s gripping debut reveals the fragile yet enduring nature of our connections: to one another and to ourselves. THE FUTURES is a glittering story of a couple coming of age, and a searing portrait of what it’s like to be young and full of hope in New York City, a place that so often seems determined to break us down–but ultimately may be the very thing that saves us.

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – Retail Value $27 (On Amazon for $18.36)

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Book Summary from Amazon:

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

So begins a sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history. In Japan, Sunja’s family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges this new home presents. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, they are bound together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

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This book is signed, too:

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8″ x 10″ custom illustrated artwork by Helen Dealtry – Value $45

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This print is a perfect fit for the Spring box, too. I’m going to frame it and hang it in my office!

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Obvious State “Silver” Tote – Value $24

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This tote measures 13″ x 15″ with 24″ handles.

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This tote is made with heavy duty 100% cotton, and it has an inner pocket, too:

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Verdict: This box has a value of about $116. (Using Amazon sale prices.) I think that’s pretty good for a $95 book box. ($85 if you sign up for an annual subscription.) I love the packaging and the curation of the books. The art and tote included are beautiful, too.

I think this box is perfect if you are looking for a box that feels like a gift, and includes some of the best newly released books of the season.

What do you think of Quarterlane?

 

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

5 Comments

  1. Thanks for reviewing Quarterlane! They are a splurge but I love them so far!

  2. The picture of the inside book jacket for Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is incorrect. It’s a picture of The Futures book jacket.

  3. Oh whoa! That is one pretty book subscription! Will most definitely have to check them out. That Elena Ferrante collection is mighty tempting.

  4. This is awesome! I saw they had other spring collections that come with the same bag and print. Do you get to choose your book bundle or do they? Do they give spoilers and let you skip? I might splurge on the Elena ferrante collection.

  5. Thanks Liz. The books sound great. Will have to check them out.

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