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Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Subscription Review #BYA01

Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BYA01

The Book Riot: Young Adult subscription box is a brand new subscription box from Quarterly focusing on YA books, and other bookish goodies. (I’m a little obsessed with book subscription boxes lately, so I was thrilled when they announced this box!)

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Subscription Review #BYA01 Items

The Subscription Box: Book Riot YA Quarterly Box

The Cost: $50 a box + shipping (ships every quarter)

The Products: At least 2 YA books in every box plus book-ish goodies. (No overlap with the original Book Riot Quarterly box).

Ships to: US and International

Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Subscription Review #BYA01 Letter

Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items included and why they were selected. The theme for the first box is about “the power of telling stories and seeing them through more than one lens.”

Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Subscription Review #BYA01 How it Went Down

How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon – Retail Price $17.99 (On Amazon for $13.73)

This book gets great reviews on Amazon and is a 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book. (The letter also includes a note and deleted scene from the book by the author). Here is the synopsis from Amazon:

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.

In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.

Tariq’s friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.

Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Subscription Review #BYA01 Razor Hurst

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier – Retail Value $18.99 (On Amazon for $14.95)

This is another well-reviewed book and a relatively recent release too (March 3rd).

The synopsis from Amazon:

The notoriously bloody history of a mob-run Sydney, Australia neighborhood is fertile ground for this historical thriller with a paranormal twist: two girls’ ability to see the many ghosts haunting Razorhurst.

Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, 1932. Gloriana Nelson and Mr. Davidson, two ruthless mob bosses, have reached a fragile peace—one maintained by “razor men.” Kelpie, orphaned and homeless, is blessed (and cursed) with the ability to see Razorhurst’s many ghosts. They tell her secrets the living can’t know about the cracks already forming in the mobs’ truce.

Then Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell, a legendary beauty and prized moll of Gloriana Nelson. She’s earned the nickname “Angel of Death” because none of her beaus has ever survived knowing her. Unbeknownst to Kelpie, Dymphna can see ghosts, too, and she knows that Gloriana’s hold is crumbling one henchman at a time. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens the two girls at every turn, Dymphna is determined not only to survive, but to rise to the top with Kelpie at her side.

Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Subscription Review #BYA01 Mug

Today I’m Reading… Mug & Chalk Set – Value $8

I think this is such a fun addition to the box! I will definitely buy more as gifts for book-lovers in the future too!

Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Subscription Review #BYA01 Story Cubs

Rory’s Story Cubes – Value $9

This dice game is a creative story telling game – you make your own rules and use the pictures on the cubes to tell a story. They recommend using the game for party games/ice breakers, speaking and listening skills, creative inspiration, problem-solving, mental workout, etc.

Novel Teas – Value $2.50

These go well with the mug, and I like that the tea tags have different book related quotes on them.

Verdict: Going by retail prices, this box has a value of about $56.50. (Using Amazon prices it is about $48.50). The original Book Riot boxes tend to have values higher than their cost, so I was expecting the same with the YA box. That being said, before I looked up retail prices on the box I felt like the box was going to have a higher value (for one thing, I thought that mug set would cost more than $8).

Value discussion aside, I think this is a great first box from Book Riot: Young Adult. I love that they selected two books that have unique premises in the YA genre. (As much as I love a dystopian future story with a young girl becoming the face of a revolution, I also like to mix it up a bit!)

And the bookish items selected are really thoughtful and fun too – this box feels like a wonderful gift for a book lover.

What do you think of the first Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Box?

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!

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Comments (10)

  1. I just received the recent YA Book riot box and I was severely disappointed! It contained two books and some stickers. For $50, I could have purchased them on my own and more. The retail price of the books wasn’t even $40.00. Needless to say, I cancelled my subscription immediately!

  2. Ugh, I wish there was a book sub that had a great value & excellent curation. I’m a mama on a budget so to have to pay practically 2x the price for ONE book and some other trinkets I may/may not like is just crazy IMO. I have liked what I’ve seen in Uppercase and Owlcrate, although they’re just too pricey for me. You should review Owlcrate Liz! LitCube was another one I saw, too, but again, too pricey. I need competitive values for my boxes, haha. Oh, even though it’s not books, it’s book-related, and I would love to see Liz do a review on the Fandom of the Month sub.

  3. I just finished reading the books provided in this sub, and WOW! amazing reads, great box..

  4. No, that mug should be in the regular BR box!!! 🙂 I want.

  5. What a fun box! My kids and I have already started reading RazorHurst which is fantastic. All the extras are perfect. The Book Riot boxes have never disappointed. Book People’s box is Austin is also wonderful. I’ll be getting these three boxes as long as they’re sending them.

  6. Love the box and the extras are spot on. I was disappointed that the neither of the books are signed. I guess I didn’t read the fine print – I just expected that they would be – so I was a little surprised when I received my adult Book Riot box and neither book was signed, and one of the books wasn’t even a first printing.

    However, there’s something to be said for curation and I LOVE the extras Book Riot included in this box. I’m glad that this is a quarterly subscription. That said, I wonder if they have, or will ever include a signed book?

  7. This is a great collaboration. I am so glad that I subscribed. This is so worth the 50.00. I have discontinued a lot of the boxes that I subscribed to. I will always get the Book Riot and the YA from Quarterly. I have never been disappointed with the curation. I was going to get the Book People, but I live in Austin, Texas. That is a great box also.

  8. I love the box. I immediately opened the story cubes and my four year old daughter and I played…I plan to gift the mug and tea to my mom (retired English teacher) and will look forward to reading the books. I kept looking at the items over and over again Friday night — delightful curation.

  9. Wow-how it went down seems incredibly relevant right now. If I was still teaching, I’d be thinking about how to incorporate it into my curriculum. The story cubes I used to use when I taught, also. They’re an awesome teaching tool, and I see why they would put them in the box, but they’re not necessarily the thing you think to reach for when you’re having a cocktail party (or maybe a mock tail party, since this is a YA box!)

    • I think I’ll get How it went down for my daughter, perhaps have daddy read it to all of us. We are an activist family (all but the oldest daughter) and this book may help my youngest understand what we’re fighting for. Thank you for pointing us to it!

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