Fresh Fiction Book Subscription Box Review – May 2015

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Fresh Fiction Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Box

The Fresh Fiction Box is a brand new book subscription box. Book subscription boxes are my new favorite subscription category, so I had to sign up!

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Fresh Fiction Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Items

The Subscription Box: Fresh Fiction Box

The Cost: $24.95

The Products: 1 Paperback, 4-6 Free eBooks, 4-6 swag items, and 1 Fresh Fiction gift

Ships to: US only

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your wishlist or subscription list!

Fresh Fiction Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Bag

Harlequin Bag – Value $8?

This is a pretty sturdy bag as far as reusable totes go. Here is the back:

Fresh Fiction Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Bag Back

Fresh Fiction Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Book

Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell – Retail Value $14 (On Amazon for $11.77)

Book Summary from Amazon:

Love is a complicated thing…

Lottie Carlyle is happy enough. Living in a beautiful cottage with her two adorable-sometimes-kids in an idyllic village, on good terms with her ex-husband, and with friends all around, everything is going just fine. But when she meets her new boss, her peaceful world is thrown into delightful, exciting, and frustrating chaos. Tyler is perfect for Lottie, but her kids do not agree. To make matters worse, the handsome and mysterious Seb appears on the scene, intriguing-and distracting-Lottie and charming her children, making it more and more difficult for her to make up her mind…

Fresh Fiction Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 E Books

This box also included free e-books for: Better Than Chocolate, Secret of the Painted Lady, Running Hot, Through my Window, and Hide Me.

Fresh Fiction Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Candy

I’m considering the rest of the items in this box bonus: candy, koozie…

Fresh Fiction Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Swag

Temporary tattoos, lip balm, cowboy kisses e-book, and a tech screen wipe.

Verdict: I paid $20 for this box with the coupon, and I definitely feel like I got $20 worth of items, but a lot of the items feel like book swag freebies to me, so I’m not sure if it is worth it to me. Also, it looks like there is variation among the boxes. Here is another box from an MSA reader to show the differences:


Thank you Leisha for sharing this picture with us!

So, I’m not sure if this box is a good fit for me (I already knew I’d be going out of my comfort zone in terms of book genre), but I’m going to give it another month.

What do you think of the first Fresh Fiction 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!

Posted in Book Subscription Boxes, Fresh Fiction Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| 19 comments


  1. This looks like an awesome subscription for readers who especially enjoy e-books and/or the romance genre. Neither are for me – I’m still attached to the sensory experience of an actual physical book and while I appreciate a good romance every few years – any more often than that is too often. However, for those readers who love romance and/or e-books – I can see this sub being a great deal and a lot of fun!

    • I totally agree! I love the new book scent, hearing the spine crack as you open it for the first time, flipping the pages. I have a Kindle but almost never use it, I’m old fashioned lol.

  2. I received pretty much the same box, just with a different coozie. I was really impressed with their customer service! One of my ebooks had an expired code and, though I emailed them at like 10pm at night, they responded to me within ten minutes and were able to have the problem fixed the next morning. It seems to be a pretty good valued box, too, as most of the ebooks were retailing for somewhere between 3 and 5 dollars, even on Amazon (though one of the ebooks was free on Amazon, too, which is a bummer). I enjoy reading a romance novel now and then so this was definitely a great box for me!

  3. The price is appealing, but their book choices don’t interest me so far. And yeah, the swag isn’t of much value, esp compared to other boxes like OwlCrate or Uppercase. I’ll keep an eye on this one though.

  4. So far, I see YA books, over priced from Quarterly, or this which is Romance. I want SCI-FI or Paranormal, or Horror/Thriller/Mystery. Aren’t there any boxes of those out there?

    • Ditto!!

    • I’d sign up for the thriller/horror/mystery box too!

    • Sayuri mentioned Ducan’s bookshelf in the comment below, I googled it and there’s a youtube review. They have boxes for horror, sci-fi and mystery/crime. $24.95 no shipping and you get 4 books. Save 10% with code JOHNNYT thru 5/31.

  5. I have instead bought one other box whose name I found in one of your comments – Duncan’s bookshelf. Let’s see how it turns out to be.

    • Thanks I just signed up and used promo code JOHNNYT for 10% off, they have horror, mystery and sci-fi boxes!

  6. I love Jill Mansell books but I find it odd that they would include this one. It is actually a reprint of an old book of hers. That being said it is one I have not read yet since it’s old so I will try to see if anyone is trading it.

  7. Another easy pass for me, it looks like a great box though if you’re into romance novels. Otherwise it’d be a bust, but it’s one of the cheaper book boxes.

  8. The coupon you list doesn’t work.

  9. I received the ‘other’ box. It’s ok, but I didn’t receive the same number of ebooks as Liz, I received 4. I guess that’s the risk you take with sub boxes.

    The ‘swag’ items weren’t really my taste, but hopefully future boxes will be better.

    Overall, for $20, I feel like I got my money’s worth. I’ll give this one a few months to see how things go.

    • Actually, if you received the box with the Jane Rylon collector booklet, there’s a page inside to get a free copy of Through My Window (the fifth book included in Liz’s box), so it should come out to the same number of books even if they aren’t necessarily all the same.

  10. Hey, I received the same box as you, Liz. I received an e-mail that said each box was different (It was an e-mail newsletter letting you know they were being sent out). So, I asked Ande about it. This was the reply: “Everyone will get a different book and everyone will get the same type of swag from different authors.”

    So, since so many people received the completely same box (since I’d seen some reveal photos prior to yours and getting mine, and they were all the box you and I received). I’m curious on how/when each box will be different kicks in. Not, that I mind if it’s the same, personally since I’ll read whatever the book is, lol.

    With that being said, I really enjoyed the box. The bag we got is really big, much bigger than I thought. It would be great if I could use it for our yearly, ‘Friends of the Library’ book sale, where you get to fill your bag with all the books it’ll hold for $10, but, sadly, you have to purchase/use one of the bags they sell LOL. (The bag is $10, so you basically buy the bag, get the books).

  11. I actually did not receive my ebooks in this package. I emailed their customer service and within 24 hours they had sent me all the ebooks and a bonus book for my troubles. Their customer service was sincere and polite – I’m extremely impressed!

    While I do agree that some of the swag feels like freebies, I think the tote, the book, and the ebooks greatly marks up the value. I’ll definitely be sticking around for another month.

  12. Is the book signed?

    • Just checked – nope.

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