LitCube Book Subscription Box Review – June 2015

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LitCube Book Subscription Box Review – June 2015 Box

LitCube is a new book and reading inspired subscription box. I think book subscriptions are my favorite new subscription category, so I had to sign up for this one!

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

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review – June 2015 Items

The Subscription Box: LitCube

The Cost: $29.98

The Products: Hand-picked books with high quality literary themed products

Ships to: US

Check out all of my LitCube reviews!

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review – June 2015 Cards

Instead of an info card, this box comes with a theme card (that also works for a bookmark). This month’s theme is Steampunk Funk.

And this box also came with a free digital download for Ice Demon: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread (FYI – this book is free for Amazon Kindle – no code needed).

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review – June 2015 Book

Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak – Value $12

(This book also comes with a signed bookmark!)

Here is the book summary from Amazon:

An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.

Melanie Karsak’s Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a steampunk romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.

It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium.

Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review – June 2015 Journal

Firefly Journal – Value $15

This journal has lined pages on one side and blank pages on the other – and the artwork seems perfect for the theme!

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review – June 2015 Mints

Absinthe Mints – Value $5

I love the artwork of this tin! The mints are anise-scented, and not too strong.

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review – June 2015 Jewelry

This is why I wish Lit Cube included a complete info card – I’m not sure what to make of these items! I’m guessing the heart can be added to a keychain, and maybe the other item can be used as a bookmark?

Verdict: This box has a value of probably around $35-45 (depending on the last two items). I think that’s pretty good for a book box, and I’m interested in reading the book – it gets good reviews on Amazon, and I’ve never read a steampunk novel before!

What do you think of LitCube?

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, LitCube Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| 16 comments


  1. This is a GREAT new subscription box! I signed up for it. It is such a good curation to make the items really fit the theme and not just “filler” items. This has only been out a few months but I think it’s one of the best. The owner Peggy is AWESOME! I highly recommend.

  2. Mine came with an info card as well! Love your reviews and this site!

  3. Would anyone be willing to sell or trade any/all parts of this box? I have a foster daughter that is in love with Steampunk stuff, and I saw this subscription too late to order the June box.

    • Hi Ashley,
      I’m willing to let some or all go for a foster daughter. Are you on the swap site?

      • I appreciate your willingness to swap. But Peggy at Litcube was wonderful enough to let me order her last box.
        Thank you anyway!

        • That’s fantastic!

  4. Does anyone know of any sub boxes for writing/writers?

  5. I loved this box! Mine came with an info card. Did anyone have trouble getting their mints open? We tried and tried and ended up using a butter knife to pry it open. It bent the metal, but we can open it now! I can’t wait to see what’s in next month’s box. 😀

  6. Liz-
    So sorry you didn’t get a “What’s inside your cube” card this month. That was accidental. The metal “hook” is a bookmark and like previous posters have said, the hook/dangly portion hangs along the outside of the spine of your book. 🙂 The heart item *is* a keychain that you can add keys to and came with the Pauline Creedon eBook download. Each month we send out an info card + a collector’s card designed with our theme in mind in every box. I’m very sorry your card was MIA. <3 Thanks so much for taking the time to review our box on your site. Blessings,

  7. Liz, I got a card with my box. The bookmark was listed, the key chain heart was not. Let me know if you’d like front and back copies of my card and how to send them to you.

  8. The hook and dangly parts of the hook bookmark should hang over the top of the book and down along the spine, while the long flat part goes inside of the book and functions as the bookmark. 🙂

  9. That “hook thing” is a bookmark, I have one like it, it’s got a green jewel on the end. I bought it but never used it, it makes the book stick open too much for me. I like the extras in this box, but not the book lol.

  10. Would y’all say this book is ok for a 21 year old??

  11. that “hook” actually is a bookmark 🙂 Used to have one with a heart on the end when I was younger. It’s great because I had a habit of my paper bookmarks fall out of my books and losing my page. With a hook bookmark, it pretty much stays put.

  12. Liz – You might want to change “Inside” to “Instead” in the first paragraph.

    This looks like a fun theme. I enjoy reading the review and seeing what items they selected for the theme. I saw on the website that next month’s theme is Mermaid Kisses.

    • Oops- thanks!

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