Thanks to the wonderful suggestions from My Subscription Addiction readers, I have become obsessed with book subscription boxes! Trust Fall is a relatively new subscription box from Book People. Every quarter they send you a signed, first edition copy of a debut or break out book, plus a few extra items.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Trust Fall (ships once a quarter)
The Cost: $39.95 per quarter (or $35 a quarter if you pay the $140 annual cost up front).
The Products: “We’ll send you four debut or break-out books throughout the year that we absolutely do not want you to miss. You’ll also receive a couple of extra goodies in your surprise package as a thank you for taking a chance with us. If you don’t like the book, you can return it for a full refund and keep the extra gifts.”
Check out all of my Trust Fall reviews!
The box comes with a letter detailing the items included and a little background on the book selected.
This box also came with a Q&A card with author Erika Swyler.
Book Summary from Amazon:
Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival.
One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned--always on July 24, which is only weeks away.
As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola?
In the tradition of Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, The Book of Speculation--with two-color illustrations by the author--is Erika Swyler's moving debut novel about the power of books, family, and magic.
This is a signed copy, so while I’m including the value of the hardcover book, I don’t think it covers the whole value for some. Here is the signature page:
The Book of Speculation Tarot Cards - bonus item from the publisher
The rest of the bookish goodies this month go with the tarot card inspiration from the book. (I'm guessing - I haven't read it yet!)
Double Sided Colored Pencils - Value $10
These colored pencils go with the other main item in the box:
Tarot Designs Coloring Book - Value $4
Here is a look inside:
Verdict: I'm excited to read the featured book this month, but I must admit - I'm a little disappointed that there weren't two books in this box. (The past two boxes I've received from Book People Trust Fall each included a bonus book in addition to the signed first edition). I think this box is well-themed, but I would have preferred the other items to be general bookish goodies and/or another book.
What do you think of the latest Book People Trust Fall box?