Beautiful Madness Book Case Review + Coupon- Chapter Six
Beautiful Madness Book Case is a brand new subscription service for bibliophiles! Each month they send one book along with two to three items that compliment the theme of the box, plus a drink and a snack.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Beautiful Madness Book Case
The Cost: (new pricing update) $39 a month, $114 for a 3-month prepay subscription and $222 for a 6-month prepay subscription. Shipping varies by address and Tennessee residents will be charged sales tax
New Deals: Use code HOLIDAYMADNESS to save $5 off your first box!
Use code GIVEME5 to save $5 off Chapter Five or Messenger Bag featuring Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin past boxes!
The Products: One handpicked book, a snack and a make-able drink, (think coffee, tea, hot cocoa), and two to three bookish items that round out the theme for that month
Ships to: U.S., Canada, and the UK
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The theme of this month’s box is “Lost in Space With a Good Book.” They always have such fun themes! This list was included, detailing the contents of this month’s package.
Beautiful Madness always sends a bookmark, and this month’s is a promotional card for the upcoming e-book Zenith.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – Value $10.08 on Amazon (retail price $15.99)
Hmmm, I bet I know which planet the book refers to. It sounds like a great space adventure! From Amazon:
Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space – and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe – in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
Rosemary Harper doesnít expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, sheís never met anyone remotely like the shipís diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy – exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs – an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – Value $9.99 (for Amazon Kindle edition)
My favorite kind of month is DOUBLE BOOK MONTH! This month they sent a link for a free download of this e-book by the same author. It’s the sequel to the book above, and it looks like another fantastic sci-fi story! Because it’s an e-book, I’m using the Kindle value here for comparison. From Amazon:
Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She’s never felt so alone.
But she’s not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.
Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it’s anything but empty.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible imagination of Becky Chambers and has been nominated for any number of awards and accolades, including the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction, the Tiptree Award, the Kitschies Golden Tentacle and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.
Subscribers are also invited to this chat with the author in January. How awesome! What a nice perk!
The Little Prince Tote Bag by Out of Print – Value $18
It’s not often that my heart melts when I get something from a subscription box, but that happened with this tote. The Little Prince was one of my favorite books when I was a little girl, and I have read it to my sons several times now. I love this!
Galaxy Pendant by Beautiful Madness Book Case’s Literary Inspired Creations – Value $10?
This is obviously an exclusive, so I’m guessing at the value. How pretty! This is totally my aesthetic, so it went straight onto my keychain.
Finding Dory Graham Snacks by Keebler – Value $0.42
I’m not too sure how graham crackers fit into this month’s theme, but I’m not complaining. Graham crackers are yummy.
VIA Columbian Instant Coffee by Starbucks – Value $0.83
If you drink instant coffee, you can’t do much better than Starbucks VIA. And plain old Columbian happens to be my favorite type.
Verdict: Beautiful Madness Book Case has become one of my favorite subscription boxes! I usually love everything they send, and this month is no exception. I am sure I will enjoy the books, and I love the pendant, but that TOTE! It’s so awesome! Everything was also really well curated around the theme this month, as usual. The value this month comes to $49.32, which is a little above the $46.50 cost of the box. Book boxes don’t always clear the cost of the box, but Beautiful Madness tends to always surpass the value by at least a little. I love this subscription!
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