MyBookBox Book Subscription Box Review – November 2016
MyBookBox is a monthly book subscription box featuring specially selected books and a surprise gift perfect for book lovers like you!
Each month, MyBookBox curates a list of recommended books that spans several genres. When you sign up, you’ll choose two genres that fit your interests. Your monthly box will contain two books, one for each of your chosen genres. Wanna switch genres? Just contact MyBookBox.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Women’s Fiction and Young Adult, $39.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: MyBookBox
The Cost: $39.95 a month + shipping (which is free in the US). MyBookBox also offers discounted 3-month and 6-month subscription plans.
The Products: Books from two genres you choose, plus a book-related gift.
Ships to: U.S. (free), Canada ($19), Mexico ($26), and beyond ($28).
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
On top of the box is this little note about the books and goodies subscribers will find in their shipment. I love the abstract leaf pattern.
This MyBookBox contains books from their Women’s Fiction and Young Adult genres. If you’re wondering what other boxes are getting, just flip over the card to see the full list!
This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston – Value on Amazon $10.68 (retail price $17.99)
So many YA books center around fantasy or dystopian science fiction scenarios that it was really refreshing to see a different take on the genre. This story still features a strong female protagonist uncovering secrets and corruption, but this time, it’s in the midst of a mystery in the deep south.
Book Summary from Amazon:
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend, Grant; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous-more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has personal reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone-the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot-she realizes that nothing about the case-or the boys-is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all-and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line including her own.
This copy is signed by the author, too. How cool!
This is a really nice copy of this book, I might add. I love getting hardcover editions in boxes. This jacket is velvety smooth and beautifully designed.
There are bookmarks to go with each book in the box, too. They’re not the best quality (they feel kind of like magazine paper), but I’ll never turn down a bookmark! It’s good to have ’em handy!
This box always includes a note from the author of each book. I love this personal touch. It makes me feel more invested in the story.
This Is Our Story Pencil Case – Value $0.95? (value based on similar items)
Antler Necklace – Value $5.07? (value based on similar items)
This Is Our Story Bookmark – Value $1.20? (value based on similar items)
There’s also a pencil pouch filled with promotional items for the book. The pouch is made of sturdy, somewhat see-through plastic. I’m sure I’ll find a use for it, whether it’s toting writing instruments or holding my toothbrush during holiday travels.
The bookmark is pretty sturdy. There’s some info on the back about the author’s other works, too.
The necklace is obviously the standout item here. I really like the natural shape of the silver antler pendant, though I might replace the ball chain with something more elegant.
Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman – Value on Amazon $10.08 (retail price $15.99)
This was another out-of-the-ordinary tale. It confronts issues of age, Alzheimers, and other complicated subjects that younger people don’t often encounter. This might not have been a book I’d pick off the shelf myself, but I’m so happy to have received it in this box!
Book Summary from Amazon:
For years, Maggie Sheets has been an invisible hand in the glittering homes of wealthy New York City clients, scrubbing, dusting, mopping, and doing all she can to keep her head above water as a single mother. Everything changes when a former employer dies leaving Maggie a staggering inheritance. A house in Sag Harbor. The catch? It comes with an inhabitant: The deceased’s eighty-two-year old mother Edith.
Edith has Alzheimer’s—or so the doctors tell her—but she remembers exactly how her daughter Liza could light up a room, or bring dark clouds in her wake. And now Liza’s gone, by her own hand, and Edith has been left—like a chaise or strand of pearls—to a poorly dressed young woman with a toddler in tow.
Maggie and Edith are both certain this arrangement will be an utter disaster. But as summer days wane, a tenuous bond forms, and Edith, who feels the urgency of her diagnosis, shares a secret that she’s held close for five decades, launching Maggie on a mission that might just lead them each to what they are looking for.
Here’s the bookmark for this book. Again, the quality doesn’t seem too enduring, but it’s nice to have in a pinch!
There’s something about seeing the authors’ handwriting in these notes that I just love. It really reminds you that there’s a person behind the story.
Dallas Caramel Company Apple and Pumpkin Caramels – Value $7.50
Up next is this burlap bag of handmade, gluten-free caramels!
There are 8 soft, chewy caramels in this pack. Half are “apple pie” flavored and the others are “pumpkin”. Both were super seasonal, but I think my favorite was the pumpkin. It was so rich and desserty.
Verdict: I liked this month’s MyBookBox! The books were great, and the treats that came along with them were fun and very fall. The value of the box is about $35.48, which is a few dollars shy of the $39.95 price. As usual, I really appreciated how this box creates an experience around the books they provide with the author notes and autographed copies. It’s a more expensive book box, but I feel like people who really value that connection with authors and their work will get a lot of value out of this subscription.
What do you think of this month’s MyBookBox?