MyBookBox Book Subscription Box Review – December 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 U.S.). 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!
Right away, this info card hints at some Beauty and the Beast inspiration that’s to come in the box.
This MyBookBox contains books from their Women’s Fiction and Young Adult genres, but if you’re curious, they list the books from the other genres on the reverse side of the card.
MyBookBox Pencil – Value $0.50?
MyBookBox doesn’t sell this pencil on its online shop, so I’m guessing at the value. It’s a great classic #2 pencil with a pink eraser. The only downside? I haven’t used a #2 pencil for so long that I’ve got to run out and get a sharpener for this guy!
I like when the ephemera boxes provide is practical in addition to being promotional. It makes them all the more valuable beyond the wow-factor of seeing them in the box.
Beauty and the Beast Poster – Value $1.00?
Isn’t this poster beautiful? Fans of this classic story should be very pleased by this elegant artwork. I’m a little bummed by the crease in the middle (I wish it was rolled up instead), but I think it’ll still look lovely hung by my desk.
I guessed at this value, as well. It’s a simple poster that’s on glossy, yet not very sophisticated paper. But I still love it! It’s just so darn pretty.
Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally – Value $11.32 on Amazon (retail price $17.99)
There are two books in the box—one paperback and this hardcover book. It feels special getting hardcover books, especially when they’re as pretty as this one.
Book Summary on Amazon:
Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth.
Her mother, Meg, ex-rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister Luna, indie rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the co-founder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago.
But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and maybe even to continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months.
This soul-searching, authentic debut weaves together Phoebe’s story with scenes from the romance between Meg and Kieran that started it all—leaving behind a heartfelt reflection on family, fame, and finding your own way.
This story of mothers and daughters feels very real and fresh. It clips along like an afternoon movie. I’m really liking the smart, somewhat wry voices of the book (the perspective bounces between the characters in a fun, enlightening way).
The author sounds just as cool as her protagonists!
This playful, sentimental book is shaping up to be a really neat, more mature spin on a typical teen fare. I see so much dystopian drama that I find these kinds of authentic, real stories so refreshing.
The best part of this box is that each book comes with a note from the author. Sometimes they’re just something quick and fun. Other times, they’re long and heartfelt like this one!
MyBookBox provides a bookmark for the novel, too!
Road to Paradise by Paullina Simons – Value $16.99
On to book two in the box!
Book Summary on Amazon:
Love, passion, and friendship collide on the road trip of a lifetime in this breathtaking novel from Paullina Simons, internationally bestselling author of The Bronze Horseman and Tully.
There’s no telling where a journey will lead you…
Shelby Sloane has big plans for the summer of 1981. She’ll drive cross country in her graduation present—a classic yellow Mustang. In California, she hopes to find the mother who left her behind long ago, and then return East in time to start college. Her childhood friend Gina is desperate to reunite with her boyfriend in Bakersfield and has convinced Shelby to bring her along.
With Gina on board, Shelby’s carefully mapped-out itinerary is quickly abandoned. Soon, so is their “no hitchhikers” rule when Shelby picks up a mysterious girl named Candy Cane, who sets them all on a new and dangerous course. Streetwise beyond her years and decked out with tattoos, piercings, and spiky hair, Candy is on the run from a past darker than anything the two suburban girls have ever known. Candy draws Shelby and Gina into her terrifying world, where life as they know it is turned upside down and there is no place left to hide.
So far, this story seems like it could be a blockbuster buddy movie. Once these road-trippers pick up their mysterious hitchhiker, it’s just one wild adventure after another. I’m interested to see the impact Candy has on the protagonist beyond the wrenches she throws into her plans.
Paullina’s note is also long and lovely!
And of course, there’s a bookmark for this book, too.
Belle Quote Notebook – Value $2.48?
This notebook seems custom made for MyBookBox, so I linked to the value of a similar item.
I love the inspiring quote on the front of this velvety smooth journal.
It comes with a ribbon to mark the page and an elastic band to hold it shut. It’ll be fun using the MyBookBox pencil on this fresh new notebook.
Button – Value $0.50?
I guessed on this value as well, since this is another custom MyBookBox item. This quote will look great buttoned on my bag!
It’s a nice big button, too! I like that better than those tiny quarter-sized buttons.
Verdict: Going by the info card, I would’ve thought there’d be more Beauty and the Beast items in this MyBookBox, but I still really loved what I found inside instead! The Beauty and the Beast poster and notebook were very cool, and the other bookish items were cute, too. The estimated value of the items is about $33.00, which is short of the $39.95 price. Of course, there’s intangible value in the author notes, the fun bookmarks, and the service of having someone curate great books for you. The books have been great thus far, but I’d love to see more products that went beyond MyBookBox-branded pieces, just to bump that value up.
Which book are you most interested in from this MyBookBox?