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PageHabit Horror Box Review – July 2018

Page Habit July 2018 Box itself

4 overall rating
1 Ratings | 1 Reviews

PageHabit is a book subscription box that sends a title in the genre of your choice with annotations from the author, a bookmark, and other book-related goods. Choose between the monthly genres: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Horror, or Historical Fiction, and quarterly genres: Literary Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, or Cookbook.

Page Habit July 2018 Box open

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

This review is of the PageHabit Horror genre, $29.99 a month, box.

Page Habit July 2018 All the goodies

About PageHabit

The Subscription Box: PageHabit

The Cost: $29.99 a month + shipping

The Products: One new-release book annotated with notes by the author, a letter from the author, a bookmark, short work of fiction, and 2-3 bookish goods.

Ships to: the US for $4.99, Canada for $14.99, and Everywhere else in the world for $19.99, plus any local taxes that may be applied.

PageHabit July 2018 Horror Genre Review

Page Habit July 2018 Author letter

Each PageHabit box has a letter from the author, which makes these boxes extra special. This month’s letter from Emily Devenport, written in what she calls her “crummy scrawl,” muses over what the book is really about. Revenge and power are two major themes for the book, and while she recognizes these, she also mentions that readers might even pick out themes that she hasn’t even considered yet! At the end of her message, she lets us know how to pronounce the main character Oichi’s name, which I found really helpful.

Page Habit July 2018 Bookmark front Page Habit July 2018 Bookmark back

PageHabit Bookmark

Each PageHabit box also includes a bookmark, and this month’s features a quote from American essayist Anne Fadiman, which is the same bookmark that I received in my June box. I appreciate the sentiment here of getting solid use out of a book and using it in every way you can, but Anne, we must part ways on the muffin crumbs. I haaaaate finding food in my books – yuck!

Page Habit July 2018 Sticky notes pkg

Talking Bubble Sticky Notes – Retail Value $10.66

Hello, again, friends! I received a pack of these in the February PageHabit box this year, so these will serve as a refill pack if you will! These have a great surface for writing notes quickly and sticking them someplace where I’ll see them. They’ve been working great for to-do lists in particular!

Page Habit July 2018 Pencil Page Habit July 2018 Onward

Star-Shaped Pencil

“Onward if You Dare” - okay, if you insist! I don’t have too many opportunities to use a pencil in my day to day activities, but I really like having them on-hand in case I’m in the mood to sketch or doodle. This will look great in a cup on my desk when it’s not in use - it’s definitely eye-catching!

Page Habit July 2018 Feather pen Page Habit July 2018 Feather pen point

Feather Pen

I receive a lot of pens throughout the month, and I wasn’t prepared for how much I liked this! It’s lightweight and feels almost like silicone, and it’s nicely balanced in my hand. And I love the pen’s tip! It’s super-thin, which is my preference, and it’s almost kind of marker-y, with black ink that I can use for anything.

Page Habit July 2018 Socks Page Habit July 2018 Socks unfurled

Read Books Socks

Another pair of socks! I received a pair of these previously in the April box, and as I said then, I really like the black-and-white motif. So, since I have a pair of my own, I will likely be gifting these to my mom. She’s a big reader, too - and a fiend for a pair of fun socks!

Page Habit July 2018 Magnifier Page Habit July 2018 Magnifying

Bookmark Magnifier

I’ve encountered a lot of bookmarks this year, but this one is the first to actually magnify things! It’s not a super-powerful lens of course, but it’s a neat added function to this, though, thankfully, my eyes don’t need the extra boost while reading (not yet, anyway!).

Page Habit July 2018 Book front annotations Page Habit July 2018 Book front plain

Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport - Retail Value $16.99 (found here for $11.59)

This month’s book is from American Sci-Fi author Emily Devenport. She’s written under several other names, including as Maggy Thomas and Lee Hogan. This book is 320 pages long and was released on May 1st, 2018. It’s high science fiction, from the “generation ship” a subgenre of science fiction that’s actually pretty popular right now.

Summary from Amazon:

My name is Oichi Angelis, and I am a worm.

They see me every day. They consider me harmless. And that's the trick, isn't it?

A generation starship can hide many secrets. When an Executive clan suspects Oichi of insurgency and discreetly shoves her out an airlock, one of those secrets finds and rescues her.

Officially dead, Oichi begins to rebalance power one assassination at a time and uncovers the shocking truth behind the generation starship and the Executive clans.

Page Habit July 2018 Book middle

Page Habit July 2018 Book back

This book is a fairly easy read, in the first person past tense, but there were time jumps that I could understand if other readers found confusing. The timeline in this story is pretty vast, and the reader has to continually ground themselves with the current events of the story to keep the timeline straight. Our main character is Oichi, a member of the servant class, known as “worms,” denied a full education as a child and instead has mental access to a database of information thanks to her parents. This book tackles a few issues of class and privilege, and although it’s a story of an assassin trying to right wrongs, I found the attitude of our narrator to be empathetic and balanced enough that the story didn’t get too dark.

VerdictI was glad to see more items inside than past boxes, but I was a little confused by the repeat items, to be honest! I also was surprised that there was no poem or short story in this month’s box As you’ll see below, each item averages in cost to be $5.83. The additional items were enjoyable, but it’s important to note that while the average price is low price for a book or socks, it’s a lot for say, the pencil or magnifying bookmark. It’s just a little all over the place, but thankfully I really enjoyed the book this month. I don’t tend to read as much sci-fi as I do other things, and I liked the submersion into a world very different from my own.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Sadly, no. You will receive the October box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $29.99 + $4.99 shipping, which means that each of the 6 items (not including the author’s letter and PageHabit bookmark) in the box has an average cost of $5.83.

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Laine Wooliscroft
Laine Wooliscroft
Laine is a life-long movie enthusiast who loves YA novels, estate sales, and hikes that make her legs hurt the next day. Her subscription journey started in 2014 with Ipsy, and now her favorite boxes contain craft beer, horror/spooky items, and toys for her beloved lab mix, Archie.

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Thanks for the update on this, everyone! It might explain why this box wasn’t quite up to par.

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Kelly McCrummen

Unfortunately no one will be able to get Page Habit. They are dissolved as of August. Thats probably why you got repeat items. There is no October box. I was disappointed.

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What about this box is horror?? I would be very disappointed had I gotten this box.

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I just pulled up the pagehabit website and it says PageHabit and Quarterly Inc. have been disolved. So bummed- I’d been wanting to try out this sub.

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You might want to note that Quarterly Co. closed, including PageHabit.

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