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The Bookish Box “Twisted Fairytales” Review – January 2019

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The Bookish Box is a book-inspired subscription box from Appraising Pages, which is now called The Bookish Shop.

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Originally, The Bookish Box was a subscription box filled with bookish objects only—no actual books involved. Recently, though, they changed up their game and added several subscription varieties to choose from, including one that does have a book inside!

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 Bookish Goodies & YA Book Box, which is $28.99 a month + shipping.

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About The Bookish Box Subscription Box for Book Lovers

The Subscription Box: The Bookish Box Shirt & Goodies

The Cost: $28.99 + shipping

Here are all the other Bookish Box options available:

  • Woman’s Size Bookish Box – $29
  • Young Adult Book, Goodies, and a Shirt – $43
  • Adult Book, Goodies and a Shirt – $43
  • Adult Book & Bookish Goodies – $32
  • Plus Size Bookish Box – $32
  • Jr. & Unisex Shirt and Goodies Box – $29
  • YA Book & Shirt – $27
  • Goodies & YA Book – $28.99
  • Shirt Only – $18

The Products: Every month you’ll receive themed goodies and a young adult newly released book.

Ships To: the US for $7.50 to GA and Worldwide for an additional cost.

The Bookish Box “Twisted Fairytales” January 2019 Review

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Included in the box is a booklet that highlights this month’s theme “Twisted Fairytales”. The “Twisted Fairytales” boxes feature books about fairytales and other fairytale-inspired bookish goodies.

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Listed are all six goodies included in this month’s box, the young adult and adult book selections for the month, the t-shirt for the month, other bookish shop news. The items you receive will depend on which Bookish Box option you choose.

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Also included in the booklet are next month’s spoilers, the Bookish Box featured vendor, staff book recommendations for the month, and information on the monthly themed The Bookish Box playlist on Spotify.

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Finally, The Bookish Box looks the stars to provide this month’s horoscope and invites you to participate in The Bookish Box photo challenge.

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White Stag: A Novel by Kara Barbieri – Retail Value $18.99 (found here for $12.91)

Book Summary:

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke―as the only survivor―was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad―especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

This book is shaping out to be a great read! Of the recent The Bookish Box YA selections, this is by far my favorite. I’m immediately captivated by Janneke’s plot, the backstory of her encounters with evil Lydian and her current relationship with her new master Loren. Goblins killed Janneke’s family, enslaved her and now she’s been under the rulership of Loren for the past 100 years. As a human in Permafrost ruled by goblins, Janneke has leveraged the skills taught by her father to survive. She’s built a relationship Loren who trusts her. He wants to turn her into a goblin and take her on the hunt to determine the new goblin king. But, does she trust him? Can you really be friends with someone who has held you captive? What does it mean for her to trade in her humanity and become a goblin? I can’t wait to find out!

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Belle Sticker designed by Diana Dworak – Listed Retail Value $4.00

Special Edition Horoscope Bookmark (1/12) by Gabriella Bujdoso – Listed Retail Value $7.00

Each month going forward, a sticker that matches the month’s theme and cover art of the booklet will be included in the box. This month’s fairytale-inspired sticker on Belle features artwork by Diana Dworak. The Aquarius bookmark designed by Gabriella Bujdoso is inspired by Lira from To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. It is the first bookmark in a series of twelve.

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Sleeping Beauty Shower Steamer by Lizush Soap – Listed Retail Value $4.00

Lavender aids in relaxation and can increase sleep quality. This Sleeping Beauty shower steamer is all natural, vegan and non-GMO. It was an unexpected addition to this month’s box. I enjoyed using this shower steamer. It’s large and smells great. The scent carried throughout my entire bathroom and bedroom.

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Lunar Chronicles Inspired Adjustable Ring by The Bookish Shop – Listed Retail Value $10.00

This dainty gold Lunar Chronicles inspired ring features a half moon and star gem. It’s super cute but really small and understated. It would look great stacked with other rings.

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Beauty and the Best Inspired Book Sleeve designed by KDP Letters – Listed Retail Value $25.00

Inspired by a tale as old as time, this Beauty and the Beast book sleeve will help keep your books safe and secure. I have a tenancy to toss my planner in my purse and as a result, I’ve scratched the cover and crumpled a few pages. This cute and sturdy book sleeve came right on time!

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Lunar Chronicles Inspired Bookish Box Collectible Pin (6/12) by Dust and Pages – Listed Retail Value $10.00

This pin is inspired by Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, a young adult series of fairytale novels. Each book features a new take on an old fairytale. This “Oh My Stars!” pin designed by Dust and Pages is well designed, sturdy and a Bookish Box collectible.

The Verdict: I’m loving this month’s book and I recommend it if you’re looking for a good read. This book does have sensitive subjects. Be sure to read the authors forward and make sure there aren’t any topics that would trigger you or you wouldn’t want your young adult to read about. I also really liked the goodies included in this month’s box – especially the shower steamer and ring. As always, I love how Bookish Box sets a theme and carries it throughout the books and book-related items. All incorporated fairytales in one way or the other. And, finally, I’m consistently impressed with the diversity of partnerships featured in this box. They do an excellent job highlighting artist.

This Bookish Box costs $36.49 ($28.99 + $7.50 shipping to GA) and has a listed retail value of $78.99. Although I think the listed values are a little high, the total is still more than double the price of the box itself making it a good value for a newly released book and unique book inspired goodies.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, sign-up now for a chance to get February’s “Time Travel” themed box.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $36.49 after shipping, which means that each of the 7 items in the box has an average cost of $5.21.

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Written by Shatae Hutchinson

Shatae Hutchinson

Hi, I’m Shatae; pronounced shhh-tay! I work in IT Healthcare, I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 cool kids. I am obsessed with black culture, lifestyle, travel and art made by and featuring women of color. I also love trendy plus-size fashion and accessories, eclectic and bohemian home décor and all things self-care, mental health and fitness. My favorite box is Izzy & Liv’s Brown Sugar Box; a monthly box offering tees, accessories and lifestyle products designed for black women. I also subscribe to TheSelfCareBox, FabFitFun, CauseBox and Merkaela. Being a wife and full-time working mom, subscription boxes are one of the few things that are just for me! They are fun, convenient, reasonably priced and full of surprises.

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Comments (5)

  1. I see a couple of fun things in this box. I’ve looked at past reviews and think I have to get next month’s with the time travel theme. Wonder is something will be Outlander?

    • It looks like it’s past the date for February and March would be the next box. Maybe the box will show up on past boxes.

    • I can’t wait to see what’s in the box. I arrived yesterday so I’ll post my review soon!

  2. Sounds like a really good story! I think I might order this book! Thanks for the excellent review!

    • Dani – it just sucks you in!

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