Unplugged Book Box Review – May 2019


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Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Closed Box

Unplugged Book Box is a seasonally inspired and self-care focused monthly subscription book box. Unplugged Book Box wants you to unplug and recharge with books and goodies that help you focus on you and live in the moment.

Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Opened Box

Unplugged Book Box offers two monthly box options: Young Adult and Adult Fiction. Each box features a newly released hardcover book and 4-6 bookish self-care and literary-inspired goodies.

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 Unplugged YA Book Box, which is $34.99 a month + shipping.

Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - All Items Unboxed

About the Unplugged Book Box Subscription Box for Book Lovers

The Subscription Box: Unplugged Book Box

The Cost: $34.99 + shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

The Products: Every month you’ll receive 4-6 literature inspired self-care goodies and a newly released YA hardcover book.

Ships To: the US for $8.50 and Worldwide for an additional cost.

Unplugged Book Box May 2019 “If Not Now, When?” Review 

Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Theme Card FrontUnplugged Book Box May 2019 - Theme Card Back

Included in the box is a card that highlights this month’s theme “If Not Now, When?” The back of the card contains spoilers for the self-care goodies included in the box and a photo challenge to win various prizes. 

Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Recipe

Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Playlist

This month’s Unplugged Book Box also includes fun printed materials including this yummy rice pudding recipe and a themed playlist. 

Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover FrontUnplugged Book Box May 2019 - Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover Back 

Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover – Retail Value $17.99 (found here for $12.32)

This month’s YA book selection is Every Moment After – the story of friends Matt and Cole dealing with the aftermath of a school shooting eleven years later. Included with the book is the author’s signature, and a letter and another note meant to be read after finishing the book.

Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover SignatureUnplugged Book Box May 2019 - Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover Letters

Book Summary from Amazon:

“Surviving was just the beginning. 

Eleven years after a shooting rocked the small town of East Ridge, New Jersey and left eighteen first graders in their classroom dead, survivors and recent high school graduates Matt Simpson and Cole Hewitt are still navigating their guilt and trying to move beyond the shadow of their town’s grief. Will Cole and Matt ever be able to truly leave the ghosts of East Ridge behind? Do they even want to? 

As they grapple with changing relationships, falling in love, and growing apart, these two friends must face the question of how to move on—and truly begin living.”

This is a heartwarming story of two friends growing up and finding their path in life while dealing with past traumas and grief. It’s a touching story that explores the many aspects of “adulting” and building a life of your own. 

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From the Page “Avengers: Endgame” Candle, Lavender and Bergamot, 2oz – Estimated Retail Value $3.13

This Unplugged Book Box exclusive soy candle is scented with lavender and bergamot and smells amazing. The candle has little stars that float when the candle melts. Super cute!

Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Unplugged Book Box “Six of Crows” Crooked Kingdom Mason Jar 1Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Unplugged Book Box “Six of Crows” Crooked Kingdom Mason Jar 2Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Unplugged Book Box “Six of Crows” Crooked Kingdom Mason Jar 3

Unplugged Book Box “Six of Crows” Crooked Kingdom Mason Jar – Retail Value $9.00

Another Unplugged Book Box exclusive, this sturdy mason jar reads “When you can’t beat the odds, change the game” –  a quote from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows / Crooked Kingdom series. It comes with instructions to be careful with high heat. I’ll probably handwash it to preserve the stencil. 

Unplugged Book Box May 2019 - Bliss Body Confections “Girls of Paper and Fire” Matcha Smoothie Mask, 0.3oz

Bliss Body Confections “Girls of Paper and Fire” Matcha Smoothie Mask, 0.3oz Retail Value $3.99

Handmade with bentonite clay, rhassoul clay, and organic matcha powder, this mask deeply cleansed my face and pulled the dirt right out of my pores! It was easy to mix with just a tablespoon of warm water. It felt creamier on my face than other clay masks and didn’t dry or irritate my skin. I loved it!

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Best Life Handmade “Abby ‘Wonder Woman’ Suso” Lip Balm, French Toast – Estimated Retail Value $3.50

Made exclusively for Unplugged Book Box, this yummy lip balm made with cocoa and shea butters smells great and is ultra-moisturizing.

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Out of Print Harry Potter Hogwarts House Socks – Retail Value $12.00

These Harry Potter unisex socks are cute and comfy. Best of all, with each purchase, Out of Print helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need. How cool is that?

Verdict: Unplugged Book Box pairs two of my favorite things: self-care and a love for books! I was hesitant to read Every Moment After but was happy to hear that the school shooting is not described in detail and is only referenced. That made all the difference to me as a mom with school-age children; I would not be mentally prepared for such a read. I liked all the self-care goodies in this month’s box. The matcha smoothie mask was my favorite! I am still impressed with the results. Finally, I love that Unplugged Book Box partners with and supports small businesses. I’m discovering awesome brands with great quality products.

This Unplugged Book Box costs $43.49 (shipping included) and has an estimated retail value of $49.61 which is a little more than the cost of the box itself. This isn’t an amazing value but I do think it’s a fair price for a well-curated box of high-quality items, self-care goodies, and a newly released hardcover book.

To Wrap Up:

Can I get this box if I sign up today? No, but you can sign up now for the August box.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $43.49 after shipping, which means that each of the 6 items in the box has an average cost of $7.25.

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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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