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Book of the Month Review + Coupon – February 2020

Brandi Dowell
ByBrandi DowellFeb 22, 2020 | 6 comments

Book of the Month
4.1 overall rating
36 Ratings | 12 Reviews

Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription box. Each month, 5 curators pick out their favorite new hardcover books, and you can choose which one you want to receive on the first of the month. You can also add up to 2 additional books for only $9.99 each.

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.)

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About this Box

The Subscription Box: Book of the Month

The Cost: $14.99 a month

The Product: Subscribers get to pick from a selection of hardcover books each month. Skip any month you aren’t interested in. Add up to two additional books for $9.99 each.

Ships to: The US for free

Book of the Month February 2020 Review

These are the five book choices for subscribers this month. I had such a tough time deciding! Of course, I was intrigued by American Dirt and the surrounding controversy, but definitely not willing to take that one on! The Holdout and The Girl with the Louding Voice both sounded interesting, but ultimately I went with familiar authors and chose You Are Not Alone. I also opted for 2 add-ons this month; more about those below!

You Are Not Alone – Retail Value $27.99 (found here for $18.03) It looks like this hasn’t even been released yet!

Book Summary from Amazon:

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.

Shay would die for them to like her.
She may have to.

Shay is desperately lonely, and after witnessing a girl who could have just as well been herself commit suicide at a subway station, it begins a chain of events that lead her to find friendship with two enigmatic and mysterious sisters. She is doing everything she can to keep up the appearance that she is someone worth befriending all the while raising suspicion among the sisters who seem like they have a lot to hide.

Since the story is told from various points of view, each chapter relates to a different woman in the story, including the other women in the elite circle of friends that the sisters keep. We soon learn that their chance encounters with Shay are calculated, but we just don’t know why. As they assert themselves even more into Shay’s life, she feels so grateful for their friendship, but it seems that they have a lot more in mind.

This story is broken into three parts and each one features a set of twists and turns, some of them being more predictable, while others are a little more surprising. Part three is much more suspenseful than its previous parts and I enjoyed the fast pace as Shay became more confident and we uncovered more secrets about these sisters. If you were a fan of An Anonymous Girl, this has the same vibe to me and I think you would enjoy it! I felt the same way about this one as I did An Anonymous Girl, I thought it was good and enjoyed it while reading it, but I prefer Sarah Pekkanen’s solo works a bit more, personally.

*Sensitive Material alert! Just a little heads up for those who might be sensitive to it, there are some themes of rape and sexual assault. I didn’t find it to be too graphic in nature and these scenes weren’t lengthy.

Each month, Book of the Month includes a bookmark.

If you picked this book this month, please let me know what you think of it!

 

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Retail Value $27.00 (found here for $19.97)

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – Retail Value $26.99 (found here for $13.49)

This month I also decided to add a few books to my box through their add-on feature. We have a family road trip coming up and I figured it would be great to have some new reading material to take along with me, especially since these two books had a lot of great reviews. I love that you can add them on for only $9.99 each and they will ship for free with your monthly book choice. That’s a great value considering if I purchased them from Amazon I would pay $33.46 and possibly more if they weren’t on sale!

Verdict: This month I went with some familiar authors for my Book of the Month pick and I think it was exactly the story I was expecting. This was very similar to An Anonymous Girl in the vibe and structure with some suspenseful twists near the end and a character who seems to become more aware and stronger as the story unfolds. This was a good read, but I find myself wishing maybe I had chosen something a bit more adventurous. I’d love to hear some thoughts on the other choices from this month!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this book if you sign up today? No, but it may be available as an add-on next month!

Check out all of our Book of the Month reviews and see what other book subscriptions made our favorites list!

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Brandi Dowell
Brandi Dowell
Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!

Brandi Dowell
Brandi Dowell
Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!
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6 comments

Tiffany

We must have the same taste! I chose this one (haven’t started it), The Holdout (loves it!), and The Sundown Hotel (it was great, and not too scary, glad I went for it 🙂

Brandi Dowell

I’ll have to add The Holdout to my reading list then! 🙂

Janie

Daisy Jones was one of my favorite reads last year. Hope you enjoy it!

Brandi Dowell

Thanks, Janie! I’m looking forward to it! 🙂

Melanie

Actually bought American Dirt due to the preview of this box. Interesting so far. I totally understand the controversy, but it doesn’t make the story any less intriguing.

PudgeKat

I thought it was a great book!

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