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Book of the Month January 2022 Review + Coupon

Brandi D.
ByBrandi D.Jan 16, 2022 | 4 comments

Book of the Month
3.9 overall rating
39 Ratings | 15 Reviews

Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription box. Each month, five curators pick out their favorite new hardcover books, and you can choose which one you want to receive on the first of the month for $14.99/month. You can also add up to two additional books for only $9.99 each. (This box was named one of the best subscriptions under $15 by MSA readers in the 2021 Subscription Box Awards.)

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get your first book for $9.99 (reg. $16.99/month)

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First Impressions

I was definitely enticed a little bit by this month's bright and cheery cover and also intrigued by the mystery aspect of this story. Of course, it also didn't hurt that it takes place on a tropical island, a place I could definitely envision myself enjoying right now as we are in the midst of winter here on the east coast!

Book Summary from Amazon:


Beautiful, wild, and strange―Meroe Island is a desolate spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a mysterious history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and even rumors of murder. It’s the perfect destination for the most adventurous traveler to escape everything... except the truth.


Six stunning twentysomethings are about to embark on a blissful, free-spirited journey―one filled with sun-drenched days and intoxicating nights. But as it becomes clear that the group is even more cut off from civilization than they initially thought, it starts to feel like the island itself is closing in, sending them on a dangerous spiral of discovery.


When one person goes missing and another turns up dead, the remaining friends wonder what dark currents lie beneath this impenetrable paradise―and who else will be swept under its secluded chaos. With its island gothic sensibility, sexy suspense, and spine-tingling reimagining of an Agatha Christie classic, Reckless Girls will wreck you.

My BOTM Pick for January

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins - Retail Value $27.99 (On sale for $22.49)


This was another book that I found so easy to get into. As soon as I began this, I couldn't put it down. Lux was such an easy character to appreciate and the whole premise of the story was interesting and different. Every character is just a bit too unknown to trust and I could see this going in a billion different directions at first since I wasn't sure which character to be suspicious of the most. There are some eerie undertones but nothing to really grab onto at first even though you can sense the shift coming.

The main drama in the story unfolded rather quickly and was separated into chapters of Before, Now, and After. The Before gave just a bit of insight into the past of each of the girls on the trip while the Now was limited to Lux and her perspective. While I enjoyed reading this, I did feel like it wrapped up rather quickly, and even though there was a ton of action to take in, it felt like it was almost rushed and glossed over. Overall, the story was just as unsettling as the island and its history, but the sporadic moments of paradise and enjoyment in between balanced it out so as to not make it feel like a true thriller.

So did I like this story? I don't know! I enjoyed reading it and was definitely caught up in all of the moments, but I'm not sure about how I feel about the way this story ended. It just doesn't feel as wrapped up as I would have liked.

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

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Value - Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $14.99 + free shipping

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get your first book for $9.99 (reg. $16.99/month)

Value Breakdown: This box costs $14.99, but the book I chose retails for $27.99 which is a discount of about $13.00.

Key Takeaways

This book will look great sitting anywhere in your home to invoke thoughts of sunshine and paradise, but will the ending satisfy you? I honestly don't know! This book is worth the read if you want something a little bit different that will captivate you quickly and be easy to get through. It's different and entertaining, so I think I would still recommend it, but this is one that you might want to save for book club because I'm left wanting to discuss the events with someone who also read this!

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Brandi D.
Brandi D.

I am a homeschooling mother of four; 3 boys and 1 girl. My youngest was just born in January 2022 and my oldest is 7. I am a former educator and have taught both elementary art and Special Education.

I have been reviewing boxes for MSA since January 2018 and have reviewed everything from activity and clothing boxes for kids to clothing, beauty, and pampering boxes for women. I have also reviewed boxes focused on home goods and even some men's boxes with the help of my husband! 

I love to discover new brands and try new things!

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I skipped my BOTM for January because I’m a few months behind and didn’t love any of the options. I already finished another BOTM though (The Heart Principle), which is a completely different genre (romance) but i could describe the ending the same way you described this one: rushed and wrapped up quickly in a way that felt disjointed from the rest of the book.

Oh well! I’m just pleased with myself for making time to read this month. I love BOTM and your reviews for it. I’m excited for February’s choices.

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It’s always frustrating when a book wraps up that way! I’m excited to see February’s choices as well! Sometimes I wish I didn’t read so fast because now it feels like such a long wait! Lol. Thanks for reading, Lauren! 🙂

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Thanks for the review! I decided to subscribe and was tempted by this book, but opted for Magnolia Palace, another sort of mystery. Also, it seems like this code no longer works, but LETSGO works for $9.99.

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Oh no! Sorry about the code- I’ll get that fixed. Thanks for the heads up, Jill! Hope you enjoy your book! I’ll have to check that one out. 🙂

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