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Book Subscription Box Review: Fantasy & Sci-Fi Books

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Books: June Box

Okay, so if you don’t know what a book subscription box then;

  1. Where have you been?
  2. Check out my blog post about them HERE.

I’ve seen this box floating around under the radar for a little while and when Regan from PeruseProject shared a discount code I thought to myself ‘why not now?’ so I ordered it and I was pleasantly surprised.  I probably wouldn’t order it again simply because I’ve found two boxes that are better suited to me and since I’m so picky when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy books in the future I might find myself somewhat disappointed.  I like to sound of both books included in this month’s box, I’ve heard of both but I hadn’t even checked on Goodreads to see the blurb.  The fact that I’m intrigued by both is why I was pleasantly surprised. Okay, so I’m going to get into this unboxing review.  Hope you enjoy, even though it’s Winter here in Australia (I’m in Tasmania so it’s actually cold) the sun was out so I decided to make the best of it.

F&SFBBox

Okay let’s start with the box.  Compared to other subscription services I’ve received (and seen online) the packaging for this box is a bit more mature, this is present when you open the box as well as there’s no colourful paper or other packaging things.  It’s straight to the point.  But on the note of straight I’m disappointed (read: my OCD hates) the fact that the sticker isn’t centered.  Weird thing but it is what it is. Anyway, back to the box and the inner packaging, I’ve said before that good packaging shows the curator cares, but in this case I don’t think that applies as it isn’t really targeting a YA audience.  If that makes sense.

F&SFBPin

Next up we have a Mockingjay pin.  At first I was a little confused as to why this would be included until I read the ‘what’s in the box’ letter (which I normally don’t read until I’ve finished since it’s fun not knowing).  It says that similarly to The Hunger Games there are contestants in one of the books in this month’s box that compete to the death. So that’s cool.

F&SFBNecklace

This sweet little crown necklace also came in this box, it’s cute .  Unfortunately I don’t know where you guys can get one? There’s no information about it’s creator.  But I’m sure there are many similar ones around.  It’s very cute, I love the purple heart gem in the centre.

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These cute little Russian doll sticky notes, they’re included because one of the books included in this box is set in Russia.  So I guess it’s culturally appropriate for them to be included.  I found the same set on Amazon HERE.

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This Shattered Blue bookmark that kind of gives away one of the two books included in this box.

F&SFBSticker

There was also this little sticker (not quite sure what to do with it to be honest..) for Shattered Blue, it says; “You’ll never tell what’s girl, what’s beast, once bloody fur’s been trussed- so think your happy thoughts, lost boy, wish on your fairy dust.” Which is actually a super cool quote and totally sold me on the book.

Next up we have the first of the TWO books included in this box…

 

F&SFBShatteredBlue

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz, book one of The Light Trilogy.

 

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

 

And for the second and final book….

 

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye.  I’ve seen this book a lot on Twitter lately but I just hadn’t been bothered to check it out since I thought it was an adult fantasy (based on the cover) and I’m not as keen on that age group genre.  However this is in fact a YA and its got me super curious.

 

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

BONUS:

There was also a signed Bookplate for The Crown’s Game which I put in my copy BEFORE I took the photos.

F&SFBBookPlate

 

Final Thoughts:

So though there wasn’t really much in this box, there was two books.  So that puts it in the good category in my mind.  The products that came in this box weren’t creator content items they were straight up book merchandise like products or mass produced ‘other’ items.  I would have preferred something to do with The Crown’s Game instead of the sticky notes, and though the Mockingjay pin makes sense it would have been better if it was more book merchandise related to the books included in this box.  I’ve seen some of the past boxes, so I think this was (just a little bit) poorly curated compared to the past boxes.  That’s not to say I don’t like the box or the contents.  I just think they were a bit mediocre especially when compared to past boxes.  The shipping to Australia didn’t take that long and if I remember correctly shipping payment wasn’t too expensive(and that’s international) so I was very impressed with that side of things. As I said I probably wouldn’t order this box again, but that’s because I’ve found two services that I’m really impressed with.  If you LOVE sci-fi and fantasy and aren’t too picky this is the ideal book subscription box for you. To read more about the specifics of the genre’s they specialise in click HERE to see their About page.

 

You can order your Fantasy & Sci-Fi Books box HERE for $17 USD (not including shipping). If you want to check out past boxes you can click HERE.

 

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Becca

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The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.  This post is not sponsored I paid for the box myself.

 

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