Okay, so if you don’t know what a book subscription box then;
- Where have you been?
- Check out my blog post about them HERE.
Okay, so I admit that I don’t actually know what month this box is. I ordered it on the 14th of June so I think it’s the July box, but I honestly have no idea. This isn’t a typical box in the sense that it’s not about the fluff and extra items. It’s about the swag and signed books, and that’s it. Which is actually in a way refreshing. I ordered the Two Signed Books, Swag and a Signed Model Photo pack which is the most expensive box, I’ll include all the ordering information below. Anyway, let’s get into the unboxing (well actually I had already unboxed it and everything originally came wrapped and in an envelope so you can’t see the packaging really in these pictures but whatever).
Okay so this is the logo on the box, the way the box was shaped (meaning the way the weight is distributed) I couldn’t hold it up so enjoy a corner shot.
I’m just going to post all the swag stuff together since I didn’t pull anything out ‘first’ as it was all in an envelope.
Next up we have the first of the TWO books included in this box…
Turn it Up by Kim Karr (New Adult Contemporary Romance). Let me start out by saying this is apparently a sequel in The Detroit Love Duet series. I’ve mentioned this before in my The Best Damn Book Box review for May but included sequels in a book subscription service is extremely inconsiderate. While part of me sees that it’s a god opportunity to MAKE customers buy the first book to read the second book, who’s to say I won’t dislike the first book? It should always be a first book in a series or a standalone book within a series -but never a sequel.
(THIS BLURB IS FROM SET THE PACE SO THERE WON’T BE ANY SPOILERS)
Jasper Storm was the bad boy next door.
Trouble—with a capital T.
Regardless of how other people perceived him, he was my hero. He protected me. Shielded me. Kept me safe. And I would have done anything for him.
Fate tore us apart—leaving a world between us, and both our hearts broken.
Now Jasper is Detroit’s white knight, a reckless rogue turned sexy savior, pulling the city and himself out of destitution.
Everything he does is fast. He talks fast, f*cks fast, and drives fast.
I know I should keep my distance. That I should stay away. There’s too much history between us. Too much left unsaid.
Yet I can’t resist him.
Just being near him is a thrill—his perfect body, our incredible explosive chemistry, the enticing danger that follows him everywhere he goes.
But then the city turns against us, and we can’t hold on.
When it’s us against the world—will our love survive?
And for the second and final book….
Elastic Heart by Mary Catherine Gebhard (New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance TRIGGER – Rape).
What do you do when the man who raped you has the entire police force in his pocket? When you’re called a slut, a whore, and a liar?
You get your own justice.
My name is Nami DeGrace, and six months ago I was a normal college student. I was volunteering on the campaign of a man I believed in, a man I thought to be good and noble. Then one night that man forced himself on me and everything changed.
The police didn’t believe me. The media reviled me. My friends abandoned me. I dropped out of college and only have one mission in life: make him pay. That is, until Nick Law came in to my life.
Indomitable, infuriating, and irresistible, Law is complicating things.
I ordered the box with a Signed Model Photo, so you’re probably wondering where it is. It actually came seperate, and a few days later, than the actual box. I was very confused when I first opened it since I had forgotten about it having not been included in my box. I know from reading a post on their Facebook page that when they received the posters after making the order they turned out to be larger than expected and therefore they decided to ship them separately – but an e-mail to the customers that had ordered would have been appreciated. As for the picture itself well he is hot, I have no idea who signed it, and I’m 100% putting it up but I do wonder what my mother will say. [EDIT] The model is an author called BT Urruela. Super hot dude who seems to have accomplished a lot. Also it’s signed by him. So it’s not a cover model shot but I’m certainly not complaining.
While this box was good it wasn’t great. Maybe I’ve come to expect a certain standard from a book subscription services or this really is a mediocre box but either way I found myself slightly disappointed. I found two of the bookmarks to be of low quality design, the ‘Two Free Books by Anne Conley’ card confused me at first as there is no further explanation, and the two books aren’t even free on Kindle in Australia, the American flag pin isn’t relevant to anything in the box, the inclusion of a sequel book isn’t thought through and the fact that not everything in the box I ordered was delivered together in the same box is strange and confusing (EDIT: Although I understand that it was too large for their boxes the lack of informing of the situation -the fact I had to track this down on their Facebook page- is what mostly left me confused.) . I understand that this kind of box isn’t going to have candles, temporary tattoos or other things of the like, but it’s because of that that I feel more care and creativity should be applied to what is included in the box. I think if you’re into these types of books that you might benefit from subscribing to this service, while I typically do enjoy them I genuinely cannot afford to have a continuing subscription to this company.
You can order your The Book Candy Box HERE for $12 [single signed book], $20 [signed book, swag and model photo], $22 [2 signed books and a swag pack] or $30 [2 signed books, signed model photo and a swag pack] (not including shipping). If you want to check out past boxes you can click HERE.
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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.