Nerdy Bookworm Box: September Box ‘Queens’
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.
This is another Book Subscription Service that I recently found and decided to try out. From what I can see of previous months they seem to have a high quality of products included. They’re a relatively new company, I believe they started in May of this year (2016). I saw the theme and decided I simply must have it. I kind of wish I had done some research at that point about the books coming out in September involving queens because about a week after ordering I realized what book it must be and felt like kicking myself; see I only have so much money to spend on these sorts of things and so I’m very particular about which boxes I pick up and which theme’s I go for. Unfortunately it isn’t a book I’m interested in at all, but I’ll get to that later. Let’s get on with the unboxing.
As always let’s start with the packaging and presentation of the box. I LOVE the bright colour of the box. It makes it stand out and the design and fonts used are lovely. The box is sturdy and the inside packaging is awesome. It feels like a lot of care and attention to detail has gone into the presentation side of this box. I am a little disappointed that there’s a sticker (that won’t come off without leaving bits or tearing bits off) on the top of the box. But I’ll live.
The very first thing I saw when I opened this box (well after the blue paper) was purple. This is a tote book bag. It’s made by the Nerdy Bookworm Box team specifically for this box. I like it well enough, but I’ve never been fond of this type of fabric so it’ll probably stay in my bag drawer.
Next up, nestled in the packing worms was this candle by Meraki Candles called Lost Queen of Terrasen. It’s Jasmine, Pine and Snow scented. It does smell nice and is a decent size unfortunately the floral scent will give me a headache if I ever lit it.. I’ll be gifting this at Christmas time.
I was surprised to see this Funko Pocket Pop! Figurine of Anna from Frozen in my box. She’s included in this box because the featured book deals with sisters and in the ‘magazine information card’ it says “Anna is just as much a queen as her sister in our eyes”. I think it’s cute, I have another Anna Pop! figurine but it’s slightly different so I’m not too upset about having an almost repeat.
I’m so excited for this sweet Queen of Hearts notebook (that makes the Queen of Hearts look adorable!) by Neon Magpie. It’s good quality paper and the cover is sturdy, I really like this and am terrified of using it because it’s so sweet.
My door will be getting another addition to it with this Khaleesi mini-poster. I’m actually going to run out of space soon so I’ll have to work on something there. I didn’t know this was a Game of Thrones inspired poster but honestly I really don’t care, the silhouette isn’t obvious and it’s a good quote. This was made exclusively for this box.
A cute addition to this box was these Disney Royalty stickers by Plannable Designs. They’re just cute little Disney stickers. I probably won’t use them because I have commitment issues when it comes to that stuff but they are SO ADORABLE!
This is something unique to Nerdy Bookworm Box. It’s there information card but it’s also a mini-magazine with a whole load of bit and pieces about what’s included in this box, the creators, the book, book suggestions related to the book they chose other upcoming releases and some other fun interactive stuff! I think this is so unique and great way to really inform subscribers about whats in there box and really help get them involved with the book community. Although it does bug me that this wasn’t up the top of the box as an information card usually is, but that’s literally a ridiculous thing to complain about.
Okay we’re almost to the book now, I just wanted to say I LOVE the wrapping of this book. The little crown bead incorporated with the string was such a small but special touch. I loved it!
And this month’s book is….
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. It’s a Young Adult Fantasy novel about three sisters. I know a lot of people have been anticipating this book, but it’s honestly not something I’m interested in. With this box there was actually three covers subscribers could have gotten. One for each sister. I was dearly hoping to receive either of the other two books even though I have no intention on reading the book as their covers at least appeared nice. This cover however makes me feel icky and just wrong. I don’t like snakes. This book will be getting wrapped up at Christmas time for a friend.
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
Included in the book package was a bookmark and a postcard, I’ll be gifting the postcard with the book.
This box was really well curated. I just didn’t really click with some of the items, including the book. Because I already have a somewhat negative opinion of the box because of the book I want you to keep in mind that this subscription company is actually really good. The products (with the exception of the tote bag) are all high quality and they offer something that no other book subscription company has (to my knowledge). While I won’t be continuing a subscription with this service I am open to occasionally purchasing a box if I think the theme is one I would like. Hopefully I do do this and I can give a more enthusiastic review in the future.
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