Book Box Club: December ‘Magic By Night’ Box
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 let me just start off by saying that I feel extremely let down by this box and feel as though I have been deceived. The theme for the December box was ‘Magic By Night’. A direct quote from the theme announcement states “As soon as I heard about the premise I was excited and it didn’t take many sittings of reading my ARC copy to know that we just HAD to have this book for Book Box Club. Kate was equally enthralled and called me to chat about it after she had finished the first chapter. It’s a tricky read to shoehorn into a particular genre, it has everything; romance, teenage angst, small-town prejudice and magical creatures. The writing is seriously beautiful and some nights I would read it before I went to sleep and wake up wondering if I had really read those magical scenes or actually dreamt them instead! If any of you are fans of Maggie Stiefvater and the vivid descriptions in Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus then this will be right up your street!” furthermore in their newsletter titled ‘An Exciting Reveal About Our Magic By Night Box’ they state that “This month, as a special treat, recipients of our Magic by Night box will receive TWO BOOKS: our featured book for this month, plus an advanced reading copy of a book due out in early 2017.” Now as someone who is a control freak and picky reader I usually try and guess the book included in a box BEFORE I order it. Based on what I read and what I’m showing you I made the logical conclusion that the book included would likely be Caraval by Stephanie Garber as it’s been promoted as a YA version of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and it’s being released at the end of January. All the promotion and reveals for this box, in my opinion, point clearly to the feature book being Caraval. I was wrong and because of that I feel extremely let down. Anyway, let’s get into the unboxing/review. Sorry if I sound bitter throughout but when things don’t go my way (or the way I expect them too) I get grouchy…
Okay, so let’s start out by saying that I can’t show you the box because it has my address right on top, but the box experienced some denting and damage in transit. I know from the theme reveal video that this artwork was hand painted then photographed (at least I assume so) so I can’t criticize it too much other than the colours don’t fit with the feature book. The actual information side of the introduction card is clear, easy to read and precise it also includes the full links to stores not just the social media handle or shop name – which is something very good in my opinion.
I also received this little Christmas card in the box, so that was cool.
The first product included is this cute star charm wish bracelet. It has a quote by Sarah J. Maas (‘You Could Rattle The Stars) on the packaging and on the back it says “Close your eyes, make a wish, tie your bracelet on your wrist, when the cord breaks in two your wish will then come true!” I think this bracelet is super cute and I’ll be putting it on once I’ve completed this post. It’s by The Woodland Folk on Etsy.
Next up we have this unicorn iron on patch. This is a nice design but I don’t really have a use for it. It’s by Rosie Wonders.
Then we have this adorable pencil which says ‘I believe in unicorns’. It’s made by the curator of this box and I absolutely adore it!
This magical notebooks by Fable and Black features a J.K Rowling quote on it. It’s not lined inside and is a decent size.
And this month’s feature book is….
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. This is a YA Magical Realism Romance.
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
I had never heard of this book and that’s probably because it isn’t the type of book I would pick up. It was released in 2015 – so it’s odviously not our ARC copy. I expected Caravel to be this book and as I’ve said I am extremely disappointed. This book also came with a signed book plate which I haven’t used and won’t since I plan on selling this book.
The box also included an interview card with the author of the feature book. I like this idea but I never end up reading them, which is silly of me.
We also received some book promotion stuff, first up we have this promotion card for Frogkisser by Garth Nix. I’m glad this was included as I hadn’t heard about this book and it sounds like something I might enjoy.
And the second book is….
The Memory Book by Lara Avery. This is supposedly the ARC, however this book was released in the US back in July of 2016 and I’ve seen it in Australian stores (we get the UK covers) since before Christmas. So it most certainly is not an ARC of a book being released in early 2017. I’ve been meaning to pick this one up however it seems extremely gut wrenching so I probably won’t pick it up til I’m in a good place mentally so I’m not upset about it being included. However it doesn’t fit with the theme AT ALL.
They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.
Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.
So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.
Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.
While I admire the quality of the products included I hate to say I won’t be ordering from this company again. Not only is the feature book not a new release (and while that would be fine if they advertised that that was the case they don’t/didn’t) but to me (and I haven’t read the book so I could be wrong) it doesn’t really fit the theme. If you’re including a magical realism book make the theme more obscure and less ‘magic’. Also the creators should be more aware of the books being released and how they should make the theme more specific to what they’re including. I was expecting more dark creepy circus and fairy like things instead I got unicorns and a contemporary novel? I just feel like there was a lot of false advertising and I am disappointed with the company. Obviously you are free to judge based on your own opinions of the products included but to me I’ve been ‘wronged’ by them and just have no interest in using this service again. (Which is probably a good thing since I have so many other boxes I want to try and buy..) I really do love the bracelet and pencil though!
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