Happy Friday friends! I’m so pleased to bring you part one of a special review opportunity. Last week I was contacted by Quarterly Co’s The Literary Box to review their latest Young Adult shipment on my blog. If you’ve not heard of them, TLB is a subscription service that sends out your box once a quarter (as expected). The box includes 3 books, and you can choose an Adult Fiction or Young Adult Fiction box. You will receive the featured author’s latest book filled with their personal annotations inside (this is really neat!) and 2 other books they have hand picked to include as well. There are bookish goodies included, usually along the lines of bookmarks, colored pencils, small games, pins, etc that are fun as well! The cost for either package is $49, which comes out to only $17 a month! That’s a crazy good deal folks. In this post I’ll be walking you through what it was like opening and unveiling my first box, plus touching on what exactly was inside, and hopefully will be able to answer any questions you have and help you decide if you’d like to try a box out yourself. You can find their website and more information HERE.
What I noticed immediately was how neatly everything was packaged and the care that was taken in the initial presentation. I couldn’t decide what to pick up first so I just grabbed in order from top to bottom; I would recommend grabbing that blue folder first and glossing over it’s contents before reaching for the rest. Off the top there were a few advertisements for Neal Shusterman’s latest Scythe and a Diabolic sticker with the author’s signature. Also included is a letter from author S.J. Kincaid, as she is this quarter’s curator, and it includes a little about her, her book, and the two books she chose to include in the shipment as well. Again, not everyone cares as much as I do about nerdy things, but I love the quality and texture to the paper that went in to creating the contents of this box; the company clearly didn’t want to skimp on the little things which earns them bonus points in my book. A couple of other bookish things included was a dice game called Love Letter, “a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2-4 players”, and a Book Wyrm dragon pin designed by Andrew J. Bronza that I am particularly in love with. Did I mention dragon pin? Does it get any better than that? You can check out the items in the picture below:
Now, for the part we’ve all been waiting for-the books! I was overjoyed when I saw what books came in the box; The Diabolic has been high on my TBR list for awhile and now I have a legitimate excuse to read it ASAP. The other two books, Unwind by Neal Shusterman and The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow are older books that are new to me and have heard wonderful things about, so you could say I’m just as excited to read them as well. Since The Diabolic is the main show here, I’d like to talk about the copy I received as it’s different than the one you’d buy off Amazon. You see, this copy comes complete with personal annotations from the author herself. There are post it notes throughout on a majority of pages (these can easily be removed if they become a nuisance to you) which I feel will enhance the story as I read it. Who doesn’t want to know the author’s thoughts and motivations while writing their baby? I’ve included pictures below to give you an idea and will include more thoughts on this in my review of the book.
I’d give the presentation, content, and speediness of arrival all my 5 star stamp of approval! I’m overwhelmed by the quality of the products used and think this is one of the best book-related subscription boxes you could invest in. While I haven’t seen an Adult Fiction box in person, I’m convinced the level of quality and preparation would be the same if you would be more interested in those types of reads. Stay tuned for full reviews of each book; I’m looking forward to checking the stories out for myself after reading such fabulous reviews on all three. Is there a book included that you’ve read or would like to read? Are there any titles or specific bookish materials you’d like to see in a future box? Be sure to let me know your thoughts below. Happy weekend to you all and wishing you a remaining Fabulous February!