Happy Monday friends! I wanted to take a moment to pop on here and do an unboxing of sorts. Lately, I’ve found myself curious to discover what little known book subscription boxes are available, and My Thrill Club immediately jumped out at me. Full disclosure– I found this company by browsing on Crate Joy and purchased this box myself. This post is in no way sponsored and all opinions are my own. Now, on to the good stuff!
A Little Bit About The Box:
My Thrill Club offers 2 new hardcover books and one e-book per month in a choice of genres: Mystery, Thriller, Horror, or you can let them surprise you. The price starts at $18.99 for the month to month, but offers a discount if you sign a subscription for 3, 6, or 12 months. You can cancel at anytime prior to your order shipping for the month, or there is an option to skip a month at a time if you need to catch up on your books for awhile. If you purchase a subscription package, and aren’t happy with the service, they will refund your money for the remainder of your subscription package. Quite a deal, right? Currently this box is only available to ship within the U.S., and your first box ships within 48 hours of placing an order. If you want to find out more, you can do so at their website HERE. Now, time to see what we got!
Woo hoo! As you can see, I chose the horror genre, which may surprise most people. My thinking was, I’m so burned out on thrillers right now, and their mystery genre isn’t my particular taste, so I decided to branch out and explore a genre I’m fairly new to. When you place an order, you’re able to leave a note to state any preferences that may be helpful to the company. I told them I can’t stomach any graphic trauma toward children and that I have an affinity toward anything speculative or fantasy like. Based on those suggestions, I think they did a fabulous job choosing. I’m going to leave the synopsis for each book below, in case you’re as curious as I am, and once I’ve read these I’ll come back and update you! ❤
The Changeling by Victor Lavalle
Apollo Kagwa has had strange dreams that have haunted him since childhood. An antiquarian book dealer with a business called Improbabilia, he is just beginning to settle into his new life as a committed and involved father, unlike his own father who abandoned him, when his wife Emma begins acting strange. Disconnected and uninterested in their new baby boy, Emma at first seems to be exhibiting all the signs of post-partum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go far beyond that. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act—beyond any parent’s comprehension—and vanishes, seemingly into thin air.
Thus begins Apollo’s odyssey through a world he only thought he understood to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. His quest begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma’s whereabouts. Apollo then begins a journey that takes him to a forgotten island in the East River of New York City, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest in Queens where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever. This dizzying tale is ultimately a story about family and the unfathomable secrets of the people we love.
The Kind Folk by Ramsey Campbell
Luke Arnold is a successful stage comedian who, with his partner Sophie Drew, is about to have their first child. Their life seems ideal and Luke feels that true happiness is finally within his grasp.
This wasn’t always the case. Growing up in a loving but dysfunctional family, Luke was a lonely little boy who never felt that he belonged. While his parents adored him, the whole family knew that due to a mix-up at the hospital, Luke wasn’t their biological child. His parents did the best they could to make the lad feel special. But it was his beloved uncle Terence who Luke felt most close to, a man who enchanted (and frightened) the lad with tales of the “Other”–eldritch beings, hedge folks, and other fables of Celtic myth.
When Terence dies in a freak accident, Luke suddenly begins to learn how little he really knew his uncle. How serious was Terence about the magic in his tales? Why did he travel so widely by himself after Luke was born, and what was he looking for? Soon Luke will have to confront forces that may be older than the world in order to save his unborn child.