Subscription Review: BookCase.Club

BookCase.Club is a monthly book subscription box that caters to fans of multiple genres including Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller, Sci-Fi, Children’s Paranormal Romance, Romance, Cookbooks, and Military. Each box includes 2 hand-picked books from the genre of your choosing along with an information page and a note from the team. My first month’s subscription was to the “Teenage Dream Case.”


This box was paid for by me, for me, specifically for use in this review. It was in no way sponsored by or provided by a third party.


img_1970

Subscription Details:

The Box: BookCase.Club
The Cost: Starting at $9.99 plus s&h ($5.00 to the US only)
Discounts: Varying, 10% off up to 25% off for a 3-month subscription
What’s Inside: 2 hand-picked novels from the genre of your choice

TRB Review:

This box was a bit of a different approach to the monthly subscription boxes that I’ve seen. Most of the ones that I’ve signed up for so far have been a bit pricey ($30+/month), but they’ve also been themed and have included more than just books (bookish themed goodies). I immediately liked this box because you know exactly what to expect from it – 2 mystery choice books and THAT’S IT! You are even able to switch your genre monthly, it just needs to be done by the time the new billing period begins (the 10th of each month).

The sign up options are simple and very similar to that of other boxes. You can get a 1, 3, 6, or 12-month subscription saving you anywhere from $2 per quarter up to $20/year.

pricing

There are two genre options that only send out quarterly (Cookbooks & Military) and the rest are a monthly subscription. Shipping is only available to US residents at the moment, but it is a flat rate of $5.00 per box and that seems completely reasonable to me.

Unboxing & Contents:

img_1985There is no real “presentation” with this box, but if you think about it it’s really not even necessary. Since this box only contains books, there’s no need for special innards or a certain style of packing. They packaged it well, there was some tissue paper taking up the excess space and the books were in perfect shape when they arrived.

Each box contains a page with a description/explanation of the books as well as a note or two from the team. The back has all of their contact info, which I love especially since the hashtags are there for you to reference on social media!

I also love that it was hand signed by Melissa, it’s a great personal touch!

In this month’s “Teenage Dreams Case” there were two YA books, one of which was a paperback and the other a hardcover. I like this combo because I can never choose what books I want to own in which format, it takes the guesswork out of it all and I was very pleased with having received a hardcover in the mix having paid less than $15 for the box.

img_1987The first of the two novels, Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike, is a paperback YA novel published in 2014. Amazon says about the book, “Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series, shines in this stand-alone novel that offers a humorous twist on ghosts and is perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Rachel Hawkins, and Kiersten White. Paying for your mistakes takes on a whole new meaning in this clever and exhilarating modern retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Kirkus Reviews called Life After Theft “a brisk, down-to-earth thriller,” and School Library Journal proclaimed it a “whirlwind adventure full of secrets, lies, unlikely friendships, and romance.”

Approx. Value: $9.99 via Amazon w/ free Prime shipping

img_1976The box’s second novel, Denton’s Little Death Date by Lance Rubin, is a hardcover reprint edition published in 2015. Amazon says, “Get ready to die laughing: this is an outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.” Some reviews via Amazon – “Rubin is really funny but like John Green, he manages to be poignant at the same time. You’ll laugh out loud while you read this, but you’re probably going to tear up a bit too.” —Bustle

“An utterly enjoyable, engrossing page-turner.” — Bulletin

Approx. Value: $11.38 via Amazon w/ free Prime shipping

The overall worth of the books in this box came to just under $22.00 factoring in the free Prime shipping if you subscribe to that service. I paid $13.49 for my first box (using a 15% off code), that puts the savings at roughly $8.50 – that’s saving enough to buy another paperback book if you ask me! But here I am being a penny pincher ;)

Packaging Quality – 5/5
Content Quality – 4/5
Overall Rating – 4.5/5 

I was very happy with this subscription box, and plan to continue with my service! Although you truly aren’t saving a ton, the trouble of having to go to the store, read through and choose new books, etc. is all taken care of for you and coming from a chronically non-social person who doesn’t care to go to the bookstore anyway, it’s PERFECT!

The only thing that I am not a huge fan of, is that the books are not new releases. I don’t mind reading older books (these were within the last 2 years), and I imagine they get a discount purchasing books this way, but I think it would be more enticing if the content was a bit newer. Again though looking at the cost and convenience aspect, totally worth it.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check these guys out and get signed up. They offer great customer service, tracking info when your package ships, and a fantastic array of books delivered to your front door for a very minimal price. If you’re not a fan of all the “stuff” that comes with other boxes and don’t see paying for it if you won’t use it (like I came to the conclusion with my Owlcrate box earlier this month), and you don’t mind reading something that could be a few years old – then this is the box for you.

What subscription boxes are you subscribed to monthly? We are curious to find out and discover new boxes so please, comment below or contact us if you’d like for us to review a subscription box that you manage!

XOXO
Savana C.

 

Subscription Review: Owlcrate

Owlcrate is a monthly subscription box that caters to fans of YA novels. It includes a newly released YA books plus 3-5 bookish goodies. Each month is themed, and the included items pertain to the specific month’s theme. This review is for the September 2016 “Darkness” box.


This box was paid for by me, for me, specifically for use in this review. It was in no way sponsored by or provided by a third party.


 

box-contents

Subscription Details:

The Box: Owlcrate
The Cost: $29.99 plus s&h ($6.99 US, $10.59 Canada, $19.99 Intl.)
Discounts: Varying by rep, 10%-15% off your first subscription box
What’s Inside: 1 newly published YA novel, 3-5 bookish goodies

TRB Review:
I was soooo excited for this box. I’ve seen so much hype online and have heard so many good things about it, I’d decided just to suck it up and spend the money to try it out! Their sign-up process was very simple, pleasant, and quick to complete. I was lucky in that I subscribed the weekend that they were mailing their September boxes, so I didn’t have very long to wait until I received mine.

The package was in great shape (they of course have no control over this, I suppose I’m giving USPS a shoutout here for decent handling) and it was easy enough to open up. The presentation is fantastic, the contents are covered by what I call “squiggle confetti” which I love!

Unboxing & Contents: 

box-presentation

The presentation of the box was fantastic, very well put together and everything fit well. Love the “squiggle confetti” and the contrast of color (like that really matters, but I enjoyed it).

I hate to sound crass here, or ungrateful or the likes because that’s not it at all – but I expected a bit more from this box after having paid nearly $40. But that could just be me, I think I may have gone into with much too high of expectations.

detail-card

 

 

Each box contains a detail card that explains the items that are in the box. In the boxes are also a pin, specific to that month.
fortune-telling-bomb
One of the neat featured items in this box was the “Fortune Telling Bomb” which is a fizzing bath bomb by the ladies at DaBombFizzers on Etsy.
Value – $7.50

 

 

throne-of-glass-candle

Next in the box was this uh-mazing Throne of Glass themed candle that was specially made by the team at TheMeltingLibrary on Etsy just for this month’s Owlcrate box!!

Approx. Value – $5.00

 

six-of-crows-bookmark

 

Another item exclusive to this month’s Owlcrate box was this Six of Crows bookmark by Evie Bookish! It is sturdy, dark, and awesome.

Approx. Value – $5.00

 

 

 

canvas-pouch
Out of Print made these really neat custom canvas bags, another exclusive item in this month’s Owlcrate box.

Approx. Value – $12.00
passport

 

This is a unique ad booklet that was included for the upcoming novel Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast due out in October. It was a flip through that included excerpts, book and author info, and a couple of mini coloring pages. What a great way to advertise!

No est. value
remade-episode-1

This is pretty cool, and something totally new to me. Remade is a mini-series (like a season on T.V. basically) that is consistent of 15 “episodes” that will be released through the end of the year by Matthew Cody and other various authors. I haven’t read it yet, but it seems like an interesting concept. The cover alone has me curious.

Approx. Value – $1.85

The series, or “Season 1” is available for $21.99 via SerialBox
three-dark-crowns

And last but not least, the crown jewel (pun totally intended), the newly released YA novel Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Along with this came a few other neat goodies including a signed bookplate, letter from the author exclusive to Owlcrate subscribers that doubles as a map for the book realm, and a neat Three Dark Crowns themed fortune teller.

Approx. Value – $10.61 (for the book via Amazon w/ free Prime shipping)

The signed bookplate, letter, & fortune teller do not have a definable value.

signed-bookplateauthor-letter
map

Overall I estimate the items in this box being worth around $52.00 which of course doesn’t include the priceless items such as the signed bookplate and letter from the author etc. This is a great value for a box that only costs $29.99 + s&h. I used a discount code from an Instagram rep (don’t remember who, sorry) when I purchased mine that gave me 10% off my order which brought it down to $33 and some change.

Packaging Quality – 5/5
Content Quality – 3/5
Overall Rating – 4/5 

My rating of this box’s contents might seem a bit harsh, but it is completely honest and entirely my own opinion. Like I said above, the value of the items in comparison to the price you pay is fantastic! I loved the box, its theme, and the presentation. My favorite items were the book (duh), the bookmark, and the candle. The others I can live without, and will probably never use. I unfortunately cannot see the justification in paying almost $40/month (that adds up to almost $480 per year) for a book and a few bookish knick-knacks that will most likely sit around on my shelf.

I would be more inclined to participate in a box that included a book and a more useful, day-to-day item like a coffee mug, a tote, even a piece of jewelry (obviously not real, bookish costume jewelry even like a pair of earrings or a necklace) or a cute journal. I am a working adult and have limited space for “things” so perhaps that is my problem. I’ve also never been a huge clutter person, and I think I would just end up causing clutter with these items.

I had mentioned on my Instagram account that I would be giving this box another chance but I have chosen to cancel my subscription before the next charge. I am waiting to receive two other subscription boxes and will be providing reviews on them too, including BookCase.Club and Book Boyfriend Box.

Have you tried any subscription boxes? What were they and what did you think? I am looking into trying a couple more once I receive these next two, please comment your suggestions and experiences below!!

XOXO
Savana C.