Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Book Riot YA03

The Book Riot YA box is a quarterly book subscription box filled with 2-3 young adult novels and a couple bookish goodies.  This box is a little more expensive.  The cost is $45 every 3 months. (The cost used to be $50 every 3 months so they just dropped the price!) Shipping to the U.S. is $5, shipping to Canada is $20, and international shipping is $30.

Want to see what's in the Book Riot YA03 box?  Let's find out!

Book Riot YA Box

The theme for this month was 'Chilling YA Horror Reads.'

Every box comes with a letter detailing the contents of the box.

Daughters Unto Devils By Amy Lukavics (Hardcover)

This looks like a creepy book.  I love creepy books!  This book was released on September 29, 2015 and has a 3.74 star rating on Goodreads.

Retail Value: $17.99  Amazon Price: $11.50

Below is the book's synopsis from Goodreads:

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

I can't wait to read this book!  Sounds good.

The Devil And Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow and David Ostow (Hardcover)

Another creepy looking book.  Yes!  This book was released on October 13, 2015 and has a 3.43 star rating on Goodreads.

Retail Value:  $18.99  Amazon Price:  $15.26

Below is the book's synopsis from Goodreads:

Told as an ongoing letter to a friend, Winnie’s story is a heartrending mystery and a pop culture critique in the vein of Libba Bray’s Going Bovine and Beauty Queens—with illustrations throughout that recall the quirky, dark, and distinct aesthetics of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Winnie Flynn doesn’t believe in ghosts. (Though she wouldn’t mind a visit from her mom, explaining why she took her own life.) When her mysterious aunt Maggie, a high-profile TV producer, recruits Winnie to spend a summer working as a production assistant on her current reality hit, Fantastic, Fearsome, she suddenly finds herself in the one place her mother would never go: New Jersey.

New Jersey’s famous Devil makes perfect fodder for Maggie’s show. But as the filming progresses, Winnie sees and hears things that make her think that the Devil might not be totally fake after all. Things that involve her and her family. Things about her mother’s death that might explain why she’s never met Aunt Maggie until now.

Winnie soon discovers her family’s history is deeply entwined with the Devil’s. If she’s going to make it out of the Pine Barrens alive, she might have to start believing in what her aunt is telling her. And, find out what she isn’t.

I'm half-way through this book and I really like it so far.  The story is very interesting and the illustrations are awesome!!

'Fight Evil, Read Books' Print by Katy Dwyer

This is a cool print.  I'm definitely framing this and putting it in my office.  Cool!

Retail Value:  $15.60

Forest Sticky Page Markers by Duncan Shott Studio

These are really cute sticky page markers that you can put in your book to mark a certain page or just to add some coolness to the pages.  Every box either received this forest theme or a space theme.  I love the forest theme.

Retail Value:  $7.95

Temporary Tattoos (images from The Devil and Winnie Flynn)

Meh.  These are cute but I don't wear temporary tattoos so I'll probably give them to a friend's kids.

Tara's Take:  I wasn't really impressed by the October Book Riot Ya Box.  I saw pictures of the past two boxes and they seemed much better than this month's box.  I wish they would have included 3 books or more bookish items in this box.  I loved the books but I was disappointed that there were so few items in the box.  I was also upset that they said about 15% of subscribers would receive an extra book in their box this month:  Copies of Carry On and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell or an advanced reader copy of Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina.  I think they should include these extra items in every box for all subscribers.  It makes the subscribers feel let down if they didn't receive an extra item.  I'm also disappointed that there were no signed books or bookplates included.  I think at this price point they should include a signed book or a letter from the author.  I really don't know if I'm going to stick with this subscription box.  I think I'll give it one more try but I hope that January's box is much better.

If you want to subscribe to the Book Riot YA Box go to:  https://quarterly.co/products/book-riot-ya

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