Friends and Fangirls, YA is the best thing in the planet. Young adult books are truly a miracle, especially when they are a part of subscription boxes. I both bought and received Elizabeth Frankenstein from a subscription box, gave away one copy, and fell in love with the other.
This is going to be an entirely different type of review, because Once Upon A Book Club is an entirely different type of subscription service. There are spoilers for the box, and some spoilers from the book past the read more tab, so enter with caution!
Once Upon a Book Club is a phenomenal subscription box, where recipients aren’t supposed to open all of their gifts right away. Instead, each piece has a page number, and the corresponding page has an “open your gift now” sticky note on it. This is for the most phenomenal reason; so you can experience the book in an entirely new way.
For example, Notes From My Caltivity is a book about a seventeen year old girl who wants to be a journalist. While making a trek through Siberia to find an urban legend of a family, the crew dies, and Adrienne is left on her own. That is, until the family finds her. While trying to communicate with the youngest in the family, our girl Adrienne’s necklace comes into discussion. And it’s time to open our first gift! It’s the necklace described, down to an impressive detail. The necklace has an A pressed into it in the book, but we got necklaces with an A sticker (because not everyone’s name starts with A).
This continues through the book, and we get a bowl, two pieces of art, and a newspaper clipping. I couldn’t put down the book because it was incredibly captivating, but I was also excited to see my next gift. The concept alone blows my mind, but the execution was all but flawless. I felt some things were a bit off (I’ve never gotten a bowl in a subscription box, and the newspaper clipping seemed like a bit of a cop out), but the novelty of it all made it worthwhile.
I’m still so darn blown away by this. I loved the book (and think it’s worthwhile even if you don’t get all the gifts), and the box made for an even more exciting read. Check out Once Upon a Book Club here, and grab Notes from my Captivity anywhere books are sold.