This was my first month with Book Boyfriend Box! They ship out crates every other month, I believe, as the next one will be arriving in April. I’m not sure how I feel about it, though I could be a little bitter because I received a duplicate book, Carve the Mark, which also came in January’s LitJoy crate.
The box itself came a little beat up. I have unethically high standards though because the OwlCrate and LitJoy boxes always come looking like they were boxed up down the street and driven to my front door in a limousine. Hard to beat.
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Book Boyfriend Box delivers the best new YA reads and fangirl feels right to your door every other month. Each box is themed and tailored to meet your bibliophile needs, featuring high quality, artisan items from small businesses such as bath products, cosmetics, fandom swag, home decor, cute apparel, bookish goodies, art, and exclusive author content. Additionally, in each box we send out, one or more subscribers are selected at random to receive a surprise bonus item in their box as our thanks for choosing our service!
In short: swoon-worthy, empowering, functional, and affordable. What’s not to love?
In February’s crate we got:
- Out of Print Sci-fi Socks
Mine are inspired by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and I’ve already worn them twice and sent them through a rinse cycle.
You could say I like them.
- Fizzy Fairy Apothecary Bath Bomb
This was a really cool thing to receive. Because, not only do I love bath bombs, but it came with a background story explaining its name “Daddy, I See the Moon” and all the proceeds are being donated to the TS Alliance (Tuberous Sclerosis), which is a really beautiful testament to the character and goals of this company.
They create bath bombs inspired by Greek Culture. This specific one turned my bath water lavender and smelled similar to detergent.
- Exclusive Lunar Chronicles Magnetic Bookmarks from Paperly and Co
- A Copy of the Winning Piece from Boy Boyfriend Box’s Short Story Competition
This is one of my favorite aspects about this crate. It’s a great way to include subscribers by inducing their creativity. I wrote a short story for the contest, and, unfortunately, I didn’t win. However the story that did, titled Disengagement, was very well-written and deserving of the honor. I did notice some issues with commas and periods in the dialogue, but that’s okay.
- Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
I’ve heard a lot of good things, but mostly bad things about this title, so I’m sure you can imagine that I’m not exactly thrilled I have not one but TWO copies of it.
The last person I spoke to described it as a black vs. white sci-fi saga, which, in today’s climate, isn’t going to do anything but illicit controversy.
I’m actually doing a giveaway on my Instagram, including this title and The Edge of Everything if you want to check it out and enter!
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.
- Ascenders by C.L. Gaber
OKAY, this is an indie title, and I am totally impressed Book Boyfriend Box included it in their crate. So far, this company has wickedly impressed me with their generosity and supportive values. Wow.
Also, the premise sounds wickedly enticing, and I’m probably going to add it to my TBR list sooner than the highly anticipated Carve the Mark.
Side note: GREAT REVIEWS ON AMAZON. An amazing feat for an Indie title.
Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences. Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.
These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.
Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.
There is no homework. No tests. No SATS. You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24.
By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.
“Losing someone you love would be like dying twice,” Walker says.
* * * * * *
Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.
She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He’s looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.
He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.
Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.
Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?
At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.