Friday, August 21, 2015

OwlCrate August 2015 "Mystery" Book Subscription Review

I finally got off the waitlist at OwlCrate! It's a YA book subscription box that sends fresh young adult literature to your door each month along with some bookish goodies. Personally, I adore YA lit. I may be getting close to 40 but I love reading and my favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy. Toss in a little steampunk or history and I'm a happy girl.
Besides a new book, you'll get a whole bunch of bookish/book-related goodies. Sometimes your book will even be signed by the author! I was really impressed with the box and packing. Except for the purple paper shreds which linted all over everything.

The Cost: $36.98/month to the US (OwlCrate also ships within Canada and Internationally).

What You Get: Every single crate comes equipped with a top notch, newly released YA novel alone with lots of goodies geared towards bookworms. Goodies consist of jewelry, bookmarks, stickers, prints, toys, accessories, and all sorts of wonderful randomness!

"Trouble is a Friend of Mine" by Stephanie Tromly- This is billed as being "Sherlock meets Veronica Mars meets Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in this story of a wisecracking girl who meets a weird but brilliant boy and their roller-coaster of a semester that’s one part awkward, three parts thrilling, and five parts awesome."

Sounds good to me! Here's the synopsis:

When Philip Digby first shows up on her doorstep, Zoe Webster is not impressed. He's rude and he treats her like a book he's already read and knows the ending to. But before she knows it, Digby--annoying, brilliant and somehow attractive?--has dragged her into a series of hilarious and dangerous situations all related to an investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that may be connected to the tragic disappearance of his own sister eight years ago.

When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can't say no. Digby gets her, even though she barely gets herself. But is Digby a hero, or is his manic quest an indication of a desperate attempt to repair his broken family and exercise his own obsessive compulsive tendencies? 

A romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a crime novel where catching the crook isn't the only hook, a friendship story where they aren't even sure they like each other--this is a contemporary debut with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and the most charismatic dynamic duo you've ever met. 

I'm pretty excited to read this. I can't believe we're being sent books that were just released! This book was released on August 4th and we are already getting it in our crate!

You can get it on Amazon for about $10 for either the hardcover or the Kindle version. Speaking of... I think it would be pretty awesome if they had an option for a Kindle download instead of a book. Seems like that would cut shipping costs, too. 
Value: $10
Shaileyann Designs Harriet the Spy Quote Print- Ah, Harriet the Spy. I read that book, too, of course. Not my favorite. For some reason I always liked Encyclopedia Brown, Cam Jansen and the Danny Dunn series as my "mystery" books. Wow. I pulled those out of the annals of my brain. Those all probably were read when I was in third or fourth grade.
Value: $8

The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild Sherlock Holmes Notebook- I love this size of notebook and happily collect them and use them for all sorts of things. One more to add to the bunch, yay!
Value: $3.25
Inspired Nails Sherlock Holmes Nail Decals- I need to get into using nail decals. I think I could do it. These aren't very girly (and I'm kinda girly), though, so I think I would need a special occasion to use them.
Value: $4.75

Forever Always Designs Nancy Drew Key- I love this because I love steampunk and I love Nancy Drew. I read all the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene. The real ones. Not the ones new ones they have nowadays. Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys by Frank Dixon were my favorite mysteries.
Value: $10?

VERDICT: I am very pleased with OwlCrate. It's more expensive than I would like but they are shipping hardcover books. I really see the benefit of getting new books published by a bigger publishing company. The quality is very apparent. Book subscriptions tend to be pricey so you definitely need to be a certain kind of person to subscribe for something like this. You must love the physical copy and adding it to your bookshelf. You need to enjoy a variety of genres. And you need to not care that you can generally purchase the book cheaper on Amazon (or be the type that doesn't look to find out). With all the extras in the box, I do think this box paid for itself.

If you would like to sign up for OwlCrate, September's theme is "Leading Ladies." You bet I'm staying subscribed for that one. You will have to sign up on the Wait List and then they'll send you an email letting you know you got off. If you get that email, sign up right away because you can lose your spot if you take too long! You'll stay on the list but you'll lose that months box.

What do you think of OwlCrate? Compared to other book subscriptions?

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