Posted in Subscription Box, Young Adult

Uppercase Box December Review

The countdown to Christmas continues!!! Christmas is officially only 5 days away! Ah!!! I have to say I think Christmas is probably one of my favorite holidays. Probably because it is the one time of the year where I am allowed to shop without being questioned since it is for other people.  What do you like about this holiday season?


This morning I received  a new box from Uppercase by Lisa Parkin on my front doorstep!

IMG_0024.JPGEvery month you receive:

  • a brand new hardcover book, the book is either signed or you receive a signed bookplate,
  • 1-2 high quality bookish items,
  • Uppercase reading experience with exclusive content,
  • and a special note!

You can choose from two different plans:

Expert plan: comes with everything above for only $23/month plus $6 shipping and handling;

Book exclusive plan: comes with everything above except the 1-2 bookish items for only $17/month plus s/h.

You can check out my other Uppercase reviews here, and my other book subscription reviews here!


They changed their little tote bag, and I think it is adorable! I already liked that they come in a sack, but this one is just more decorative and fun!

Each subscription comes with a list of items in the box, a letter from Lisa, and a bookmark with that months reading experience. The reading experience can be anything from a question, poll and/or video about that particular section in the novel.

Book: Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill

Expected Publication: December 27th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

This book has a retail value of $17.99, you can purchase this book on Amazon for $10.61.

I’m pretty stoked about this novel, I haven’t heard of it before but it seems like a book I will really enjoy. It’s also pretty cool that we were given a book that isn’t even out yet!

As always, the book came signed!

Ever the Hunted temporary tattoo. “The hunt is about to begin.”

Custom 2017 planner for bookworms designed by Simini Blocker. This is an Uppercase exclusive item and it’s super cute. I think I will use this to keep myself organized with blog posts and book releases! Since this is an exclusive item I am going to estimate that this has a value of $10.00

This is what it looks like inside, and each month has a different quote. There is also a place to write down your book log for the month.

You can’t have a planner without stickers! These are from Stick’n Plan and they have a deal on Etsy going right now. You can find this particular sheet in their shop for $3.70.

Gold Book Planner Clip by Willowfields. Lisa really thinks of everything! First you get a planner, then you get stickers to help keep you organized, and to finish it you get a planner clip so you can quickly find that particular week in the planner! This clip has a retail value of $2.50.


Overall, this box has an estimated value of $26.81. This is a little bit low in my opinion for a $29 subscription, but I really like everything in the box (except maybe the temporary tattoo)! What do you think of this months box?

Posted in Young Adult

P.S. I Like You Review

IMG_0070P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Published: July 26th 2016 by Point

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Minor spoiler alert (I think)!

Goodreads Summary:

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

“You’re my favorite way to pass the time. But time stands still when you’re on my mind.”

This book came in my August Uppercase subscription, and I am so glad that it did! I have been reading a lot of fantasy lately, and it’s nice to mix it up here and there. This was a very cute story about two “anonymous” pen pals trying to pass their time in chemistry class. This book reminded me a lot of A Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. The only difference is they wrote e-mails and in this story it’s old fashioned letters stuffed under the desk.

“I’m with you on measuring this week in letters and the two-day drought we are about to experience. If only there was a way to transport letters faster, through some sort of electronic device that codes messages and sends them through the air. But that’s just crazy talk.”

Lily is described as weird, quirky, and kind of hipstery (is that a word? Well it is now). She is a self-taught guitar player who likes to write lyrics, and wants to submit a song to a competition. All throughout the semester, Lily can’t find the words and makes excuses to not share her lyrics with anyone.

Cade is the exact opposite of Lily. He is “mainstream” and very popular at school who also happens to play baseball. From Lily’s pov, we see Cade as a class A jerk, who is always trying to make Lily miserable. They have a hatred for each other that goes back years. When Lily finally explains why she hates him, I just don’t see how one incident could incite such hatred.

“But then I think: my guitar is just a thing. You know? And my brother is a person. A thing is not more important than a person…”

Plot wise this book moved very quickly. There was a lot of highs and lows and for the most part I followed along the emotional rollercoaster with Lily. I got so caught up in the moment, that I found myself smiling when something cute happened and tearing up when Lily starts crying.

This story is nothing if not a walking cliche. Almost every situation was a cliche of some sort, but for the most part it didn’t bother me too much. Let’s see…boy drama? Check. Friend drama? Check. Mean girl trying to ruin main protagonists happiness? Check. Love triangle? More like a brief square that never really amounted to anything, but check.

 

“We don’t need any cutesy traditions. We’re solid you and me.”

West could have ruined this book by having a love triangle be the main focus. Thankfully, it didn’t last long and two of the boys came in and out of the picture fairly quickly. (Whatever happened to the clarinet guy who kicked the rabbit? Two dates and he just disappears for good?) At least with Lucas we know why he is no longer in the picture. The relationship between Lily and Cade progressed naturally, and I just wished that she got over her prejudices earlier so that they could have been a couple more in the book!

Need a quick contemporary read with a sense of humor? Then I suggest picking up this book! Totally worth it.

Posted in Subscription Box, Young Adult

Girl Against the Universe Review

Girl Agains the Universe by Paula StokesIMG_0704

Published: May 17th 2016 by HarperCollins

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away may be harder than she thought.

“Time doesn’t heal anything. It’s like drinking. The best it can do is help you forget, if you’re lucky.”

This was one of the books I received from Uppercase, and I am so happy that I had a chance to finally read it! This is one of the books that gets you hooked in the beginning and you just keep on reading until you are done. I don’t read contemporary often, but when I do and like it, I tend to read everything by that author. This was one of those books, I loved it so much!

Maguire suffers from PTSD and a little bit of OCD and it has affected her life in a major way. She definitely has survivors guilt, and thinks that every bad thing that happens around her is because of her and her curse. Stokes handled Maguires mental illness very well, you could tell how serious her condition was without the story being very dark.

‘‘Bad stuff happens around me.’’ I fold my hands in my lap. ‘‘You’re risking your life just by being in this room with me.’’

The story starts off with Maguire at a therapy session, and afterwards we get our first peek at Jordy. After the second or third session, Jordy starts to integrate himself into Maguire’s life. With Maguires curse, we see how she treats strangers and is always doing her 5 second checks to make sure everyone is safe. I love how the book starts off with Maguire in therapy and walking by this guy she has no idea who he is, and at the end we come full circle. Maguire is in therapy, discussing all the things she was able to accomplish, and now Jordy has become a constant figure in her life. By the end of the story, you could see how much Maguire has changed and struggled to get over her mental illness’ and try to live a normal life.

Besides Maguire and Jordy, the supporting characters and her parents are also great. The friends that she made from tennis are supportive and helpful. They don’t treat Maguire any differently after finding out about her problems. Maguire’s parents are also in the picture, so we don’t have that cliche of a single parent or absentee parents. Her mom and step father are very much in the picture, and helps Maguire in any way she needs. I really liked how this was mostly Maguire dealing with life and getting over her dad, uncle, and brothers death, but then it turns into her mom struggling also with their death and how they overcome it together. This to me, made the story more real and didn’t just ignore the fact that her mom may or may not be dealing with the deaths just like Maguire.

Overall, if you are looking for a quick read that isn’t too heavy on romance or a dark subject matter, then this book is for you! I can’t wait to check out some of Stokes’ other works. 

Posted in Subscription Box, Young Adult

July Uppercase Box Review

It’s that time of the month again! A new box from Uppercase by Lisa Parkin!

IMG_0024.JPGEvery month you receive:

  • a brand new hardcover book, the book is either signed or you receive a signed bookplate,
  • 1-2 high quality bookish items,
  • Uppercase reading experience with exclusive content,
  • and a special note!

You can choose from two different plans:

Expert plan: comes with everything above for only $23/month plus $6 shipping and handling;

Book exclusive plan: comes with everything above except the 1-2 bookish items for only $17/month plus s/h.

 

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All the items are inside this cute little bag. This month came with a signed hardcover book, an exclusive button, sticky notes set, stamped pencils, and of course a bookmark that unlocks all of the exclusive content!

 

 

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The first item I pulled out of my box was this personalized letter. It has details of all of the items inside the box and also a personalized letter of why this book was picked this month! I really like receiving these, because it feels as if the owner is connecting to us individually rather than getting mass quantities of subscription boxes out there.

 

The book this month is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Published July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books.

IMG_0031Goodreads Summary:

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

IMG_0034The list price on this book is $17.99, but on Amazon you can purchase it for $10.36!

The only downside to this book is that if you also subscribe to Owlcrate, then you will get the same book. I don’t know about their book, but Uppercase’s book is signed! So to me, a signed book has more value than just a regular book. I love getting signed books from Uppercase, I didn’t have any before and now I am starting a good collection!

I can’t wait to dive into this book after I finished my current one, but once I do you will be able to check out my review here!

Update (August 23, 2016): I loved this book! It started off a bit slow, but it definitely picked up in pace all the way until the end! Check out my full review here!

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As always that is included in the box is a bookmark that unlocks exclusive content. Normally I always forget about this part of the subscription, but I think this time around I will give it a try!

 

 

This Vintage Stickies in assorted sizes notes set is very adorable! I can’t wait to start using them! The photographs were taken by Phat Dog Vintage, they also have a little shop and a blog that you can check out! This particular set of sticky notes was designed by Galison, and has a retail value of $10.99. I love sticky notes, and one can never have too many at the office!

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Of course in order to use your new vintage sticky note set, you will need something to write with! These are a custom stamped book lover pencil set, and an Uppercase exclusive! Since I don’t know who made them, I could only find something similar. IceyDesigns on Etsy has a similar listing for a set of 7 Book Lovers Pencil set for only $13.95. Although their set is in pastel colors, they do have similar sayings such as “I read YA” and “Book Nerd”.

Super cute.

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The last item in the box is a This Savage Song exclusive button! I can’t find this button in particular, but you can get similar buttons in stores for about $1.99 (at least at Hot Topic you can). IMG_0033

Overall, I really like all of the items in this subscription box! For a box that is $29 a month, this month the estimated value totals to be about $37.29. Not bad!

Did you get an Uppercase box this month, what are your thoughts on the items?

Posted in Subscription Box, Young Adult

May Uppercase Subscription Review

This is my very first #UppercaseBox from Lisa Parkin and I was so excited to open it up to see what new book I get to add to my TBR shelf!

Every month you receive a brand new hardcover book, the book is either signed or you receive a signed bookplate, 1-2 high quality bookish items, Uppercase reading experience with exclusive content, and a special note! You can choose from two different plans:

Expert plan: comes with everything above for only $23/month plus s/h;

Book exclusive plan: comes with everything above except the 1-2 bookish items for only $17/month plus s/h.

As you can see everything came inside this little drawstring bag, so cute! This months book is Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. This book has a retail value of  $17.99, but you can find it on Amazon for $10.22. This book is also signed by the author, which I think adds value to it.

Goodreads summary:

Maguire is bad luck. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.

From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.

As soon as I have a chance to read this, I’ll make sure to leave a copy of my review here. 😉

Update (7/22/16)-I have finally read the book, and I loved it! Check out my review here!

These two items are part of the subscription, and I believe they don’t add any monetary value to the box but are pretty cool features. The picture on the left is a letter that tells you what you can expect in your box as well as a note from Lisa. The bookmark on the right is a read along bookmark with codes for when you hit certain pages – and you’ll get questions, polls, videos, etc. that go along with the book.

Sorry for the glares in the pictures, but you get the gist of what the items are. On the left are book paradise postcard set by Eric Nyffeler (an Uppercase exclusive). And on the right, we have Girl Against the Universe sticker and bookmark!

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Lastly, we have 2 oz loose leaf tea blend from NovelTea Tins. I am not a tea person, but I know someone who is who would love this!

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Verdict: Overall, I really like the items inside this subscription. The book is intriguing and I can’t wait to read it! Although, I might not use all of the items, they will be perfect gifts for people who love to read just as much as I do (and who like tea).

What do you think of this months box?