Saturday, September 3, 2016

Book Mail YA Box July 2016 Review

Book Mail YA is a new book box from Book Riot that will include at least two young adult new releases and other bookish goodies.  Each box comes out every three months and is a one time purchase so this is not a subscription box.

Price:  $60 per box

Shipping:  Free to the United States.

Book Mail YA Box

The first Book Mail YA box came with an information card describing all the items inside.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (hardcover) &
Signed Book Plate

The first book included in this box was If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.  I haven't heard much about this book but it sounds like an interesting read.

Retail Value:  $17.99

Goodreads Rating:  4.04

Goodreads Synopsis:

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.
And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won't be able to see past it.
Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.

The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions)- hardcover
by Amy Spalding & Signed Bookmark

The second book in this box was The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions).  This is another book that I haven't heard too much about and it didn't get great reviews on Goodreads so I'm not sure I will like this book.

Retail Value:  $17.99

Goodreads Rating:  3.18 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It's practically every girl's dream. 
But not Jules McCallister-Morgan's. 
I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn't get to be the editor of my school's long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to "live a little," or boys. 
At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.
And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.
I know what you're thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don't understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I'm not going down without a fight. 
* Okay, I sort of did. But it's a sore subject.
** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.
***Some people think I'm overreacting. But this. Means. War.
Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that's sure to have you falling for The New Guy.

Our Secret Selves/The Walls Around Us Tote Bag 
by Out of Print

I love this tote bag!  It's made from 100% cotton canvas and it's just a really pretty tote bag.

Retail Value:  $18

Custom Bookish Buttons
by BoyGirlParty

These buttons are so cute!!

Retail Value:  $8

Reading Nook Candle 
by From The Page

This candle smells wonderful!

Retail Value:  $3?

My Thoughts:  I think this was a good first Book Mail YA box.  The two books sound interesting and the signed book plate and signed bookmark does add value to this box.  I love all the bookish goodies included in this box.  The tote bag is awesome, those buttons are really cute, and I can't wait to light that candle.  The total retail value of this box is around $65 so it's not the best value but I think I will be purchasing the next box that comes out in October.  I just love book boxes!

Go to Book Mail YA Box for more information or to join the wait list for the October box.

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