I don’t usually talk about book boxes on the blog. It’s a topic that tends to come up more on instagram so that’s generally where I voice my opinions, review the book boxes I purchase each month, and share all the fun merch inside.
Recently I received an invitation to join the Book of the Month YA affiliate team so I decided to check it out! This monthly book box is a bit different than the ones I usually get because the focus is strictly on the books!
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Prior to receiving a gifted box from the BOTM YA team, I was only vaguely familiar with the original subscription service, Book of the Month, which catered to adult fiction only. The young adult line is new and perfect for readers like me who tend to read more YA in general!
What you need to know:
- This is a monthly subscription box that ships to United States residents and active U.S. military personnel (with APO/FPO addresses) only.
- You get to pick your book each month based on a selection of 5 different titles from multiple genres.
- You can add on books at an additional cost.
- Boxes run for $14.99/month and add-on books are $9.99 each.
- You can easily skip a month if you don’t like any of the book selections.
- FREE SHIPPING!
As a reader and someone who’s big on pre-ordering and buying book boxes in general, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this box at first. I was gifted the May box featuring one of the 5 titles and as someone who likes to make lists, I thought I’d share my pros and cons with all of you!
- Low cost. The cost of the box is about the same as what I’d pay for any book I pre-ordered from Amazon and cheaper than ones I pick up in-store.
- Wide range of genres/stories. Looking at the May selections as well as June, it appears that they offer a nice selection of books to pick from so there’s something for everyone.
- Skip a month. If you don’t like any of the books offered, you can just skip that month, no hassle.
- Collect the BOTM editions. BOTM YA has “special” editions of each book that feature the BOTM logo on the spine and on the naked cover underneath. If you enjoy collecting books, this is a fun way to start a new shelf of BOTM titles!
- Cheap to add-on titles. Since add-on books are less than $10, you’re paying less than you would pretty much anywhere else if you want more than one of the featured books for a given month.
- Replacement policy. You can ask for a replacement if your book is damaged or defective. And if they can’t replace it, you’ll receive a credit toward another month’s box.
- Limited by the book selection. You can only select one of the 5 books featured and can’t request duplicates of the same book.
- Restricted to U.S. residents. Although I’m U.S. based, I think this is a general con since I’m sure many readers would love to check this subscription out. I can see why there’s a restriction with free shipping and keeping costs low but it does suck.
- Books might not match. Because BOTM includes their logo on the book and also ensures that all BOTM editions are the same size, they may not match your other copies of those books if they’re in a series.
As a whole, I think Book of the Month YA is a good option for readers who enjoy the feel of a monthly book box but don’t want to break the bank. I’m excited to start receiving these boxes as well and just put in my own subscription for June!
If you’d like to check out the books featured this month, check out the list below!
Please note that you may be asked to create an account to view the June books. This does NOT mean you have subscribed. You can skip putting in your billing information if you just want to learn more, and add it later if you decide to subscribe!
June Book Selection
Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.
Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.
When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.
Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.
For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?
Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.
When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…
A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.
Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.
Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth — and the part he played in it.
As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.
Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.
But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.
While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.
Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop.
She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of.
Then her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.
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