Thursday, January 12, 2017

January BookCase.Club Review and Coupon

I'm always excited to tear into my BookCase.Club box! They've chosen excellent books in all the past boxes and have plenty of great themes to choose from.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

BookCase.Club is an affordable way to satiate your inner book lover! They send two hand-picked books every month for only $9.99, and cheaper options per box if you sign up for three-, six-, and 12-month options.

There are eight different cases to choose from:

  • Thrill Seeker - mystery/thriller
  • Strange Worlds - sci-fi/fantasy
  • Teenage Dreams - young adult novels
  • Read To Me - four children's picture books
  • Blind Date - paranormal romance
  • Booking for Love - romance
  • Quarterly Cook Books - two cook books every three months
  • Quarterly Military History - two military history books every three months

This is a review of the Strange Worlds case. I love this case because they really do send books with some strange worlds in them! As you can see, everything is packaged neatly and your books are safely guarded by recyclable paper. Usually the boxes contain one hardcover and one paperback, but this month I received two hardcover books. I don't have a preference between the two, but I know a lot of people prefer hardcovers, so this was a nice treat.

An even better treat, though, was that one of the books is a signed first edition! I immediately recognized Chuck Palaniuk's name when I opened the box, as he's most well-known for writing Fight Club. I've actually never read it (or seen the movie), but I know he's a popular author so I was excited to receive this novel, Beautiful You. Even better that it's signed! Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm. She has an apartment, but no love life. When C. Linus Maxwell, a mega-billionaire and international playboy, invites her to dinner and then whisks her off to a hotel in Paris, where he brings her to undreamed-of heights of sexual gratification for days on end, Penny is, well, pleased. However, when Penny discovers she is a test subject for a line of female sex toys so effective that women by the millions are lining up outside the stores to buy it on opening day, she understands the gravity the situation. A billion husbands are about to be replaced. What is Maxwell really up to? Erotically enabled world domination? Penny sets out to discover his motivations, and with a little help, stop him before it is too late.

I have to admit that I do judge a book by its cover sometimes, and this one has an absolutely gorgeous one! The Thinking Woman's Guide To Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker is a fantasy novel that looks like it'll be as great as its cover:

During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, eager to forget about her disastrous breakup and stalled dissertation, Nora Fischer wanders off and somehow finds herself in another realm. There, she meets glamorous Ilissa—who introduces Nora to a decadent new world—and her gorgeous son Raclin. But when the elegant veneer of this dreamland shatters, Nora finds herself in a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. And the only way she can survive is by learning real magic herself.

Bottom Line: I'm honestly not sure which book I'm going to read first! Beautiful You certainly sounds risque, but given that it's a Palaniuk novel I'm sure there's more to it than needless erotica. The Thinking Woman's Guide To Real Magic seems like a novel that would instantly suck me in. Maybe I'll read them both at the same time!

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