Sunday, August 13, 2017

August BookCase.Club Review and Coupon

My August BookCase.Club cases are here! I love to read, so getting new books every month is such a treat. If you're an avid reader, too, then I highly recommend this subscription.

*Disclaimer: These boxes were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

BookCase.Club sends two new, hand-picked books for only $9.99 per month, with $5 shipping. They have a bunch of different cases to choose from, plus a kid's subscription called BookCase.Kids. Here are the case options:
  • Thrill Seeker - mystery/thriller
  • Strange Worlds - sci-fi/fantasy
  • Teenage Dreams - young adult novels
  • 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 Thrill Seekers and Strange Worlds cases.

I love a good mystery/thriller and I've gotten some great books from BookCase.Club that I probably wouldn't have picked up before. I find myself getting overwhelmed by all of the titles out there, so having someone else make the decision is nice! This month's case featured The President's Shadow by Brad Meltzer and Pop Goes the Weasel by M. J. Arlidge.

Here's a synopsis from Amazon for The President's Shadow:
To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he's responsible for safekeeping the government's most important documents . . . and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets.

But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency. Now the current occupant of the White House needs the Culper Ring's help. The alarming discovery of the buried arm has the President's team in a rightful panic. Who buried the arm? How did they get past White House security? And most important: What's the message hidden in the arm's closed fist? Indeed, the puzzle inside has a clear intended recipient, and it isn't the President. It's Beecher, himself.

Beecher's investigation will take him back to one of our country's greatest secrets and point him toward the long, carefully hidden truth about the most shocking history of all: family history.

Pop Goes the Weasel by M. J. Arlidge:
A man’s body is found in an empty house. A gruesome memento of his murder is sent to his wife and children.

He is the first victim, and Detective Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night? The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.

Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is—or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase....

The Strange Worlds case is also a lot of fun. I've gotten much more into the sci-fi/fantasy genres because of this case and am always interested to see what new tales will be included each month. The August box had Superposition by David Walton and Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu.

Superposition by David Walton:
Jacob Kelley's family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker…apparently murdered the night he appeared at Jacob's house. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial.

As the details of the crime slowly come to light, the weave of reality becomes ever more tangled, twisted by a miraculous new technology and a quantum creature unconstrained by the normal limits of space and matter. With the help of his daughter, Alessandra, Jacob must find the true murderer before the creature destroys his family and everything he loves.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beauileu:
Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings -- cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.

Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings' laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha'ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings' mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings' power...if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don't find her first. 

Bottom Line: The August Thrill Seekers and Strange Worlds cases had another great assortment of books! I'm especially interested in getting started on Pop Goes the Weasel and Superposition. I love how affordable this box is; they really do have something for everyone!

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