Saturday, November 12, 2016

November BookCase.Club Review and Coupon

I had just finished one of the books in my October BookCase.Club when a surprise for November arrived -- two boxes! BookCase.Club was very generous in sending me the Strange Worlds and Thrill Seeker cases to share with you.

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

BookCase.Club sends hand-picked books to you for as low as $9.99 per month! Their standard box comes with two books for that price and shipping is $5. They have eight themes to choose from:
  • Thrill Seeker - mystery/thriller
  • Strange Worlds - sci-fi/fantasy
  • Read to Me - children's picture books (4 total)
  • Blind Date - paranormal romance
  • Booking for Love - romance
  • Quarterly Cookbooks - two cookbooks every three months
You can subscribe month-to-month for $9.99, $28 for three months, $54 for six months, and $100 for 12 months.

The boxes are well-packaged; the books are securely padded with extra paper that can be recycled. There's also an info card with a message from the BookCase.Club team inside.

This month I requested to review either the Thrill Seeker or Strange Worlds case, but I did not expect to receive both. I'm so thankful and appreciative for BookCase.Club sending both, which I suppose fits perfectly into the Thanksgiving month of November!

The Strange Worlds case contained A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias (hardcover) and The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Planck. Both are different than the books I usually read, but I don't mean that in a bad way. Looking at the covers, both reminded me of video-game style worlds, and I think the blurbs for each reflect that, too. It'll be interesting to delve into both worlds! Here are the blurbs for both, taken from Amazon:

A Darkling Sea:
On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don't disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they're free to conduct their missions in peace.

But when Henri Kerlerec, media personality and reckless adventurer, ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between Terran and Sholen erupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that threatens to escalate to war.

Against the backdrop of deep-sea guerrilla conflict, a new age of human exploration begins as alien cultures collide. Both sides seek the aid of the newly enlightened Ilmatarans. But what this struggle means for the natives―and the future of human exploration―is anything but certain, in A Darkling Sea by James Cambias.
The Kassa Gambit:
Centuries after the ecological collapse of Earth, humanity has spread among the stars. Under the governance of the League, our endless need for resources has driven us to colonize hundreds of planets, all of them devoid of other sentient life. Humanity is apparently alone in the universe.

Then comes the sudden, brutal decimation of Kassa, a small farming planet, by a mysterious attacker. The few survivors send out a desperate plea for aid, which is answered by two unlikely rescuers. Prudence Falling is the young captain of a tramp freighter. She and her ragtag crew have been on the run and living job to job for years, eking out a living by making cargo runs that aren't always entirely legal. Lt. Kyle Daspar is a police officer from the wealthy planet of Altair Prime, working undercover as a double agent against the League. He's been undercover so long he can't be trusted by anyone-even himself.

While flying rescue missions to extract survivors from the surface of devastated Kassa, they discover what could be the most important artifact in the history of man: an alien spaceship, crashed and abandoned during the attack.

I think the Thrill Seeker case would be really popular with contemporary readers, since books with psychological twists and mysteries seem to be all the rage. I've always liked these types of stories, and all the books I've gotten from BookCase.Club for this theme have been excellent. November's box featured The Book of You by Claire Kendal and Don't Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz.

The Book of You:
A mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense about a woman who must fight to escape an expert manipulator determined to possess her, Claire Kendal’s debut novel is a sophisticated and disturbing portrait of compulsion, control, and terror that will appeal to fans of Before I Go to Sleep, The Silent Wife, and Into the Darkest Corner.

His name is Rafe, and he is everywhere Clarissa turns. At the university where she works. Her favorite sewing shop. The train station. Outside her apartment. His messages choke her voice mail; his gifts litter her mailbox. Since that one regrettable night, his obsession with her has grown, becoming more terrifying with each passing day. And as Rafe has made clear, he will never let her go.

Masterfully constructed, filled with exquisite tension and a pervasive sense of menace, The Book of You explores the lines between love and compulsion, fantasy and reality, and offers a heart-stopping portrait of a woman determined to survive. Claire Kendal’s extraordinary debut will haunt readers long after it reaches its terrifying, breathtaking conclusion.
Don't Look Back:
Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she's long dreamed of-a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, coming upon a shack among the trees, where she spies a man throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve rushes back to her group...only to stumble upon a broken digital camera, marked with the name Theresa Hamilton. Later that night, clicking through the photos, Eve discovers a snapshot of that same menacing-looking man in the woods. Th eresa Hamilton has since disappeared...

Now the man in the woods is after whoever was snooping around his house. With a violent past and deadly mission, he will do anything to avoid being discovered. When major storm wipes out the roads and all communication with the outside world, the tour group is trapped in the jungle with a brutal predator hell-bent on protecting a long-hidden secret. At the center of it all is Eve, who must fight against incredible odds if she's to make it back home alive...
Bottom Line: BookCase.Club is a must-have box for any reader. You're sure to find a theme to fit your preferences, and you can't go wrong with the price of only $9.99 per month!

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