Sunday, February 19, 2017

February BookCase.Club Review

I love getting my BookCase.Club cases every month! I've always been an avid reader and this subscription always sends such interesting books. They have plenty of themes to choose from and are sure to satisfy everyone's inner bookworm!

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

BookCase.Club costs only $9.99 per month for two brand new, hand-selected books. The per-box prices are also discounted if you sign up for three-, six-, or 12-month payment 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 for the Strange Worlds and Thrill Seeker cases. I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm always so excited to open up these boxes! There's something so special about getting lost in a book and I look forward to seeing what stories are sent each month by BookCase.Club.

The books are neatly packed inside with recyclable paper filler to keep them safe during shipping. There's also a bookmark that has a short quotation from each book inside.

The two books included in the Thrill Seekers box are The Confabulist by Steve Galloway and From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins. The cover art for The Confabulist stood out right away. Here are their synopses from Amazon:
The Confabulist:  The Confabulist is a clever, entertaining, and suspenseful narrative that weaves together the rise and fall of world-famous Harry Houdini with the surprising story of Martin Strauss, an unknown man whose fate seems forever tied to the magician’s in a way that will ultimately startle and amaze. It is at once a vivid portrait of an alluring, late-nineteenth/early-twentieth-century world; a front-row seat to a world-class magic show; and an unexpected love story. In the end, the book is a kind of magic trick in itself: There is much more to Martin than meets the eye.
It looks like From the Charred Remains is part of the Lucy Campion mysteries series:
It's 1666 and the Great Fire has just decimated an already plague-ridden London. Lady's maid Lucy Campion, along with pretty much everyone else left standing, is doing her part to help the city clean up and recover. But their efforts come to a standstill when a couple of local boys stumble across a dead body that should have been burned up in the fire but miraculously remained intact―the body of a man who died not from the plague or the fire, but from the knife plunged into his chest.

Searching for a purpose now that there's no lady in the magistrate's household for her to wait on, Lucy has apprenticed herself to a printmaker. But she can't help but use her free time to help the local constable, and she quickly finds herself embroiled in the murder investigation. It will take all of her wits and charm, not to mention a strong stomach and a will of steel, if Lucy hopes to make it through alive herself.

Here's what was inside the Strange Worlds case:
Departure by A.G. Riddle: En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.

Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear: Set in the late nineteenth century-in a city a lot like what we now call Seattle Underground-when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable's high-quality bordello. Through Karen's eyes we get to know the other girls in the house-a resourceful group-and the poor and the powerful of the town.
Bottom Line: Both the Strange Worlds and Thrill Seekers cases are great this month! I can't wait to drive into all of the books, especially The Confabulist and Departure. I love that BookCase.Club offers such a great variety of books at an even better price!

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