Sunday, May 14, 2017

May BookCase.Club Review and Coupon

If you've been reading my blog for a while then you know that BookCase.Club is one of my favorite boxes to get. I'm always so excited to open it up every month to see what books are inside. They always send great books for a really affordable price.

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

BookCase.Club is a monthly book box with lots of genres to choose from. For only $9.99 per month you'll receive two books from your selected genre, four if you choose the children's book box. Boxes are also cheaper per month if you sign up for 3-, 6-, or 12-month prepay. Shipping is $5.

These are the different boxes you can 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 review is for the Thrill Seekers and Strange Worlds cases for May. I have been thoroughly impressed by both options; the books are always interesting to me and often ones I hadn't heard of before.

I want to point out that the books are safely packaged with tissue paper, but I removed the paper for this photo because it had gotten torn up and wasn't looking very photogenic. But it works well to protect the books during shipping.

The Thrill Seekers case featured two paperback titles: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and The Promise by Robert Crais. I know The Girl on the Train was turned into a movie recently and I'm glad I didn't go see it because I do prefer to read the book version before seeing a movie adaptation. Here are the blurbs for both titles from Amazon:

The Girl on the Train:
EVERY DAY THE SAME Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
The Promise:
Elvis Cole is hired to find a woman who’s disappeared, a seemingly ordinary case, until he learns the missing woman is an explosives expert and worked for a Defense Department contractor. Meanwhile, LAPD K-9 Officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, track a fugitive to a house filled with explosives—and a dead body. As the two cases intertwine, they all find themselves up against shadowy arms dealers and corrupt officials, and the very woman they promised to save may be the cause of their own deaths.

The Strange Worlds case featured two hardcover novels: Armada by Ernest Cline and The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher. I immediately decided to read Armada first because I'm a sucker for interesting cover art, plus I just liked the way the blurb sounded. The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass sounds great too and is a big book -- 768 pages -- and I've found that the longer the fantasy novel, the better the story. Plus there's a promising review from Patrick Rothfuss on the cover, too, and I'm a big fan of his writing.

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.
The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass:
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity. Within their halls, the ruling aristocratic houses develop scientific marvels, foster trade alliances, and maintain fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is damaged in combat, Grimm joins a team of Albion agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring his ship.

And as Grimm undertakes this task, he learns that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake...
Bottom Line: I think all four books in both cases sound great and I'm already enjoying Armada quite a bit! BookCase.Club sent another great set of Thrill Seekers and Strange Worlds cases. This box is a must-have for bookworms like me!

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