I love the idea of book subscription boxes and finally decided to purchase one. After looking at several options out there, I chose to try Once Upon a Book Club. I saw that they had a Halloween edition box and couldn’t wait to dive in and see what spooky read was in store.
If you’ve never heard of Once Upon a Book Club, they are a monthly subscription service with adult or young adult themes. Each box costs $34.99 per month. They also produce limited-edition boxes throughout the year, like the Halloween Edition, and that is what I purchased for $34.99 (+ $10 shipping). What’s cool about their boxes is that each gift is wrapped and you open them at specific pages. I love that there is a surprise element and it was really hard not to open everything right away.
Here’s what came in my box:
- The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates, Paperback
- Metal Keys on Ring
- Canvas Print of a Painting
- Magnifying Glass Paper Bookmark
- Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker, Hardcover
I definitely believe this box is worth the price, even if you don’t like every item. The items received were nice quality and together I believe I got my money’s worth. I won’t lie, it’s a bit steep for me to purchase every month, but I’ve already preordered their Bookish Advent Calendar. I think I will continue to look for their special edition boxes.
I’ve had a chance to read the focus novel of this box, The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates, and I enjoyed it.
The novel follows Adrienne, who inherits a house from here great aunt. She had never met the woman, so she was surprised by the inheritance. However, she was down on her luck and could use a solid residence. The house is in an isolated location and run down. Soon, odd activity begins to occur and Adrienne must figure out the secrets of the house and its former occupants.
I thought the book had spooky elements to it, but it wasn’t really gory or extreme. It was quick to get through and had a nice pace throughout. The story really ramped up in the last one hundred pages and I didn’t see the twist coming. Overall it was a nice horror novel to round out my October reads.
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