When I pulled into my driveway this afternoon, I cannot even begin to explain how ecstatic I was to see my first ever book box at my door front!
Dylan and I both spent a lot of time researching individual book boxes for us to try for six months. He ended up going with the ever popular Owl Crate, and I decided to go a with a little bit more of an indie option. That option is called Apostrophe Book Box!
Going live for the first time Christmas 2017, Apostrophe is rather new to the monthly book subscription scene. However, looking at their monthly updates, they have managed to sell out of boxes every month!
This month’s theme was Fantasy
So what normally comes in Apostrophe’s Book Boxes?
According to their site:
Items included in an Apostrophe Box will vary monthly, but will always contain one new hardcover book and one 12-16oz bag of coffee sourced from small businesses and roasters across the US.
Some items that you could expect to see include:
• Coffee mugs
• Funky socks
At least one usable gift (mug, candle, etc.) is included monthly. We source from small businesses and indie makers as often as we can!
It also includes one small snackable item with Apostrophe Box swag in every box.
As a coffee lover/addict, this was a no-brainer choice for David! A guaranteed hardcover book, with coffee, and a snack? That’s all I need in life honestly.
Needless to say, I had extremely high hopes for my first ever book box!
So what did I get this month?
So this is what I found after raiding the box!
King of Ashes by Raymond Feist
The main course of this book box… I actually had never even heard of this book until receiving it today! Apparently, it is book number one in “The Fireman Saga”.
According to our good friends at Goodreads, “King of Ashes” warrants a rating of 4.17 out of 5 stars with 1,368 reviews.
The first volume in legendary master and New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist’s epic heroic fantasy series, The Firemane Saga—an electrifying tale of two young men whose choices will determine a world’s destiny.
For centuries, the five greatest kingdoms of North and South Tembria, twin continents on the world of Garn, have coexisted in peace. But the balance of power is destroyed when four of the kingdoms violate an ancient covenant and betray the fifth: Ithrace, the Kingdom of Flames, ruled by Steveren Langene, known as “the Firemane” for his brilliant red hair. As war engulfs the world, Ithrace is destroyed and the Greater Realms of Tembria are thrust into a dangerous struggle for supremacy.
As a Free Lord, Baron Daylon Dumarch owes allegiance to no king. When an abandoned infant is found hidden in Daylon’s pavilion, he realizes that the child must be the missing heir of the slain Steveren. The boy is valuable—and vulnerable. A cunning and patient man, Daylon decides to keep the baby’s existence secret, and sends him to be raised on the Island of Coaltachin, home of the so-called Kingdom of Night, where the powerful and lethal Nocusara, the “Hidden Warriors,” legendary assassins and spies, are trained.
Years later, another orphan of mysterious provenance, a young man named Declan, earns his Masters rank as a weapons smith. Blessed with intelligence and skill, he unlocks the secret to forging King’s Steel, the apex of a weapon maker’s trade known by very few. Yet this precious knowledge is also deadly, and Declan is forced to leave his home to safeguard his life. Landing in Lord Daylon’s provinces, he hopes to start anew.
Soon, the two young men—an unknowing rightful heir to a throne and a brilliantly talented young swordsmith—will discover that their fates, and that of Garn, are entwined. The legendary, long-ago War of Betrayal has never truly ended . . . and they must discover the secret of who truly threatens their world.
I love high fantasy! (Thank you to Game of Thrones for making me realize that.) You will definitely be seeing a review of this in the near future!
The second course of this book box… Coffee Shop of Horrors, The Midsummer Knight’s Dream, Woodbaby Blend.
I haven’t had a chance to try the coffee out yet. (If I drink coffee any later than 2pm, I never go to sleep that night!) I’ll be posting an update on how it tastes very soon. It smells delicious!
Then there are various other goodies and knick-knacks that came along.
- A Gandalf funkpop
- As someone who doesn’t collect these, I find it cute, but I really don’t know if I have anywhere I can put him… I know a lot of people have collections on display, and I feel like this would be a really nifty inclusion for those people! I just have no use, and I don’t expect to start collecting these anytime soon… Unless I receive many of them through future book boxes
- Pocky: Chocolate Almond Crush
- Again, I’m not someone who eats Pocky. (I’m making myself sound boring. I’m not, I promise! And I’m not picky either! I just have bad luck.) However, Dylan found them delicious and he inhaled a few of them before I could unpack everything from the box. That’s one benefit to believing in “opposites attract”!
- A cute bookmark with “Books!” covering one side, and Apostrophe’s website/social media information on the other side
- I was just telling Dylan yesterday that I hope a bookmark comes in my book box because I’m in desperate need of one!
- A note listing everything included with the book box this month
- An Apostrophe coaster
- A card with a quote on it from Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring”
- A postcard with next month’s theme on it: “Literary Mystery”
Compared to many other book boxes, you actually get a fair amount of decent, usable items! This month’s box was definitely just bad luck on my part, but I definitely do NOT regret picking Apostrophe Book Box in the slightest! I am already getting excited for next month!
The book is in perfect condition. The coffee smells amazing and I can’t wait to try it.
The postcards/notecards and bookmark are printed on quality, sturdy paper. (Being someone who has worked in an office before, I greatly appreciate that!) The coaster is cute and feels durable. Dylan loves the Pocky and finds little Gandalf cute… He decided that he was going to adopt Gandalf.
I feel like I made a great choice!
There’s no better combination than coffee & books.
Do you subscribe to a book box? Which monthly subscription service do you use and would you recommend it? Let us know!
**Disclaimer: I was NOT asked or expected to give a review for Apostrophe Book Box or the items it contained. I was not supplied one for free in exchange for a review.**