Unplugged Book Box December 2018 Subscription Box Review

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Unplugged Book Box is a monthly subscription box that sends a new release young adult or new adult book plus items to help you unplug from your daily life and recharge. Self care goodies AND a book? Yes, please! I think one of my favorite things about this box is that it is curated to the season. There are 3 boxes per season and they are marked “Autumnal Equinox”, “Winter Solstice”, and so on. What can you expect to find in the box?

  • 4-6 bookish self-care or novelty products
  • Exclusive activities to help you unplug and focus on you!
  • Self-care & gratitude tools to help you reflect
  • One new release Young Adult or New Adult (18+ protagonist) book (one box available, varies by month).

The product info card was fixed in place with a star sticker.

Another star sticker!

The December 2018 theme was Slow Down.

The back of the card listed the “spoilers”, or items in the box. The items tie in with different fandoms, TV shows, and books, and can be seen in bright colors. For instance, one of the items is inspired by The Hobbit. Most of the items can be found on Etsy.

My items were tucked into tissue paper and shredded paper squiggles.

Everything in the box! Some of the items were wrapped like presents and one item was wrapped in bubble wrap.

There was a card with a quote from a novel.

The back featured a recipe based on the starring character in the novel Winter.

Each box also comes with a Spotify playlist. It has “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots so it is now my favorite playlist.

The back of the playlist has a mini-journal.

Next was info about a new book coming out.

One more advert, this time in the form of a bookmark.

Lots of cards! We have the January 2019 theme reveal.

The back of that card has an Instagram photo challenge. I like these ideas!

Narnia Mug ($12.95?) was created especially for this box by the Unplugged Book Box team! I gave it a value based on similar items from Etsy.

I remember taking my kids to watch the Narnia movies and really enjoyed them so this mug reminds me of happy adventures. I love it!

Bookish Boutique Co. Audrey Rose Wadsworth Soy Wax Candle ($8?) is certainly dressed up for the holidays in red and green glitter!

The combo of wine and red roses smells pretty intoxicating!

I dumped the star sequins before burning the candle and was kind of worried that the glitter would ignite but it didn’t. Smells so good!

Moonstruck Classic Hot Cocoa ($2) I think sitting by the fire on a winter’s day with my new Narnia mug filled with hot cocoa next to me sounds like the perfect way to slow down and enjoy the season.

Just mix contents of the packet with hot milk and top with marshmallows, Cool Whip, or real whipped cream. Adults may add a little something something (I suggest Kahlua) to turn this into an indulgent experience.

The Simply Bookish Co. Hobbit Coaster ($5?) It looks like this Etsy shop is taking a break for now but look at how cute this little Hobbit hole is!

What I assume is the back is just good old cork. I think this coaster is too cute to put a drink on, so maybe I’ll prop it up somewhere.

Bubble Princess Shower Steamer ($2?) I couldn’t find this shower steamer on the Etsy site, and be careful if you do decide to visit online as it has some adult-themed gag soaps.

The ingredients were listed on the tag and let me say that I love all things peppermint and couldn’t wait to see if this would work well.

I’m picky about my shower steamers and think that the ones that have menthol in them work best, including this one! It smelled so invigorating and lasted the whole shower long.

Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria ($17.99 list price, now $12.32) came out in October so it’s fairly fresh. It’s a YA science fiction/fantasy novel about four friends who represent a variety of backgrounds and come together to change their destinies.

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.  In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt. Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her, and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city—or themselves.

There was a sticker signed by the author that you can place in the book.

Here is a letter from the author.

Placed between the pages of the novel was an envelope not to be opened until you get to the end of the book. SPOILER ALERT: I opened the letter anyways so you can see it below!

While last month’s box and book (which was from Scholastic) seemed perfect for middle school ages and up, this month’s box featured LGBTQ+ characters and romance. The spoilers say that next month’s book choice has “mature” themes so perhaps this subscription is better suited to adults (but of course it’s up to parents to decide what is best for their children). Although I may not know all of the fandoms, I do like learning about them and the items are cute and useful. The candle smells great and was surprisingly strong, as was the shower steamer. The mug and cocoa can be used by my daughter, and she can place it on the coaster. The value for this month’s box is around $42.47, which is more than the price paid for the box!

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