Unplugged Book Box Young Adult April 2019 Subscription Box Review

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Unplugged Book Box is a monthly subscription box that sends a new release book plus items to help you unplug from your daily life and recharge. Self care goodies AND a book? Yes, please! You can choose from two levels: The Adult Box is $38 with 4-6 items, and the Young Adult Box is $33.25 with 3-6 items. I am reviewing the Young Adult version!

  • 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 YA (hardcover) or Adult Fiction (hardcover or paperback) book per month
  • Adult or young adult books

The April 2019 Spring Equinox Box theme was Wash Away Your Worries. This is the second of the three Spring Equinox boxes.

The contents were sealed with a star sticker.

There was a card with the theme.

The back of the card listed the “spoilers”, or items in the box. The items tie in with different fandoms, TV shows, and books. For instance, one of the items is inspired by the movie Aquaman. It also lists some unboxing challenges in case you want to share your photos on Instagram and possibly win a prize.

The items were cushioned with shredded paper squiggles and were tucked into yellow tissue paper. It was very spring-like.

Everything in my box! I let my 15-year old daughter unwrap the “gifts”, she always tells me about the fandoms.

There is always a Spotify playlist. Sometimes the songs have explicit warnings.

The back of the playlist had a recipe for yummy Snickerdoodles inspired by To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

I found a magnet in the box with a quote from Steve Jobs.

Here’s the theme for the May YA box!

The back of that card listed some ways to reduce stress.

There was a promotional poster that goes along with the book that was sent this month.

The back of the poster has a map.

One of the exclusive items is a Dante & Aristotle Bookmark. It is similar to promotional bookmarks you might get from the library.

Each side of this bookmark has a quote from Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. The bookmark is 2″ x 6″.

Pirates of the Caribbean Drawstring Bag/Backpack features a quote from one of my all time favorite movie series.

The tag on the inside doesn’t say what it is made of, but it is woven and not like one of those slick polypropylene bags. There is a side pocket which also has a smaller pocket for two pens. Then, of course, there is a larger opening for whatever stuff you plan on carrying around. Just pull the drawstrings to close it up.

The Soap Librarian Anna’s Safety Shower Gel (linked to similar item, $4.24 value) is inspired by The Sea Witch by Sarah Henning. The scent is red hibiscus and acai and is more floral than fruity. It can be squirted onto a sponge in the shower or pour it under a running faucet for a bubble bath.

Fiction Bath Co. Aquaman Body Lotion (linked to similar item, $6) Oh, this scent is nice and I feel like I’ve smelled something similar before! It is inspired by the DC Comics superhero and has notes of driftwood, citrus, and oakmoss. It smells like products that promise to smell like the ocean, sweet and warm and salty. My body absorbed it quickly and it doesn’t feel greasy. I don’t think you will need to wear perfume on the days you wear this, the scent is long-lasting.

Six of Crows Compact is another item that feels like a promo giveaway so I didn’t calculate a value. Unplugged Book Box posted an announcement on Instagram that there was a typo and that they will be replacing this product in next month’s box (or will ship it separately for those who do not order the next box).

The compact is inspired by Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It is about 2.5″ across and very lightweight.

Sky Without Stars (System Divine: Book 1) by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell ($19.99 list price, now $13.51) is the first in a new series, so I’m not sure how many other books there will eventually be. It is a retelling of Les Miserables that happens to be set in space! It is also a huge book, 579 pages!

In the tradition of The Lunar Chronicles, this sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet of Laterre.

A thief.
An officer.
A guardian. 

Three strangers, one shared destiny…

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.

Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet. Age Range: Teen

Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.

Here’s a random page from the middle of the book!

When I opened the book I found a few inserts.

The was a sticker signed by the authors. I placed it on the inside of the book.

There was a letter about the book from the authors.

I found a letter to be read after finishing the book. Spoiler alert: I opened it already so skip the next picture if you are not ready to read it!

There is a Facebook group mentioned in the letter in case you are interested in joining for discussions.

Unplugged Book Box is a fun box to get! It always introduces me to new books thanks to the fandom tie-ins. Plus, the actual book is a fresh one, within two months of printing. There are a lot of extras that go into this box, like the playlist and recipes. Some of the items are exclusives and not available outside of the box and are always interesting. I also appreciate that there are two versions to pick from, with a (possibly) more mature theme for the adult box. My daughter was happy with everything and says she is looking forward to reading the book!

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