Once Upon a Book Club October 2019 Subscription Box Review + Coupon – Adult Box

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Once Upon a Book Club is a subscription that offers a unique reading experience. Each month, you’ll receive a book to read, a 5″ x 7″ quote print, along with 2-4 corresponding gifts to match a quote/item mentioned in the book. Readers are advised to open the gifts as they finish the corresponding page to make them feel as if the book is coming to life!

You can choose between Once Upon a Book Club’s Young Adult edition and Adult edition. This is the review of the Adult box.

DEAL: Enjoy 10% off your first box. Use coupon code BOOKNERD.

The box was designed by @ChickLitDesigns.

The box included a tri-fold booklet.

You can join the author and other book club members on these dates for some read-a-long and discussion activities.

The items were cushioned with squiggles.

The box interior looks lovely with those words in script.

Everything in my box! What a fun and unique idea – excited to get reading and find out what goodies are in store!

There’s also a reminder on how to make the most out of this box.


To fully experience this box…

Remember to only open your gifts once you reach the attached page numbers.

There’s a promotional card for Call Me SweetTea and Bright Cellars, plus a preview for Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin.

They included a 10% off coupon code for Call Me SweetTea, valid until 11/24/19.

There’s another card that is related to this month’s featured book, and it says…

May we all grow up to be strong like her.

There’s also a card for Book Club Perks!

Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin ($14.99)

One stupid party. One stupid boy. One stupid kiss. And my life was virtually over.

Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the country, giving her the perfect opportunity to leave her reputation as “Freaky Tessa” behind.

But Tessa doesn’t realize that kissing the wrong guy in her new Texas town could land her in far more trouble than she ever imagined. Like being forced to attend St. Ailbe’s Academy, a secret boarding school for werewolves.

Even if the wrong guy did accidentally turn her into one of “them” and doom her to attending the weirdest high school ever, Tessa can’t help her growing attraction to the mysterious Dastien Laurent.
When vampires attack St. Alibe’s and her visions pinpoint an enemy in their midst, Tessa realizes that boy drama and her newfound canine tendencies might just be the least of her problems.

We got a preview of this paranormal fantasy novel. If you’re interested in stories of shape-shifters, this one’s for you!

The story is about Tessa McCaide, who attracts dangers easily. As she attended the secret boarding school for werewolves, she was accidentally turned into one of them by Dastien Laurent, whom she is attracted to.

The story is quite interesting and captivating. It’s the debut book from Aileen Erin’s Alpha series.

Today We Go Home by Kelli Estes ($10.99)

Seattle, Washington
Larkin Bennett has always known her place, whether it’s surrounded by her loving family in the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest or conducting a dusty patrol in Afghanistan. But all of that changed the day tragedy struck her unit and took away everything she held dear. Soon after, Larkin discovers an unexpected treasure―the diary of Emily Wilson, a young woman who disguised herself as a man to fight for the Union in the Civil War. As Larkin struggles to heal, she finds herself drawn deeply into Emily’s life and the secrets she kept.

Indiana, 1861
The only thing more dangerous to Emily Wilson than a rebel soldier is the risk of her own comrades in the Union Army discovering her secret. But in the minds of her fellow soldiers, if it dresses like a man, swears like a man, and shoots like a man, it must be a man. As the war marches on and takes its terrible toll, Emily begins to question everything she thought she was fighting for.

The book has a sticker that says it’s a Once Upon A Book Club selection!

This month’s featured book is by Kelli Estes. The back does not only introduce us to the story but also included a brief review from one of USA Today’s bestselling author, Greer MacAllister.

The story is about Larkin Bennett who, after a tragedy struck her unit, found a diary of a certain Emily Wilson, who disguised as a man to join and fight for the Union in the Civil War.

I remembered the story of Hua Mulan from this one, yet I find it more interesting as Emily questions what she’s really fighting for, and if what she’s doing is right.

Everything in the box!

When you reach page 74, you can open the first gift!

The wrapper even indicates the corresponding page!

It’s a lipstick!

I love the silver bullet container of the vibrant red lippies!

On page 291, you can reveal another present!

The letter has the name “Emily” on it.

It’s a letter to Emily, from Harriet. I love how the letter looks old and the beautiful cursive font used on it.

When you reach page 316, you can open another gift.

This one is packed in a stringed pouch that is marked with “Page 316.”

There’s another pouch and a bright orange spatula!

The pouch included the recipe for Kaia’s Johnnycakes, plus a bag of Johnnycake mix! You’ll just need an egg, melted shortening, and milk to try it out.

Reaching page 343 allows you to unveil another gift.

It’s an old American flag. It looks like it’s been buried for years!

It’s a nice organizer!

I really love the classic and simple look of this one!

It has several card compartments, a notebook/planner attached with a ring binder, and a pen holder. I can keep notes, cards, receipts, or even bills on it. There’s a slot for a photo as well.

It’s perfect as a daily journal or work journal, or even just for jotting down important reminders.

There’s also an old-style handkerchief with a ring on it.

Near the corner, there’s the word “ODE” printed on it.

Here’s a size 7 gold ring with some engraved words that says “Willie Smith, 9th Ind.”

The shiny ring is simple as it doesn’t include any other decorations or embellishments.

Here are all the gifts from the box!

This box is really a delight, as it introduces us to amazing titles and stories along with gifts that makes us appreciate the experience more. This month’s featured book teaches us about courage, as well as knowing oneself and the importance of love of family. As for the gifts, I like the organizer/journal, because it’s pretty and nostalgic in a sense. The lipstick is gorgeous as well! All in all, I’m pleased and I’m also thrilled about the next fun-filled package!

What do you think of this month’s Once Upon a Book Club?

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