Now in Books Review: June 2021 Books & Music Young Adult

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Now in Books is a book subscription that caters to fans of YA and fiction. They promise to send books that feature new authors, diverse stories and characters, and engaging narratives relating to social issues. There are currently 4 plans available. Two are book-only plans, while the other two offer an immersive experience through playlists, guides, and additional activities.

  • Young Adult ($16.99) – one newly released young adult novel each month
  • Books & Music: Young Adult ($19.99) – one gift-wrapped young adult novel, specially curated music playlist, book club guide, discussion questions, and a fun activity like recipes or puzzles each month
  • Fiction ($19.99) – one newly released fiction novel each month
  • Books & Music: Fiction ($24.99) – one gift-wrapped fiction novel, specially curated music playlist, book club guide, discussion questions, and a fun activity like recipes or puzzles every 3 months

DEAL: Get 10% off your first box when you sign up for 3-month+ subscription! Use this link and use the coupon code SAVEMORE.

This is the review of the Books & Music: Young Adult box!

The book arrived in a sturdy blue box!

It was also wrapped in a blue paper, sealed with a Now in Books sticker.

A card was also included in the box, announcing the Now In Books Podcast.

At the back of the card you will see a QR code. Just scan it if you want to subscribe to the podcast!

Here’s another card with a spade design on a red background. It also has the June 2021 YA theme, Divide & Conquer.

It also has a QR code at the back for the curated Spotify playlist!

Everything in my box!

Since this is the Books & Music box, I received a Book Club Guide.

At the back, there’s more information about the book subscription.

The featured author this month is Faridah Abike-Iyimide. On the next page, they also listed down the characters in the book.

To set up your mood while reading, here’s this month’s mood tunes! It’s the curated playlist that matches this month’s book and theme. Also included below is the streaming guide that features titles from HBO, Amazon, and Netflix. They also included discussion questions on the next page.

Here’s a recipe for Efo Riro, a spinach stew!

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé ($9.49)

Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.

All you need to know is . . . I’m here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do. ―Aces

When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school’s senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start. After all, not only does it look great on college applications, but it officially puts each of them in the running for valedictorian, too.

Shortly after the announcement is made, though, someone who goes by Aces begins using anonymous text messages to reveal secrets about the two of them that turn their lives upside down and threaten every aspect of their carefully planned futures.

As Aces shows no sign of stopping, what seemed like a sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game, with all the cards stacked against them. Can Devon and Chiamaka stop Aces before things become incredibly deadly?

With heart-pounding suspense and relevant social commentary comes a high-octane thriller from debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.

I like the cover because it reminds me of playing cards, which is the theme of the book. The illustrations are also beautiful!

This YA novel touches LGBT themes, as well as thriller and mystery.

This is such a good book and I really enjoyed it. Imagine Gossip Girl, but more exciting and inclusive. The pages are filled with so much thrill and mystery that I seriously could not put it down.

I love how it tackles important issues like the power of money, gender identity, racism, and more. I also love the plot because I honestly did not see it coming, so I was really on the edge of my seat with every page I turn. This book was well-written and it’s a must-read!

It’s another great book pick from Now In Books box! I love how the author made the story so thrilling, starting from the very first page down to the last chapter of the book. I couldn’t take my eyes away from this book! Adding the playlist is also a fun part of this subscription, because it helps me set the mood when I’m reading. For those who are in the search for diverse reads, this subscription is a great choice. They also offer a book-only box, in case book guides are not your thing!

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