Yesterday marked the arrival of my second book box from The Mystery Book Box (TMBB), I was so intrigued by this month’s theme, I had to give this box another go! If you missed last months unboxing, you can find it here. If you are currently still waiting for your November box, please note: major spoilers follow. Everyone receives the same bookish items, but the book differs (due to them being preloved). One of the new changes to this box, which I really like, is when you purchase a box/subscribe, you can now let the TMBB team know what genre of book you would like, or if there’s any specific genre you don’t want. This filled me with great joy – anything crime, mystery, thriller please! I purchased this box, it was not given to me in exchange for a review….
The theme for this month was: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
As you can see from the above picture, the box contents list came in a lovely envelope, it even had a wax seal. A little touch, which I really liked! All the bookish items in this box are handmade.
So what was inside:
Starting with my favourite item, and I’d be more than happy if it was law that every month, every single box had to include a candle. This gorgeous candle smells of cold evenings, fire embers and wood – a delightful scent it truly is. I can’t wait to burn it, especially as it has a wooden wick that crackles as it burns! It fits perfectly with this month’s theme but more importantly, it fits perfectly with Janel.
When I was debating whether to purchase this box for a second month, I saw a spoiler picture for this ring holder on Instagram and it swayed me towards buying this box. Made from modelling clay, this is something I actually really need. In all honesty, this will be used as an earring holder, I have 4 piercing in 1 one ear, 3 in the other – so while I’m styling and profiling when I go out, it’s not most comfortable when I’m trying to sleep so I tend to take out my earrings and they take up residence on the carpet. Well not anymore, now I have this beauty. A simple item but very welcomed. Oh… I should state, the ring is mine, it didn’t come with the box.
Next up, is this wooden bookmark based on The Night Circus, decorated using paint and ink. Now we all know a wooden bookmark is not the most practical but they are pretty. I haven’t read The Night Circus, it’s not a book I’ve any desire to read (but never say never) so there’s no fangirling over this item but I’m sure for a lot of people getting this months box, this item will be a win.
Last up, we have art made using ink, featuring a V for Vendetta quote – so fitting for the theme. And a notebook, handmade using watercolours and ink. Sadly these two items just weren’t for me.
I was so nervous to unwrap this…in last month’s box, I received a book I already owned (and didn’t enjoy) so I was holding my breath unwrapping this.
I needn’t have worried.
Deity by Steven Dunne
When four Derby College students are reported missing, few in Derby CID, least of all DI Damen Brook, pay much attention. But then a film on the internet is discovered purporting to show the students committing mass suicide. If it’s real, why did they kill themselves when they had such bright futures ahead of them? If the suicides are faked, why the set up and where are the students? And if they’re dead and have been murdered, who on earth could have planned such a bizarre and tragic end to their promising lives? Combining intricate forensics with meticulous detection and the warped psychology of a psychopath, DEITY is a serial killer thriller of the highest order to rival the very best of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson.
I don’t own this book, I hadn’t even heard of it until now, and from the above blurb, it sounds right up my alley – the genre was spot on! This is book 3 in the Damen Brook series. Now, as a sucker for a backstory, can I jump into this one straight at book 3 or do I need to buy books 1 and 2 first? Do you think book boxes, as a general rule, should only give standalone books or #1 in the series or am I too fussy?
Shipping and Cost
Boxes are sent out between the 10th and 14th of every month. As well as a monthly subscription, they offer one-off boxes, for a total of £18.99 plus shipping (which is £3 if you’re based in the UK, more for international). Every month the theme is different and you get a preloved book along with 4-6 handmade items.
The theme for December is: Constellations and is inspired by long walks in the cold, early nights, cosy jumpers and hot chocolate.
So would I subscribe?
I do like this box but sadly, I won’t be subscribing. I’m fussy, I accept that, but I cannot justify spending £21.99 a month on a box, if I don’t love every single item. I say this because, the book is preloved, I’m a charity shop surfer so I know the deals you can get on preloved books. Therefore, for me, the value for money with this box is found in the items, but if I’m only loving 2 of the 5 bookish items, I have to ask myself if this box is for me. Everyone has different tastes and if all the items in this box are for you, I’d say go for it. Now you can specify your genre(s), that alleviates the fear of getting a book from a genre you don’t like, each month the box is well presented and delivered on time. Nor this month or last month, have any items been missing or damaged, and on the one occasion, I did contact TMBB team via Instagram, I received a reply in a excellent time frame.
Is this box worth its buck, I’ve unboxed it, let me know what you think?
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