It’s been awhile but I’m back with the first of my 3 unboxing posts for this month, starting with Uppercase! In case you didn’t read my last post and are unfamiliar with Uppercase, it is a monthly YA book subscription box that costs $29 / month (including shipping) for the expert pick box which comes with a brand new, recently published YA book which will either be signed or include a signed bookplate, exclusive author content, an Uppercase interactive reading experience, and a fun book-related item or accessory.
I thought this month’s box was great so let’s get to it! I don’t want to have spoilers for anyone trying to avoid them, so click on the Read More to see what is in this month’s box.
The book this month is the new release Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. The first thing I noticed about this book was its amazing cover:
There is just so much detail on this cover and from the design and the skulls at the bottom, it looks like the sort of book that promises an adventure. (Also I just rewatched Mad Max: Fury Road in IMAX 3D which was awesome and the name of this book really reminds me of that)
So what is this book about you may be wondering? Well here is the description from Goodreads:
Revenge is worth its weight in gold.
When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.
Hidden gold, the Wild West, and a quest for revenge? All with a female protagonist? Count me in! I’m super excited to read this book, which is probably one I might not have checked out if it hadn’t been for Uppercase.
The book was just one of a few things that this month’s box came with so let’s look at the rest.
The book came with a signed bookplate that I already stuck inside near the front and this bookmark here:
It’s not as exciting as the bookmark from last month, but it’s nice and does the job well.
For the more fun stuff there were two other major things in this month’s box. The first was this original Uppercase TBR note pad:
Not entirely sure if I will use this for its intended purpose since I keep my TBR list on Goodreads, but I love the design and I’m sure I can find some use for it.
The last really cool item in the box this month were these Golden Snitch earrings by Juniper & Ivy Designs. Check these out!
They’re little wooden golden snitches! So cool! And so very appropriate given that the illustrated version of the first Harry Potter book is being released on October 6th I think, so I can wear these when I begin my series re-read.
The last thing in the box is the note from the curator that lists everything inside and includes a handwritten note about the book. Mine says:
The Wild West meets YA in this new historical fiction story. You’ll be kept on the edge of your seat with outlaws, revenge, and gold madness.
And here’s a few more pictures of everything together:
Overall, top marks again this month for an awesome box with a great book pick and some fun bookish gifts. I’m excited that this month I also finally got off the waitlist for OwlCrate after like 4 months of trying, so I will have another book unboxing for you soon (plus of course, Fandom of the Month Club).
Before I go, I wanted to give you my quick opinion on last month’s Uppercase book, Rebel Mechanics.
I thought this was a fun Steampunk book, though a bit on the lighter side as far as Steampunk goes, which I ended up really enjoying. The premise, about the British upperclass having magic and using it to keep America from becoming independent is really interesting, and the idea of a rebel group of mechanics who are trying to combat that magic through technology worked very well for me. I also liked the hint of romance between the main character and another character, that I can’t wait to see continue in the sequel.
I definitely enjoyed reading that book and anticipate enjoying this one just as much.
Check back soonish for my OwlCrate and Fandom of the Month Club posts (once I receive them of course), and a post about the new AG Grace doll that I plan on picking up next weekend during my trip to the AG store!