Book Riot: Young Adult April 2016 Review

Book Riot: Young Adult is a subscription based service headed by Quarterly.  It offers”a package of YA books and bookish stuff”.  This is the third Book Riot: Young Adult box.  Pricing is as follows, with free shipping:

$50 every quarter


For some reason, I always forget when I should be receiving my Book Riot YA.  Was a total surprise when it arrived on my doorstep today…as usual!


Each box always arrives with an in depth letter that details the theme and each of the included items.  This quarter’s theme is “Rad Girls Doing Rad Things”.


(1) Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina in Hardcover, 300 pages, $11.99 – This novel focuses on a young lady named Nora that lives in NYC in 1977.  The scene is set by describing the fear and panic that residents are feeling at the hands of the serial killer, the Son of Sam.  Natalya recently auditioned for a relatively large part in a movie that also was set around the Son of Sam killings.  I can only imagine what residents were feeling and, although fun probably isn’t the right word here, it will be fun to learn more about what it was like to live then.  The book was accompanied by a signed bookplate.


(1) A Tyranny of Petticoats Edited by Jessica Spotswood, 347 pages, $10.22 – This book is a collection of 15 stories about belles, bank robbers, and other badass girls.  I am already eager to read this book that features females as the main characters in a variety of genres.   The book was accompanied by a promo bookmark.


(1) #CurrentlyReading Water Bottle, $3??? (purely an estimate) – I usually think of water bottles like this as promotional freebies.  I like the hashtag and all, but it really isn’t something I would buy on my own.  On the other hand we can always use another water bottle.  We use them for dance every day.

(1) The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Wonderland Passport Notebook, 5″ x 3.5″, $3.25 – I love this pocket notebook.  I took some extra photos of what the pages look like, as well as inside the front and back covers.  I almost missed the stuff inside the book when I first looked at it.  I’m glad I finally saw it, especially since I think it gives extra character to this little book.  I plan on stashing it in my purse!

(1) YA or the Highway Keychain, $1??? (purely an estimate) – This keychain is cute, but I’ll admit that I probably won’t use it.

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Overall Impressions: My calculated value adds up to about $29.  I hate to say how disappointed I am in the value of this quarter’s box, but I’m REALLY disappointed in the value this time.  This box cost me $50, but I received only about half that value.  I’m actually happy with the book selections and the little notebook is adorable.  I think the water bottle and keychain don’t add any value to the box, in my honest opinion.  With such a low value this time, I might just have to re-think my subscription.  Maybe it’s time to let Book Riot: YA go.  Do you subscribe to Book Riot: YA?  If so, what did you think about this month’s box?  Were you disappointed, too, or was it just me??  🙁

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