Ninja Book Box is a quarterly subscription box that specialises in books from independent publishers. I’ve received two boxes, and you can see my unboxings here:
I’ve really enjoyed the two boxes I’ve received so far, and love the themed gifts that are chosen to go along with the books, all of which have been of excellent quality.
For the summer, Ninja Book Box have added a new package to their product offering, centred around the theme of A Grand Adventure. These boxes aren’t available as part of the regular subscription package and need to be purchased separately, and rather than containing one book plus gifts, they contain three books! These can be books aimed at adults or children or a mix of the two, depending on whether you want to take your family on your adventure with you. There is also a mini adventure box available, containing a single book.
When I first saw these boxes advertised, I was immediately taken with the idea, and duly purchased a box, which arrived last week:
Doesn’t it look wonderful!
(Be warned – this next bit contains spoilers!)
Here are the books I received:
Electric Souk by Rose McGinty (Urbane Publications)
Ireland’s gone bust, and with it Aisling Finn’s life. She flees austerity for adventure in the desert. But the Arabia she finds is not that of her dreams. Everyone is chasing a fast buck, a fast woman and another G&T. Expats and locals alike prickle with paranoia. Debonair fixer, Brian Rothmann, charms Aisling with champagne brunches and nights at Bedouin camps. But is Brian a hero or a desperate expat prepared to go to any lengths to get what he wants? Is this Aisling? Or is he using her as bait? Her only hope is Hisham, a local activist. But where do his loyalties lie? Aisling faces severe peril when the sleazy expat and blood-lusting desert worlds collide, as the Arab Spring erupts. She has to ask, whom can she trust? Can she trust her instincts? Humanity blisters in this haunting, lyrical thriller about trust and treachery.
The Great and the Good by Michel Déon (Gallic Books)
From the acclaimed author of The Foundling Boy comes this new classic set in 1950s America.
Arthur Morgan is aboard the Queen Mary bound for the United States, where a scholarship at an Ivy League university awaits him, along with the promise of a glittering future.
But the few days spent on the ship will have a defining effect on the young Frenchman, when he encounters the love of his life.
Sometime a River Song by Avril Joy (Linen Press)
Set in a river boat community in Arkansas in the 1930s, this poignant story chronicles Aiyana Weir’s spirited determination to break away from a life, like that of the women around her, defined and dominated by brutal patriarchy. Aiyana’s voice, unique, hesitant and uneducated, expresses the turmoil of her inner world through the details and rhythms of her beloved river and charts her secret pursuit of literacy – her only means of escape from the abuse of her father and the indifference of the man to whom she is casually given. Her grandmother, a mythical figure steeped in wisdom and folklore, and her brother, Lyle, are Aiyana’s only allies in her struggle for survival and as shameless plans to leave the river.
I’m really pleased with the books I’ve received, and I love how they all fit in in with the idea of a grand adventure in different ways. Whilst I’ve heard a little about Electric Souk from other reviewers, the other two books and authors are completely new to me, and I’m really looking forward to diving into these stories which I may not have discovered otherwise.
It’s worth noting that the boxes don’t all contain the same books – four have been selected for the adult box, three of which are shown above. I am, of course, dying to know what the fourth book is!
In addition to the books, there is also is a little challenge contained within each box to encourage you to take your own adventure and try something new – completing these six tasks wins you an extra little something. I won’t share what my tasks are right now – I’m not sure if they are the same for all boxes – but they do fit in with the books selected, and I’ll definitely have a go at completing them.
I’m going to be completely honest – I preferred this style of box to those usually offered. As I’ve said, the gifts contained in the quarterly boxes are wonderful, but for me it’s all about the books, and so getting three themed books was a better option for me personally than one book plus gifts, and I hope that Ninja Book Box decide to offer more of these themed boxes going forward.
You can find out more about Ninja Book Box on their website: www.ninjabookbox.com