It’s been a while since I treated myself to a subscription box, but I’ve had my eye on My Chronicle Book Box for some time now, having seen the lovely unboxings from:
I think that it was only a matter of time until I purchased one.
My Chronicle Book Box (you can find out more here) provide a quarterly subscription box containing three books as well as carefully selected (and often exclusive) goodies. One of the things that attracted me to this box is that you can choose either a Crime and Mystery themed box, or a Science Fiction and Fantasy box. I chose the Science Fiction and Fantasy box, and it arrived at the end of last week.
Please note that if you are expecting your own My Chronicle Book Box then this post does contain spoilers as to the books and goodies included!
My Chronicle Book Box contained three books as well as some little treats including:
An exclusive candle from Bookworm Candle and Crafts. This smells divine, and I love the inscription on the lid which says
In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.
I think that this is a lovely sentiment, and I’m looking forward to lighting the candle and curling up with a good book on a cold, dark, and maybe even snowy evening. And check out those sparkles on top! ❤
The second item I opened was a poster featuring the Rose from Nicholas Eames’s Bloody Rose. This was created by book cover artist Felix Ortiz, and is an exclusive design that is not available to purchase elsewhere.
I think that this is a gorgeous print, and it ties in neatly with one of the books in box!
There was also a sampler for A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher which is published in 2019 and a book mark / 2019 calendar.
And now for the books. When unpacking a book box, I always leave the books until last.
The first book I unwrapped was Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames. I’ve heard good things about this novel as well as Kings of the Wyld – the first in the series, although Bloody Rose can apparently be read as a standalone – so I’m really looking forward to this!
Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.
When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.
IT’S TIME TO TAKE A WALK ON THE WYLD SIDE
The second book I unwrapped was Rosewater by Tade Thompson. I’ve been itching to read this for some time now, so I was delighted that it was included in the box!
Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless – people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumoured healing powers.
Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again – but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realisation about a horrifying future.
The third book in the box was Early Riser by Jasper Fforde. I’m a big Jasper Fforde fan, and unfortunately I do already have a copy of this novel, so either someone is getting this for Christmas this year, or I may run a giveaway at some point. It certainly won’t go to waste!
Every Winter, the human population hibernates.
During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, and devoid of human activity.
Well, not quite.
Your name is Charlie Worthing and it’s your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.
You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind.
When the dreams start to kill people, it’s unsettling.
When you get the dreams too, it’s weird.
When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity.
But teasing truth from Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping and stamp collecting, ensure you aren’t eaten by Nightwalkers whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk.
But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you’ll be fine.
Overall, I’m really impressed with My Chronicle Book Box. Whilst I do already have one of the books it contained, it confirms that this is a box that suits my tastes, and I’m really excited by the other two books included, particularly Rosewater which has been on my wish list for quite some time now. I liked that each book came with a signed bookplate from the author, and there were also exclusive interviews with Nicholas Eames and Tade Thompson. The items were beautifully packed, and I’m really pleased with the quality of the additional goodies. I’ll definitely be purchasing another My Chronicle book Box 🙂