IT’S HERE! My April LitCube box has arrived. After a successful Kickstarter, this is the first month of LitCube. The theme for April’s box is “Unfortunate Fairytales“.
STOP!!! SPOILERS AHEAD! If you haven’t received your LitCube box yet, you may not want to spoil the surprise. Unboxing the mystery loot is half the fun!
Ready? OPEN THE BOX!
Okay, so that’s not much of a spoiler (lol), but it’s pretty! That is a personalized thank you card from LitCube founder Peggy Martinez.That’s for supporting the Kickstarter! And, yes readers, Corinne is what the C in C.E. Kilgore stands for. It’s pronounced Cor-inn :).
Now, MORE PICTURES!
Unlike some subscription boxes, no money was wasted on a little booklet (*coughLootCrate*). Instead, a simple, yet effective, info card tells you all about the reader loot, including what company provided it.
Under the card was a T-Shirt!
I LOVE the saying on this shirt, but I’m not keen on the color. It’s hard to see in my phone’s camera, but it’s a bit of a weird minty-Tinkerbell-seafoam… I don’t know, but it’s not a color I’d pick out myself. It is a good, comfortable cotton in a large size, though, and I can see this as being a good lounge-reading-writing shirt. So, yay!
And, under the shirt were all these goodies! Details about those in a second, but first – a warning. See all those brown squiggles? Yeah, be careful when you take the t-shirt out. They kinda got everywhere. I also fail at unboxing stuff without making a mess.
SQUIGGLES OF DOOOOM!
Foodstuffs! I haven’t actually tried any of this yet, but there is a cookie, a brownie and Jiva Coffee Cubes! I got hazelnut (one of my favorite coffee flavors!), but the flavors may be different for other people. I’m looking forward to trying them, because I’ve heard about them. If they are good, I will be ordering more from Jiva!
Also in the box was a “Book Geek & Proud” keychain with the Lit-Cube.com URL on it, a sticker that reads “Book Geek. It’s not just a name, it’s a way of life.”, and a printed picture with an Albert Einstein quote about fairytales. Now, I can’t remember exactly, but I think these three things were part of the Kickstarter backer rewards.
There was also a collector card for the April LitCube theme. I’m going to assume these are going to be collectable cards that will be included with each LitCube theme month box. Next month’s theme is “Young Adult Insta-Love”.
Lastly, but not least, the book! Each LitCube will include a print book that fits the month’s theme.
UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn is a Young Adult urban fantasy tale set in modern times but with fantasy elements that remind one of the Grimm television show. Here is the synopsis from GoodReads:
Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush’s life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight.
But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its’ next fairy-tale victim.
To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.
It’s a bit of an oldie – self-published way back in 2011. It’s also a Freebie on Kindle… I guess I was expecting something newer, and something I couldn’t get for free elsewhere.
I haven’t read it, so that’s a plus, but it’s also young adult, which for me is another bit of a downer. I’m really not much of a young adult reader, and with next month’s theme also being obviously young adult, I have to say I’m a tad disappointed. But, only a tad. It’s still a book I haven’t read, and I like urban fantasy.
I do get that LitCube needs to appeal to a broad range, and they can’t send out adult romances or more mature reads to readers who may be Young Adult. I do hope that they will add options in the future – for Adult or Young Adult boxes. Genre boxes would be awesome, and I’d sign up for more than one genre. I haven’t subscribed to next month’s box, because it is Young Adult, and I am hopeful that June’s theme will be something different.
Overall, I am glad I supported the LitCube Kickstarter, and I hope the company continues to succeed, grow and ship out more reader goodies in the future. I look forward to seeing what June’s theme is.
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