Reading is something I truly enjoy and find myself looking forward to constantly. When overly stressed at work I love pulling out my book (or phone depending on the medium) and reading. Since my last travel up to Northern Ghana I have completed 5 books. I originally joined some reading subscription boxes to first test them out, but to also find new and exciting genres. LitCube was appealing to me because I loved the concept of both a new book, a fun genre and things that go along with it.
If you caught any of the follow up to last month's write up and subsequent social media, I sadly was VERY disappointed in the books in the box. And frankly I was super embarrass to be carrying around a book called "How to be a Mermaid." It ended up being not great and despite LOVING the salt water taffy and book marks from last month, ultimately for me it is all about the books. (Feel free to follow me on goodreads Whitney Dubinsky)
The theme for this month's box was Oz, so I was super worried it would be another box with awful books and cute items. The book was Spelled by Betsy Schow with a 3.68 Rating on GoodReads and cost of $9.18 on amazon (4 star rating.) It does look like it will be a cutesy fluffy book but here is the full synopsis from GoodReads
"Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.
Talk about unhappily ever after. Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story."
The box ended up being SUPER cute on stuff. The first item was a bookmark of ruby red slippers ($4) that look awesome hanging out of a book. There were also magnet adds for two other oz books (.50$) and a fun lollipop ($2). I actually really did like the poster of Dorothy included (pictured below) that read "Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable." A little cheesy and a tad tween but well put together.
The other big item and fandom inspired piece in this month's box was this over the rainbow heart necklace ($9). I have issues sometimes with what I feel can be "cheapo" pieces in subscription boxes, but I was actually in love with this piece, as well as the box it came in. HOWEVER, that is because Somewhere Over the Rainbow is one of 3 lullabies I sing my son so it has a real personal sentiment to it. Without that heart melting factor, not sure I would be gung-ho.
The full box is pictured below and you can see that like some other boxes LitCube included a magazine on book reviews this month. I haven't had the opportunity to thumb through it but it may be shockingly useful for recommendations.
LitCube is $21.99 plus $7.99 shipping and handling and ships APO. If my calculations and ballparks are correct, the total value on this box was 29.98. Look, my honest I am not sold. I am going to make the final call after next month's box, but LitCube is teetering towards cancellation.
Out of 10 I give the LitCube for July a 6 on quality, 5 on cost, 6 on appropriate for me and an 8 on fun! LitCube ships APO and hasn't responded on a military discount.
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