Last week I received my first Book Box Club box! I decided to subscribe because their May theme was just right up my street. Dragons are my favourite magical creatures so I just couldn’t resist a box themed around them.
Book Box Club is a UK-based subscription box. If you subscribe you get a book along with 4-6 bookish items. They offer monthly, 3 month or 6 month pre-paid options and they also do a book-only option. Also included is an invite to their exclusive online book group where you get a chance to ask the author questions which sounds pretty cool.
The theme for May was Dangers and Dragons! Without further ado, here’s what was inside.
Hungarian Horntail candle by Midnight Flame Co – I don’t really use candles at the moment though I might do when I get my own place. This is a nice candle and The Goblet of Fire is my favourite Harry Potter book!
Smaug foil print with artwork by Tim Ingle Art – This is a great piece of art but I think they could have done something more imaginative with it. It’s quite a small print. It would have been nice on an object of some kind.
Dragon egg bath bomb by Druid and the Witch – I don’t use bath bombs because I tend to be allergic to them. Also, this one has a very very strong scent. As soon as I opened the box I was overwhelmed by the perfumey smell (not in a good way).
Dragon socks by Joe Cool – New socks are always great and I love the idea of getting some unique socks. But these don’t really look all that much like dragons to me?
Draconis enamel neckless by Book Box Club – This is a really nice necklace. I like the design and will definitely be wearing it.
Promotional extras – There were also a couple of promotional items for other books included in the box.
And the featured book is Burn by Patrick Ness! This was one of my anticipated releases for the year so I’m really excited to read it.
Overall, I was a little disappointed by this box. Dragons are so awesome and I felt they could have come up with more exciting items. As everything in the box was very small, it also seemed quite empty when I opened it. It was mostly full with shredded paper padding. The book is also just a standard edition rather than having exclusive features like other subscriptions offer such as Fairyloot, Illumicrate and Owlcrate. Although this one is signed, from the description on their website, Book Box Club books usually come with a signed book plate for you to stick in rather than being directly signed. So, I didn’t feel this box was as good value for money as the boxes I’ve received from Illumicrate and Fairyloot.
Another issue for me personally, is looking at past boxes as well as this box, they also seem to include products such as bath bombs and edible items a lot. I’m often allergic to products like bath bombs so can’t use them and I have a lot of food intolerances due to my Crohn’s Disease so these kinds of items aren’t good for me although I’m sure others would love them.
I therefore decided to unsubscribe. I was thinking of doing that anyway since I only wanted this box in particular because of the theme. But I don’t think I would subscribe in future because I didn’t feel this box offered value for money for me personally. I’m excited to see what the online book group is like though! I would be tempted to sign up for the book only option if the book group is good because I do quite like the sound of it.
Have you ever had Book Box Club boxes before? What did you think? Share your thoughts with me in the comments!