Category: Second Star Books


So I’ve only been meaning to do this for the past two months. No worries, right? I did really want to make sure that I hit this one because there were some big changes that started with the October box that this one sets up for nicely. On to the review, enjoy!

the box itself

overview

So the September box was the last of the original set up Second Star Books boxes which opens the way for the current launch boxes and the quarterly seasonal boxes. So it is the last monthly box to have the theme complementing second book or a lot of the other items like the wall hanging. This works pretty well for me because I haven’t been entirely sure what I was going to do with some of the previous boxes’ items. Onward though, and kindly forgive my messy desk.

wall hanging

I admit I don’t do a lot of wall art, mostly due to apartment living. I do really like this quote though. I feel like I need it on five separate coffee mugs. The pattern is also something I like, the sort of red smoke thing that’s going on. Plus the wall hanging itself is well put together and I feel like it’s something I might hang up in a library nook once I’m some place more permanent.

death market candle

The candle, the candle, the candle. I think I look forward to these as much as to the books themselves. The Mercado de la Muerte candle earns a special place in my heart for smelling like delicious cherry pie and thus, combined with its name, making me think of cyanide. Almond being mentioned as one of its component scents probably helps.

books

The books for the month include Rebecca Schaeffer’s Not Even Bones, something I’m definitely going to need to dig into, and a special custom cover edition of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I no longer have an excuse to not read that. Plus the signed book plate is awesome, I really like it when they match the cover or have thematically appropriate art on them.

Here’s where we get into new stuff. With the new boxes one of the items each month is going to be an exclusive Second Star Books enamel pin. The September box came with two, the floral heart for Frankenstein and the bloody scalpel for Not Even Bones, plus a pin buddy to display them and future pins on. These look awesome and I’m really looking forward to seeing what designs show up in future boxes.

I completely forgot to take a picture of the woodmark book mark, which is unfortunate because they always look nice.

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Past the line on this one. I’ve had a lot of fun getting my review for this one done though, so it works out. I’m still fiddling with the video editing software, with work and all I haven’t had as much time for that as I would like, so at this point I think I’m going to do June’s box but not May’s. It’s a little late at this point. I’m excited to see where Second Star Books goes from here though.

Alright, let’s get this thing started. I really dig the little thank you sticker on the tissue paper that’s around everything. It’s a cute little detail.

May pic 4

The coloring pages and the cover sheets for Jesikah Sundin’s Biodome Chronicles series are, likewise, a nice addition. Plus the bonus code for the ebook of the first Biodome Chronicles book, Legacy, was an awesome touch. I’ll definitely be digging into that once I have a chance. I admit that with this layer I think fewer cover sheets would have worked a bit better, with all four plus the book mark and dropcards.com code card it feels a little cluttered on this level.

That said, I am seriously enjoying the “Aboard the Rochester” candle for this month. It’s billed as having a blackberry, sage, and spice scent but I get more plum or blueberry out of it. The wooden wick crackles a little as it burns, adding a nice secondary sensory detail. It is something I would look for again if Second Star Books started offering their candles on their own.

May pic 3

The “Tea With Stella” tea is an interesting thing for me since it’s more of an herbal tea than what I usually drink. The on tin instructions were quite useful as well, especially the suggested time for steeping. The strawberry flavor really stands out, though I don’t catch much of the lemon. I had it hot, but this is definitely a tea that I could see being awesome with a little more sugar and iced. As a bonus, the loose leaf nature of the tea gave me an excuse to try out the tea ball that came with the box. I’ve been meaning to get one of those for awhile now, so that was a pretty great surprise.

The mug is about the only place in the box where I have any sort of issue. It’s very much more Jane Eyre than Brightly Burning, so it stands out a little compared to the other items included, no space them for the mug. Plus there was no indication on if it was microwave or dishwasher safe. I have roommates who do the dished fairly often, so not knowing is something of an issue for me.

May pic 5

I don’t have a ton to say about the books themselves. I do like that Jane Eyre was included with the sci-fi reimagining, and the ribcage and flower cover is nifty. The note from the author, Alexa Donne , and the signed book plate are both totally awesome. I’m also looking forward to the online author talk this Saturday, that’s a non-physical aspect of the box that I just find cool. It’s a nice way to let readers get introduced to authors while also having everyone in the comfort of their own homes.

So, yeah, I’m definitely happy that I was able to order one of the Second Star Books May boxes, and I’m excited to see what’s going to be in June’s box.