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I ran a bit late with this one. The nice folks at Scribe Stash were kind enough to supply me with a box for review in July. They’ve got a really good selection of customization options including the colors you want included and genre preferences. I went with cool colors and YA horror.

July Box1

I do really like that the name I gave them for customized items was stamped on the box. That is just super cool to me and it’s a nice touch that I haven’t seen before.

July Box2

Digging into the box itself there’s a new release novel, Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki, it sounds really cool from the blurb so I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out. There’s also a rather nice notebook, it’s pages are unlined and they feel fantastic. The paper feels top tier and I’m going to be looking for a project for this note book in the near future.

July Box3

But then we get to the rest of the scribe aspect of the box. Beyond that notebook, the rest of the box is a bit underwhelming. None of it really fits together beyond the color scheme and none of it, aside from the bookmarks, is anything I couldn’t find shopping around town. The book marks were a fun touch.

While you do get your money’s worth here, the writing implements and second writing pad leave me with the impression that Scribe Stash goes too hard on letting customers customize their boxes, so they stretch themselves super thin to have new release books for each choice and stuff for each color combination. It leaves it feeling scattered because, to account for any choice combination, they can’t have any sort of box theme to tie everything together. They can’t really have anything that ties specifically to any one of the books either. This isn’t something I expected myself to say walking into this, but I think that cutting back on options and having a cohesive monthly theme would let Scribe Stash have across the board higher quality items and let them dig into nifty things that they couldn’t while having to juggle so many combinations of items.

I think that I like the box better in concept than in practice, but I do very much like the idea of what they’re doing and hope that they continue doing well.

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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.

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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.