Tag Archive: 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Up Date

Hey all, I’ve been a bit sick the last couple of days, so I haven’t gotten around to posting this like I’d meant to.

Second Star Books has their website up and running and May’s box is available to subscribe to now. You can find it here.

Since this is their first month in business quantities are limited. Enjoy!

House Keeping 3/21/18

So, that second review didn’t happen. I’m sorry about that. There were a couple of rough days at work and then I wound up having to get my car checked out. Fun times, fun times. But that’s mostly dealt with and the last bit I’ll be trying to get taken care of later this week.

That all said, I am going to be late with my review this week as well. I’m not nearly as prepared as I would like just at the moment. Working on it though.

Also, the fourth Answer the Call comic is set to come out this week, so barring anything going wrong I should have a review of that up sometime late this week too. It’s going into the final stretch so I’m really curious about what the big bad’s plan is and just what Holtzmann’s machine is meant to do, aside from scrambling eggs.

Aside from that, there’s still time to enter the Second Star Books lifetime subscription giveaway. You can find that here. If you missed my previous post about them, that’s here. I’m as excited about this as I was that book bundle, possibly more so.

And that’s that for this rather late house keeping post. I’m a bit out of sorts lately, but that’s manageable and I’m figuring out what to do about it. If you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a comment or a like. If you really like what I’m doing here you can always feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. Either way, enjoy!

I mentioned this back during the house keeping post this week, but I wanted to go a little more in on it and on Second Star Books itself. Reiterating things a little to start, just in case anyone missed it.

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Second Star Books is opening shop come April and I figure it would be pretty cool to tell you all a little more about them. Each box contains a hard cover book from a debut YA author, that’s the focus of the box. Then there will also be a second book that is themed similarly to the first and an 8 oz. candle crafted to go with both books. Each box will also contain other related goodies.

I’m really excited by the idea of being introduced to a new author each month, especially given my tendency to lock into a set of authors and not really try anyone new. More than that, I dig that Second Star Books is going to donate a book for every box sold to kids in need. They will be working with both established literary charities and underprivileged schools. That’s something I definitely plan on throwing in behind Second Star for.

Really cool, right? This is where I tell you about the giveaway part. The folks behind Second Star Books are also super excited about the monthly box starting up and they want to share that with bookish types all over. Running until the box goes live on the first of April they have a giveaway, one lucky human will win a lifetime subscription to Second Star Books. That’s right, not a month free or an x month subscription free, but a lifetime subscription. If that sounds as awesome to you all as it does to me, I’ve got the link for you here.

Good luck!

House Keeping 3/6/18

You know, I just realized that the month and day multiply into the year today. It’s a bit of a random thought, but it amuses me greatly.

Anyway, I’m going to post more about this later in the week, but I wanted to let you all know about it now while it’s fresh in my mind. There’s a new monthly book box starting up soon, Second Star Books. To celebrate they’re doing a fantastic giveaway leading up to April first when they officially open their doors. One lucky human will receive a lifetime subscription to Second Star Books. That’s one book by a new author, a second book that matches the theme of the first, a candle chosen to go with, and some awesome swag related to the theme for the month. You can enter through this link.

Aside from that, I don’t have a lot to go into. Review will be up tomorrow. The book itself has me wondering a bit about what makes me enjoy one example of a character type versus another. I’ll want to dig into that at some point, but that’s a for later thing.

Standard stuff, if you enjoy what I’m doing here leave a like or a comment or, if you really like what I’m doing, you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a coffee. I’ll see you all tomorrow. Enjoy!