January 2017 - Thrill Seeker and Strange Worlds (Two different boxes)

Note - I have no clue why some of the text is on a white background. I will try to get that squared away later. Right now I have to get back to work - just know that I am aware and I will get it handled as soon as I can.

My Box Addiction is the reason that I signed up for these two boxes. If you have time, go check out her page. She doesn't get a lot of comments, but she's got one of the better sites for reviews, and I use her reviews as one of the primary ones that drive my decision to purchase a box. has multiple different subscriptions to choose from, from tiny toddler to young adult (YA), to thriller, sci-fi/fantasy, blind date with a book, and read to me. They've recently (within the past week) added coloring books as well, if that's your thing. While my to be read (TBR) pile is large, the books last month were too good, and I signed up for this month's with high expectations. Though the boxes shipped on the same day, they arrived several days apart - a weird quirk of the mail. 

I used a discount code signing up, so my total for four hardcover brand shiny new books plus shipping was $27.00. The subscription renews every month on the 10th, so today I was charged $28.37 for February's which will ship at the end of the month. That's a really, really good value and I am a book fanatic, so this pleases me. Now, I haven't gotten to read any of these four yet, but they sound quite good, and I'm looking forward to it. Since I have not read them, I cannot yet give my opinion on the books, but I can say that I will edit this when I do, and for now I am quite looking forward to them. I have included the blurbs from Amazon so that you have an idea of the type of book in each box.

Thrill Seeker Box

What a friendly looking package!

The Confabulist by Steven Galloway (retails for $13.42): 

 "What is real and what is an illusion? Can you trust your memory to provide an accurate record of what has happened in your life?

The Confabulist is a clever, entertaining, and suspenseful narrative that weaves together the rise and fall of world-famous Harry Houdini with the surprising story of Martin Strauss, an unknown man whose fate seems forever tied to the magician’s in a way that will ultimately startle and amaze. It is at once a vivid portrait of an alluring, late-nineteenth/early-twentieth-century world; a front-row seat to a world-class  magic show; and an unexpected love story. In the end, the book is a kind of magic trick in itself: There is much more to Martin than meets the eye.

Historically rich and ingeniously told, this is a novel about magic and memory, truth and illusion, and the ways that love, hope, grief, and imagination can—for better or for worse—alter what we perceive and believe."

This sounds divine! I enjoy a good magic show, and Houdini was fascinating. I'm definitely looking forward to it.

From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins (Retails $15.99)

"It's 1666 and the Great Fire has just decimated an already plague-ridden London. Lady's maid Lucy Campion, along with pretty much everyone else left standing, is doing her part to help the city clean up and recover. But their efforts come to a standstill when a couple of local boys stumble across a dead body that should have been burned up in the fire but miraculously remained intact―the body of a man who died not from the plague or the fire, but from the knife plunged into his chest.
Searching for a purpose now that there's no lady in the magistrate's household for her to wait on, Lucy has apprenticed herself to a printmaker. But she can't help but use her free time to help the local constable, and she quickly finds herself embroiled in the murder investigation. It will take all of her wits and charm, not to mention a strong stomach and a will of steel, if Lucy hopes to make it through alive herself, in From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins."

This too sounds interesting. My only hesitation is that it says its from the Lucy Campion Mysteries - which means there are more. Furthermore, this is the second book in the series, which means that I probably will not start it until I get and read the first, because I'm super anal about reading books in order. 

Strange World Box

Yes, my toes are in yet another picture. I don't like cropping, I'm doing this page because I want to - I get no goodies, and I don't get paid for it. So yes, this is not the first picture my toes have been in, and it probably won't be the last. Moving on.

I forgot to mention - each box comes with a bookmark that has some information on the books. 

The two books in this box were Departure by A.G. Riddle and Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear. 


"En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.
Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?
Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist.
As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on—answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past—to save our world . . . or end it.
A wildly inventive and propulsive adventure full of hairpin twists, Departure is a thrilling tale that weaves together power, ambition, fate, memory, and love, from a bold and visionary talent.  "

Karen Memory:

"You ain't gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I'm one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. 'Hôtel' has a little hat over the o like that. It's French, so Beatrice tells me."
Set in the late nineteenth century-in a city a lot like what we now call Seattle Underground-when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable's high-quality bordello. Through Karen's eyes we get to know the other girls in the house-a resourceful group-and the poor and the powerful of the town.
Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, begging sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone's mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap-a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.
Hard on the heels of that horrifying discovery comes a lawman who has been chasing this killer for months. Marshal Bass Reeves is closing in on his man, and he's not about to reject any help he can get, even if it comes from girl who works in the Hôtel Mon Cheri.
Elizabeth Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper yarn of the Old Steampunk West with a light touch in Karen's own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science in Karen Memory."

So - we have steampunk Jack the Ripper and we have alternate future history. Both of these sound really good to me.  

All four books have a consistent four stars on Amazon. We shall see, but this is another subscription that I'm going to keep going. I'm really liking the sound of the books, and I love the price associated with them.