Battle of the Subscription Boxes

So this is something that I’ve been wanting to write about for a while, but wanted to wait until I had received a few boxes from various subscriptions. Now that I have, I’ve decided to compile a list of boxes I’ve tried and a few that I’m thinking about trying.

Boxes I’ve Tried

FairyLoot

Types of Plans: Monthly, 3-Month Prepay, & 6-Month Prepay

Price: £26.00 + shipping (it depends on whether or not you want a tracking number)

Ships Internationally?: Yes.

Genre: YA & Fantasy

What You Get:

  • One recently published copy of an exciting Young Adult book, usually hardback.
  • A unique buddy reading hashtag that links you up with another person.
  • 4-5 bookish goodies related to the theme of the month. These can vary.
  • A promotional items and signed bookplates whenever it is possible.

Thoughts: This one is one of the more expensive boxes that I’ve tried, if not the most expensive, but I think that it’s 100% worth it. They put a lot of thought and energy into this box, and it shows in everything from how your box is packaged, what you receive, and even if/when you interact on social media. (Anissa read my unboxing post and retweeted it on twitter! :D)



Uppercase

Types of Plans: Expert & Book Exclusive

Price: $23 for Expert; $17 for Book Exclusive + $6 shipping

Ships Internationally?: No. U.S. & Canada only.

Genre: YA

What You Get:

Expert:

  • Brand New, Hardcover Young Adult Book
  • Signed Book or Bookplate Signed by the Author
  • 1-2 High-Quality, Exclusive Bookish Items
  • Reading Experience with Exclusive Content
  • Personal Hand-Written Note to You

Book Exclusive:

  • Brand New, Hardcover Young Adult Book
  • Signed Book or Bookplate Signed by the Author
  • Reading Experience with Exclusive Content
  • Personal Hand-Written Note to You

Thoughts: I really enjoyed getting this box/bag when I was subscribed to it. Lisa is really good at reading my mind and picking books that I’ve been thinking about reading, but haven’t bitten the bullet and bought yet. The goodies are pretty good and I loved the scarf and earrings we received. However, I don’t know if I’m just picky or what, but in the couple of boxes that I’ve received, I loved some stuff and wasn’t too fond of others. In the boxes that I haven’t received, I’ve loved everything, but c’est la vie. I still highly recommend this box if you’re looking into starting out in the world of subscription boxes.



Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books

Types of Plans: All Fantasy Plan, New Release Plan, Monthly, 3 Month Prepay, 6 Month Prepay

Price: $17 + $6.99 shipping to U.S.

Ships Internationally?: Yes.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, YA

What You Get:

  • A book (not new release)
  • 2 or more bookish/fantasy items

Thoughts: The jury is still out on this box. My first one took forever to get to me, but that was 100% my fault because I typed in my address wrong. The second box I received was part of the all fantasy plan, and while I was excited about the book, I wasn’t all that impressed with the goodies included. I mentioned  in my “Going dark” post that they’re actually cancelling their new release plan. I’m hoping that with this change, they’ll be able to improve upon the fantasy box and make it what the box could be.



Muse Monthly

Types of Plans: Monthly, 3 Month Prepay, 6 Month Prepay

Price: $21 + Shipping

Ships Internationally?: No. U.S. & Canada only. 😦

Genre: Adult

What You Get:

  • Brand new novel
  • Full-size container of tea

Thoughts: This box is basically my blog in a subscription service. I had found it just after I came up with the idea of doing Monday Morning Cuppa and finally bit the bullet when I saw that they were collaborating with V.E. Schwab back in March. If I’m totally honest though, I haven’t read any of the books I’ve received yet (Gathering of Shadows included) but that’s just because I’m in the slump that never ends. I really enjoy the teas that we’ve received however, and I’m super excited about this month’s because I got to choose what I got! 🙂


Boxes I Want to Try


Beautiful Madness

Types of Plans: N/A

Price: $46.50 (includes shipping as far as I can tell)

Ships Internationally?: No. U.S. & Canada only.

Genre: YA

What You Get:

  • Hand-picked book
  • Snack and make-able drink (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.)
  • 2-3 items to complement the theme of the box

Thoughts: I haven’t heard or seen anything about this box apart from what the site says and what I caught walking by at BookCon. This one is the third most expensive box, and I’m definitely intrigued by it. It’s kind of everything I want in a book subscription wrapped up into one box.



OwlCrate

Types of Plans: Monthly, 3 Month Prepay, 6 Month Prepay

Price: $29.99 + $6.99 Shipping

Ships Internationally?: Yes, except Mexico.

Genre: YA

What You Get:

  • One new YA novel.
  • 3-5 Bookish Keepsakes

Thoughts: I’m sure most of you have heard of this box, because it is quite popular. I’ve never jumped on the train because I couldn’t fathom the idea of spending that much on a box (ahem and now I’m spending more than that for FairyLoot). Jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll be trying it out though.



Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly

Types of Plans: Quarterly (every 3 months)

Price: $50 + $5 Shipping

Ships Internationally?: Yes.

Genre: YA

What You Get:

  • At least one YA book (sometimes there are multiple)
  • Bookish Items

Thoughts: The website is incredibly vague for fear of “spoiling the surprise.” The box they sent out in January looked like like it had some pretty cool stuff in it. Not going to lie, the fact that they usually send out multiple books is kind of a huge draw for me.



Parnassus Next

Types of Plans: Monthly, 3 Month Prepay, 6 Month Prepay

Price: Depends on the book + $6 Shipping

Ships Internationally?: Yes.

Genre: YA

What You Get:

  • A first-edition, brand-new release, signed by the author.

Thoughts: I really like the idea of this one, and the price isn’t too bad. This is awesome for people like me who don’t have a ton of opportunities to get book signed. While the other boxes I mentioned may sometimes have a signed book or bookplate, it isn’t always guaranteed. This box is built around that and I love it.


Those are all of the subscription boxes I’ve tried and am currently thinking about trying! Have you tried any of these or heard of any that I haven’t listed here? Let me know! I’m on the lookout for more than what’s listed here. 🙂


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13 thoughts on “Battle of the Subscription Boxes

  1. Sammie @ booksandbiros says:

    OMG this post gives me life! I’ve been browsing around for a while with regards to subscription boxes to see which one might suit me best without costing the earth, so this is unbelievably useful! I was thinking about trying out Fairyloot, and what you’ve said basically confirms that I should give them a go! x

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    • Carrianne says:

      Your comment gives me life! That is exactly why I did this post, so I’m glad that it was useful! I honestly recommend all of these, but FairyLoot is an excellent choice! I wrote this post last week, and then decided to try another box that isn’t on the list. #Ooops #SorryNotSorry

      I saw Game of Thrones and it sucked me in. I can’t wait to hear what you decide and/or read a post about it! It’s so exciting to see what everyone thinks about their boxes. 😀

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      • Sammie @ booksandbiros says:

        Haha! It really is – I always have so much book box envy when people do unboxing but I can’t stop myself from looking at them. I’ll definitely let you know my thoughts if/when I get one. 🙂 Thanks for the tips, again!

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