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And the Story Begins… Again!

And the Story Begins… offers a monthly subscription service that delivers two handpicked books from the genre of your choice right to your door. They offer four different genres, a YA fiction box, or a surprise box. Since the last time I talked about And the Story Begins… they have relaunched and are back in business. There have been some changes. The first change I noticed was the price. The price has jumped from $9.99 to $16.95 which still is one of the most affordable bookish subscription boxes on the market. However, what is included has not changed. You still receive just two books. Secondly, I noticed they offered fewer genres to choose from. Maybe they chose to focus on the genres their subscribers were interested in.

What stands out about this subscription service is their effort to remain 100% eco-friendly. Not only is their packaging adorable but it’s good for the environment too. My overall thoughts and feeling have not really changed when it comes to this subscription. This service is not for everyone, especially people who read a bunch and are focused on newer releases. But it does offer older, lesser known titles and you might find a hidden gem. I personally had not heard of either of the books I received. What I think would be really cool is sharing the cost/books each month with a friend. That way you each pay half and then you each can choose a book to unwrap.

If you would like to try out this subscription box they are providing you with 15% off your first time subscription using code BLOG15. That’s very generous considering how affordable they already are.

What did I receive?

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action. (Goodreads)

Invisible City by Julia Dahl

A finalist for the Edgar and Mary Higgins Clark Awards, in her riveting debut Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage.

Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.

Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah’s shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD’s habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can’t let the story end there. But getting to the truth won’t be easy–even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it’s clear that she’s not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider. (Goodreads)

I received this box in exchange for a review from And the Story Begins.


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