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and the Story Begins…

and the Story Begins…

and the Story Begins

and the Story Begins offers a monthly subscription service that delivers two handpicked books from the genre of your choice right to your door. I reached out to and the Story Begins after running across them on their Instagram. I love subscription services and wanted to check this one out. What makes and the Story Begins unique is they send 2 books from a genre of your choosing plus they use eco-friendly packaging inside and out. As someone who is eco-conscience I approve.

They offer 9 different genres to choose from so you are sure to find one you will like. It’s fairly easy to sign up. Choose your genre, choose how often and then you’ll start receiving your box(es) in the mail. It is also reasonably priced at just $9.99 month to month.

I choose to receive the young adult fiction books. So what did I receive?

House of the StarHouse of the Star by Caitlin Brennan

Published November 9th, 2010 by Starscape.

Elen is a princess of the kingdom of Ymbria. Her greatest wish is to become a rider of worldrunners: the magical horses that are the only safe way to travel the roads through the worlds of Faerie. Now Elen has the chance to fulfill her dream at last, but the price is much too high.

To become a worldrider, Elen must journey to the House of the Star on Earth, the Arizona ranch where the worldrunners live and breed. There, she must try to forge a peace with her people’s worst enemy—a traitor from the world of Caledon—and end the war that has been tearing their worlds apart for centuries. If Elen doesn’t succeed, the Master of the House of the Star will close both Ymbria and Caledon off from the worldroads forever. Can the wisdom of a worldrunner named Blanca help Elen in her quest to save her world?

Caitlin Brennan’s first novel for young readers is an enchanting tale of a very special breed of horses, the tribe of horse girls, and faerie magic. (Goodreads)

The Last Leaves FallingThe Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

Published May 5th, 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this . . .

Japanese teenager, Sora, is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the samurai for guidance and comfort. But he also finds hope in the present; through the internet, he finds friends that see him, not just his illness. This is a story of friendship and acceptance, and testing strength in an uncertain future. (Goodreads)

+Pros

+Price

+Packaging

+Mix of older and newer titles

+Discover new authors

+Easy to share with a friend

-Cons

-Remainder marks

-Not new releases

-No bookish goodies (which can also be a pro)

Final thoughts…

This subscription 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. Young adult fiction is such a broad category (rather than genre) so you could receive anything from fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, contemporary, etc. I don’t often read fantasy so I am unsure if I will enjoy or even read House of the Star. The Last Leaves Falling, on the other hand, is a contemporary read that centers around a teenager who is diagnosed with ALS. This sounds like a diverse read that I will enjoy. With this subscription you’re throwing caution to the wind and hoping you a.) don’t already have the books they send b.) if getting the YA box, hope it’s a genre you will enjoy. What I think would be really cool is sharing the cost/books each month with a friend. That way you each pay $5 and then you each can choose a book to unwrap. They turn into monthly presents and again the packaging is so adorable (& eco-friendly).

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


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