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Second Star Books Subscription Box Review + Coupon + Unboxing | May 2018

second star books review

Second Star Books is a monthly subscription that brings you the newest additions to the Young Adult literature world in a fun, curiously curated and creative way. Every box contains a hardcover book by a new author as well as one other book, an exclusive candle and an assortment of themed bookish goodies. At the end of each month Second Star holds a book club where you can discuss the book as well as have a live video chat with the featured author. Subscriptions are $39.95 and with code ALEXA2018 you’ll receive $5 OFF your first box (good on all subscription lengths). Not a Tree Reviews received this box at no cost for review purposes.

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Here’s the Box Breakdown

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Our first glimpse inside the Second Star Books Box.

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Everything that we received in our May Second Star Book Box. The theme for this box is, “Of Moons & Moors” and our first thought was how beautifully pleasing it was to the eye!


So what is all this stuff?

Our box inserts. One has this month’s coupon code. The other has a cool saying.

The reverse details each of the items included in this box.

There’s also an assortment of items for the Biodome book series including a download code for the first book in the series!

There’s also two cool coloring sheets to go along with the other Biodome swag!


Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne


This sci-fi retelling of Jane Eyre follows Stella who finds work on the haunted Rochester spaceship. Hugo the ships captain is a recluse, however with Stella he is kind. We have to be honest and say this book sounds fantastic. We can’t wait to get into this!

This came with a bookplate and signed sticker.

The back of the bookplate has a letter from Alexa the author!


Custom Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

We also received the original Jane Eyre novel with an exclusive cover designed by Second Star Books. We didn’t realize this in the unboxing but were and are still absolutely taken with the way this one looks! We’ve actually never read Jane Eyre but love period novels so we are really excited that we received this! We also want to see how Penny feels about these sorts of novels, so we’re going to recommend this one to her.


Tea with Stella Loose Leaf Tea

This tin of tea is blended with strawberry, lemon and just a pinch of sugar. It looks beautiful as does the tin. We love the way the colors of the items in this box are coming together and everything has a very celestial feel to it.


Aboard the Rochester Exclusive Wood Wick Candle

This 8 ounce wood wick candle is exclusive to this box and is aptly named, “Aboard the Rochester”.

We love wood wicks and this yummy smelling candle has notes of blackberry, sage and spice making it smell amazing! And of course the purple matches the other items in this box!


Jane Eyre Inspired Mug

So since we’ve never read Jane Eyre we weren’t sure what this meant in the unboxing. After a little googling we’ve found this is the last line in the book, which we’re kind of loving. The mug makes so much more sense! Enjoy your new tea in your new mug!


Galaxy Tea Infuser

And of course to enjoy your new loose leaf tea you need a cool galaxy tea infuser. Love this charm at the end of the tea ball – it really does look like heavenly bodies!


So in summary

We look for three things in a subscription box; quality, curation, and presentation. The Second Star Book Box is an absolutely stunning book subscription box. The assortment we received is aesthetically pleasing and also wonderfully put together. The presentation is great, everything arrives perfectly. The quality is awesome – we are loving that they included a letter from the author and so many exclusive items. And curation is fantastic. This is the best book box we’ve received in a long time, it’s full of fun, useful items but the heart of this subscription are the books your receive. We love it!


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