once upon a book club review

Once Upon a Book Club Young Adult Subscription Box Review + Unboxing + Coupon | April 2020

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Once Upon a Book Club is a monthly book subscription box. Choose between a monthly box with adult fiction geared towards folks aged 18+ or a Young Adult Box geared towards kids aged 14+ (what I’m reviewing today). Every package from Once Upon a Book Club includes a newly released novel (adult boxes include genres that range from contemporary, general or historical fiction) in addition to 3-5 individually wrapped gifts. Gifts are marked with a page number and the gifts are meant to be opened when you get to that page in the book. Subscribers will also receive a 5 x 7 quote print from the book for that month as well as have access to discussion questions and an online community via Instagram and Facebook where you will find read alongs and live discussions. Subscriptions are $34.99 + shipping. Use code ASHELI10 for 10% OFF your first box. NAT received this package at no cost for review purposes.

Subscription Box Unboxing


Subscription Box Review

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My first glimpse inside the box from Once Upon a Book Club. This is such an aesthetically pleasing package!

book subscription boxes

Here’s a look at each of the items in their individual wrapping. There’s one in a canvas bag, one in a box, a letter and a plastic wrapped bag as well!

And then here’s an image of each of the items that I received in my April Box all unwrapped. What a cute collection and the book looks wonderful!


So what is all this stuff?

Our box insert tells us a bit more about the box for the month.

Inside you’ll find information about live unboxings, live meet the author events, and discussion dates as well as questions.


Fistful of Pens

The first gift in our box is supposed to be opened on page 35. Wrapped in a box this box contains three pens in a pale pink color, black and gray. These are fun and stylish and would be nice to keep or gift to a friend!


Volleyball Flyer

Our second gift in the box is a flyer that is a call for a stand in volleyball player. I am really interested to see what part of the story this volleyball flyer will pertain to!


Tea Set

On page 23 we’ll open our blue canvas bag to find a fun little tea infuser along with a bag of Soul Clarifying Tea from Refutea. This blend includes Hibiscus Petals, Apple, Rosehip, Cranberry, Elderberry, Lingonberry, Natural Flavors, Sugar, Rice Powder, and Vegetable Sunflower Oil. Looks like it’s going to be super delicious!

This tea is caffeine free so you can feel free to brew a cup and then curl up in your bed with it and your new book!

The infuser is one of those little rubber/ plastic guys whose arms will tuck around your cup. The actual infuser is metal so it can easily attach to the attachment.


Woolen Mittens

The final gift included in our box for the month is my personal favorite. These are a pretty mustard yellow color (i’m not sure if everyone received the same color) with a faux fur trim in a complementary brown shade. I love these and being a Pennsylvanian… I will definitely get use out of them!

I just love them and I love that they are cable knit as well!


Quote Print

Every box from Once Upon a Book Club comes with a 5 x 7 print that has a quote from the book we received for the month. This month’s print has a mountain scene that is reminiscent of the cover of the book and our quote reads, “Her Dream Was So Close All She Had To Do Was Grab It”. Which is really cool! I think this print would look great in a plant area (with all the green shades) or in your office area!


Letter from the Author

Second to last in my box for this month is a hand written letter from the Author of this month’s book, Nora Shalaway Carpenter. This letter is great! She talks about not just what inspired her to write this book but she also talks about how we can relate it to the time that we are living in and the pandemic.



The Edge of Anything by Noral Shalaway Carpenter
edge of anything

And of course, the final item in our book for the month is a young adult new release from Nora Shalaway Carpenter. This title delves into the realm of friendship and particularly in relation to mental health (which is quite a bold and apt topic).

Our story follows Len who is a young photographer / loner. Len’s past is handicapping her creativity and she fears she’s losing her mind. Len has a chance encounter with Sage. A young girl in need of a scholarship (just like Len) because of a medical disqualification. Their budding friendship helps both girls to confront their demons. Though the girls are keeping secrets that may cost them much more than their friendship. Which leads me to believe there’s a good bit of mystery involved as well! This book is a look into friendship through grief, trauma and mental health issues which I think is a great focus for a young adult novel.


So in summary

Presentation: This box is one of the coolest looking that I have ever received in all my years of reviewing. And the individual package of each of the gifts is an excellent touch! Everything arrived to me perfectly in my box from Once Upon a Book Club

Quality: I love that they included a letter from the author to go along with the book for the month. It’s such a nice touch in a book subscription box.

Curation: I think the concept for this box is excellent. To open a gift at specific pages with a particular intent in mind is a genius idea in my opinion. It really makes the unboxing and reading an interactive experience. I haven’t read the book yet so I’m not sure of their relation to the story but I can certainly say that I can’t wait to find out!


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What a Great Concept

Once Upon a Book Club is a clever concept where you receive a book along with themed gifts that you’ll open us as you read the book!

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