Nemo Tries a PERSONALISED Book Box Service

I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw an ad for a personalised book box service called simply BookBox that would hand-pick a book to read based on your preferences, and provide some snacks and cute little gifts as well.

It’s been a long time since I’ve subscribed to a book box service, and as I’m in a good place financially right now, I thought I’d give this service a shot. As a bonus, this is an Australian business and I’m always happy to support local businesses. I also thought it would be interesting to see what they provided given my dietary requirements and the fact that I own nearly 700 books I have yet to read… and now I own one more.

The Unboxing

Right away I enjoyed the branding and how everything was wrapped. There was a FRAGILE HANDLE WITH CARE sticker on the box as well.


The first thing I saw was this cute book tote!

The tote bag says “I like my books spicy and my coffee icy” which… is FAIRLY true. I am still a big YA reader, and YA isn’t spicy, but I do also read a fair amount of smut. I don’t drink coffee, but ‘hot chocolate’ is harder to make rhyme!

I was impressed with this selection of snacks. I had requested low sugar, plus I don’t drink tea or coffee (which is often what puts me off buying book boxes with treats, because it’s often tea). There’s some crisps, some cookies, some chocolates, slices, gummy frogs, and a can of soda pop!

My cute bookish extra included an adorable duckie notebook, three bookmarks, and three cute stickers I will never use because I’m one of those people who can’t commit to using stickers because then they can never be reused, and that makes me sad.

Finally, the last thing left was the book itself! This book was HAND PICKED for me after I took a survey of my likes (strong female characters, magic, romance) and dislikes (abuse, non-consent, bullying) and tropes I enjoy vs tropes I abhor. I also provided a link to my comprehensively organised Goodreads profile, where the specialists could see everything I’ve read, everything I own, and everything I want to read.

The book is:

Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury.

I am THRILLED with this choice! Not only is the cover GORGEOUS, but the blurb hits on so many things I really enjoy in YA:

An urban fantasy debut following a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family’s magic. The problem is, she’s never been in love—she’ll have to find the perfect guy before she can kill him.

After years of waiting for her Calling—a trial every witch must pass in order to come into their powers—the one thing Voya Thomas didn’t expect was to fail. When Voya’s ancestor gives her an unprecedented second chance to complete her Calling, she agrees—and then is horrified when her task is to kill her first love. And this time, failure means every Thomas witch will be stripped of their magic.

Voya is determined to save her family’s magic no matter the cost. The problem is, Voya has never been in love, so for her to succeed, she’ll first have to find the perfect guy—and fast. Fortunately, a genetic matchmaking program has just hit the market. Her plan is to join the program, fall in love, and complete her task before the deadline. What she doesn’t count on is being paired with the infuriating Luc—how can she fall in love with a guy who seemingly wants nothing to do with her?

With mounting pressure from her family, Voya is caught between her morality and her duty to her bloodline. If she wants to save their heritage and Luc, she’ll have to find something her ancestor wants more than blood. And in witchcraft, blood is everything.

Overall, I am THRILLED with this personalised book box service, and if I ever manage to dent my TBR pile (the whole overflowing three bookcases of it) or if I ever just need someone else to make a decision for me and provide me some snacks and cute gifts, I would absolutely do it again!


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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