Once Upon a Book Club Review June 2019

Once Upon a Book Club is a unique, interactive online community that offers a monthly subscription service where readers will receive a monthly box in the mail containing a newly released book to read for the month, along with 3-5 individually wrapped gifts. They kindly sent us this box for review.

If you love to read (like I do) then Once Upon a Book Club is a really great subscription option. They have an adult subscription and a young adult subscription and each box comes with individually wrapped gifts which are to be opened at certain points throughout the book. It creates an amazing reading experience and prolongs the unboxing experience. This will be my third review and so far I have really been enjoying the boxes I have received.

Subscription Details

When you sign up for Once Upon a Book Club you have two options to choose from:

  • Young Adult Subscription
  • Adult Subscription

Both options start at $34.99 per month and you can choose a month-to-month subscription, 3-month subscription, 6-month subscription or an annual subscription.

Here’s a closer look at the June Adult Once Upon a Book Club…..

Note: Each box comes with a book and 3-5 individually wrapped gifts. To fully experience the box they remind us to only open the gifts once we reach the corresponding page numbers.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

Page 1

Our first gift is to be opened on page 1 of the book. The very first page makes reference to Khalid wondering if he will see “her” again, and he does. She is leaving her townhome, balancing a red ceramic travel mug and canvas satchel.

Page 197

Our next gift is to be opened on page 197. At this point in the book, Ayesha receives an engagement gift and it just happens to be a notebook bound in supple blue leather.

Page 272

On page 272 we open our third gift and it is a letter to Ayesha. Its the exact letter that Ayesha receives in the book.

Page 306

Our last gift is to be opened on page 306. It it small flash drive in the shape of a book. It came with a note telling us to watch the video clip on the drive. At this point in the book, one of the characters pulls a flash drive from their pocket and claims they have proof of something.

Extras

We also received a mini book – Off Planet by Aileen Erin. Aileen is a USA Today Bestselling Author and I believe this is book one of a series.

Once Upon a Book Club Review June 2019 – Final Thoughts

When it comes to the book specifically, the June Once Upon a Book Club is definitely my favorite. I’m intrigued by the storyline and the comparison to Pride and Prejudice. I typically gravitate towards thrillers and mysteries, but am also happy to read a contemporary romance from time to time. As per usual, the gifts complement the book perfectly and the packaging is still my favorite of all the boxes I receive. Once Upon a Book Club would make a great gift to yourself, or to anyone who loves to read.

-AYOB

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