Once Upon a Book Club Review May 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.
I fell in love with Once Upon a Book Club the moment it arrived at my doorstep last month. It was my very first time receiving the book subscription box and I couldn’t believe how cute the mailing box was. It’s one of the cutest boxes I have ever seen. If that doesn’t set the tone for the overall subscription, I don’t know what would.
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 May 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.
Clover Blue by Eldonna Edwards
There are many things twelve-year-old Clover Blue isn’t sure of: his exact date of birth, his name before he was adopted into the Saffron Freedom Community, or who his first parents were. What he does know with certainty is that among this close-knit, nature-loving group, he is happy. Here, everyone is family, regardless of their disparate backgrounds–surfer, midwife, Grateful Dead groupie, Vietnam deserter. But despite his loyalty to the commune and its guru-like founder Goji, Blue grapples with invisible ties toward another family–the one he doesn’t remember.
With the urging of his fearless and funny best friend, Harmony, Clover Blue begins to ask questions. For the first time, Goji’s answers fail to satisfy. The passing months bring upheaval to their little clan and another member arrives, a beautiful runaway teen named Rain, sparking new tensions. As secrets slowly unfurl, Blue’s beliefs–about Goji, the guidelines that govern their seemingly idyllic lives, and the nature of family itself–begin to shift. With each revelation about a heartbreaking past he never imagined, Blue faces a choice between those he’s always trusted, and an uncertain future where he must risk everything in his quest for the truth.
Part coming-of-age tale, part love story, part mystery, Clover Blue tenderly explores an unconventional but no less complex family that resonates with our deep-rooted yearning for home.
Here we have the CUTEST headband and earring set. At first I didn’t even care how they tied in to the book because I just really really love both items. The earrings are lightweight and the headband is definitely something I would wear. Aside from that, on page 81 it describes one of the characters and what she is wearing – big hoop earrings and a colourful headband.
Page 139 makes reference to macramé designs on hooks and it really is pretty perfect if you think about it. Macramé is very trendy right now and for good reason. How pretty is this wall hanging?!
On page 328 one of the characters is working on a painting of one of the other characters. I wonder if this is what the actual painting in the book looks like?
Our last gift is to be opened right at the end of the book. On the second to last page one of the characters pulls a senior photo from their wallet.
We also received this gorgeous print that says “The soul cannot be stopped from searching for what it desires.”
Once Upon a Book Club Review May 2019 – Final Thoughts
Once Upon a Book Club is quickly becoming a fave. As I mentioned above, the box itself really sets the tone for the subscription. And as you unbox each item, the excitement builds. I love that each gift ties in to the book. It creates a really fun experience and gives you something to look forward to as you read the book. I think this would make an amazing gift for a teen (seeing as they have a young adult option) but I also really love it as a gift to myself.