eBook inBox Review

February 2, 2017 Books/Writing, Reviews 9

ebook inbox review

When I saw an advertisement for this digital book subscription box (curated by the folks at Lit-Cube) when scrolling through one of my social media feeds a few weeks ago, I had to give it a shot! I’m such a sucker for subscription boxes and I hadn’t heard of a digital book version. This is the debut month and I wanted to quickly post about it so that maybe a few other people would have a better idea about the box! So, here’s my eBook inBox review! If you also tried the January box I would love to know what books you received!

First of all, this is a very tailored box, which is awesome! You answer a questionnaire as part of the sign-up process, so hopefully you will only receive books you’re interested in. No fantasy for rom-com readers, etc. The list of categories and how I rated them is below (in case anyone is wondering HOW DID YOU GET THOSE BOOKS MINE ARE SO DIFFERENT?!?). There are 3 settings of interest: high, moderate, and none.

Teen/YA

Contemporary Romance

Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Historical Romance

Inspirational Romance

Spicy Hot Romance

Chick Lit

Cozy Mystery

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Science Fiction/Fantasy

LGBT

Horror

I really like this part! While it seems like maybe they are trying to do a little TOO much in catering to EVERYONE, since it’s in digital format it might be possible to pull it off.

My January box included…no books I’d ever heard of. I will admit, when I scrolled through at first glance my heart kind of sank. No books I recognized, no authors I recognized…wah-wah.

Daisy Kirkwood and her best friend Kammie have adjusted to life on an alien planet pretty well, all things considered. And thanks to Daisy’s alien pop star boyfriend, Griffin Valentino, she has plenty of sexy new experiences to keep her busy. But it’s not possible to take a massive music nerd away from her home planet and not expect her to pine for a concert or a record store at least in once in a while.

Engaged to an Alien Pop Star (The Alien Pop Star #2), by Kendra L. Saunders. WHAT. Why on earth are you sending me Book #2 in the first month of a book box? I don’t understand. This kind of just makes me rage. Aliens are SO NOT MY THING. No matter how sexy the blurb says they are.

Remy Novem was murdered…

But she didn’t die.

Forced to escape to Somniare, a dream landscape, Remy must somehow survive living nightmares, and endless torment without using her magic. Her only hope for freedom is to hitch a ride with a human back into reality, tricking the poor creature into believing no harm will befall them.

Somniare (Somniare #1), by D.T. Dyllin. Ummm…interesting, if very creepy sounding, premise. This one I might read a few chapters of to see if it’s decent. Still not something I would have picked off the shelf for myself, but I like paranormal now and then if it’s done right.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.

Catalyst (The Deception Game #1), by Kristin Smith. Published by “Clean Teen Publishing.” Based on that alone it gets a big fat no. I hate it when people or groups feel the need to state that they are “clean” – um, so, does that make you better? No.

 

Eliana Havelock is a female with no past, whose determination to bring down a Karachi arms dealer catches the attention of the British Secret Intelligence Service. MI-6 is currently fractured due to political upheaval with many of its covert programs dissolved or disbanded. When Eliana presents the opportunity to divert an international arms disaster, the head of MI-6 partners her with one of it’s best and brightest, the enigmatic, Connor Blackwell. But in a world of secrets and hidden agendas, who can Eliana trust? And what, or who, is Eliana really after?

Havelock, by Jane D. Everly. This one sounds like it might actually be a fun read, if a little outside my usual! I’m a little confused by the listings on GoodReads because it looks like it was originally published as a serial and I can’t tell if this is just Part 1 or the entire 3-part book…ack. I think it’s the entire thing but I’m not sure.

Besides these 4 ebooks, there was also a digital art print and a digital coloring page. The coloring page was Jane Austen inspired and very pretty!

Overall Rating:

2.5/5 stars. :-/ Color me very unimpressed. I love the idea but these books just seem…meh. I didn’t like any of the blurbs enough to add them to my TBR list, even though I do plan to read the first couple of chapters of Somniare and Havelock to see if they might be worth a go.

That said, this month’s box was a FREE TRIAL, and I’m wondering if that might have affected the availability or caliber of the books in the box this time. So I’ll be giving it another month. If I’m still blue about it next month I won’t renew. I hope this eBook inBox review was helpful! I’m sure some people would love this set of books, it just wasn’t really for me.

9 Responses to “eBook inBox Review”

  1. Lia

    This sounds like a fun idea, I would love to try it but I can’t. Too bad the books you got weren’t ones you thought were interesting. I do like the idea that it’s tailored.

    • Lizzy

      It’s the least expensive book box I’ve ever seen (guess I should have mentioned the price point in the review!), it’s $7.99 a month. It is a great idea just…yeah, wasn’t a fan. I wanted to be and am still holding final judgment for next month!

  2. Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    I totally forgot to sign up for the free trial! I signed up for their other box a while ago – LitCube – and it seems a bit similar in the types of books. Just in case you didn’t know, LitCube catered to including books that were backlist, by unknown authors, indie authors, self-pubbed, small pubbed, and the like. In the several months I was subscribed to them, there was never a book that was one of the super hyped ones that everyone talks about. So it seems like they’re doing something similar for their ebook subscription. If that helps you make a decision about continuing 🙂

    • Lizzy

      Oh! I was completely unaware of that. I subscribed to Lit-Cube when A.G. Howard’s “The Architect of Song” was the book of the month and somehow after that got the impression they were trying to follow at least somewhat popular authors. Very good to know. I’m still going to give the eBox another month…that does kind of change how I feel about the box though, and now I feel kind of bad. :-/

  3. Sam @ Sam's Little Corner

    I got the same exact books! I wasn’t very impressed with them either, but I will try to read them to see if that changes my mind!

  4. TeacherofYA

    This bugs me…all those books you got? They are free on a regular basis! That’s so not cool. I have the two first ones from Instafreebie. I’m glad you tried it though because it warns us not to. Not cool, sub box, not cool.

    • Lizzy

      Whaaaaaat? Uh, yeah, not cool at all! Granted, the first sub box was free as a trial, but I still don’t think the books should have be regular freebies. Mph.

      • TeacherofYA

        That’s what upset me when I saw the list! That’s bs. I was going to sign up to see if they did that with me…but I don’t feel comfortable giving my payment info with something like this…I don’t want to forget to cancel it and get charged. But I seriously am mad bc they are making pure profit.

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