I received the Sweet Reads Box YA Box for free in exchange for an honest review. Here’s what I think.
I’ll understand if you won’t be exactly sympathetic when I say it was quite the SHOCK coming home from Florida to the frozen tundra chez nous. Did it just snow for two weeks straight or what? I don’t know how the mailman didn’t break his neck going up and down our ice-crusted front steps but I was happy to see a few packages waiting for me, including the first Sweet Reads Box YA Box. (Yay!) Let’s see what’s inside.
Like the Sweet Reads Box, the YA Box promises a book and some treats to enjoy along with it. (DYK YA’s more popular with adults than young adults? I remember reading this article and thinking yes, yes yes: Why So Many Adults Love Young-Adult Literature.)
Each box comes with a guide to the contents that has a quote related to the book on one side and a list of the products and how they relate to story on the other.
“When you’ve lost everything, you’ve got nothing to lose.” — Ken Follett
I think we might be in for a heartbreaker.
The book: Sadie by Courtney Summers. Here’s the description from the publisher:
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
You can’t miss the blurb on the cover by A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in The Window (another Sweet Reads Box pick.) That one haunted me for weeks, so I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy Sadie as well. It just came out last September.
I haven’t even started the book and I’ve already finished the kettle corn from Toronto Popcorn Company. So good, mes amis! Fresh and crunchy and salty/sweet. Only there’s no way it’s 120 calories for three cups like the nutritional label says.
We’ve seen this hot chocolate in other Sweet Reads Boxes (Gourmet du Village hot chocolate with marshmallows). “Perfect for enjoying on a cold winter day while curled up reading Sadie.” Totally!
Next, a two-journal set from Danica Studio (one lined, one blank). “Sadie is on the hunt and this notebook would be great for capturing her leads.” I like both of the designs, especially this guy:
And to go with it, a Bic multi-colour pen. I loved these pens when I was a kid, and it’s still fun to use!
And last, a face mask from NPW (“we think Sadie and Mattie would have loved doing face masks together” 😭) and a cinnamon air freshener from Fred (“When you are living in your car, it’s imperative that it smells nice”). I think the air freshener is super cute and a great idea but cinnamon isn’t my favourite and we don’t have a car, so it’s a miss for me. But I’m sure it won’t be hard to find someone who’ll love it.
The YA box sold out at $48.99 CAD + shipping. IMHO, you get what you pay for and this Sweet Reads Box is well worth the price. I know it’s a gamble to put out money for something that’s a surprise, but the surprise is a big part of the fun! I’m not sure when they’ll release another YA edition, but I’m following Sweet Reads Box on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to make sure I don’t miss any news.
What do you think of the YA Box? Is there a particular YA book you’d like to see in a future box?