By: Melanie | September 29, 2015 | (82) Comments

YA Book Subscription Box Review

So it has been quite some time since our last post on here. And guys, I am super super sorry. Celine has been busy with starting Uni (!!) and well… I’ve been incredibly lazy and busy binge watching ALL THE SITCOMS. It’s a disease, I’m telling you. First it was Friends, then it was New Girl and now I am spending my school holidays hanging with Modern Family. SOMEONE SAVE ME I CAN’T STOP. I know for a fact that I’ll be bingeing How I Met Your Mother in no time. ANYWAY, all that is for another post.

Subscription boxes. They’re like the new cool thing that everyone has, everyone wants etc. these days. So naturally, I decided to take a peek around and see what they have for offer. Before I go any further, some of you might be wondering: what the heck is a subscription box? Well, as my good ole’ friend Wikipedia states:

A subscription box is a package of retail products sent directly to a customer on a reoccurring basis. Subscription boxes are a marketing strategy and a method of product distribution.

In other words, you pay money to some Subscription Box people, and in return they send you a mysterious box each month (or, whatever depending on your subscription) filled with all sorts of fun and awesome things. Turns out there’s this huge number of YA book subscription boxes circling the world and I didn’t even know about it. And, they’re pretty darn awesome. I was contemplating on buying one but the US basically rules all of us and most of them are situated there, meaning that THE SHIPPING IS HELLA EXPENSIVE TO SEND TO AUSTRALIA AND THE ECONOMY SUCKS RIGHT NOW ESPECIALLY FOR US AUSSIES so yeah no, that never ended up happening.

Fast forward to sometime early-mid this year and The YA Chronicles is born. They’re a Monthly YA Book Subscription Box that’s situated in Australia. AUSTRALIA. *kisses Earth* These peeps still ship their subscription boxes internationally but of course, shipping to Aussies is much less. YAY! Everyone is happy.

Unboxing Time!

This is what my subscription box looked like when it arrived in the mail. The box is really pretty and cute, and super easy to open. Also, the shipping was insanely fast – I saw on The YA Chronicle’s Twitter feed that they were sending the boxes off on the 17th of September, and I received my box on the 18th, which was just totally fabulous.

The YA Chronicles

What it looks like inside. LOOK AT ALL THE BLUE *heart eyes* The theme for September’s subscription box was THAT HERO NONSENSE and honestly, the girls did an amazing job.

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First item in the box: a HARDCOVER of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. In Australia, most of the books that get published here are paperbacks, and we have the rare few hardbacks, so I was actually expecting to find a paperback in my subscription box as opposed to this shiny hardback, which was a lovely surprise. The Rest of Us Just Live Here was published on the 27th of August. I am a HUGE fan of Patrick Ness as he is one of my favourite authors of all time, so I was more than ecstatic when I saw that this was the book they featured this month.

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Along with the book, there was also: a cute little The Rest of Us Just Live Here badge/pin.

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Next item: a cute little 4GB superhero USB. HOW ADORABLE IS THIS THING? I am so using this from now on.

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And probably my most favourite item in the box: a pendant necklace provided by ElysianWorkshop, which is an online Etsy store. I have been wearing this necklace nonstop from the day I got it, and in case you can’t read what the quote is on the pendant, it reads: “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare

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I also received some book swag along with the subsciption box. Below is the September The YA Chronicles bookmark (it’s different each month, I believe) plus a bookmark of Untouchable by S. A. Starcevic plus a few digital download of the book. Whoo!

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And here’s all the items together…

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And… the Review

Pricing (all prices are in $AUD, and are accurate as of 29/09/15)

So I’ve done the maths and this subscription box offers a really good deal. The box itself is $29.99 (if you choose the 1 month subscription) and to ship around Australia it costs $9.99. So all up, that’s rounded to $40, which may seem really pricey, but when you take apart the items in the box, you are really saving up. The hardcover, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is currently priced as $18.94 on The Book Depository. The pendant is $16.95 along with shipping, according to the Etsy store and the Superhero USB is $24.95 with shipping on Ebay (though I am not 100% this is the exact store that The YA Chronicles used). Add in a free digital download of a book – approx. $10 – and that is already around $71 which doesn’t even include the badge/pin and two bookmarks. In essence, you’re paying half the price of what you could have been.

Quality and Quantity

I am really impressed with the quality of all the products that this subscription box included. The USB and the pendant are things that I know I’ll be using and wearing all the time, and well, now I have yet another gorgeous hardcover to pretty up my shelves. I really like that they only ever send out books that have been released no more than one month before the box is sent out, which means there’s little chance that you already own the book. Other than the book, TYAC box always includes a TYAC bookmark and 2-5 other items, which I think is a really nice amount.

Shipping

As aforementioned, the shipping within Australia is super speedy, and only took 1 day to get to me.

Do I recommend subscribing to The YA Chronicles?

Hell yes! I highly recommend this box to any lover of YA fiction – particularly those who love to hoard all the bookish items (like me). Personally, I think that book reviewers in particular might want to just rethink whether they’d be okay with the possibility of receiving a book they already own, as I now do own two copies of The Rest of Us Just Live Here – but hey! at least this one is a hardcover. I’m still wondering what to do with my ARC copy, though. Aside from that, The YA Chronicles is a really promising and impressive subscription box that I definitely wouldn’t mind subscribing to again in the future. It’s a lovely surprise in the mail each month, and is all sorts of fun. 

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If you’re interested, get in quick and subscribe for The YA Chronicle’s October Box which is closing soon! The theme is Time and Time Again and boxes start at $29.99 AUD. Shipping fees to Australia and New Zealand is $9.99 AUD and to other countries it is $24.99 AUD.

I received the September box from The YA Chronicles for free in exchange for review. 

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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82 Responses to YA Book Subscription Box Review + Unboxing: The YA Chronicles

  1. Great review Mel! I love the idea of the box and it looked like it was put together lovingly, but yeah I pretty much don’t need repeat copies of books I might get. I think it’s perfect for Aussie YA lovers though!
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  2. YAYYYY MEL BELS YOU’RE BACK! I thought you must have been kidnapped by ninjas or something but it’s great to know it was only a tv series that swallowed you up. xD

    Omg that necklace so pretty! I WANT!
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  3. Aahh I wish I could get one of these boxes. Either this one or those other ones. It looks so much fun to get one each month! 😀
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  4. That sounds SOO cool. I want I want I want . Unfortunately, I live in the ‘rest of the world’ where I really don’t think there are any subscription boxes. Anyway, that sounds super fun 😀
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  5. This looks like such a fun subscription box! I have been dying to read Patrick Ness’s new book. I can’t wait!
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  6. Johanna Richards says:

    Omg a YA book subscription box? I had no clue that these things even existed. I need one of these stat! It does seem really pricey, but good to know all the products you got in return made it worth it. Thanks for sharing with us, Mel!

  7. Glad you’re back 🙂 This definitely seems like an amazing subscription box. I know that most subscription boxes do the new releases because it’s less likely people will have them, but I’m thinking a lot of people go crazy over new releases and get the ARCs of them. I’d like to see a box where it’s just a totally random book. Yeah, we might have it, but I think it would be less likely cause there would be so many more to choose from rather than it being selective to a certain month.

    Hopefully my rambling makes some type of sense 😛
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    • Melanie says:

      I’m glad I’m back too. It’s so nice to be blogging again – had no idea how much I missed it until I started typing up this post. Yes, you make a good point! Especially for us bloggers who do get quite a number of ARCs of highly anticipated reads. I think there are boxes who do totally random books, so I might go and check those out!

  8. Oh man. I wish I lived in Australia. That is such an awesome box! I haven’t found one that is cheap shipping in Canada so I’ll just stick with LootCrate and not get a book box.

    You got awesome stuff in this one and I’m really excited to see what other neat things you get in the months to come!
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  9. Amber Elise says:

    HI MEL! *waves*

    That Captain America USB is LIFE. There are so many box subscriptions around lately!
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    • Melanie says:

      *waves back at you* Right? I am so in love with it but I already have 2 other USBs that I’m currently using so I’m not entirely sure what to do with this one haha.

  10. Sometimes I go through book slumps that turn into blogging slumps that turn into Netflix bingeing! LOL it’s a tough life, but I am glad you guys are back! YAY for an australia based book subscription box! I think it’s dumb that sub services are rarely international, but I get that the expense can be a struggle for businesses. What a cute box!
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  11. OMG IT’S SO PRETTY! That necklace and USB stick is life. I’ll definitely check this out or perhaps see if there’s one based in the UK, it’s such a brilliant idea! :’)
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  12. It’s such a shame that shipping is always so expensive to The Netherlands, it’s like about the same price as the box itself. I LOVE all the things you got. That USB thingy is adorable 😀
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  13. Hi, Melanie! Glad you are back. This box is so cute; I love this idea to send all these bookish things along with the book.
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  14. THAT IS SUCH A CUTE BOX! I’m so jealous! But so happy for you that you have it. I never knew they even existed. How cool is this invention?? Since I’m kind of low on le funds, I think no subscription boxey for Keionda right now. Teehee since you have a subscription, that means you get it every month, right?
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    • Melanie says:

      it is only the awesomest invention EVER! You can subscribe for 1 month, 3 months or 6 months and I got this one for review so mine was just a 1 month subscription. If I want to extend it, I gotta resubscribe.

  15. I’ve been curious about these boxes. I’m glad they finally had one in Australia and that you liked it. I’m probably too cheap to buy one, but I love the mystery box thing! The flash drive is so cute!
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  16. IMAGINE MY SURPRISE AT A YA MIDNIGHT READS EMAIL IN MY INBOX 🙂 Good to see you again, Mel! I think YA book subscription boxes are a fantastic idea. I probably wouldn’t buy it, just because I can never stay away from ordering new releases anyway, but I love that there’s now an Aussie one 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha awh Emily <33 I missed you, girl! Yeah, it's so awesome to see an Aussie one now, but I'm not sure if I can afford to get it every time. Maybe just occasionally, heh xD

  17. Yeah! You’re back Mel! I’ve missed you and your wonderful posts so, so much! ♥ And this box is absolutely fantastic – it’s such a clever marketing campaign. Thanks for sharing this with us and, as always, fabulous post! ♥
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  18. Great to see you back blogging again Mel! I really like the look of what’s inside the box and the fact that there are those little extra special bookish-themed goodies as well. I might order one for myself soon 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      yeah, I’m not sure if I’d get a subscription box if there weren’t any bookish items. I think it’s one of the most exciting things about it, in fact. you sure do!

  19. Angelica says:

    This subscription box looks really cool! Sub boxes are expensive though if converted to PH peso, so I’m thinking of starting my own subscription box business!

    • Melanie says:

      ooh if you ever do, you must let me know because I totally wanna check it out! I think they have a subscription box over there called Cosy.Daily or something? I remember really wanting to subscribe but shipping was blurghhhhh

  20. Welcome back! That’s great Australia has a cool book subscription service. I have been featuring various subscription services all month and you’re right, there should be more non-U.S. based ones (even though I’m in the U.S. haha). I hope to have a list of some more international options up soon though!
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  21. Valerie says:

    Ughhh I love the idea of boxes, I really do, but I don’t think I could afford paying $40 (Or $30 in the US, approximately) even if that does mean I will be getting more than what I paid for. BUT I have to be honest, YA CHRONICLES IS AWESOME. If only I lived in Australia (though I can’t really complain, being in the US)

    Hope you enjoy your goodies Mel!
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  22. Sunny Smith says:

    This is so cool! I’m going to see if I can find an Canadian counter part and get a Christmas gift for my sister. I had heard about these, but I forgot until I saw your post. Thanks so much for sharing this:)
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  23. ooh that’s awesome that they have one in AUS I know the book subscription boxes are so huge here lol. I haven’t gotten one yet because it’s a bit pricey for just one book— especially that I usually already have or have read 😛 I think they look so fun and tempting though! If I wasn’t already spending my money on Netflix, Hulu, and HBONow, I Would consider it— not to mention all the $$ I already spend on books! 🙂
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  24. Alyssa says:

    I actually have never heard of subscription boxes before! It sounds quite fabulous, although I’m certain it’ll be quite hefty for shipping to Hong Kong. Still — it was an interesting insight into a side of the book blogosphere I haven’t seen before, and I’ll definitely try one out should I ever move to more shipping-convenient places.

  25. kindlemom1 says:

    Don’t feel bad, I think since Netflix, we all binge watch now LOL!
    Lovely box! Congrats on it. 😀
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  26. Sitcoms are so addicting, I went through this phase once where I was so addicted that I even started watching Spanish sitcomes omg! I’d love to try out subscriptions boxes, they sound like surprise gifts to yourself. But my country’s mailing system eats packages whole and you have to remind them 837183789 times before they find it :/ That superhero USB is the cutest thing ever though!
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    • Melanie says:

      Omg lol Ju! I wouldn’t be surprised if I moved onto Spanish ones but I have plenty more US ones to on with atm.

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  27. Lily B says:

    Interesting. Subscription boxes are becoming quiet popular. I actually did not know they now have book ones. Kinda cool… I guess, if it’s worth it.
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  28. I love the idea of subscription boxes and this one looks great but I tend to just want the book and not the other stuff so Ic ould never justify the price. Great review though!!! On a different note -I hope you binge HIMYM because it is one of my favorites!
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  29. This is so cool! I’ve always wanted to subscribe to one of these. I did get the Bookworm box once (the one Colleen Hoover runs for charity) but I just don’t have the money right now to invest in this. Some day! 🙂 That Captain America flash drive is ADORABLE!! <3
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  30. I love the necklace and USB, and the whole set seems really nicely put together! I love the idea of subscription boxes but have yet to sign up for one. If I lived in Australia or NZ, I would definitely give this one a try. 🙂 Awesome review.
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah, it was really nicely put together, especially for their first ever box! I am definitely curious to see what they do in the future months. Thanks, Lily 🙂

  31. The pin and flash drive are so cool! Subscription boxes always seem so interesting and I like seeing what other people get in them. I don’t think they’d be for me though. I’m just really picky about what books I buy and wouldn’t want to run the risk of already owning the book :/
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah I totally get your viewpoint. I’m not necessarily picky about what books I buy because I have had one or two instances where I bought books I hated but because the covers were so pretty, I bought them any way. I KNOW. I’m so shallow. *sighs*

  32. This is super cute! I wish we had something like this in the Philippines because shipping is hella expensive. I’m shocked though, a hardcover? Damnnn. And to think they’d probably just send out paperbacks because of pricing. But that’s so awesome! Can’t wait to find out about your next box! 😀
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    • Melanie says:

      I’m quite sure you guys have a subscription box called Cozy.Daily! You might wanna check it out xD Yes, I don’t think they will always do hardcovers, but the fact that they included one this time is so promising.

  33. Hannah says:

    What an awesome box! International shipping fees are always horrific, so I’m glad you managed to find a local subscription. And what lovely swag it came with – I’m always a fan of extra goodies!
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  34. Wow, those stuff are all so adorable! Look at that blue!!!! My favourite is probably the USB – it’s gorgeous!
    I’ve always wanted to try out a subscription box, but the shipping rates make me head spin. Maybe one day, when I can afford both the box’s cost and the shipping, I’ll try it out, but for now, I have to resist the temptation.
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    • Melanie says:

      BLUE IS ONLY THE BEST COLOUR OF EVER. Yeah, it sucks that there arent more other than places like the US. Hopefully you’ll find one that has more reasonable shipping!

  35. Lyn Kaye says:

    I do a beauty box like this, but it is fairly inexpensive. There is one here in the US, but I haven’t really looked into it, but I highly enjoy sub boxes! Thanks for sharing!
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    • Melanie says:

      Ooh that’s cool! Yeah, you guys have so many! I’ve been eying things like YA Book Riot, Uppercase, Owlcrate, Appraising Pages etc for a long time but shipping is way too much 🙁

  36. THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL. I’ve always been a fan of these monthly subscription boxes, but I haven’t signed up for any – yet. I’m debating because it’s quite the investment and I may not like what I receive, but I may love it! I guess that’s the fun in it all. Anyways, thanks for sharing this unboxing post with us. I just may sign up for The YA Chronicles! 🙂
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  37. This subscription box is such a great idea – I wanted to subscribe to Owl Crate but it was so darn expenny and I just couldn’t justify the costs! I can’t really justify the costs for TYAC either, but I’ll keep an eye out…maybe one day 😛 The boxes do look amazing though, so glad it turned out so great. Huge kudos to the girls behind it 🙂
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  38. OMG BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES?!! Yes please! I had no idea that this was even a thing! I’m so excited!! All that pretty stuff! Anyway, to form coherent sentences, this is awesome! I need to find some closer to where I live (USA- according to your post it shouldn’t be too hard). Lovely post!
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  39. Alexina says:

    This box looks amazing! I really ought to try it!
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