& Fridays: March Uppercase Box

If you haven’t heard about Uppercase Box, go ahead and backtrack to a couple of my previous reviews here and here. I received a gift subscription for Christmas to this lovely service that sends you one newly released YA title, signed by the author, as well as a couple of book-themed items once per month. It’s terrific.

So there are three options for Uppercase Box. The first is book only. The second is the book and some book-themed goodies. And the third is a book selected pertaining to your interests, as well as those book goodies. I have the second option. But judging by the past three boxes or so, you would think I had the third option, with books picked specifically for me!

My best friend actually sent me a photo of this book cover a few weeks ago and said “Should we read this?” I read the description and decided that yes, we should. Luckily I didn’t buy it (unlike last month where I had already purchased the book that was sent to me – oops!) because here it is in this month’s Uppercase Box!


The cover is gorgeous and the description sound very action-y and atmospheric. Here’s the description of Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Romance-y, baddassery…hopefully it’s as awesome as it sounds.


And what are the book-themed goodies, you might ask? Well, they’re pretty sweet as well. An author-signed bookplate, notecards having to do with the book plot that you could use as bookmarks, decoration, symbols of your undying fandom, etc. etc. etc. An awesome magnet that everyone needs everywhere for everything (although could I actually read more?)

Annnnd these amazing quotation earrings. I actually have teeny tiny silver quotation earrings, but these are the perfect size! Not too big and obnoxious, but not too small as to disappear entirely so no one knows you’re wearing them.


Ahhhhhh…..that’s my happy book place. Thank you Uppercase Box, once again!

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& Friday: February Uppercase Box

Another month, another Uppercase Box! I am really loving this subscription. I am always really happy to see it waiting for me in the mail, and I love the book-themed goodies in addition to a shiny new addition to my to-read shelf. And this month did not disappoint – it might be my favorite one yet!

The first thing I saw as peeled open this month’s canvas bag (really need to figure out how to repurpose these – they’d make great cord and charger wranglers, maybe for travel!) was a sky blue scarf WITH WORDS ON IT. A REAL, HONEST TO GOD BOOK SCARF!!

So already, me and this box were going to get along.


The scarf comes complete with quotes from Anne of Green Gables, a classic I am ashamed to say that I have not yet read (I can hear your gasps of shock from here. I know, I know. I told you I am a terrible classics reader!) But since it is one of my New Year’s Resolutions to read more classics, I might have to remedy that soon!

This month’s book is Starflight by Melissa Landers. Now, I was bad, and I have already purchased and read this book before my box came in! Uppercase is awesome because it sends you brand spanking new books – only released this month. And they’re not about to send you sequels in series you haven’t started. But I had heard about Starflight in a couple of publications and bought it on a whim on a recent trip to the bookstore. At the time, I didn’t even think about my Uppercase Box in the mail, or whether or not it might include this one. If I had, I would have refrained from buying it just in case my box included it.

But it really isn’t an issue to me. I really liked the book (see Monday’s review), and now I have a beautiful, signed copy! Now I can foist my first copy on a friend without worrying about her getting it back to me 😉

The book comes with the bookmark with codes for special features (a great tie-in to the books they’re sending). And a poster with a quote from the book. Some girls have boy bands or movie stars on their walls, I just might have walls wallpapered in book quote posters…


Another Starflight goodie: nail wraps featuring the cover art! What an awesome idea! It helps that Starflight has a great cover with a space theme that lends itself to cool-looking nails. But I also use nail wraps all the time, so I might be sporting Starflight nails soon! Also when I write and publish my novel, someone please get me customized nail wraps? Okay thanks.

I can’t say this was my favorite Uppercase Box yet, because I feel like that’s a little unfair: I have already read the book and know that I like it. But the book “extras” were fantastic this time!

Anybody else recently get an Uppercase Box or another subscription that they’re loving? If you could have any book cover on your nails, what would you get? Or what quotes would you like on a scarf?