I love this time of year! The leaves are turning, a new school year begins, and the weather is getting perfect for indoor reading (while still being good enough for some under-a-tree-of-falling-leaves reading).
September’s BookCase Club crate is filled with magic and wonder. BookCase Club is a monthly subscription service that sends hand-picked hardcover books to your door each month. You can choose from a variety of themes. Each month I review the “Teenage Dreams” case.
This month’s theme is Fairy Folk. What better way to start out the school year and autumn season than suspenseful fairy tales? I’m a huge fairy tale book nerd, having written some fairy tale spin-offs myself, so as I opened this month’s crate, I was filled with excitement! I couldn’t wait to read the plots and decide which to read first. So, let’s dive right in, shall we?
‘Thorn Jack’ by Katherine Harbour
This book envelops readers in a world of fantasy and suspense. Amazon gives the book the following description:
“Combining the sorcery of The Night Circus with the malefic suspense of A Secret History, Thorn Jack is a spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad, Tam Lin-a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth that echoes the imaginative artistry of the works of Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, and Melissa Marr. In the wake of her older sister’s suicide, Finn Sullivan and her father move to a quaint town in upstate New York. Populated with socialites, hippies, and dramatic artists, every corner of this new place holds bright possibilities-and dark enigmas, including the devastatingly attractive Jack Fata, scion of one of the town’s most powerful families. As she begins to settle in, Finn discovers that beneath its pretty, placid surface, the town and its denizens-especially the Fata family-wield an irresistible charm and dangerous power, a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds dangerous consequences for an innocent and curious girl like Finn. To free herself and save her beloved Jack, Finn must confront the fearsome Fata family . . . a battle that will lead to shocking secrets about her sister’s death.”
I cannot wait to sink into this book! I am a huge fan of both suspense and fantasy, and I absolutely loved The Night Circus. I’m sure I’ll be in for a mesmerizing, winding ride with this story.
‘Stray’ by Elissa Sussman
Another great fairy tale read in this month’s box. This story is a dystopian young adult book following a sixteen-year-old girl in great trouble:
“Epic, rewarding, and provocative, Elissa Sussman’s original fairy tale tells the story of Aislynn, a princess who misbehaves and must give up her royal trappings and enter a life of service as a fairy godmother. Booklist wrote, ‘Sussman delightfully mixed dystopian tension with retold fairy tales, and the result is something wholly original.’ A cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in, this original fairy tale is part coming-of-age story, part adventure, part sweet romance. Will Aislynn remain true to her vows and her royal family and turn away from everything she longs for? Or will she stray from The Path and discover her own way? Includes a recipe for Fairy Godmother Bookbinder Bread, and a map.”
This book caught my attention immediately. With its spooky looking cover and intriguing storyline, I knew it would be a good read. After reading its description and learning more about it, I’m even more ecstatic about cracking it’s cover. I think I’ll start with this one!
This Month’s Crate Did Not Disappoint!
I can’t wait to see what next month’s crate will hold. Thanks again to BookCase Club for the opportunity to receive, read, and review each month! Check out BookCase Club’s subscription boxes today if you want to receive a box like this for yourself.