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September 15, 2016

September 2016 And The Story Begins Review

       

I started looking at the bookcase in my son's room the other day and decided to start clearing out books that he has outgrown. That didn't go well because it seems my child has inherited my book hoarding tendencies. Neither of us like yo get rid of or put away books even if we don't read them anymore. I suppose it's not the worst habit in the world but when you add to the pile each month thanks to book subscriptions like And The Story Begins, it gets problematic trying to find a place to put them all!



If you aren't familiar, And The Story Begins is a fantastic new monthly subscription for all you bookworms out there. The cost is $9.99 (plus s+h) and each month, you'll receive two surprise books in the genre of your choice. Currently you can chose from YA, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, and Science Fiction. This review is for the YA box. 


Don't you just adore the way they package your books? It's a little something extra that I appreciate and it just builds up the excitement of opening up your box.


The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell --- This cover is so pretty but I'm not sure this one is going to be a book for me. It's not my typical book genre but I'll give it a go. Here's the summary from Amaxon:

"A teen grapples with ALS and his decision to die in this “deeply moving” ( Booklist, starred review) debut novel infused with the haunting grace of Japanese poetry and the noble importance of friendship. 

Sora is going to die, and he’s only seventeen years old. Diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), he’s already lost the use of his legs, which means he can no longer attend school. Seeking a sense of normality, Sora visits teen chat rooms online and finally finds what he’s been longing for: friendship without pity. 

As much as he loves his new friends, he can’t ignore what’s ahead. He’s beginning to lose the function of his hands, and soon he’ll become even more of a burden to his mother. Inspired by the death poems of the legendary Japanese warriors known as samurai, Sora makes the decision to leave life on his own terms. And he needs his friends to help him."


Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike --- Now this one looks promising! Here's the synopsis from the back cover:

"Kimberlee Schaffer may be drop-dead gorgeous . . . 

but she also dropped dead last year. Now she needs Jeff's help with her unfinished business, and she's not taking no for an answer. When she was alive, Kimberlee wasn't just a mean girl . . . she was also a kleptomaniac. So if Jeff wants to avoid being haunted until graduation, he'll have to return everything she stole. But Jeff soon discovers it's much easier to steal something than it is to give it back."
I love the element of surprise with And The Story Begins. I'm finding it to be such an affordable way to expand my literature horizons and push me into new titles I may have otherwise passed up. 
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