Recently I subscribed to a couple of subscription boxes, one of them is Bookly Box. Now, #booklybox is a monthly subscription box featuring a box of your liking. They have selection such as Children, YA, Sci-Fi, Business and Self-Help. I choose YA seeing as they didn’t have one of my favorite genre Fantasy or Adult.
The amazing thing about this monthly subscription is the fact that for every book you receive they send a box to someone who needs it. The box is around $20 USD and it includes a book of your choice, an extremely gorgeous bookmark (at least for my September box it did) and a very cute sticker to mark the page you are currently reading.
I received my first box October 16, 2015 because they had a small problem with shipping. I’m always excited when I get a new book, I have to admit I had mixed feelings when I opened this one.
Inside there was a gorgeous copy of Serafina and the Black Coat by Robert Beatty. Now, this did not look like a YA kind of book, in fact it strongly reminded me of a Middle Grade book. I haven’t read these type of book since well… middle school. The cover is gorgeous but I feel cheated somehow. It’s not that I don’t want to read the book, but I was waiting for a YA book.
In Goodreads it says it falls into the YA category but man, I honestly feel this is a Middle Grade 100 percent. It has a great rate of 4.01/5 and this is the description they included in Goodreads.
“This New York Times Bestseller is a spooky mystery-thriller about an unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate.
“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there and they will ensnare your soul.”
Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in the shadowed corridors of her vast home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.
Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.”
Sounds pretty neat right? I’m not sure I will be reading this book soon seeing as I have an incredible long list of TBR pile (and I just keep buying more, oh Gods!) but when I read it I hope to enjoy it. I loved reading in middle school, at that time I was starting to love reading and I picked up a series of books /cough Goosebumps cough/ and it loved it. I will hopefully love this one and by the next box I will hopefully not feel as much cheated as I felt with this one.
I will patiently wait for my next Bookly Box, hopefully this one will win my heart at first glance!