April 2017 The YA Chronicles Subscription Box Unboxing

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So I just recently posted me overview for all the boxes since I starting purchasing them! You can find that HERE! On the 1st of April The YA Chronicles put their prices up due to a change in shipping costs or something for them. They did a poll on twitter I think asking whether people wanted it to go up $5 and the box stays the same or $10 and get some more items in the box each month. This is the first box that they has applied to and this box contained 5 bookish items.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SUBSCRIPTION BOX

The YA Chronicles is based in Australia so for me this is great, being Australian the shipping is pretty cheap and the box gets to me quickly!

Here is the link to their website!

It says on the website that there is international shipping, so I’m assuming they ship everywhere, so I’m sorry if they don’t ship to your country!

I will only be posting costing in AUD, so if you want to know what it would cost in your country then you can go here to convert it.

Cost of the Box: $39.99 AUD
Shipping to Aus and NZ: $9.99 AUD (this includes tracking)
Shipping internationally: $24.99 AUD (this includes tracking)

At the moment they have a Pride Box available which will include 1 new release hardcover  featuring a gay male protagonist & a new release Australian debut novel featuring a bisexual female character. The box are released in May and the boxes will ship shortly after. The box will cost $34.99 + shipping. I haven’t purchased this yet but if I have some spare cash before its sold out then I will. 

Also, this subscription box is not automatically recurring, so you do have to purchase it every month, which is good because it means you can easily pick and choose the themes that you want to purchase

In this box every month, you receive a new release paperback YA book, a TYAC bookmark with that month’s theme on the back and 2-5 other bookish items. Each month is themed and the theme is announced as soon as the subscription box goes on sale!


What I received

Volume twenty, Bippity Boppity Book

As always, I will write under each photo what is written on the description card that you get in the box. I’m also going to add pricing or a guess at pricing to see if this box is worth $50 AUD.

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Harry Potter Inspired notebook

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This month we’ve included for you an absolutely stunning Harry Potter inspired Notebook from Literary Emporium. There were six possible covers for you to receive: Magical Thinking, Potions, Advanced Spells, Divination, Magical Creatures, or Dark Forces.

This book is worth 4.00 GBP on their website, which is $6.65 AUD

A Darker Shade of Magic Magnetic Bookmarks

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We love the A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy and so we’v included ADSOM magnetic bookmarks thanks to ReadAndWonder on Etsy. You will receive either Kell & Lila or Rhy & Alucard.

I haven’t read A Darker Shade of Magic yet, can someone let me know which of that characters these are in the comments please! 

On the ReadAndWonder Etsy page a set of 2 magnetic bookmarks are $4.00 AUD

The Night Circus Ticket

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The circus arrives without warning, but fear not for you already have your ticket! Your night circus ticket was created for you by the lovely RedGoldSparksPress on etsy. It’s good for one entry so make the most of it.

You can purchase a set of 3 of these tickets on their etsy site for $10.20 AUD, so that is $3.40 each and we only get 1.

Niffler Key Chain

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One of the best things to come from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is the niffler. We wish we could have our own pet Niffler and this Niffler Keychain is the next best thing.

I found a similar keychain for sale for $12.00 online. I couldn’t find any with hearts instead of coins as this was obviously specially made.

Cinderella & Fairy Godmother Print

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With a theme like this, we just had to include something from Cinderella. This Cinderella and Godmother print from Loliefreta on Etsy is stunning with the use of colour on black. All of loliefreta’s prints are stunning so make sure to check out her shop.

On their etsy shop this costs $13.47

The Secret Science of Magic Playing Card

The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

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Welcome to the April “Bippity Boppity Book” box filled with all things magical! Our book this month is the wonderful The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil. This coming-of-age tale follows teenagers Sophia and Joshua. Sophia is genius-level smart but can’t quite figure out how to crack the code that is social interaction. Joshua spends his time honing magic tricks and planning how to win Sophia’s heart. In live and love, timing is everything.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A captivating novel about two extraordinary teens, and the unsolvable problem of life after high school.

Sophia is smart, like genius-calculator-brain smart. But there are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for, and the messiness of real life is one of them. When everything she knows is falling apart, how can she crack the puzzle of what to do with her life?

Joshua spends his time honing magic tricks and planning how to win Sophia’s heart. But when your best trick is making schoolwork disappear, how do you possibly romance a genius?

In life and love, timing is everything.

From Melissa Keil, the award-winning YA author of Life in Outer Space and The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl.

This book cost $19.99 on QBD at the moment. It isn’t available on Book Depository or I would have got their pricing. 

The Bookmark

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I will just give this bookmark $2 in value because its not a handmade/homemade/hand designed print. It’s just a printed bookmark. 

The Card

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So for pricing this box is worth $61.51, so it is worth a bit over $50 (the $50 includes shipping within Aus) so that is pretty good and worth the money!

I don’t know if the book is something I will read, but maybe eventually! I’m not a big contemporary reader, so this book isn’t going straight to the top of my TBR pile. The magnetic bookmarks are cute but as I haven’t read A Darker Shade of Magic yet I don’t know which pair they are yet. The niffler keychain is cute but he needs a nose! The notebook is interesting and I love how old it looks. The Night Circus ticket is a fun item, I haven’t read The Night Circus yet but plan to and the Cinderella print is really pretty and will go up on my wall by the end of today!

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The YA Chronicles – An Overview of the last year!

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So I have been getting The YA Chronicles since February last year, I did miss 2 throughout that time though. I will still show and talk about those months boxes even though I didn’t get them. I also thought I would point out that they have put their post up from $29.99 to $39.99 as of 1st April due to shipping cost increase but they also claim to be adding more items to the boxes from now on, so we will see. So for Australians it will now be a total cost of $49.98 with shipping. If the new products are added and continue the same quality then I will continue subscribing, but if not then I may unsubscribe.


What we got in each box since last Feb and my opinion of each one

As I only started doing unboxing since September so I will be using photos that are taken off The Ya Chronicles website which I believe they got from other people’s Instagrams. I will credit the photographer under the photo and link to their Instagram if it is still active.

If I find links to any of the items I will link them!

February 2016 – Volume 6: Rebel with a Cause

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Photo Credit: @bookstorefinds

I’m a fantasy reader, so this box was  really interesting to me. Rebel of the Sands turned out to be one of my newer favourite series as well, so that is great! And HERE is my review for it. The Dauntless lip balm & Hunger Games poster were really fun items as I’m a Divergent & Hunger Games fan! I don’t drink tea, so I gave that one to my Mum, but that’s personal preference. And lastly the Throne of Glass stickers, this is a well known series and would be a good item for many people! I still haven’t read this series, so I didn’t know who those characters specifically were, but I thought they were cute and had them on my iPad for a while.

March 2016 – Volume 7: Australia Made (Missed)

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Photo Credit: @mugglemagicisbooks

I missed this one which didn’t bother me too much because it is a contemporary and I’m not a huge contemporary reader. As for the other items, the tote bag would have been cool but I don’t really use them that often. I would have liked the wooden bookmark though as I think they are really unique but I still don’t own one.

April 2016 – Volume 8: Journal Junkie

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Photo Credit: @Snowflakebooks

Okay, so this book was one that I didn’t personally enjoy when I read it. HERE is my review. But everything else in the box was really good. I still occasionally use those stickers in my diary, when I decide to remember it, as I have a few left still. I also still use that notebook for my shopping lists when I use a written list. I have lost the tape now, but the it was really cool.

May 2016 – Volume 9: Summer Daze, Drifting Away

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This was another book I enjoyed reading, it was one of the first contemporaries I really enjoyed and I would more than likely not have picked it up if I hadn’t received it in this box. You can find my review HERE. I loved the fairy bread candle. I still haven’t burnt it though because it’s too pretty. There was two options of magnetic bookmarks to receive and I got the sun one and I honestly have no idea where it went, as I never used to have any way to display or store them so it probably just went in my room somewhere, but it’s really cute! Lastly the bath bomb came pretty smashed up as Australia Post aren’t exactly the most carefully with packages, but oh well. It is still sitting in a The YA Chronicles box in my front room as I don’t have a bath to use it in and neither does any of my friends! Still a cool item for those who could use it haha.

June 2016 – Volume 10: Pride Week

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Loved loved loved this box! This book was really good and another enjoyable contemporary. HERE is my review! I still wear the wristband, I have it on right now. I have that rainbow poster up on my wall in my room. I also still have the Shadowhunters necklace with all my other jewelry and I did wear it for a while. I really should put it on display with the first 3 The Mortal Instrument books that I own. And the tote bag, as I said before I don’t really use bags that much, so it is up in my cupboard.

July 2016 – Volume 11: Ladies Who Slay (Missed)

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Photo Credit: @thebookshire

It really sucks that I missed this box! The book is something I’m still interested in reading I just don’t have a copy on. The thing I wish I got the most was the  Hermione’s wand necklace!! Tris’s bird temporary tattoo would have been cool too. I haven’t read The Crowns Game so it didn’t bother me that I didn’t get the bookmark and I don’t watch Sailor Moon, so that didn’t annoy me either. But hermione’s wand!!!

August 2016 – Volume 12: Professional Book Lovers

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Photo Credit: @Papillon_books

I still haven’t read this book, but I do really want to! It sounds so interesting! I haven’t actually used that light as where I read it doesn’t need extra light. The scarf is absolutely awesome and such a cool idea! The soap smelt really good, I haven’t used it as a lot of soaps effect my skin, so I didn’t want to risk it and also it’s just prettier to look at than use haha.

September 2016 – Volume 13: You Win or You Die

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My Unboxing

Photo’s from now on are all mine!

This was probably my least favourite box for the items. The candles were kinda boring and they didn’t smell that great to my preference. The characters that the candles were themed with weren’t one I really knew at the time. I have now read Snow Like Ashes, so I know who Meira is now, but I haven’t read Throne of Glass, The Lunar Chronicles or The Wrath and the Dawn so I don’t know who those are. The prints were okay, I hated GoT, so that one was meh to me, the Harry Potter one was really nice though! And the ring was just small cheap and I probably would have snapped it if I had tried to make it big enough to fit my fingers, so it wasn’t a great month for the bookish items in my opinion. The book is one I haven’t read yet but I really want to get to soon!

Gemina Box

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My Unboxing

This wasn’t one of the monthly boxes, this was an extra thing. Just like the A Court of Wing & Ruin box they had for sale a little while ago and the Pride Box they have for sale now. I loved Illuminae so I had to get this box! Gemina was so damn good! HERE is my spoiler free review. And a signed copy! I really liked the print of the Heimdall and the Illuminae bookmark!

October 2016 – Volume 14: Against All Odds

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My Unboxing

This was another eh box for me. I’m not going to go into detail about everything, but I don’t really read contemporary, I haven’t read Percy Jackson or Six of Crows and I don’t know who Manon is. For people who have read the corresponding books it would be a good box though, I just haven’t got to them yet.

November 2016 – Volume 15: Welcome to Wonderland

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My Unboxing

I read Heartless just after getting this box and didn’t enjoy it too much. You can find my spoiler free review HERE. Again I don’t drink tea myself, but I gifted the tea and infuser spoon to a friend. The bookmarks from Read and Wonder are really cute though!

December 2016 – Volume 16: Simply Wonderful

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My Unboxing

I don’t know if I will read this book or not, it is really interesting, but I just haven’t had the urge to pick it up, I should though, its so short it would only take a couple hours. I have the magnet on the side of my aircon in my room and love the quote on it! The post its a really cute and I keep forgetting to use them though! They are on my bedside table but just forget while reading! I covered the edge of one of my shelves with the washi tape and I think it’s really cute except that the wood is a little wider than the tape. I like that they added a description of why they chose that book as well!

January 2017 – Volume 17: Did Someone Say Fantasy?

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My Unboxing

The book in this one is another I still haven’t read but plan to soon! I also love the idea of the Penguin Teen Australia Super-Proof 2017 book! That is an awesome idea and a cool thing to get in a subscription box! I already have a One Ring, but who doesn’t need two! The Raven Cycle bookmark is gorgeous and I have since purchased the entire set from them! The prints and illustrations are pretty cool too! I’m guessing the A Darker Shade of Magic one will make more sense when I get to read that book soon!

February 2017 – Volume 18: Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

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My Unboxing

I think this is my second least favourite box so far. I don’t drink tea, but I do have it displayed on my bookshelf next to my potion bottle of Amortentia! The Feysand candle kinda smells bad to me, but I hope to be reading ACOMAF soon so that Feysand makes sense to me, because so far in ACOTAR it is feylin still. I have no interest in The Fault In Our Stars pin as I will probably never read that book and disliked the movie. The book does sounds interesting though!

March 2017 – Volume 19: Feels Like A Fairytale

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My Unboxing

This one was probably my least favourite box of all. The book does not sound like something I will enjoy, the lip balm is kinda meh, the bath salts honestly smell like peroxide being mixed with bleach powder, if anyone has ever bleached their hair themselves then they will understand that smell. The sticker is really cute, but that was the only thing I really enjoyed in this box. I did like that it came with a signed book plate and also that the page edges of the book are coloured! That’s always fun.


Overall I really enjoy getting these subscription boxes! Sometimes the items aren’t for me and sometimes the books aren’t going to interest me, but that’s one of the joys with subscription boxes! I do wish they created a fantasy and Contemporary option so that you could choose your prefered genre. That would be awesome!

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