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Previous Adult Box Themes


 

 

Boxes will ship April 19-23

Monthly collectable: skeleton key inspired by Sabriel
 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This month’s adult book takes us to a fantastical world where time is currency, and you can sell away your life, where emotions can be bottled and weaponized, and where death is not the end of your knowledge and ambitions. This novel opens with the daring theft of an extremely dangerous magical artifact that could potentially lead to the deaths of dozens, or more. The main character is a tough young woman who is a member of the law enforcement, as she attempts to track down the artifact and its thieves, and unravel the mystery of how and why it was stolen in the first place, while simultaneously struggling with a crippling phobia. At the same time, the narrative switches to the perspective of a young woman trying to heal her mother of a devastating illness, only to find her attempts thwarted as the magic needed proceeds to overwhelm her. How the stories of these two women become intertwined leads to more questions (and answers) than either know how to deal with.

This intricate novel manages to be many things at once: a fantasy with dystopian overtones, a police procedural mixed with a heist novel, a story about consequences and the lengths one will go to in order to fulfill their ambitions. In a world that is dark, filled monsters both human and nonhuman, where the years of your life can be gambled away and your emotions can be twisted and overturned by outside forces, it is no wonder that these characters must face intense violence and uncertainty as they navigate the mysteries unfolding around them. And as the quickly-paced plot hurtles you down its shadowy path, the results will leave you breathless.

Content Warning:

 a few pretty gruesome scenes of violence and death

 

Boxes will ship March 22-31st

Monthly collectable: skeleton key inspired by Addie Larue
 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

"This month’s adult option comes from a debut author who brings us to a realm on the brink of war and destruction in a political intrigue fantasy that could give Game of Thrones a run for its money. This debut arrives on the science fiction/fantasy scene with a bang, and more world-building than you could possibly hope for, and builds to a dramatic climax with increasing tension and suspense.

Our main character is a scholar and the protégé of a warrior-queen who has just been assassinated. When the scholar, a commoner, is shockingly assigned the task of choosing a new ruler from among the nobility of the surrounding city-states, she is thrust into a world of political machinations, alliances, betrayals, and death she feels woefully unprepared for. Add in an evil queen long-thought dead who may be returning to conquer the realm, and the scholar’s secret drug addiction, and it seems things could not get more complicated. Until they do.

This novel delights in thwarting reader expectations, seeming to be one kind of story before transforming into another about a third of the way through. It is so full of well-laid but shocking plot twists that you will not be able to catch your breath from beginning to end. On top of all this is a protagonist who is brilliant and brave despite her growing addiction, and who is the very definition of disaster bi. This book is already a contender for my favorite book of the year!

 

Content Warning:

This book depicts some very mild consensual BDSM. It is more implied than anything, but there are a couple scenes that give some description.

 

Monthly collectable: skeleton key inspired by Gideon the Ninth
 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

February’s adult book is a fairy-tale-like story from a debut author, that is in turns sweet and haunting. This novel takes as its starting point a single cryptic reference from Norse mythology about a single sometimes-nameless woman, and spins out into a heartfelt, timeless tale about a brilliant powerful witch, the god she loves, and the children she bears who are foretold to destroy the world. The main character is a powerful witch who has been burned three times as punishment for defying the gods, but refuses to die. While in hiding, she falls in love with one of those gods, and bears him three children -- monsters who, through no fault of their own, may someday have the capacity to bring about the end of the world. But the witch is first and foremost their mother, and she will do anything to protect her children, no matter what any god has to say on the matter.

 

The author, borrowing her main characters from Norse mythology, breathes new life into time-worn stories, giving all of those involved complex personalities and motives. All the characters are endearing, sympathetic, and infuriating -- often at the same time! -- with fully embodied lives and relationships. This is a highly recommended book for those who love fairy tales and mythological re-tellings, as well as anyone who loves a little (or a lot) of family drama mixed in with their fantasy.

Boxes will ship February 22nd to March 1st

 

Monthly collectable: skeleton key inspired by The Dregs.
 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This month’s adult book option is a dark, bloody fantasy of epic proportions from a debut author, in a world fallen into chaos as gods wage war against each other, using their human followers and acolytes as pawns and weapons. In the distant past, the new gods had emerged and defeated the old gods, caging them away. These new gods walked the earth, calling their chosen peoples to follow them. But now the old gods have escaped, and all people may perish in the wake of their rage. Caught in the middle is a priestess for the goddess of war. When she is exiled by her goddess for disobedience, she unwittingly becomes the only surviving member of her order, her home temple having been attacked and ravaged by invaders from the mountains. Now she is on a quest to fulfill the orders of her goddess and kill a man she has already failed to kill twice. On the path of this quest, she will encounter people from an empire with armies more numerous than the stars in the sky, face down gods old and new, and learn to question everything she has ever been taught about the gods and her place in the world.

The heroine of this tale is powerful and intelligent, complex and flawed, pious and full of doubt. The people she encounters are by turns compassionate, brutal, and cunning. The world-building is rich and textured, with an enormous pantheon of petty, violent, vengeful gods. And the intensely-driven plot packs all the excitement, drama, and bloody fight scenes you could possibly hope for

This is a late release book. Boxes will ship January 26th through February 2nd.

 

Collectable comic strip: scene from The Bear and the Nightingale illustrated by Angela Animates
 

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This month’s adult book option takes us to a United States we would almost, but not quite, recognize. In this genre-defying story, a brother and sister are stranded in a sleepy New England town after an unknown catastrophic event causes all technology to fail. With cars dead, communication evaporated, and roads disintegrating, cities and towns across America have become separate isolated city-states. The sister has adapted, becoming a farmer and respected town citizen. The brother has floundered, once a prominent tv writer, now an ersatz mailman. And then something even stranger than the initial catastrophe happens: a charismatic man from the brother’s past appears from nowhere, with seemingly the only car left in the world that actually works, having driven from California to the East Coast across an America gone wild and savage. And the changes he brings with him could upend the fragile peace the town has built.

This novel is strange, oddly-funny, and dream-like: a cross between post-apocalyptic tale and magical realism, with a healthy dose of philosophical rumination and a treatise on the inherent weirdness of the human condition. There are no straight answers here, but the questions will leave you thinking, and often chuckling, far past the final page.

boxes will ship December 14th to 22nd.

 

Collectable comic strip: scene from Nevernight illustrated by Angela Animates
 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This is a fantasy set in the Victorian-esque era and a world where women have to choose between practicing their magic or bearing children for doing both is deadly. Two young heroines, who prove that female friendship is a valuable asset, sets off to change how we understand magic and hope to alter women's role in their world. They want a world where women are free to choose both their families as well as their magical crafts. One fights for her rights not to marry and show her family she has value as a person and not just property to be traded between empires of wealth.

Boxes will ship Nov 17th through 24th.

 

Collectable comic strip: scene from Wicked Saints illustrated by Angela Animates
 

SPECIAL FEATURES: dust jacket illustrated by Kira Night

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever―and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Boxes will ship October 20th to the 27th

PLEASE NOTE ABOUT ORDERING MULTIPLE BOXES AND ITEMS: If you order more than one box or item, everything will ship together with the latest item shipping out. Shipment is calculated as combined shipping into a single package. If you prefer items to ship as soon as available, then please purchase separately. Otherwise, items go out with the latest dated shipment

note: we will not have a monthly collectable comic strip this month

SPECIAL FEATURES: Sprayed edges and exclusive dust jacket illustrated by @foresnesicsandflowers

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Learning has never been this deadly

A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students

This is a late release book so boxes will ship September 29th through October 7th