Previous Adult Box Themes

 

Boxes ship date to be announced. Will ship late October into early November.

Monthly collectable: first collectable dust jacket for The Winner's Curse

SPECIAL FEATURES:

This box will include two standard edition books. The main title is a hardback and the second title is a trade paperback.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

October’s adult book comes from an author we have featured twice before, a favorite for both Mary and Amanda. The book is a novella, and a fractured fairytale for grown-ups, in which a folklore scholar comes face to face with the stories she has been obsessed with since she was a young child. When a rift in the fabric of reality tears open and swallows her up, she finds herself in a fairytale world with nothing but a cell phone that shouldn’t work as a tether to her world and her best friend. Trapped in a strange place, she struggles to save the life of an actual, real-life princess, as well as her own.

In the course of her adventure, she learns things about herself she would never have guessed, breaks all the rules she had created to keep herself from getting hurt, and finally faces head-on the difficult path her own life had laid out for her. Our heroine is smart, stubborn, and hilarious with dry sarcasm. And the worlds that swirl around her are both magical and deadly. (Here’s hoping for a follow-up story sometime down the road!)

As a bonus, this month comes with a second novella by a debut POC author, that likewise features a tough, intelligent woman trying to save herself in a world gone dangerously deadly and bizarre. This story is about righteous anger and the prices we pay for retribution, and is gothic fantasy horror at its best. Be prepared for vivid descriptions and some mild body horror in this one.

 

 Boxes will ship sept 27th- Oct 8th

Monthly collectable: skeleton key inspired by Ninth House

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Custom dust jacket designed by Kira Night

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This month we have a heartwarming and funny ghost story. It's about a man who lacks compassion for anyone and quite literally worked himself to death. He's taken to the ferrymen who lives inside of a tea shop where he learns what it means to live in death.

We meet a cast of charming characters who will pull at your heart strings. The book has Black, Asian, and queer rep.

 Boxes will ship August 16-20th

Monthly collectable: skeleton key inspired by The City of Starlight

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Custom dust jacket designed by Sarah Cross

ABOUT THE BOOK:

August’s adult book option is a bit different, a bit off-the-beaten-path, but I absolutely adored this book and I hope you will wander off the path with me for a bit. This book is a contemporary, queer, magical realism riff on a piece of classic literature — one that almost everyone will probably recognize. It features three endearing, infuriating, brilliant, disaster human beings: a manic-depressive rich boy who has just lost his father, his alcoholic artist ex-fiancé with a dark secret, and his best friend who has been not-so-secretly in love with him for years. (I want to gather them all in my hands and hold them very tenderly, and also shake them for being so ridiculous.)

Once you realize which classic story is being played with here, you will begin to suspect some things, and you will think you know how it will end. And there you might find you are wrong. The author leads us down streets, into dreams, and through secret passages you cannot begin to guess with - both delighting and confounding our expectations right up to the very end.

This book is also a love story to New York City, breathing such intense life and color and music into the setting that it quickly becomes its own character. Even readers who have never walked the streets of New York will feel they know and love the place by the end. But let me sing the praises of my favorite part: the PROSE! The prose is at turns sardonic, musical, timeless, and enormously contemporary. I weep with jealousy that I cannot write like this. Filled with deep philosophical questions and dreamlike symbolism, the novel winds its way through the lives and psyches of its characters with clarity, empathy, and wonder. With effortless grace, this book has climbed its way to the top of my favorite books of the year list.

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

 

 Boxes will ship July 19th through July 26th

Monthly collectable: skeleton key inspired by A Darker Shade of Magic

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Custom dust jacket designed by Kristen Perez of KDP Letters.  Please note this book is printed in paperback.

This box will come with two paperback novels.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

July’s adult book comes from a POC author that we at Fox & Wit had the pleasure of featuring when her debut novel came out a couple years ago! This novel is inspired by pre-colonial India, and is set in an empire where a religious majority has decimated, oppressed, and conquered the people of a minority religion in a neighboring region. Years before the story begins, the emperor had ordered the slaughter and burning of the temple’s elders, women, and children. But a small number of the temple followers survived and have waged secret rebellions throughout the empire with riots and targeted assassinations.

One surviving member has chosen to hide and live a quiet life working as a maidservant in a nobleman’s employ, simply doing her best to survive and help the homeless children around her. Meanwhile, left to the guardianship of that same nobleman, the emperor’s sister has been banished from the capital city and ordered to live in isolation as punishment for defying the wishes of the emperor and his fanatical religious fervor. These two women come from very different worlds and have very different needs and goals. And yet they find something useful in each other, something they each believe they can turn to their own ends. When their fates become more and more entwined, they agree to work together against their common enemy: the emperor.

This story is filled with intricate detailed world building, and gorgeous lush prose that makes you imagine you can truly smell the incense and the flowers, feel the fire and hear the rush of water. The main characters and a good majority of the supporting characters are all fully-realized women with conflicting motives and desires, who are all smart, resourceful, and fascinating in their own ways. The story asks difficult questions about power, oppression, and obligation. And as a happy bonus, it is also gloriously sapphic!

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

 

Boxes will ship June 28th through July 9th

Monthly collectable: skeleton key inspired by Stalking Jack the Ripper

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Custom dust jacket designed by Lesya Blackbird.  Please note this book is printed in paperback. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This month’s adult book option takes us to cold dark land in the north, to a country bordered by a strange twisted forest that no one can enter or escape. Centuries ago two people made a bargain with the forest to escape their fates in exchange for their servitude, and ultimately their blood. Generations later their descendants find themselves still bound to this bargain, through no fault or choice of their own. As part of this bargain, a young woman is sacrificed to the forest on her twentieth birthday as her twin looks on helplessly, unable to stop it.

What the twin does not know is that her sister has long accepted this sacrifice for reasons entirely her own -- to keep a violent secret power away from those she loves. She fully expects to die, but instead finds herself in the middle of the forest, faced with a far stranger fate than mere death, standing with a man she should fear but cannot help but be drawn to. Together they must decipher what it is the forest truly wants of them, and work together to protect the outside world from shadows darker and more dangerous than any threat the forest itself might pose. Meanwhile, the twin turns to blasphemy and treachery in an effort to save her sister from the forest that took her away.

With evocative lyrical prose, this debut author weaves a dark fairy tale about duty, sacrifice, and love. It is an intense romantic love story between two tortured, haunted people. But it is equally a story about twin sisters, and the lengths they will go to in order to save each other. This novel asks if it is possible to go too far, even in the name of love. And it asks us to consider the consequences of difficult decisions, and the harms we may inflict even in an effort to save and protect.

Content warning for for the wolf


-self-harm for magic use (cutting)
-parental neglect/emotional abuse
-mentions of physical symptoms that might be triggering to those with emetophobia
-anxiety/panic attacks
-parental death
-gore
-mild audio/visual hallucinations
-religious abuse

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

 

 Boxes will ship May 26th through June  7th

Monthly collectable: skeleton key inspired by Serpent & Dove

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Sprayed edges. Please note this book is printed in paperback. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In an empire inspired by West African culture, on a continent divided between desert, fertile mainland, and distant islands, a young scholar-in-training finds himself caught between traditional societal expectation, and the ambitions of his own heart. He lives in a society strictly demarcated by class, dictated by birthright, wealth, and the darkness of one’s skin, yet he himself sits in the limbo of being ethnically-mixed, neither fully accepted nor shunned by the upper classes. As he attempts to fulfill his obligations and follow the strict guidelines set for him, he continually finds himself resisting and transgressing despite himself. Meanwhile, his betrothed, also caught between classes in her own way, is determined to be as perfect and traditional as possible in order to climb to the highest levels of power, hindered though she is by her fiance’s rule-breaking.

When a mysterious woman arrives in the capital city by illegally crossing a closed immigration border, her presence throws both the city as a whole and the scholar’s life into turmoil. For this young woman comes from an island that history and authority have declared a myth, bringing with her forbidden secret magics that the scholar has broken rules to find before. At a crucial moment, when a single choice could make or break his career and his life, the scholar chooses to help the mysterious woman, in defiance of his own fiance’s wishes, thus placing them all on a path of conspiracies, violence, betrayal, and magic.

As it dances between chapters told from various character POVs, interweaving several diverging and converging plot lines, this novel asks deep questions about identity, loyalty, and the delicate balance between doing what is expected by society and what one’s own heart desires. It examines issues of race and class, and the excuses a society will make to defend the oppression of minority groups of all kinds. It also offers a new and eye-opening viewpoint in contrast to the often-unacknowledged white/Western/European background of so much English-language fantasy fiction.

 

 

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