For those of you who don't know, YA book subscription services send out boxes every month (or every few months) with a brand new hardcover YA novel and some goodies. In the past, I've reviewed FairyLoot and OwlCrate, two established YA subscription boxes, and you can find my post comparing the two here.
Scribe Stash is the YA subscription box for individuals who love to read and write. That's why you'll find a journal in every box along with the book, pens, pencils, and a surprise treat.
Here's a picture of the Scribe Stash box (along with some of the MANY books in my collection creating a bookish background). The box itself is plain white with the words "Scribe Stash" on the side, and it's wider than the OwlCrate and FairyLoot boxes (which allows Scribe Stash to fit both the book and the large notebook in the box) but shorter than the boxes you'll get from OwlCrate or FairyLoot.
The box itself was securely taped shut and wasn't damaged beyond the small dent you can see in the photo above (near the "e" in "scribe"). I'm always a little paranoid that my subscription box is going to get injured in the mail, so seeing how well the box had been closed made me feel a little less worried about the contents being harmed during the shipping process.
Once I managed to cut through the tape and open the box, I noticed that the month was stamped on the flap. A cute touch!
The lighting on the picture below isn't great (I was too excited to unwrap everything to spend time setting up for the perfect photo), but you can see how nicely wrapped everything was:
I think this was the part of Scribe Stash's box that blew me away the most. Knowing someone had taken the time to position everything perfectly in the box made it feel extra-special. If you want a subscription box that really feels like a gift, I would pick Scribe Stash over any other subscription box I've tried.
One of the things I also really liked about Scribe Stash is the fact that they let you pick which genre you'd like (they offer five: General Fiction; Fantasy & SciFi; LGBTQ+ Fiction; Romance; and Mystery, Thriller & Horror) and what colors you want for your box. It's super easy to personalize the box to your preferences, so you'll never be surprised with a fantasy novel if that's a genre you abhor.
I requested to receive the Romance book and asked for the pink and purple color options. (Maybe Valentine's Day was getting to me...)
Here's what I found inside my box:
SAY YOU'LL REMEMBER ME: I haven't had a chance to start this book yet, but it looks really interesting. I love a good romance read, so I'm excited to dive into it. Also, I'm totally not immune to the fact that the purple/pink cover perfectly matches the rest of the box!
Journal: The journal is absolutely gorgeous! I actually gasped out loud when I was unpacking the box and saw it. The pattern is made up of flowers, fans, and there's a few adorable little birds on it, too. The cover is made out of a woven material, and I honestly love it so much. Scribe Stash gets an 12/10 on the journal selection.
Pens and pencils: The box included a purple ballpoint pen, a pre-sharpened pencil, and a pink felt tip pen. The ballpoint pen and pencil aren't exceptional (but I go through writing utensils quickly, so I can always use more), but I love the pink pen. I've never had a felt tip pen like this one before, and I'm now questioning why I didn't have one in my life sooner.
But wait! There's more...
(I was going for a spa aesthetic and I think I failed. Sigh.)
Soap: The surprise in this month's box is a "Soap Rock." I received the "rose quartz" one and smells WONDERFUL...sort of floral, but a sophisticated floral. The soap itself is a clear pink with some flecks of gold and ribbons of darker pink throughout, and it's gorgeous.
Scribe Stash Newsletter: Scribe Stash also includes a newsletter in every box, which features the titles of all the books they sent out, upcoming sales, a shout out to featured book blogs and Bookstagramers, and an original written piece from a member of the Scribe Stash community!
This box is only the fourth Scribe Stash has shipped, and I can tell that they are definitely hitting their stride! I was wowed by the quality of the items they included, and I cannot exaggerate how much I adore the journal. I love that the newsletter includes original work from subscribers...it gives the writers who subscribe to the box a place to see their work published, which is always awesome!
Each Scribe Stash box is $30 (plus shipping), but the value of the items included in this box added up to $40, so it's definitely a good deal!
I'd love to see Scribe Stash partner with independent artists in the future to provide exclusive items, but overall, I loved receiving a Scribe Stash box and will be ordering more in the future.
If you are interested in trying Scribe Stash out for yourself, you can use the code SPRING15 to receive fifteen percent off your order from Scribe Stash! The code expires March 18, 2018.