PageHabit Winter Quarterly Unboxing: Unearthed

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I've subscribed to PageHabit's monthly subscription boxes but I had always felt that the while the annotated books were a great idea, the bookish goodies that were included weren't always my favorite. But when I read about their Winter Quarterly box and the fact that Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner would be curating the box themselves, my interest piqued. That was one of my highly anticipated releases, so it seemed like a good opportunity to give PageHabit's new quarterly box a try! 

You get: A carefully curated selection of books and goods, handpicked by a critically acclaimed author, complete with annotations.

You give: A donation towards children’s literacy.

What’s special: Exclusive author content, magical bookish goods and a community full of passionate book lovers, to boot.
— PageHabit
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Unearthed, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - $12.59 (Amazon)

The featured book is Unearthed, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. It sounds like an amazing intergalactic adventure! This PageHabit edition of the book came with a signed bookplate, and the book itself is annotated. That means there are post-it notes throughout the book with thoughts from the authors, like why they included a particular quote. This is a stunning touch to the book and in my eyes, makes it very collectible! 

Goodreads Summary

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race... 

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Composition Notebook Pouch, Out of Print - $12

This is such a cute and practical pouch! And I mean practical, because it's quite large. It's a great size for a pencil case, a small planner pouch, toiletries on the go- you name it! The pouch measures 9x6 inches, is made of 100% cotton, and has a zipper closure. It's a very high-quality item from an online shop reputable for their adorable prints and goodies. Plus, Out of Print donates a portion of each purchase to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need

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Stargazing Notebook - $7.95 (Amazon)

This passport-sized notebook is perfect for the avid stargazer. It contains constellation maps, a schedule of total lunar eclipses, a guide to the moon's phases, and a tear-out simple astrolabe. I am not a stargazer and I know next to nothing about constellations, so I probably will not find much use for this notebook, even though it's very cute!

Ladder Mystery Matchbox, Kikkerland - est $8.30

I couldn't find information on these anywhere! It appears to be a U.K. product and brand. The ladder puzzle is simple enough and it's packaged very cutely. I don't have the patience to work through this, but I can easily gift it to someone else who will appreciate the puzzle more than me!

Holographic Key Tag, Three Potato Four - $8

First of all.. I can't believe this key tag is $8. I thought it was from Oriental Trading or something! The holographic text is in a groovy font and is quite sparkly, but the tag isn't anything special. It's a durable plastic key tag that measures about 3.5x1.75 inches.

One Station Away, Olaf Olafsson - $16.42 (Amazon)

This was actually a bonus book that I received by using a promotional code. 

Goodreads Summary

An overlooked pianist who finally receives fraught success after decades of disappointment. An elusive dancer whose untimely death her fiancé is desperate to untangle. A mysterious patient who is comatose after a violent accident.

These are the three women who animate Olaf Olafsson’s brilliantly rendered One Station Away. Magnus, a New York neurologist—son to one, lover to another, and doctor to a third—is the thread that binds these women’s stories together as he navigates relationships defined by compromise and misunderstanding, guilt and forgiveness, and, most of all, by an obsessive attempt to communicate—to understand and to be understood, to love and to be loved. 

Starflight, Melissa Landers - $9.99 (Amazon)

And now for the first of two picks by the authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner! I've been eyeing Starflight for a while now and am looking forward to starting this duology.

Goodreads Summary

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...

The Cage, Megan Shepherd - $7.48 (Amazon)

The second book that the authors for this box selected was The Cage, by Megan Shepherd. It is the first of a completed series.

Goodreads Summary

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures, all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer appears—a handsome young guard called Cassian—they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

Harry Potter Keychain - est. $5

Next up were some PageHabit goodies. I suspect that these two were included in the monthly PageHabit boxes as well because the chain matches the bookmark so perfectly! And the bookmark is by far my favorite of the ones that PageHabit has done. It's made of a glossy, durable material that will hold up well during my commute. The keychain is cute, but a bit unwieldy and I'd be nervous that some of the dangling charms might fall off.

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And that's a wrap! Let's see how the box added up:

I paid: $52.99 (after a $5 promo code)

Box total: $87.73

WOAH! The box's value far exceeds what I paid. Of course, that is with the added value of the bonus book that I received through a PageHabit promo. The books included are all very interesting and the items were a better quality than what I received in their past monthly boxes. 

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