Novel Editions Review - November 2016 - Canadian Book Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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** January 2018 - This box is no longer in business **

What is it? Novel Editions  
How Much? $44.99/month, plus tax and $9.61 shipping. Save on 3 month terms. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? A recently released novel as well as 3 related items and a note from the curator.

Novel Editions is a brand new Canadian subscription box for book lovers. Each month, Novel Editions sends a carefully curated box of bookish items. Expect to receive a fiction novel released in the last 6 months, 3-4 items that are relevant to the book, plus a note from the curator explaining why she chose the book. The founder, Alex, spends a great deal of time each month curating the perfect box to bring joy to subscribers.

I spend hours each month reading different novels until I find one that touches my heart and leaves me thinking about it for days afterwards. I am constantly researching and thoughtfully curating each box until I'm 100% satisfied with what's in it from the individual items to the ribbon each piece is tied in.

Mid-month, Alex releases a Book Club Guide on the Novel Editions Blog. There is also a Novel Editions Book Club Facebook Group where subscribers can share their thoughts and join in an online monthly book chat. With these features, Novel Editions really is a complete "book club in a box".  

Boxes ship the first week of each month via Canada Post. Shipping is a flat rate $9.61 across Canada. A single month subscription is non-recurring, so you need to sign up again the following month. The 3, 6, or 12 month terms are pre-paid and non-recurring. Shipping is included in the cost of the 3, 6, and 12, month terms. 

The theme for November is "All the Stars".

The enclosed product card lists all the items included this month.

With all the crinkle paper removed, this is what we have. The book is wrapped and decorated with gold stars and a blue ribbon. A lot of care went into packing this box, and it really shows!

This is the note from Alex, describing why she chose the book and the additional items.

First peek at the book! It's a hardcover that was released in August 2016.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood ($25.99 US Retail)

From the jacket:
A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.
As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.
By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won’t soon forget, Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.

I took a few days to read the book before writing this review. In her letter, Alex writes that this book "may make you a little uncomfortable, or the fact that you're not uncomfortable might make you uncomfortable", and both points are very true. More than a few times I flipped back to the beginning to check dates and do some mental math (you will understand once you've read it), but towards the end, the dates didn't matter. It's an unconventional story about the collateral damage caused by mental illness, drug abuse, and neglect, and how love and family can help heal. In some ways, this book reminded me a lot of another great novel, The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls.

I marked my favourite passage from All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, which will help explain the extras included this month.
"Mr. Arsenikos said if you knew the constellations you would never get lost. You could always find your way home."

Spring Fine Art Cassiopeia Ear Crawler ($5.30 US)
This is a really pretty jewellery item, made from sterling silver. Pierced ears are not required! Click here to see a photo of the ear crawler in action. Cassiopeia features prominently in the book.

Nikki Strange Constellations A5 Notebook ($6.79 US)
This lined notebook is from British print designer. The Daydreamer's Notebook is a place to record your adventures, plan your dreams and keepsake your ideas. The matching phone case is so pretty!

These laser cut cold and silver moons and stars can be used as nail decals, added to clear nail polish to make a glitter polish, or used for scrap booking and other crafts. I have a DIY snow globe craft kit to use with my nieces and these would be perfect for inside the globe. 

The November Novel Editions included a newly released novel, plus three extras that fit the "All the Stars" theme. The approximate retail value for these items is over $54 Canadian. This box costs $54.60 Canadian, including shipping (tax is extra). This isn't a value box; instead it's all about the experience. Along with the book and extras, we also receive a Book Club Guide, access to a community of readers, and the opportunity to participate in an online Book Club Chat. As I posted above, it's the complete book club experience in a box! I really enjoyed my Novel Editions experience. I had been off books for a while; unable to find the motivation, desire, or time to read. This book helped me get over it. I read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things in three days, and I've already moved on, tackling the stack of abandoned books on my nightstand. I highly recommend this subscription to book lovers, or those looking to jump start their reading habit.

Interested in trying Novel Editions? Use promo code cdnboxaddict to save 10% off the December box (I paid $52.93 CDN, including tax and shipping, minus the discount). Code is not valid on 3, 6, or 12 month terms. Also remember that the monthly subscription does not renew, so you will have to order again to get the January box.

If you enjoyed this review and decide to sign up, please let Novel Editions know that Canadian Box Addict referred you. Simply enter "CDNBOXADDICT" in the "Note to Sender" section at checkout. Your referral is much appreciated!

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Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 


  1. Nice book you received and other items too.

  2. Just received my first box at the office. Had to fight everyone off for the book, teas and candles. So beautiful to look at -- presentation was gorgeous. Looking forward to my next box. Well done, Alex.

    1. I just got my January box today too. The "blooming" tea is so cool!


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