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Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Nocturnal Reader's Subscription Box: The Feast

Is this my favourite box so far (obviously excluding the very special King box)? Possibly! It's a strong contender anyway. I often feel like my first NRB will always be my favourite, as it was just the excitement of finally getting one...and also getting that Edgar Allan Poe tote. LIFE MADE. Anyway, the Feast has shaped up to be a deliciously dark box, so let's look at the contents!





First, let's discuss the books included this month. The new release for this month was Come to Dust by Bracken MacLeod - I've never read this author before so I'm intrigued! Synopsis is as follows:

Ever since her mother abandoned her, five-year-old Sophie has had to depend on her uncle Mitch for everything. Though their life is difficult, he works hard to keep their family together, despite the obstacles in their way. But just when everything seems to be looking up for them, it all comes crashing down when Sophie dies tragically. Mitch descends into a crippling grief, not knowing how to continue on without her. When scores of children around the world begin to inexplicably rise from the dead - Sophie among them - everything becomes much harder. Mitch rescues her from the morgue, determined to carve out a normal life for them no matter what, though it soon becomes clear that may not be possible. While the kids who've returned behave like living children, they still look very dead. And they can do something else that normal children cannot. Something terrifying. While debate rages over whether the children's return is a mercy or a sign of approaching judgement, a congregation of religious fanatics determined to usher in the apocalypse has their own plan for salvation. Now Mitch must find a way to save Sophie from an increasingly hostile world that wants to tear them apart and put her back in the ground for good.

YEAH. I need to read this like right now!! Although July is pretty jam-packed so I think it will take priority as one of my August reads. The second book in this month's box, and the previously released book, is Bleed by Ed Kurtz. 

When Walt Blackmore moves into an old Gablefront house on the outskirts of a small town, things are really looking up for him - he has an adoring girlfriend, a new job, and an altogether bright future. But Walt's destiny is irreparably changed when a dark red spot appears on the ceiling in the hallway. Bit by bit the spot grows, first into a dripping blood stain and eventually into a grotesque, muttering creature. As the creature thrives, Walt finds himself more and more interested in fostering its well-being. At first he only feeds it stray animals, but this soon fails to satisfy the monster's ghastly needs. It is gradually becoming something more, and for that to happen it requires human blood and human flesh. And once Walt has crossed the line from curiosity to murder, there is no going back.

That book sounds equally awesome! I'm impatiently waiting to be turned into some kind of vampire that doesn't actually require sleep because I need more time to read...



As for the non-bookish items, WOW. Fangirling over the NOS4A2 license plate like the true Christmasland fanatic that I am. One of my favourite movies is Silence of the Lambs (I haven't read the books yet - FIGHT ME), so I loved the stemless wineglass... I'm gonna feel so classy sipping on my prosecco from it (I don't drink chianti). There's also a pin inspired by The Troop (on my never-ending TBR pile), as well as a Jaws-inspired keychain!! I'm not much of a cook, but I do bake every now and again, so this amazing apron will be put to good use.

Lastly, the artwork. The artwork included each month is something I always look forward to and this month's is particularly creepy. It's called "The Night of the Vampire" and is by Michael Broom. LOVE IT.

Yet another stellar box! Next month is "Infested and Infected", which will actually contain THREE books. Get ready for creepy crawlies and all things disgusting... I actually got a sneak peak of one of the items a while ago and believe me, YOU WANT IT. Some boxes are still on sale, go get 'em! Use DRJOBIS15 to save yourself some money!

Johann
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