I don’t normally post book reviews on here, but I’m stepping out of my comfort zone to offer a combination review of I Let You Go and Book of the Month club. Book of the Month club is a subscription service that sends you a brand new hardcover book each month. You can choose your book at the beginning of each month from 5 options selected by their judges (including one celebrity guest judge). My favorite part – if you don’t like any of the options you can skip the month for free!
To be honest, the regular price of $15 per book for a 3 month plan (or $12 per book for a 12 month plan) is a bit steep for me. However, there always seem to be discounts or promotions for at least 30% off. The only reason I signed up was a 50% off coupon code that I stumbled on a few months ago. With the discount, I only paid $7.50 for each hardcover book I’d receive, shipping included : )
Book of the Month Review:
With one month under my belt, I think this subscription service is a great option for readers. My favorite part is the ability to skip any months that have books which don’t interest you. I’ve already skipped two months out of the three I’ve seen so far.
I ended up deciding on I Let You Go in May to get me a bit outside my normal reading genre. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box to find it was also adorably themed with a “Say Yes to BOTM” card and a ring pop inside. Admittedly, I was especially enamored with this particular theme since I had just gotten engaged the week prior : )
Overall, this box is worthwhile if you can use a discount code. It’s a winning combination of a brand new hardcover book and avoiding the whim of a random distributor. Since the power of choice remains in your hands, you can ensure you’ll receive a book you actually want to read.
I Let You Go Review:
Brief Summary – After a tragic accident leaves Jenna Gray’s world turned upside down, she attempts to rebuild her life in a remote town to get away from the grief and the memories of the past. Meanwhile, the police team invests excessive time and resources to attempt to uncover what really happened that night.
I’ve heard this book praised over and over again for the past month, so naturally I went in with high expectations. It turns out I might have set my expectations a bitttt too high. Yes, it’s a good read. However, it was extremely reminiscent of a specific Nicholas Sparks novel (if you have a guess which one I’m referring to, share in the comments!!) and I couldn’t get that comparison out of my head.
As mentioned in other bloggers’ reviews, there were a few twists that I did not see coming, which always makes for a fun read. (For those that have read it, I thought the revelation just under halfway through the book when an arrest is made was more shocking than the truths revealed toward the end). However, I didn’t think any of the twists were original.
Maybe that was my biggest issue with this novel. I felt all of the plot lines were a bit cliche. It was an engaging and fairly well-written book, but it wasn’t new.
Would I recommend it? Probably. Despite my criticisms, I still flew through the story and was eager to find out what happened to these characters and how their history affected their choices. It’s a quick read, so I’d say give it a shot : )
I’d love to discuss further and hear what you think…please share your thoughts in the comments!
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