April LitJoy | Unboxing

LitJoy Unboxing
Theme: “Darlings & Deception”


Featured Book

This month’s featured book was Suitors and Sabstage by Cindy Anstey, which came with a signed bookplate. Honestly, this isn’t a book I’ve heard much about–the cover is gorgeous though.


Book Description (from Goodreads): Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.

Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended.

But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .

Marie Antoinette Apron

This month’s box included an apron featuring artwork created by LitJoy’s April artist, Sarah Conradsen. I love the artwork, though admittedly I immediately put the apron into a ziplock bag as soon as I opened it. On one hand, I could probably use an apron. On the other hand, I have cats, so black is a big nope for me.

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Colored Pencils and Art Page

I’m not big into coloring myself, so I passed these off to my daughter. She already started coloring in the flowers!


Another Book!

This month’s box came with a second book: A Midsummer Night #nofilter by Brett Wright. This book is short–something could easily be read in an hour or so.


Book Description (from Goodreads): A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
Imagine: What if the fairies and star-crossed lovers of the forest had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
Four lovers who can’t decide who they have a crush on.
One mischievous fairy with a love potion.
Total chaos in the fairy world, the human world, and everywhere in between!

The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. 😉

A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.

Bee Brave Enamel Pin 

This LitJoy exclusive enamel pin is probably my favorite item in the box. It’s so cute!


Bookish Extras

The LitJoy box came with literature explaining the “Darlings & Deception” crate, as well an author letter and bookmark.



I’ve loved the past two LitJoy boxes I’ve received, but this one was kind of a bust for me. I can’t say I’m super excited about the book or any of the items that were included in the box.

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