Once Upon a Book Club Review April 2020

Once Upon a Book Club is a unique, interactive online community that offers a monthly subscription service where readers will receive a monthly box in the mail containing a newly released book to read for the month, along with 3-5 individually wrapped gifts. They kindly sent us this box for review.

It’s sad to say, but my reading has definitely been put on the back burner since baby Steven arrived. I was starting to think I would never find the time to read again. But….we are slowly getting into a routine and I see some spare time coming up every so often in the near future. So…..I was beyond excited when the April Once Upon a Book Club arrived (a little late) because the adult box features a thriller and I LOVE a good thriller!

Subscription Details

When you sign up for Once Upon a Book Club you have two options to choose from:

  • Young Adult Subscription
  • Adult Subscription

Both options start at $34.99 per month and you can choose a month-to-month subscription, 3-month subscription, 6-month subscription or an annual subscription.

Here’s a closer look at the April Adult Once Upon a Book Club…..

Note: Each box comes with a book and 3-5 individually wrapped gifts. To fully experience the box they remind us to only open the gifts once we reach the corresponding page numbers.

The Herd by Andrea Bartz

The name of the elite, women-only coworking space stretches across the wall behind the check-in desk: THE HERD, the H-E-R always in purple. In-the-know New Yorkers crawl over each other to apply for membership to this community that prides itself on mentorship and empowerment. Among the hopefuls is Katie Bradley, who’s just returned from the Midwest after a stint of book research blew up in her face. Luckily, Katie has an in, thanks to her sister Hana, an original Herder and the best friend of Eleanor Walsh, its charismatic founder.

As head of PR, Hana is working around the clock in preparation for a huge announcement from Eleanor—one that would change the trajectory of The Herd forever.

Then, on the night of the glitzy Herd news conference, Eleanor vanishes without a trace. Everybody has a theory about what made Eleanor run, but when the police suggest foul play, everyone is a suspect.


Each box comes with a quote printed a card stock, perfect for framing. This month’s quote is “She’d inspired us, made us feel sparkling and special and proud.”

Page 97

On page 97 once of the characters finds an envelope, inside was a post-it stuck to a scrap of computer paper, torn from a corner. Both papers had a string of numbers written on them.

Page 120

On page 120 it appears as though one of the characters is in the home of another character. She finds a makeup bag on the shelf in the bathroom.

Page 215

Another item found by one of the characters when searching through the home of Eleanor (I believe) is a Frida Kahlo portrait.

Page 283

Lastly, on page 282 there is mention of a craft organizer hanging from a closet door. I believe the organizer contains some key objects that will help bring the mystery together.

Once Upon a Book Club Review April 2020 – Final Thoughts

I haven’t had a chance to start reading the book yet but hope to this coming weekend. I usually like to do my book reviews after I have read the book, but I wanted to share the April Once Upon a Book Club with you sooner than later because it’s a great representation of what to expect from this wonderful book subscription box. Not only do you receive a new book each month, but you also get to partake in a lovely unboxing experience as you open your gifts during the course of the book. As I mentioned above, I love a good thriller, so this is definitely one of my favorite Once Upon a Book Club boxes to date.

-AYOB Sarah

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