As our January Immortal Stories boxes get ready to leave Book Box HQ and begin their journeys to their new homes, we thought we’d take a brief break from lovingly gift wrapping your books to tell you a bit more about our February box.
For those of you who don’t already know, our theme for February is TROUBLEMAKERS: a box inspired by the heroine of a brand new, highly anticipated YA hardback, which will be the star of the show in your February Book Box Club box! As ever, the box will also be stuffed with a selection of gorgeous bookish goodies created by crafty types and an invite to our members-only book group, where you can chat to the author of our featured book and all of our other very lovely members. Troublemaker boxes are available now over at www.bookboxclub.com and if you haven’t seen our atmospheric film trailer, make sure you check it out here and get yourself in the mood for some serious trouble!
It seems that there are so many truly excellent bad boys in YA fiction (who doesn’t love The Raven Boys!), so we are delighted to introduce to you a trouble-making, party-loving, truly feisty, outspoken girl protagonist who both Libby and I fell a little bit in love with.
Our heroine isn’t really a bad girl, but she is someone who has a tendency to get herself in some seriously messy situations! She’s not a character that you’ll love from the opening page, but she is a fantastic personality who you’ll come to understand as you read her story, who’ll make you laugh and when you least expect it, have a little cry!
In honour of and to introduce you to our mystery troublemaker, we thought we’d share a short list of some of our favourite troublemakers in fiction, so, here they are…
- Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
I know, I know, he’s seriously sarcastic and definitely dangerous but Kaz is a troublemaker you can’t help but fall in love with. In fact, I’d say the whole of Katterdam is crawling with trouble and this criminal prodigy is right at the centre. I love nothing more than reading about bad boys with dark pasts and Kaz Brekker has got to be one of my favourites!
2. Margo from Paper Towns by John Green
“My heart is really pounding,” I said.
“That’s how you know you’re having fun,” Margo said.”
She climbs through windows, skips school, plans a revenge fuelled road trip and runs away from home. Even if Quentin spends most of the book blinded by his love for her it’s clear to everyone else that Margo is Trouble with a capital ‘T’! I still can’t decide if I like her, her manipulation of poor old Quentin throughout the book had me rooting for him to stay away! There are lots of similarities between Margo and our February protagonist, not least her charisma and spontaneous sense of adventure
3. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library”
The glamorous, wealthy Jay Gatsby is a real puppeteer, a clever, conniving troublemaker whose mission to win back his former lover leads him and his circle of acquaintances to tragedy. Our mischievous heroine definitely lacks Gatsby’s cruel streak, but like him she loves parties and has a tendency to get involved in relationships that she’d be better steering clear of!
4. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”
So, Tris chooses to be placed into the Dauntless faction, which is home to a whole host of tattooed youths who are mostly hell bent on violently beating each other up. She also keeps her true ‘aptitude’ a secret from all authority figures and goes on to break every rule going. Troublemaker. Classic case. There is much less political turmoil in our February book choice but, like Tris, our main character can’t help but find herself in the centre of one disaster after another!
5. Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
Debaucherous Dorian Gray takes trouble-making to another level in this short philosophical novel, reeling from lust and anger Dorian is driven to blackmail and murder! Don’t worry our featured February heroine doesn’t stoop so low, but like the eternally beautiful and young Dorian, she is blessed/cursed with good looks and a passionate personality!
Who are your favourite fictitious troublemakers? And are you ready to meet a new one? If so head over to our website and sign yourself up our February box!
Right, we’re off to make some mischief/pack your January boxes! Be bookish everyone.
Kate & Libby xx