Details: Any couple can play the starring roles in these novels – as hero or heroine – how cool is that? With dozens of books and eBooks set in exotic locations around the world, there’s something for everyone (even vampire, detective, golf and historical fiction). Your Novel‘s authors blend action and romance to produce fun, campy books for a one-of-a-kind gift or keepsake.
Personal Experience: I was provided with a complimentary copy of my choice of paperback to facilitate this review. They have over 40 titles to choose from (including holiday titles), so there is something for every couple. I chose the Cruise Alaska book, because my husband and I became engaged on an Alaskan cruise… I thought it seemed an appropriate choice.
Cruise Alaska is a personalized novel set in Alaska. If you ever wanted to take a cruise to Alaska, this book is your ticket. It’s a journey along the wild and rugged Inside Passage, a 1,000-mile waterway whose width and depth make it perfect for smooth sailing through some of the most pristine wilderness on earth. Boarding a luxury cruise ship in Vancouver, our couple visit popular ports like Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Bald eagles, Humpback whales, the Northern Lights, salmon, totem poles, and glaciers all enter the action before gold fever reveals a deeper meaning to finding riches.
The process of personalizing was much more in-depth than I had expected. From pet names for each other to favored fragrances and beyond, there is a list of questions that allows this book to be taken beyond the basic *insert name here* style of customization. They also allow a place for a dedication and a date. You have an option to add a photo to the cover. You even get a choice between wild and mild content. I chose wild. 😉
The book arrived more quickly than I expected. It was a quality paperback with a thick cover and normal weight pages. The binding was a bit overly tight… it didn’t want to stay open enough for me to read until I was well into the book… but this can be a plus for an item like this that you want to last.
Your Novel themselves referred to the novels as campy, and that they are! It made me giggle and laugh to imagine my husband saying or doing many of the things his alter ego did… but I had more fun reading our novel than I have ever had with a romance novel. The “wild” version was not over-the-top or vulgar. There were a few steamy scenes to keep it interesting, but not so much that it was laughable.
There was a nice story to tie it all together. It was fun to re-live the familiar sights of Alaska and the experience of a cruise. I also learned a lot of new trivia that I wish I had known when we took our trip! There was an unexpected adventure twist to our tale, too… and a happy ending, of course.
I thought that it was a very original idea and it was very well executed. A Your Novel romance would be a thoughtful and fun gift for your spouse or that special someone. I also think they would provide you with a unique gift idea for a bridal shower, wedding, or anniversary. Perfect for that couple that has everything!
The paperback, without photo, that I received sells for $49.95. I do think this is a touch over-priced, but it does come with a lot of personalization throughout the entire story and each book must be printed and bound just for you.
What will your story be?
Pros: Unique, personal, and fun. Great gift idea for a significant other or a lucky couple. High level of personalization. Fun stories. Available in ebook, paperback, and hardcover versions.
Cons: The price is a bit high and jumps up $25 just with the addition of a photo, but they do offer ebook options that would be easier on those of us with a tight budget.