Owl Crate is a young adult book subscription box where every month you receive one new hardcover book and an assortment of bookish goodies connected to the monthly theme. Decembers theme was Power of Illusions. Last month’s box was a let down for me as I didn’t love most of the items but this box is back on track.
The bookish items this month included a Queen Levana inspired candle from Flick the Wick. Queen Levana is a character from the Lunar Chronicles by Marrisa Meyer and the candle is described as blackberries, vanilla, and fresh greenery. When I smell it I get a berry and a light vanilla scent but not any of the fresh greenery. Candles are very personal so I can see some subscribers not liking the scent. It’s a 2 oz candle which seems a little small to me.
There was an ornament with a castle/city on it inspired by The Crown’s Game, a magnet with a quote inspired by The Night Circus, and a tote bag inspired by Caraval. None of these books mentioned I have read so the items are not as exciting for me but they are beautifully designed and practical items that I will use. There is also a button included in every box, I’ve never been a pin or button collector so I give these way or donate them. This box also included an extra chapter sampler of King of Fools by Amanda Foody.
The big item for the box besides the book is a custom reading planner which I don’t like and probably won’t use. I like idea of including a reading planer and I’m not sure if anyone else is like this but I have a very specific way I like planners to be laid out which this is not. Personally, I prefer planners to already have the dates and months included because I won’t bother to do it myself though it is good if you don’t start using the planner at the beginning of the year. The other thing that bugs me is that all of the monthly planner sections are at the front and the weekly at the back so that more troublesome to use both than it needs to be. I completely understand that Owl Crate can’t cater to every subscriber but I surprised that they didn’t used a more traditional set up for the planner. If I use it at all it will be supplemental to my main planner.
The signed book is Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene which came with a letter from the author and an amber pendant necklace. Amber & Dusk follows Sylvie who has the power to create illusions but was taught that her powers were a curse. She travels to the Amber City to joining the court but things are not what they appear and she must train and learn more about her powers to survive. This is not a book that I’ve heard anything about but it sounds interesting and I’m always up for trying new things.
The theme for January’s crate is Magical Artifacts and if it the book that I think I could be than I feel like it will be a very good box. Owl Crate like any subscription box can be hit or miss but it is fun to get a surprise every month. I think I’ll keep Owl Crate for a few more months or until another box interests me more.