December 2021 Illumicrate

Illumicrate is a UK based fantasy and science fiction book box that has monthly boxes or just a monthly book only subscription. Each box also includes a selection of bookish goodies some more practical, others more decorative set around a monthly theme. December’s theme is Cursed.

The items included in this box are a mug with art from the Winternight Trilogy on it, a Ninthhouse book mark tin, a 2022 calendar featuring different star-crossed lovers, a pin banner, and a Nevermore sticker sheet.

Illumicrate, like other book boxes, include a new hard cover each month and often a letter from the author. This months book is A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske which is a historical fiction fantasy where Robin Blyth becomes a civil service liaison to a hidden magical society due to an administrative mistake. Along the way he meet Edwin Courcey, Robin’s counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, together they find a plot that threaten all the magicians in Britain and secrets that others have died to keep. This edition also has an exclusive cover with a transparent overlay jacket and printed edges. The monthly pin is also inspired by this book.

January’s theme is Royal Secrets.

December 2021 Fairyloot

Fairyloot is a Young Adult book subscription box focusing on fantasy based out of the UK. Each month you receive a new Young Adult hardback book and 5-6 bookish goodies. Like most book boxes the hardback are special editions and the items are a combination of both practical things and more decorative items. December’s theme is Dance with Death.

The bookish items included this month are a sword letter opener, an iron on patch from We Hunt the Flame, a set of mythology foil bookmarks, a These Violent Delights book sleeve, and the Poppy War enamel pin that was missing in the November box. The monthly tarot cards are inspired by Red Rising.

All Fairyloot books come with exclusive covers, signed by the author and include a letter from the author. This month the hardback book is Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier which also has black sprayed edges, art on the reverse of the dust jacket, and foiling on the hardback. This is a fantasy with ghost and romance in a world where the kingdom could be forced back into war. This month Fairyloot also include a new paperback book The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling which is a paranormal romance between Elise, who sees how people will die, and Claire, a vampire.

January’s theme is Monsters Within.

November 2021 Fairyloot

Fairyloot is a Young Adult book subscription box focusing on fantasy based out of the UK. Each month you receive a new Young Adult hardback book and 5-6 bookish goodies. Like most book boxes the hardback are special editions and the items are a combination of both practical things and more decorative items. November’s theme is Vengeance is Yours.

The bookish items included this month are a Book Review notebook, washi tape, a Vicious inspired microfiber cloth, a bamboo travel mug, and the monthly tarot cards inspired by A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. There was also supposed to be a Poppy War enamel pin but it was delayed in shipment and will be included in the next box.

All Fairyloot books come with exclusive covers, signed by the author and include a letter from the author. This month the book is Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan. This edition also has stenciled sprayed edges, art on the reverse of the dust jacket, and foiling on the hardback. Set in an empire on the brink of war Ahn has no family and no past, while Altan in the lost heir who was stolen as a child. When they met Ahn thinks she might be able to unlock her past while Altan sees a path to the throne. But their path will not be easy and there may be a price to pay.

December’s theme is Dance with Death.

November 2021 OwlCrate

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. Some of these items are very practical and some are better suited as décor or for a pin/bulletin board. November’s theme is Dreaming in the Dark.

Each box includes different bookish goodies that fit the theme of the month and are connected to other books. This months items include the last A Darker Shade of Magic book tin, a lip balm inspired by The Bone Season, a full size pillowcase inspired by A Court of Thorns and Roses, and washi tape. The box was also supposed to include the yearly reading planner but it was delayed in shipping and will be sent separately.

Every month Owl Crate has a new young adult hardback book that has an exclusive cover, is signed and comes with a letter from the author. The enamel pin that is in every box is also inspired by that months book. This months book is Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross which is a story about vengeance, family, and the power of dreams. This edition also comes with art on the reverse of the dust jacket and foiling on the hardback.

December’s theme is Beneath the Waves.

FaeCrate: Blessed Monsters Mini Hangover Recovery Kit

FaeCrate is a young adult book subscription box that also does special edition boxes that they call Hangover Recovery kits. These are suppose to help you get over the book hangover after you have finished the book the box is focused on. A Mini Kit is a little bit smaller and has fewer items but is still a good box. I’ve been slowly reading the Something Dark and Holy series and wanted to see what FaeCrate would do for the series. I got the box a while a go but the dust jacket set was delayed and I didn’t want to post this until I had those as that is the main reason I bought this box.

The book is Blessed Monsters by Emily A. Duncan the third and final book in the Something Dark and Holy series. This copy came with a signed book plate and a letter from the author but is otherwise a standard copy which I will not be keeping as I also have the Owlcrate edition.

The items and the dust jacket set were the reasons I bought this box as I wanted to see what it included. The items are a metal spell book tin, an iron on patch, a Malachiasz Plushie, and the dust jacket set. I really got this because I hoped the dust jackets would be amazing and they are. The other items are okay but I do plan to sell the plushie as I’m not a fan of any of the FaeCrate plushies.

Obsidian Moon Crate’s Our Lord & Savior Jay Kristoff Box in Celebration of Empire of the Vampire

Obsidian Moon Crate is a US based book box company for 18 plus that focuses on the darker side of things. Their boxes always have a hardcover book, a crystal, and a candle and then they include about 4-6 other items. As several other book boxes they did a special edition of Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff and I just wanted to see what each company would do for this book.

The Hardback itself is just the signed first edition of the standard US edition but it came with an exclusive dust jacket with art on the reverse and beautifully painted edges. I was waiting to get all my copies to decide which editions I like the most and this one and the Illumicrate one are my favorites.

The items included were a set of enamel pins, a whiskey tumbler, a set of posters from Lifelike, The Illuminae Files, and The Aurora Cycle, two maps, a candle, an Aurora Cycle pin banner, a set of postcards from each of Jay Kristoff’s series, a crystal, and a Tarot Deck. The Tarot Deck was delayed in manufacturing and is shipping later. There was also a large tapestry blanket that could be order separate from the box.

Overall, I absolutely loved this box. Unlike other companies Obsidian Moon Crate not only gave us items inspired by Empire of the Vampire but other works by Jay Kristoff and the aesthetic of the box fits the vibe of the book.

October 2021 Fairyloot

Fairyloot is a Young Adult book subscription box focusing on fantasy based out of the UK. Each month you receive a new Young Adult hardback book and 5-6 bookish goodies. Like most book boxes the hardback are special editions and the items are a combination of both practical things and more decorative items. October’s theme is Broken Hearts.

The bookish items included this month are a trinket dish inspired by The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, a Lore keychain, a bookish blanket inspired by Kingdom of the Wicked, a We set the Dark on Fire postcard, the month’s tarot cards with characters from Raybearer, and a set of character cards from Once Upon a Broken Heart.

All Fairyloot books come with exclusive covers, signed by the author and include a letter from the author. This month the book is Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber which also has stenciled sprayed edges, artwork on the reverse of the dust jacket, foiling on the hardback and special endpapers. This book is about curses, love, and what people will do to get their happily ever after.

November’s theme is Vengeance is Yours.

FaeCrate: Wings of Shadow Mini Hangover Recovery Kit

FaeCrate is a young adult book subscription box that also does special edition boxes that they call Hangover Recovery kits. These are suppose to help you get over the book hangover after you have finished the book the box is focused on. A Mini Kit is a little bit smaller and has fewer items but is still a good box. I’ve been slowly reading the Crown of Feathers series and wanted to see what FaeCrate would do for the series.

The book is of course Wings of Shadow by Nicki Pau Preto the third and final book in the Crown of Feathers series which came with a signed bookplate and a letter from the author. Otherwise this is a standard edition of this book which I have more than one copy of so I probably won’t keep this copy. I bought this box for the items.

The items included in this box where dust jacket set, a wooden pin, a Phoenix Shawl, and an Avalkyra plushie. All FaeCrate Hangover Kits come with plushies which I personally don’t like and will sell sometime in the future. However, I always hope that I will love the other items in the box. This box was fairly disappointing. The art on the Dust Jackets are very nice but I don’t like the fact that the titles are not on the dust jackets and the pin is fairly standard. The shawl is nice and I could see myself using it in the future.

October 2021 Illumicrate

Illumicrate is a UK based fantasy and science fiction book box that has monthly boxes or just a monthly book only subscription. Each box also includes a selection of bookish goodies some more practical, others more decorative set around a monthly theme. October’s theme is Revenge is Sweeter.

The items included in this box are a book organizer, a candle inspired by Black Sun, a Witches Steep in Gold print, a Caraval inspired measuring cup set, and a Deal with the Devil mug.

Illumicrate, like other book boxes, include a new hard cover each month and most months a letter from the author. This months book is Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao which I’ve seen described as Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid’s Tale while retelling the rise of China’s only female emperor Wu Zetian. Which is all I needed to know to want to read this book. This special edition has stenciled edges, foiling on the hardcover, art on the back of the dust jacket, and a digital signature. The monthly pin is also inspired by the book.

November’s theme is Death and Fortune.

October 2021 OwlCrate

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. Some of these items are very practical and some are better suited as décor or for a pin/bulletin board. October’s theme is Wield Your Blade.

Each box includes different bookish goodies that fit the theme of the month and are connected to other books. This months items include Raven Cycle inspired jigsaw puzzle, a Shadow of the Fox inspired candle, a small sewing kit, a Lord of the Rings acrylic display, and a Star Wars art print featuring Rey and Kylo Ren.

Every month Owl Crate has a new young adult hardback book that has an exclusive cover, is signed and comes with a letter from the author. The enamel pin that is in every box is also inspired by that months book. This months book is Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan. This edition has an exclusive cover, green sprayed edges, art on the reverse of the dust jacket, and foiling on the hardback. The story follows Ahn, a girl with mysterious magical powers, and Altan, who family has been murdered. They join together to restore the empire but the price might be far worse than they imagined.

November’s theme is Dreaming in the Dark.