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.

Illumicrate Collections: The Night Circus

While I love Illumicrate’s monthly boxes their collections and special edition boxes for one book or a series I think are their best boxes overall. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Night Circus they created a wonderful special edition book and box that truly celebrates the wonder of The Night Circus.

The items included in the box were a book tin, a tea for one set with a cup and tea pot, an enamel pin, a Le Cirque Des Reves hanging banner, a metal bookmark, and a foiled print.

The main reason I buy boxes like this are for the beautiful special editions of the book included. This edition of The Night Circus has a silver cover, foiling on the hardback, black and white striped stenciled edges, a ribbon bookmark, an author letter on the front endpapers, and is signed. Illumicrate does some of the most beautifully designed books I own.

The Librarian Box: Empire of the Vampire Deluxe Box

Librarian box is primarily a monthly Young Adult book box that focuses on handmade and locally sourced items. They are also the only box that I know of that will due custom order boxes for any book or fandom you want. I didn’t intend to order so many copies of Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff but when I saw all the different book boxes doing it I got sucked in and wanted to see what items would be included in different boxes.

Librarian box normally does the book and 3-4 items with this box there was a standard box and a deluxe that came with more items and I couldn’t resist the idea of more items that I might love. The bookish items included were a leather journal, a bath boom, a wooden bookmark, holographic sticker with an EOTV quote, a pint glass, a book sleeve, a necklace, a small bar of soap, a art print, and a bag of chips. I personally don’t understand the bag of chips but overall the items are useable and good quality. However, I think that for me I would have preferred fewer items that were larger and nicer.

This copy of Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff is a standard first edition US hardcover which means that it is signed. It also came with a exclusive dust jacket with artwork by Salome Totladze and a letter from the author.

September 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. September’s theme is Haunted Hearts.

Each box includes different bookish goodies that fit the theme of the month and are connected to other books. This months items include a ceramic travel mug, a pair of magnetic picture frames, an amazing calligraphy kit, a coaster set, and a wooden page holder.

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 Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone. This edition also has exclusive end pages and a bonus chapter. When Violeta arrives at the Lakesedge estate she expects to find a monster in Rowen the owner of the estate who is rumored to have killed his entire family. However, there are monsters in the woods including a Death god who Leta might have a connection to. To save herself and Rowen she will have to confront her past and figure out this connection. This story sounds prefect for me as I love gothic stories with some romance.

Octorber’s theme is Wield your Blade.

August 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. August’s theme is Love Struck.

The bookish items included this month are Caraval pin, a pin banner, a zipper pouch/pencil case, and the monthly tarot cards. There was also supposed to be a tray with a quote on it which has been delayed and is being sent later.

All Fairyloot books come with exclusive covers, signed by the author and include a letter from the author. This month the book also has sprayed and stenciled edges and art on the back of the dust jacket. This month is special because two books were included. The hardback is These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan which follows Brie who’s sister is stolen by a the King of the Unseelie Court. Brie makes a deal with the Seelie Court to attempt to get her sister back but her loyalty will be tested.

The second book is a paperback copy of Afterlove by Tanya Byrne which also has pink sprayed edges. This book follows Ash who gets an offer in the afterlife to join a group of girl reapers who take the souls of the city’s dead. However, she can’t forget Poppy, her first love, and she will do anything to see her again.

September’s theme is Uprising.

August 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. August’s theme is Dark Academia.

Each box includes different bookish goodies that fit the theme of the month and are connected to other books. This months items include a Raven Boys inspired book sleeve, a third book tin inspired by A Darker Shade of Magic, some loose leaf tea from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe, a note pad that came with a pen and sticky notes, a Form the Library of … stamp, and a metal bookmark.

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 A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee. This edition also has silver sprayed edges, artwork on the back of the dust jacket, and a foil stamp on the hardback. A thriller set at a boarding school that is said to be haunted by the spirts of several witches. When Felicity and Ellis start digging into the past history might repeat and Felicity will have to face the darkness that haunts the school and her.

September’s theme is Haunted Hearts.

August 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. August’s theme is Dark Academia.

The items included in this box are a Book Pot (planter shaped like a book), an Athena Teacup and Saucer set, a set of page tabs and washi tape, and a reading journal/planner. The reading planner while made very well is my least favorite item. I already have a reading journal and planner system which I have no plans on changing and I absolutely hate undated planners. I know that this is the type of planner that I would never use so I do plan to pass it on to someone else.

Illumicrate, like other book boxes, include a new hard cover each month which come with a enamel pin inspired by the book. This months book is The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino which also has a custom cover, foiling on the hardback, teal blue sprayed edges, and is signed. When Tess and Eliot find an ancient book that is hidden in a tunnel under the school library they end up releasing the devil who has trapped in the book. They must work together to trap him and force the devil back into the book before he finds away to kill everyone they care about. When fighting the devil school doesn’t sound too bad.

October’s theme is To the Bitter End.

July 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. July’s theme is Never Enough.

The items included in this box are a mug with characters from the Poppy War series, an acrylic frame with a character print from Red Rising, a pocket mirror, a hand fan, and a bust of Lila Bard. I don’t understand the bust at all and I find it creepy.

Illumicrate, like other book boxes, include a new hard cover each month and often a letter from the author. Illumicrate also does monthly enamel pin inspired by the book. Other exclusive detail for the book include sprayed and stenciled edges, art on the reverse of the dust jacket, and foiling on the hardback. This months book She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan. Set in 1345 China the Zhu family’s eight son is given a great fate but when he is killed his sister takes on his identity. She enters a monastery but when her sanctuary is destroyed she decides to see if she can fulfill her brothers fate.

August’s theme is Dark Academia.

June 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. June’s theme is Out of the Woods.

The items included in this box are a Lord of the Rings puzzle, an art banner featuring the characters from The Darkest Part of the Forest, a water bottle with a bookish quote on it, a wooden bookmark, and a wooden pin inspired by We Hunt the Flame.

Illumicrate, like other book boxes, include a new hard cover each month and has a letter from the author. This months book is The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid. This edition also come with an exclusive cover, art on the reverse of the dust jacket, foiling on the hardback, and stenciled edges. The story follows Evike the only woman without powers in her pagan village who is given to the Holy Order of Woodsmen as a sacrifice. But when the group get attacked Evike must work with the Woodsman Gaspar Barany who happens to be a disgraced prince. Together they must stop Gaspar’ evil brother and determine where their loyalties lie.

July’s theme is Never Enough.

June 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. June’s theme is Go Your Own Way.

Each box includes different bookish goodies that fit the theme of the month and are connected to other books. This months items include a lunch tote, a Strange the Dreamer foil art print, an enamel bottle opener and magnet, a metal water bottle which is the next in the season drinkware collection, and a metal decision coin inspired by Fable.

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 Sisters of the Snake which also has art on the reverse of the dust jacket and a foil design on the hardcover. This book follows Princess Rani and the thief Ria who happen to be identical. When they run into each other they agree to switch places for a time in an attempt to get what they most desire.

July’s theme is Potions and Poisons.