December 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. December’s theme is Beneath the Waves.

Each box includes different bookish goodies that fit the theme of the month and are connected to other books. This months items include the reading planner that was missing in November’s box, a wooden ornament, an oversized mug that finishes the 2021 drinkware collection, a magnetic dry erase board, a necklace inspire by A Darker Shade of Magic, a cleaning cloth, and a foldable reusable shopping bag.

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 Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen and this edition also has art on the reverse of the dust jacket, a full color hardback, and gold gilded edges. The story follows Simi a Mami Wata, a mermaid that collects the souls of those lost at sea. However, when she saves the life a a boy thrown overboard she must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. Though there is something that wants to see her fail which could risk the fate of the world.

January’s theme is Thrill of the Hunt. Personally, I have not been that impressed with the items or book selections that Owlcrate has made lately. Because of this I have cancelled my subscription for now but I could see myself getting boxes in the future.

Obsidian Moon Crate December 2021 Box

Obsidian Moon Crate is a newer book box based in the US that focuses on adults with interest in the darker elements of life and books. Each box comes with a new hardcover book, one crystal, one candle, and four to six other items.

The items included in this box are a full size bath soak inspired by the Winternight Trilogy, a Snow Maiden wood wick candle, a wooden sign, a His Dark Materials enamel pin, peppermint hot cocoa mix, and an opalite crystal star.

The book included was a hardcover copy of The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinsk. This edition also came with an author letter, a signed book plate, and purple sprayed edges. The story features two rival women who each want to steal the pure heart of the prince. If one consumes a pure heart they will gain immense power. But as their attraction to each other grows their rivalry might cost both of their lives.

Overall, if you are interested in a darker aesthetic or darker book this could be the book box for you. I do plan to order other boxes from them in the future.

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 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. November’s theme is Death and Fortune.

The items included in this box are a fabric book jacket, the next Greek Mythology teacup inspired by Nemesis, a Scorpio Races inspired book tin, a She Who Became the Sun metal bookmark, and a hanging ornament.

Illumicrate, like other book boxes, include a new hard cover each month and most months a letter from the author. This months book is Little Thieves by Margaret Owen. This edition of this book has an exclusive cover, a full color printing on the hardback, sprayed and stenciled edges, and a signed bookplate. Little Thieves is a retelling of The Goose Girl where Vanja is the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune who plans to steal back her future by killing the Princess. However, as she leads this double life she crosses the wrong god and could loose not just her freedom but her life as well.

December’s theme is Cursed.

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.