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August Unboxings

Unboxings Galore

Hey readers! I’m introducing a new feature to my blog, which is my monthly unboxings of subscription boxes. I usually do these unboxings on my Instagram story. But, I decided to also post them on my blog for people who don’t have Instagram or miss my story.

Throughout the month of August, I received two book subscription boxes from Owlcrate and Illumicrate. I was anticipating their arrival for since I had ordered them / was sent them as part of being a rep. For those who aren’t aware of book subscription boxes, these companies curate a box, sometimes according to a theme and bookworms/book dragons (such as myself) subscribe to them and they’re made on a scheduled basis.

For Owlcrate, boxes are made every month while for Illumicrate, boxes are made every quarter (three months).

These companies often post hints to give people an insight as to what’s going to be inside the box. These usually help potential subscribers decide if they want to subscribe to the box.I couldn’t wait to receive these two boxes. So, when they appeared on my doorstep, my excitement was real.

I couldn’t wait to receive these two boxes. So, when they appeared on my doorstep, my excitement was real. Also, both boxes came with two books this month?! How lucky was I?

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Illumicrate Unboxing

Unboxing the Illumicrate box was quite a special experience for me because it’s my first time being a rep for any company. So, when I received the box it had felt so surreal that I was being a rep for them. Moving on, the box came with quite a lot of items which I was super excited to see!

The Illumicrate box came with the following items:

The Red Church Tea by T-ology: Inspired by Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight, this tea smells like wonderful berries and despite what the spoiler card said, it doesn’t actually contain the blood of my enemies. (Damn, it would’ve tasted like sweet revenge)

A Shakespeare Zip Bag by Miss Phi: THIS BEAUTIFUL ZIP BAG has the amazing quote, “Seek happy nights to happy days.” by Shakespeare. I love this quote so much and I love the pouch as well. I haven’t figured out what I’m going to use it for yet, but I think I might use it to keep some school stuff inside!

A Journal from Hey Atlas Creative: I had been wanting to order something from Hey Atlas for SO LONG, but I never got around to it because my desire to order never sat well with my bank account. But then, a journal with a hilarious quote from Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. It reads, “Even Strength must bow to Wisdom sometimes.” It is dotted on the inside (bullet journalists rejoice!) and I definitely think I’ll be using it for practicing calligraphy.

( My actual reaction to the journal had a bit more screaming. )

An Alethiometer Coaster by Hannah Hitchman Art: Ok, here’s where I admit that I’ve never read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. I received it and I had no clue what it was from until one of my Instagram followers pointed it out to me. However, it has an interesting design and has piqued my interest for reading the series now!

A Book Money Jar & Sticky Bookmarks by Blossom Books: Both of these were essential to me. I wanted to delve into tabbing my books to make my reviews much simpler to write and a book money jar so that I could use my mason jar for another project.

There were also bookmarks from: Ringer (the sequel to Replica by Lauren Oliver), After the Fire by Will Hill and the Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

From Harper 360: I received a cute card detailing some of their future releases, some of which I was excited for!

Moxie buttons: From the book Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, these buttons look good and definitely have some great messages on them. I can’t wait to wear them.

As I mentioned earlier, there were two books in this box. The first book was an ARC of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen which came with a bookmark as well!

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family. 


Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. 

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

Usually, I don’t read Sci-Fi but I am quite excited to see what lies within this story!

The other book which came in this box is one of my most anticipated reads of this year. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. I am so looking forward to reading this book and seeing Diana!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first, she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war. 

All the items in this box were so amazing, and I can’t wait to use them! Plus, the Wonder Woman book has RED SPRAYED PAGES.

Owlcrate Unboxing

I always love receiving Owlcrate boxes because you can really see the effort they take to curate each of the boxes they put together. Also, they match their items to a particular theme which I love so much! The theme for August’s Owlcrate box was Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the box was simply amazing!

The Owlcrate box came with the following items:

Poe-ka dot socks by Out of Print: These just made me laugh so much. I love the way they look and they feel so comfortable to wear! Plus, the colour fits my aesthetic so well so you can definitely see them coming up in a future #SockSunday at some point!

Dark Arts Coffee by Happenstance Coffee: This coffee smells so so delightful, plus it’s Nagini approved so I had to trust Nagini on this one. I have yet to brew it into a cup but once I do, check my Instagram or Twitter for any reactions!

A purple fountain pen from Ooly: I don’t know if I’m one of the only people to receive a purple pen since everyone else I’ve seen has received a black pen. BUT, I feel super special because of it because this fountain pen is so delightful! I didn’t own a fountain pen before this one so I was super excited to receive one in this box!

( The pen is awesome! )

Monsters of Verity Sticker by Evie Bookish: Although I haven’t read This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet, this sticker is so beautifully designed. The quote reads, “We are the darkest acts made light.” which has me looking forward to opening This Savage Song and getting the feels!

Six of Crows duology bookmark by Hey Atlas Creative: Not only did I get one thing from Hey Atlas, I got two! This bookmark is stunning, and it definitely brought back feels from my recent reading of the Six of Crows duology which ripped out my heart. (Check out my review for it next week!)

The first of the two books that were in this month’s Owlcrate box was Sleepy Hollow & Other Short Stories by Washington Irving. I haven’t been able to find a synopsis for this anywhere, but the book looks quite interesting!

The book of the month for Owlcrate was The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones, this came with an exclusive COVER, pin, signed bookplate and author letter which was fantastic to read. I also mentioned in my July Wrap-Up how this was one of my anticipated reads for August and so when I received this book, I was so happy!

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Can you tell why I was so excited now?! I can’t wait to delve into this book and see the story behind it. My friend Alex from The Book’s Buzz has already raved about this a lot so I’m so excited to read it!

Once again, Owlcrate provides wonderful subscription boxes. I loved all of the items within this box and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in the next one I get!

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Did you like the items that were contained within these subscription boxes? Would you consider getting any of them now? Also, if you have any suggestions on how to improve these types of posts, please tell me as well!

If you do decide to get an Illumicrate box, you can use my discount code, JOEL10 for 10% off your November box!


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  • Rory

    September 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I love your review! Reading your review of these boxes makes me want them even MORE now! 😍😍

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