It’s been a hot minute since I did an OwlCrate unboxing, so I thought I would do a bit of a casual one today! Between being on vacation last week, as well as all the ARCs I’m trying to bust through for this month’s TBR, I think it’s fair to say that March is going to be Review Lite. So I wanted to spread some box love on these empty days!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with OwlCrate, it’s a monthly young adult book subscription box based in the US. Monthly subscriptions are $29.99 + shipping and they usually ship around the 15th of the month. I’ve had historically really good luck with OwlCrate. I’d say that I am 100% happy with 90% of their boxes, which is the best luck I’ve had with any book box, personally. There are others that are really good as well – I will shout to the ends of the earth about FairyLoot and Illumicrate – but OwlCrate is my #1.
I should also say that this post is in no way sponsored. I genuinely love this box. I pay for my monthly subscription just like all the other lay folk.
February’s theme was Whimsical Beasts. It promised a book about phoenixes, so I was all in.
The first item I pulled out of the box was this totally adorable bar of soap by Leeloo Soap. It’s glittery and green and inspired by Peter Pan. Full confession – I now have four different bars of soap from book boxes that I haven’t used. They are all super cool looking and/or smelling though and even though I haven’t used them yet, I intend to. I really like these bookish bars of soap, but I can see where many people don’t use them, they may not be as much fun. I’m unfamiliar with this seller, but now having seen this little bar of soap, she actually just jumped right to the top of my list of handmade soap sellers. Her shop is meg adorable, and my lousy photo does it no justice – it looks like a perfect, glittering emerald.
The next item was a beanie. I’m not so crazy about these hats, largely because I don’t… wear… hats? I throw them in the “winter clothing” bin with all the gloves and scarves, but honestly? They aren’t my thing. Also, I can’t help but to think of subscribers further south, where winter hats are unnecessary. This item was a “no” from me, but that’s personal taste and not item quality. I love the purple!
Item number three was an umbrella. I’ve legit never seen an umbrella in a book box before. Both the hat and the umbrella and supposedly Harry Potter themed, but honestly? They just have magical creatures on them that – yes – appear in the Harry Potter books, but also loads of other places. While I love the fact that there’s an umbrella in this box and it’s definitely hanging by the door… this is also wicked flimsy. If it even thinks about being windy, it’s probably going to bread. Still, serious kudos to the OwlCrate team for including something super useful like this.
There were two enamel items included in this box. The first is the pin. As if of January’s box, OwlCrate has boxed over to using email pins for their monthly pin, which I love because I’m a huge fan of enamel pins and I have a purse that is drowning in them. This month’s design is by Ink and Wonder Designs. I love this shop’s bookmarks, but being completely honest, I’m not head over heels for this design. Scandalous, I know! It’s a phoenix! It feels a little choppy to me, but I appreciate that it exists! This still wins for me over a button pin. I love the fact that the enamel pins are keeping to the books included – there’s a lot of merchandise out there for existing fandoms, but a lot of these new books have nothing and if you love the book, this themed pin is EXTRA awesome.
The second enamel item is a keychain inspired by Spirited Away. I haven’t actually seen this movie yet, but I really like the artwork on this one. It’s also a sturdy keychain. Trust me – I don’t need any more keychains But both the ones OwlCrate has included recently are gorgeously designed. This one is no exception – Four Seasons Fox did a great job and I’m definitely going to find a use for this keychain. Maybe the spare key!
In this month’s box, we were lucky enough to get two books. The first of these is a graphic novel from One Press called The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill. I have never seen a graphic novel included in one of these YA book boxes, and I love myself a nice, quick read, so this was really cool. It would actually be great to see more support for this medium. For me, including this was another example of why I love OwlCrate. They think outside the box. Pun intended.
This month’s book is Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. It’s about phoenix riders! While conceptually this is cool and I intend to enjoy the book, I like my phoenixes a little smaller, so I’m going in a bit hesitantly…. BUT. I love how OwlCrate very often supports debut authors! This can be a huge burst in getting an author off the md-list. This book is signed, with purple sprayed pages, and an exclusive cover. for this particular book, I’m not sure making the cover dark really worked. But if I’m being honest, I’m not all that crazy about the cover anyway.
So that’s last month’s OwlCrate! I know I haven’t done one of these in a while and the formatting is a lot different. Honestly, changing up the formatting lets me get this done in about thirty minutes instead of two hours. I’ve got another six months of OwlCrate and Illumicrate, as well as a running Nerdy Post subscription (which, honestly, I skip a lot if I’m not interested in the fandom). If you guys want to keep seeing unboxing – holler! These didn’t used to get a lot of traffic for me, but my blog’s a little bigger now and this is a more efficient format for me… so I’m in if you are.