Good morning lovelies!
It’s time for the monthly OwlCrate unboxing! To start, the regular spiel:
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.
OKAY. Now that’s done with.
May’s theme was epic adventures. I was SO SO excited for this box because as I posted a couple weeks ago, I love epic fantasy and I figured this box was going to check so many boxes for me. I’ve gotta say? OwlCrate did a great job again. There still is some heavy repetition of fandoms we see over and over again, but there were also some rarely seen fandoms, and I’m also happy with those.
So, without further ado, let’s get to it!
I would like to spend a small moment appreciating the art on the spoiler card? I pulled it out and immediately found myself thinking of Te Fiti from Moana. Anyone else? Just me? I love Moana. Okay okay sorry. Back to the proper unboxing.
The first item I pulled out of this box was a passport holder inspired by The Hobbit, deigned by Kit Cronk Studios. So here’s my thing with passport holders – this is now the third one I’ve received in a book box and I haven’t used any of them. I do have a passport and I have travelled internationally, but I’ve never really felt the need to have a bag for it? It’s totally fine in my travel backpack. I do want to take an extra moment to talk about this one, because OwlCrate has been really clever about it? By no means is this little bag limited to a passport holder. It could work for a phone, deck of cards, and even a small analog camera. So +10pts. to OwlCrate for making it more accessible!
I was never expecting to get a sleep mask in a book box, but here we are! Item number two is an A Court of Mist and Fury sleep mask designed by Bookworm Boutique. It’s a plush mask and super comfortable. I don’t traditionally use sleep masks, but I’m one of those people who has a hard time falling asleep in light, so naps are sort of a no go? I’ve been thinking about a sleep mask for a while, and this one is so comfy and PURPLE that I’m a total fan.
It’s really difficult to see this design and I’m sorry! 🙁 But this is a little glass water bottle inspired by Stardust and designed by KDP Letters. It’s a fun design and the text says “Without our stories we are incomplete”. I actually really like this? I like the weight of the glass bottle and the simplicity of the design. The cap smells really wonky, but the smell is starting to fade. Stuff like that doesn’t throw me – weird smells are pretty common from recently pressed rubber and plastic items.
Alright, I’ve got to skip forward one item two maintain my template here… but there’s a vinyl sticker inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle and designed by Naomi Lord. I love Naomi Lord’s art style – I have quite a few of her stickers already on display in my library. I wish that the item for this fandom had been a little bigger or at least not a sticker (because I am out of sticker space) but I am really happy to see OwlCrate using Naomi’s work!
Okay. One of the big items this month was a pillowcase inspired by A Darker Shade of Magic and designed by Stella Bookish Art. This item was announced early, and as soon as it was, I was bummed. I love Stella’s artwork and I am so tired of throw pillow pillowcases that I will never use. Therefore, I was not expecting a full pillowcase? While I don’t really use graphically designed pillowcases like these anymore, I really appreciate that OwlCrate went full-size. Also… this quote is reallly overused. I like it, but… overused.
You almost never get a book box without a print included, and this one is no exception. The print in his month’s OwlCrate is a double-sided print inspired by this month’s book and drawn by @arz28 on Instagram. While I haven’t read this book yet and have no attachment to either of these characters, I really appreciate the skill in the artwork. Beautifully done.
OwlCrate continues its pin-of-the-month enamel pin collection this month with a pin inspired by the book of the month from creator IceyDesigns. I like the overall design of this – the building and the simplicity in the colors… but I just feel like the quote is really basic? I haven’t read the book yet, so it may be super important to the story, I don’t know. But I’ve seen a couple pins for We Hunt the Flame already and both of them use the text “We hunt the flame.”
Small aside? IceyDesigns also created the author’s website! Small world!
Finally’s this month’s book: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizel! This book is a highly anticipated debut and there have been a lot of favorable reviews, so I’m really looking forward to reading it. Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.
And that’s that for the May 2019 OwlCrate! What did you think? My favorite item this month is definitely the sleep mask, but this box is a general win for me because a couple of my favorite bookish artists were featured and the book is an epic fantasy. I liked the variety of items offered this time around and generally speaking, I liked all the fandoms. I appreciate OwlCrate’s continued attempts to introduce fandoms that are less common – Howl’s Moving Castle and Stardust this month.
Every month, as a whole, I’m happy with OwlCrate and continue to fully recommend this box. Even though not all the items will always be a perfect fit… most of them usually are and I think that’s awesome. If OwlCrate is something you want to try out, you’re welcome to use my referral link? I’m not a rep but if three people sign up I get a free box – woo hoo! But I genuinely just think this is a great book box, well curated, great customer service, etc.
Which item did you like best this month? Not counting the book! It goes without saying that the book is the actual best item ;). Let me know in the comments!