Here is is, my loves.
My very last OwlCrate unboxing.
It’s been a long, seven month journey.
Before I talk about the box, I want to tell you that my decision to cancel this box is in no way related to its quality or value. As far as book boxes go, OwlCrate is tops and I wholeheartedly recommend it every time. I simply have reached a point in my life where I want to pare down on subscription boxes and bookish swag. If there is a box I do come back and order from time to time, you better believe it will be OwlCrate.
With that aside… 🙂 This month’s owl crate theme was Dawn of a New World. It’s all about world-ending books and this box was one they’d made such a big deal about – everyone was super excited. It contained two books. They did send out an apology email a few weeks ago that they had to pull one of the items (a kitchen item, I guess) at the last minute… but I don’t think this box was lacking for value. Two books, after all.
First item is a double-sided, book-shaped tin designedly Stella Bookish Art and inspired by Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. This is the first Illuminae-inspired item I’ve seen since reading the books, so I can appreciate it now! This tin is cute, a little small, I’m not so sure what to put in it? I’m undecided whether or not to keep it at this stage, but it is well-made and beautifully designed.
Since there were two books this month, there were also two pins to go along with them! These were designed by The Enchanted Bookshop. I like the one on top best, design-wise, but the one on the bottom reminds me of The Guardians of the Galaxy, so I like it, haha. I actually have another pin from this vendor I bought on my own earlier this year, a really cute honeybee one.
I do tend to appreciate that OwlCrate always includes an under-represented (or unrepresented) fandom in each of their boxes. This month, it’s the magnetic bookmarks from the Saga comic book series! So there’s multiple brownie points here for repping not only and uncommon fandom, but for throwing a comic book some love. These adorable bookmarks were designed by Crafted Van, and if you like them, this shop has a bunch of really cute designs, non-fandom designs.
It has been a minute since I’ve gotten a necklace in a book box! Ink and Iron Designs created this gorgeous glittery moon pendant with mechanical-looking features, inspired by The Lunar Chronicles. I love this pendant, even without having read the series. I think I will put it on a different chain, but this is definitely something I would wear! And not just to nerdy things… I would wear this to work. But I’m eccentric like that, I guess?
The colors on this Warcross-inspired sticker by Blanca Montiel just reminds me of Back to the Future 2. I get why the color scheme (I have this book!) but it is loud. I like the quote well-enough, but this sticker as a products is both really loud and not the quality I’m used to for stickers? This is not a vinyl sticker (likely because it’s metallic). Also this artist’s style is very busy and not for me personally… but art is subjective, and it’s such a small item, I’m really not bothered.
And on to the books!
Neither of these were on my radar, which is always fun with OwlCrate books, as I’ve discovered a lot of great novels that way. As always, both of these covers are exclusive, and both books are signed. The first book is I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Gishi. From Goodreads:
Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.
When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.
For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.
With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.
So this is an impending apocalypse story and I am expecting madness and mayhem. Should be good, I hope!
Book #2 is Crier’s War by Nina Varela. Even the covers on these two books look so different, one science fiction and one fantasy, but both about a world ending. From Goodreads:
After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.
Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.
Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.
Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.
And there we have it! The last of my OwlCrate subscription boxes. This company does continue to deliver as far as boxes go. I’d say in general the swag was a bit light this month (due to the last-minute removal of one item) but the two books more than made up for that. I think this was a really good box for me to go out on, and I’m glad I got this one!
Which book sounds more interesting to you? Even though I usually side with fantasy, I’m actually more looking forward to I Hope You Get This Message! Tell me which one you like better in the comments!