OwlCrate – September 2016 Box Review

This month’s OwlCrate was their “Halloween” box and the theme was “Darkness”. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I have struggled with book subscription boxes in the past. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a box contains mostly useless paper items, or when items come broken, ripped, or are missing altogether. But I am happy to say that this OwlCrate box had none of those issues. I’ve tried OwlCrate in the past, and the boxes have been good but… this one is better. Seriously, it’s on another level. I’m pretty impressed, in case you couldn’t tell. I’ll go through the items and the book, so if you’re an OwlCrate subscriber and you haven’t received your box yet then this is your warning.

The first item was probably my favorite ones. It was a candle from The Melting Library. I’ve always wanted to try one of their candles, but the shipping can be crazy expensive. This particular candle smells absolutely delicious –like cake. It is inspired by the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass, it is based on Celaena’s love of cake. I haven’t burned the candle yet, I kind of want to keep it safe and just cherish it for a while because who knows when I’ll have another candle from The Melting Library?

The next item was also really exciting, it was a canvas zipper pencil/makeup pouch created by Out of Print. It was based on Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I actually haven’t read the series yet, but I intend to read it this week sometime, before the movie comes out. This item also happens to be one of the first official merchandise items from the movie. The pouch itself is really good quality, one side has the name of the book and the other side has a quote from the book. The quote is “Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.”

The next item was my second favorite item, a bath bomb! I absolutely love bath bombs, so I was really excited to see that they had included one in this month’s box. This particular bath bomb was from Da Bomb and was one of their fortune telling bath bombs. The card included in the box that explains all of the items said that when they saw this bath bomb they included it because it made them think of the psychics from 300 Fox Way – which is from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve actually already used mine, and it was quite nice, although the answer to my question was “Not gonna happen”.

Next there was an absolutely stunning bookmark made by Evie Bookish, based on the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo. This bookmark was nice and sturdy, and absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t read the series yet, but I’ll definitely use this bookmark when I do.

Those were all of the official big ticket items, so to speak. But there were a few other goodies included. There was a fun paper fortune teller inspired by the book they included. There was a coloring book “Passport” inspired by a new P.C. Cast series. There was a letter from the author, and a signed bookplate. Lastly, there was a really neat Serial from Serial Box Publishing. It was Episode One of the ReMade serial. Basically it’s like a cross between a book and a TV show, a new “episode” is aired every week, it takes about 40 minutes to read (or you can listen to an audio book version).

Last, but certainly not least, the book included this month was Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. The cover of this book is gorgeous, the jacket has a lovely matte texture and it’s a soft black color with the crown of each of the three princesses on the front. When you take the jacket off the naked cover is just as gorgeous, it is a dual tone with black on the spine and a dark red/plum color on the cover and the symbol of each princess is embossed in the middle of the cover. The book itself sounds really interesting; it is about triplet princesses that each has their own unique power. The girls are raised apart, and when they come of age they have to fight until only one girl remains –that girl will be the queen. I’ll include the official summary below.

Anyways, that was this month’s OwlCrate box! Next month’s theme is “Once Upon a Time” which is right up my alley!

 

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Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

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