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Book Subscription Box Review: Owlcrate

Owlcrate: July Box ‘Good vs Evil’

Okay, so if you don’t know what a book subscription box then;

  1. Where have you been?
  2. Check out my blog post about them HERE.

Owlcrate is one of the more well known subscription services out there at the moment. And to be honest they deserve to be up there. The quality of service is awesome and the products included are well thought through and packaged well. After receiving lst months ‘Royalty’ themed box (REVIEW HERE) I couldn’t not continue with my subscription.  The theme for July was ‘Good vs Evil’ and Owlcrate decided to do something extremely unique for this box.  Half of the subscribers received an ‘Evil’ box and the other half received a ‘Good’ box.  I thought this was great, so even if you saw a picture and had the contents spoiled for you or something you’d still get a surprise when it arrives since no one had any idea which box they would get.  It was this that made me decide to get the box, I was contemplating it before that was announced but I’m not keen on ‘Evil’ things.  I’m more of a sparkles and glitter gal.  But the creativeness of how they approached this month’s theme sold me, and I’ve got to say I wasn’t disappointed.

So as I said above, the theme for July is ‘Good vs Evil’ I was super anxious as to which box I would get since I was really hoping for a ‘Good’ box.  I knew I would be pretty disappointed if I ended up with an ‘Evil’ box even though I would have still enjoyed it. On the ‘Sneak Peek’ card from June’s ROyalty box we were given the clue that we’d be receiving a FULL SIZE Funko Pop! Figure in the July box so I was excited to see which figure I’d get.

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Luckily I ended up with a ‘Good’ box.  As I go through the unboxing I’ll say what (to my knowledge) the ‘Evil’ boxes received as the counterparts to my boxes ‘Good’.

The first thing I actually saw in my box (before even the introduction card) was my Funko Pop! Figure which was how I discovered I had received a ‘Good’ box (which I was very thankful for). The ‘Good’ boxes received either a Luna Lovegood or Dobby figure, whereas the ‘Evil’ boxes received either a Dementor or Draco Malfoy figure.

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The next thing I unboxed was this Millennium Falcon (Star Wars) necklace by Vector Engraving I believe the ‘Evil’ boxes received a Death Star necklace. I can’t wait to wear this necklace to the Star Wars movies as they come out in cinema.

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Next up was this cute little Alice in Wonderland magnetic bookmark by Jane’s Tiny Things obviously as the ‘Good’ box I ended up with Alice, and the ‘Evil’ boxes received the Queen of Hearts.  I didn’t know when i was unboxing and taking photos that there was actually a quote n the back of the bookmark so while it’s not pictured the quote was s follows;

I knew who I was when I got up this morning but I think I must have changed several times since then.

-Lewis Carroll

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I think this is my favorite item in the box this month; it’s a sticker (but I don’t think I’d ever really use it as a sticker) featuring an Illuminae quote.  I just think the quote is so beautiful and the design is adorable.  These stickers were hand designed exclusively for this Owlcrate box by Drop and Give Me Nerdy .

You have me until the last star in the galaxy dies. You have me.

-Illumine, ‘Good’ box

Am I not merciful?

-Illuminae, ‘Evil’ box.

A promotional bookmark was also included and while I normally don’t buy into this form of promotion (I have so many bookmarks I never end up paying too much attention to what’s on them) this one caught my attention with one simple line.  “Romeo + Juliet meets Indiana Jones” BAM sold.  It’s for the upcoming book Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel and on the flip side it has a little colouring in aspect with a quote from the book.

I went close to you, so I could hear your breathing, and I told you you must not die.  I told you to live because I’d never felt loved the way you loved me.

 

And this month’s book is….

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.  I had heard some rumblings about this book in the booksphere but I heard that theres no romance. None.  And as followers of mine know I’m often not interested in a book unless it has a romance element.  So I didn’t pay much attention to it’s release and the blurb and what not.  However after reading the blurb I’m now curious.

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

While I doubt I’ll be reading it anytime soon it’s been added to my TBR pile.  I haven’t read any of Schwab’s books yet so this will probably be my first of her works.

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Along with the book there was a signed bookplate by the author and a letter (similarly to last month which I really enjoyed) I’ve put the sticker in my copy now.

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Unfortunately I can’t really read the letter, Victoria has amazing cursive handwriting, but I can barely read the first sentence.

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This is the last item in this month’s box, and while it doesn’t seem to fit with the theme per se it’s a really cool addition!

Basically just a bunch of YA covers to colour in! I can’t wait to get creative with these!

The quote on the back page says “I spend my life folded between the pages of books. – Tahereh Mafi”

 

Final Thoughts:

 

While I’m not super excited  the book included in this month’s box I am glad to have it and I really did enjoy everything included in this box.  I feel I can always guarantee Owlcrate will be a subscription service I’ll be impressed with.  Everything is of high quality, from the Funko POP! Figure to Illuminae sticker.  Everything fits with the theme to a T and the fact that there were basically two boxes this month’s since there were ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’ boxes is incredible. While I don’t think July’s box was better than June’s it was still amazingly curated and my somewhat indifference stems mostly from the book not being a romance and is of no fault to the curators.  I also noticed that this month’s box was shaped slightly different to past months boxes to accommodate the Funko POP! Figurine which I thought was amazing, the packaging and details within (the paper streamers nest stuff and the Information Card) show the are place in creating each box.  As always an amazing box.

 

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The theme for August’s box is ‘Fast Times at YA High’.  I’ve already ordered my box and I’m super excited to receive it.  By the looks of the ‘Sneak Peek’ card and the hinted item included it looks to be a contemporary themed box which I’m very happy about since I’ve been in a contemporary mood as of late.  The ‘hinted item’ is a piece of exclusively designed jewelry inspired by Eleanor and Park, so I’m anticipating receiving and reviewing the August Owlcrate box.

You can order your Owlcrate box HERE for $30 USD (not including shipping). If you want to check out past boxes you can click HERE and HERE.

 

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The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.  This post is not sponsored I paid for the box myself.

 

 

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