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Book Subscription Box Review: Owlcrate

Owlcrate: August Box ‘Fast Times at YA High’

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.

I feel like in the past year or so I’ve really begun to appreciate YA Contemporaries so when I saw that August’s Owlcrate box was featuring a YA Contemporary I couldn’t not order it.  I haven’t seen many subscription services featuring a contemporary novel, as of late it’s mostly been fantasies, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I think having a few more contemporaries thrown in is a nice change.  It helped that I had a rough idea of what the book was, and that it was a book I was anticipating.  Unlike most subscribers this box came just in time for my Spring so I’m excited to read it, and many other contemporary novels, in the coming season.  Okay, well I think I’ve talked long enough, let’s get on with the unboxing/review.

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So first up we obviously have the Introduction/Information card.  Not going to lie, compared to previous ones I don’t like the design of this one as much.  I think it’s the art style of the people, but that isn’t important since it’s not actually one of the products.  But the attention to detail is awesome (if you look inside the locker the pictures printed in there is basically the Spoiler side of the card).

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So the first product I saw in the box was this ‘Hogwarts is my Home’ pin.  It’s pretty big compared to other pins I’ve seen so that’s cool, but I’m not a huge Harry Potter fan so I’m not super excited about it.  This was made exclusively for this box by TarynDraws.

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Along with the pin this adorable necklace was up top on the packing worms, it’s inspired by Eleanor and Park and is an Owlcrate original, it isn’t available anywhere else.  It also came in a cute little bag (below).

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I am absolutely satisfied with this Decomposition notebook, it’s just so cute!  Which is super weird for me to say given it’s all dinosaurey and they’re usually my brothers thing, not mine.  It’s designed by Michael Roger and if you click on his name just there you’ll find heaps of other designs by him! And it’s not just the outside, have a look on the inside covers!

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As I said earlier I’m not a big Harry Potter fan, I actually already have a friend lined up to give this print too.  But I actually really like something about this (besides that artistic talent that designed it), Hermione appears to be a woman of colour representing the actress playing the role in the stage production of Harry Potter: The Cursed Child.  That is something I really respect, that the art is changing to include the new Hermione. This was created by SuzanneDraws exclusively for this box.

DSC_0529This one is pretty random, pretty sure it’s kind of like a promotional card (on the back it has some of Rainbow Rowell’s books and their blurbs), so that’s kind of cool I guess?

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This is another thing designed specifically for this box by the folks at Blue Star Colouring.  I think it’s pretty cool that this was included given it isn’t just a small colouring book stapled together, it’s  full book.  Which means technically this box came with two books.  So that’s pretty epic.

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Next up I found this little pin, it’s says ‘Chapter Raptor’ and if you look back to the Information Card there’s a poster in the hall with the same picture on it, so again epic attention to detail. Not sure who created it but it is obviously created specifically for this box.

 

And this month’s book is….

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P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.  I saw this book for the first time about one month before this theme was announced.  It has a super cute premise so I immediately put it on my TBR.  I’m excited to read it, it is a shorter book (326 pages) so it’ll be a nice quick read.

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With the book came these little colouring pencils, I don’t have much to say about them except they’re really cute and I love the packaging.

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Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mysteryand juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

 

Also can we please just talk about how beautiful this book is Under The Dust?  Like the Dust Jacket cover is okay but I absolutely adore the actual cover!

As per Owlcrate tradition there was of course a signed bookplate and a letter from the author, I kind of jumped the gun and put the signed bookplate in my book as soon as I pulled it, but I’ll include the photos for those two below.

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The letter reads;

Hello Owlcrate readers!

I’m so excited that P.S. I Like You was chosen for this month’s selection.  It’s a book about friendship and family and love and letters. Don’t you think there’s something special about handwritten letters? If you don’t know, I hope you do after reading this book!

I remember the first handwritten letter I ever got from a boy.  He gave it to me before class and I was terrified.  You see, I’d told him a few days earlier that I liked him (beyond brave for my shy self) and he told me he liked someone else.  It was heartbreaking.  So now he was handing me a letter and walking away?  Had he forgotten some other horrible thing he needed to say? In class, I sat right below the teacher’s nose, but there was no way I could wait until break to read the letter.  And so I read it.  All four beautiful pages.  What sixteen year old boy writes a four page love letter? This boy. Who I found out after reading, wanted to be MY boy!  And that was the beginning of my very first relationship.  It started with a letter. 

It’s no wonder I wrote this book, right? Lily’s story is different than mine, but I had some fun inspiration and experience to draw on.  Happy reading! And maybe when you’re through, you’ll want to write someone you love a letter, too. 

xoxo, Katie. 

 

Final Thoughts:

While there were some things I didn’t enjoy as much in this box I still loved it, my favorite things were the Eleanor and Park necklace and the Decomposition book.  And obviously I really love the book.  Something I really enjoy about Owlcrate boxes is that they come with a letter written by the author and a signed bookplate.  It makes it feel so much more personal and in some cases it can sell the reader on the book (if I wasn’t already sold on P.S. I Like You the letter would have done it).  I wish there was more three dimensional products though, there was a lot of flat stuff and it made it kind of difficult to set up a picture to display everything.  I would love to see more YA Contemporaries in future boxes to see what else would be included.  Out of the Owlcrate boxes I’ve received so far this one is probably my least favourite but in saying that I really do love the products I mentioned initially (the necklace, notebook and the book) and I’m still glad I ordered it.  The things I didn’t like or have no real use I can hand off to my friends.

 

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September’s boxes theme is ‘Darkness’ which I’m not going to lie, doesn’t interest me at all.  I skipped September’s box.  I hate halloween and all things creepy and I’m 80% I know what the book will be and if it is what I think it is I have no interest in the book.  Although the art on this Hint Card almost sold me (the Hint Cards are designed by Evie Seo) but I applied logic instead since it would end up being a waste of money in my case and my birthday’s in November so I can save the money to spoil myself a little bit.

 

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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