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Bookmas Day 6: OwlCrate Review

Owlcrate: November Box’Wonderland’

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.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know my favorite subscription service is OwlCrate.  They consistently impress me with their content and quality of service.  I knew which book would be included in this box the second I read what the theme would be and let me tell you I was excited, but to make it even better Owlcrate included a limited edition, Owlcrate exclusive, edition of this book.  Only in this box could you get this cover and if that wasn’t enough to sell you then you’re clearly not a book hoarder collector like I am.  Okay, enough talking lets get into the unboxing/review!

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My cat Squeaky helped me to unbox the November box.  I couldn’t very well not include him so here he is!  As always the packaging for this box is great.  The introduction/information card is nicely designed and the box is sturdy.

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While this wasn’t the first thing I saw it was the first thing I picked up.  This cute little Alice In Wonderland magnet designed by Evie Bookish.  It says “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” I think this is really cute and when I get my own place/fridge it will live happily there .  This is exclusive to OwlCrate.

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Now the first thing I actually saw was this tea tin.  It’s by Riddle’s Tea Shoppe, and designed by Adagio.  I don’t remember what flavors are in this tea but I don’t drink tea anyway so I’ll be gifting the tea bags to a friend who does. I love the tin though and it smelled heavenly!

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OwlCrate have been including badges/pins in each of their boxes with the images from the information card for subscribers to collect.  I’ll be adding this to my pin collection.

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Next up we have this stunning bookmark by Author Adornments.  I’ve never bought/received a bookmark like this one and while I doubt I’ll use it as an actual bookmark because it feels too heavy I really do love it! It says “Curiouser and curiouser, cried Alice.

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The next two things in this box go together.  OwlCrate have amazingly included a copy of the original story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  It’s beautifully designed by an artist called Risa Rodil.

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I think this is such a cool idea if the book included is a retelling of some sort!  It helps inspire readers to read classics that they maybe haven’t picked up yet.  Plus the art is adorable!

 

And this month’s book is….

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer! This is a prequel type story about the Queen of Hearts – before she was the Queen of Hearts.  I’m so excited to read this retelling and I’m in love with this edition!  I will eventully buy one with the normal cover but for now I’m more than impressed with this cover!

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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This is the original cover so you can see the difference of the covers.  It’s actually just the dust jacket that’s different so under the cover the book is the same as the other hardcovers – which I’m so happy about because check this out;

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You can’t quite see it but it’s so shiny and how stunning is it!

As always OwlCrate includes a letter from the author and another little ‘gift’ with the book included and this month was no exception.

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Dear OwlCrate Reader,

Despite the title, Heartless has been a work of my heart.  It combines two great loves- Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and a fascination for villain origin stories.  After all, I’d long believed there was more the the decapitation-happy Queen of Hearts.  Why is she always so angry?  So….. blood-thirsty?
Well, a few years ago, my imagination began to concoct a story, not of a tyrannical ruler, but of a teen girl who yearned for more than society had planned for her.
As you read Heartless,  I hope you’ll laugh, fall in love, and be plagued by an incessant sweet tooth.  But mostly, I hope you’ll enjoy this trip down the rabbit hole.

Best regards, Marissa Meyer. 

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This month’s extra little ‘thing’ or ‘gift’ was this quote card which I’m currently using as a coaster beside my bed.  I think it’s really cute.

 

Final Thoughts:

I know a lot of people really loved this box and think it’s the best one OwlCrate has released but, while I loved everything, I don’t agree.  Since the tea was such a large part of the boxes content and I’m not all that interested in tea I feel as though I’ve gained less from this box.  Since the space that was occupied with the tea tin could have been occupied with other ‘things’.  I guess what I’m trying to say is I would have liked more content with this box.  Other than that though I did love this box, I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get a signed author plate but I can also understand why that would be.  The quality of everything included was phenomenal and I highly recommend this subscription service to any YA readers.  I won’t be reading Heartless for a while (I want to read The Lunar Chronicles first)but I’m so impressed with this cover.

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Their December theme is Epic if you’re interested.  I think they’ve sold out but they might have some single purchase options available. I won’t be ordering this box- not only because I can’t afford it this month but because it just doesn’t sound like a book I’d be interested in.

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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