Book Subscription Box Review: OwlCrate

OwlCrate: February ‘Run Away With The Circus’ Box

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 said in my last OwlCrate review that I would be taking a break from this service since I had felt  bit let down with the last few boxes and I wanted to give other services a try so this will be my last review for a few months for this service.  Before I get into the review let me just say that OwlCrate is one of the best book subscription services available at the moment – I’ve just started to get an expectation and have felt like the last few boxes haven’t met that standard. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?


As always the box and packaging for OwlCrate is excellent.  The introduction and information cards are well done and easy to read and the box is sturdy.


The first thing I fished from the packing worms was this candle by FrostBeard Studios – it smells really yummy, a blend of roasted chestnuts, caramel corn and bonfire.  It really makes me think of the circus and odviously fits with the theme.  I’ve said in the past that some scents give me headaches and I’ve lit this one and so far I haven’t reacted so that’s awesome! You can get it HERE.


Next up we have these sticky notes by Girl Of All Work.  These are useful, cool, and they match the theme for this box.  I go through sticky notes like a madwoman so these are great for me.  You can get them HERE.


The third thing in this box is this little notepad made of a deck of cards by Attic Journals.  I don’t really like this product, it’s cute and all, just not practical for me.  Too flimsy and small.  You can get it HERE.


Okay, so this is probably my favorite item included in this box, this tote by Evie Bookish (aka my favorite Society6 creator) featuring a quote from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I love this quote, the design and the fabric used.  Plus I always need more book bags. This design was made exclusively for this box but she has so many amazing designs on her Society6 store so be sure to check those out HERE.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.


Oky, almost up to the book, up next we have this cute little mini doughnut lip balm by Geek Fire Labs.  I use A LOT of lip balm.  My lips just always feel dry so I have a balm in every bag – this flavour is yummy and really does smell cinnamony!  My favorite lip balms are inspired by desserts so this is perfect for me.


If you’re subscribed to Owlcrate or have read my (or others) previous reviews you would know that since August 2016 they’ve been including pins inspired by the theme of each month in their boxes.  I love this – I wasn’t sure what to do with the pins at first but I’ve since started putting them on my book bag and they look awesome!

And this month’s book is….


Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I, along with the rest of the book community have/had been anticipating this book for the longest time.  I had heard it marketed at The Night Circus for YA’s.  I’m not going to lie, I’m not as excited for this book as others have been.  I don’t really know why I’m not, there’s no specific reason.  But I’m looking forward to eventually getting around to reading it. It’s a YA High Fantasy Mystery Adventure about sisters and a mysterious game.

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


I love the cover for this book, both the front and back.  I know the UK edition had four different designs on the actual book cover (#underthecovers), the US version doesn’t have that but I think is still looks incredible. The star on the cover is metallicy and it shimmers different colours on my shelves depending on the time of day.


One of the best things about book subscription boxes is that so many include letters and signed bookplates from the featured authors.

Hello my bookish friends!

When I was a kid at Disneyland, I would sit on rides like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted mansion and always wonder what would happen if the ride suddenly came to life.  I imagined myself riding on Pirate Ships, falling in love with Indiana Jones, flying into Neverland with Peter Pan, and wearing magical gowns from Fantasyland.
Sadly, I was never sucked inside a Disneyland ride, but I never stopped longing to be swept away into another world.  So, I created my own magical place, the wondrous Caraval, where visitors aren’t just spectators, they’re active participants in the show.
When you enter Caraval you’ll be warned not to be swept too far away, but honestly, I hope you are completely swept away.  As you read, I hope you fall in love, fall into danger, and fall into all sorts of other fantastical trouble.  But mostly, I hope you enjoy the book!


This month they also included an exclusive quote card, which now lives happily on the back of my bedroom door with the other bookish art I have collected (should I do a Bookish Accessories Collections?)

 “Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality.  It’s more than just a game or performance.  It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.”


Of course the signed book plate.

Final Thoughts:

This box was a lot better than some of the last few one’s I’ve received- I still stand by my temporary break from OwlCrate though – I really loved how well all the items matched up with the theme and book of the month.  The tote was my favorite, but I loved most of the items in this box.  I truly do recommend this subscription service, especially if you’re new to them.


March’s theme is ‘Sailors, Ships & Seas’.  I know what book is being included in this box, and I really really wanted it but I need to stand by my decision.  I don’t think it’s available anymore unless they didn’t sell out in which case you can find it in the Single Purchase tab on OwlCrate’s website.  If you like, adventure, kick-butt heroine’s and pirates this will be a box for you.

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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