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Book Subscription Box Review: OwlCrate

OwlCrate: May ‘Comic Explosion’ 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.

OwlCrate has been disappointing me a fair bit lately, maybe it’s just my tastes that are changing or maybe the quality really is going down.  Whatever the case here’s my unboxing and review of OwlCrate’s May ‘Comic Explosion’ box.

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The introduction/information card is cool, the back (where the spoilers are) looks like a black and white comic panel page, which is neat.  The box is sturdy as always.

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The first product was pretty obvious, it’s this Harley Quinn Funko Pop.  I had seen someone who received a Sailor Moon one and was really worried, but I also saw Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Loki and Deadpool – I have to say while I’m thankful I didn’t get the Sailor Moon one I really didn’t want this Harley Quinn.  I already have one (Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad) and it’s the one I prefer, I don’t even particularly want to keep this one – I’ve been thinking about selling it.  I was so hoping for the Deadpool one or the Wonder Woman one.  I love when they include full size Funko Pop’s but yeah, I just wasn’t happy with the one I received.

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Up next we have these coffee candies.  I hate coffee.  At first I didn’t even see how this related to ‘Comic Explosion’ but the Info card says “Need an extra energy boost to help save the day?“, while that makes sense it does kind of feel like they were just making up a reason to include these ‘candies’.  I’m giving them to my coffee addicted friend.

Update:

She hated them, thought they were horrible….

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Next up; this Wonder Woman tiny candle (would have loved for it to be larger as I LOVE the scent) – it was made by Dio Candle Company and is scented tropically to represent Themyscira.  I love the scent and as I said I wish it was a larger size.  I haven’t lit it yet but I’m excited to light it with a nice bath.  I’m definitely interested in ordering some candles from them now, though I need to use the ones I have first and it depends on shipping expenses.

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Back to some disappointments, we have this comic multi-coloured pen from Ooly.  It feels like crap quality and writes like it.  I love a good pen, this is not one.  It feels like something I could get from Shiploads or The Reject Shop.

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Again, continuing with the disappointing products, this zipper pull?  Strangest item I’ve ever received in a subscription service.  It was made by OwlCrate.  I really don’t think this was necessary.  I have no use for it, if I can’t pull my own zippers up then we have a problem – I don’t need some dodgy thing to help with that.

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Each month OwlCrate includes a pin/badge representing that month’s box.  I do like this idea and I enjoy collecting them – the designs are just sometimes a little boring.

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A chapter sampler for a graphic novel called AFAR by Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton.  I didn’t really gel with this chapter sampler so I won’t be getting the full edition.

 

And this month’s book is….

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This is a YA Contemporary Romance that deals with anxiety and includes mixed media story telling elements throughout the novel.  I had heard a bit about this book and was eventully sold on so I’m glad I have a copy.  I don’t think I’ve read anything featuring a storyteller like this (Fangirl is probably close but not really).

Update:

After writing this unboxing/review I ended up reading Eliza and Her Monsters in one sitting (probably 5-6 hours?) and it was incredible.  I rated it five stars.  I’m so glad I actually read it (since I’m in a reading slump it’s a shock that I actually did), I will say that there should be a trigger warning for anxiety and suicide with this book but it was incredible.  I loved it.


Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.


This OwlCrate box actually featured an exclusive cover of this book; if you can’t tell the difference don’t worry – it’s miniscule and I’d almost say hardly worth the effort. For reference here’s the original cover.

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The font colour is different and the girl and boy illustration are swapped.

I like the back and the inner dust jacket flap blurb.

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MirkerLurker: Did you see the new pages that went up?  What did you think?

rainmaker: I think LadyConstellation is going to drop a narrative bombshell soon, and no one is going to expect it.

rainmaker: Except me.  Because I’m great.

MirkerLurker: Har har.

MirkerLurker: But what if she’s not?  What if she stops making the comic and no one ever finds out how it ends?

rainmaker: I don’t think she’d do that.  Too many people read it, and she’s spent too much time working on it to stop before it’s finished.

rainmaker: This week’s pages are building up to something.

rainmaker: The characters! The action! The questionable morals!

rainmaker: And the monsters are totally a metaphor.

I love that back blurb, it makes me pumped to red the book even though it’s really simple.

 

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As always we have a letter from the author, this along with the signed book plate is one feature that keeps bringing me back to OwlCrate (although many other subscription services have started adopting this inclusion).

Dear OwlCrate Reader,

Eliza and Her Monsters is a love letter. 

I wrote it for everyone who has ever been obsessed with a book, TV show or movie.  I wrote it for anyone who has come face-to-face with their inner monsters.  And especially I wrote it for an eight-year-old me, who was shy and weird and who loved stories so much she decided to try making one of her own.

If you love stories – and I know you do because you got this wonderful box – Eliza and Her Monsters is for you.  
If you live in a world of fanfiction and fanart, Eliza is for you.
If you struggle with your doubts, fears and insecurities, it is for you, and I hope reading it reminds you that for every sea filled with monsters, there is a sky full of stars.

Happy reading!

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At the bottom of the box we also have this illustration print – which I love!  It says;

There are monsters in the sea.

You found me in a constellation.

Final Thoughts:

I love the book, the letter, signed bookplate and the art print.  I love the Wonder Woman candle.  Everything else was basically a let down, which is unfortunate.  OwlCrate’s quality has been going downhill for a while and although I’ve kept my subscription I think the next two to three months will decide the fate of that subscription.  I haven’t ordered the June ‘Make It Out Alive’ box as the book it will feature doesn’t interest me.  It upsets me that I’ve become so critical of a box I used to love but the quality just isn’t there.

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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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Becca

xxx

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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