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Book Subscription Box Review: OwlCrate

OwlCrate: May ‘Fight Like a Girl’ Box

It’s been a LOONG time since I last received a OwlCrate subscription. I wasn’t loving the quality of their boxes and decided to unsubscribe and keep an eye on the quality of the boxes and the themes to see if I wanted to resubscribe.  Well when I saw how amazing the March box was (I managed to snag one from the past items store!) and heard the May theme I knew I needed to resubscribe!  I knew what the book was going to be and despite having it already pre-ordered I simply needed to have this box and I’m so glad I went ahead and resubscribed!  Also this box has TWO books so YAY! I’m going to stop writing this introduction now and jump into the unboxing!

I normally start with the box itself but my comments for that have been the same – so you can check out my older OwlCrate reviews to see my thoughts.

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The intro/spoiler card is pretty awesome, very odvious viking vibes here.  I love it.

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First up we have this bath bomb inspired by Children of Blood and Bone, it’s called Zelie’s Magic and it smells divine!  I opened the box and immediately wondered what the amazing smell was coming from.  It’s scented with sweet almond and witch hazel I believe and somehow that smells really fruity.  This was made by Whipped Up Wonderful.

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Next up we have this wall hanging poster designed by Evie Bookish featuring a quote from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas.  I love this, I love Evie’s work and I’m very happy to have this addition to my ACOTAR collection!  I know the perfect place to hang it.

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When in doubt go to the library.

The third item I pulled out was this pin by Out of Print.  I’ve been loving pins lately and this one will look very nice on my book bag (I’ll have to share a photo of it one day).

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Continuing on with the pins we have OwlCrate’s monthly pin.  Every month they include a pin matching the theme art, I now have 9 of them, and yep they’re all on my book bag.

Next we have this ‘tassel’ bookmark by Indigo Eleven with quotes from The Wrath and the Dawn and Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.  Somehow my tassel became loose in transit and I had purple string all throughout my box.  So it’s no longer a tassel bookmark, just a plain old bookmark.  A really cool one though!

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The third and final pin in this box is my favourite.  Knowing what the book included is, and given that I’ve read half of it, I know what the importance of this saying is and I’m so happy to have it!  It says OND ELDR.  BREATH FIRE.  Love it!

And the first book is….

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Catching Stars by Cayla Keehan – a YA fantasy featuring witches that sounds fascinating.  I hadn’t heard anything about this book so I’m happy that OwlCrate included it – and I’m excited to find out more.


Witch. Betrayal. Hunted.

Jayin Ijaad is in hiding. A witch with powerful abilities, she carves out a life for herself in the slums of Pavaal, a city rotting from the inside out. When an old acquaintance tracks her down, Jayin is dragged back into a world she tried to escape — and is determined to escape again.

Maddix Kell is on the run. After two years in prison for crimes he did not commit, Maddix escapes and seeks out a legendary order of witchhunters who are his only chance to find justice.

But all is not as it seems and Maddix soon finds himself on the run from the people he sought as allies. When their paths collide, Jayin and Maddix must put aside their prejudices and forge an uneasy alliance that could crumble at any moment. But if they want to survive in Aestos — a brutal kingdom where magic and corruption lie hand in hand and enemies lurk around every corner — they must first survive each other.


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We have this art print of who I though was the character from the above book, but apparently this is Inej from Six of Crows and it’s by Melanie Bourgeois.

The second and main book is….

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – a YA fantasy novel featuring VIKINGS!  Yep vikings, when I first heard about this book back in January (I think) I started counting down the days, I was, and still am, so excited for this!  I love historical novels, like ancient history historical.  Greece, Rome, Israel, I love it.  But I’ve never encountered vikings in YA (with the exception of Magnus Chase), so to find a YA story about them?  SO PUMPED!  I actually pre-ordered it and submitted the receipt for the pre-order incentive – so now I have two special editions of it.  And this one is so special, not only does it have an OwlCrate exclusive cover but it’s an exclusive signed first edition!

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OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.


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And of course OwlCrate includes letters from their featured authors.

Dear OwlCrate Reader,

I am so excited to be part of this month’s box!
The viking world has always captured my imagination, with its foggy fjords, snow-laden woods, and rich mythology.  I can’t wait to take you into this beautiful, brutal land where life is ruled by clan loyalty, family bonds, and age-old tradition.
Sky in the Deep is a homage to strong girls.  For so long, I thought I was too much.  Too passionate, too opinionated, too headstrong.  It took a long time to embrace the parts of myself I once thought of as deeply flawed.  
Eelyn’s inapolagetic strength and unflinching fealty are a reflection of something the world doesn’t always want to see – girls made of iron and steel, who can bury their ax into the enemy, but still have hearts that burn like fire.
Girls WHO FIGHT FIERCELY AND LOVE DEEPLY.
In these pages, you’ll meet a brother who makes a heartbreaking choice, a boy who dares to love his enemy, and a warrior with the courage to change her mind.  I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Adrianne

Final Thoughts:

I loved this box, I am still disspointed with the amount of products included, but given they included two books this month I’m not going to complain about it.  I’m so happy and thankful to have this special edition of a book I already know I love, and to have the associated pin too!  I also love the smell of that bath bomb so much, I have no idea what it is about it but I love it!  Hopefully I don’t get a headache when I use it, fingers crossed.  They also included mini magazine in this box, which they’re been doing for awhile now I believe.  It just has an interview with the author and some other cool things – but I didn’t end up taking a photo of it.  My bad.  Anyway, I’m glad I resubscribed.  Even if I did skip June’s box, I just wasn’t feeling the theme.  But YAY to this box!

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June theme: Summer Lovin’

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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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xxx

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