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Owlcrate Unboxing – July 2017

 

Owlcrate July 2017 Unboxing

The theme this month was Wanderlust

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what was in the box?

 

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  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee with Owlcrate Exclusive Cover, signed book plate, letter, and art print map

 

  • Backpack inspired by The Lord of the Rings

 

  • Luggage tag from Mudpuppy

 

  • Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them keychain Funko

 

  • Pocket mirror inspired by A Darker Shade of Magic designed by Miss Phi

 

  • Pocket journal from Ooly

 

  • Looking for Alaska art print with quote by Shailey Ann Designs

 

  • Owlcrate Pin

 

 

Owlcrate Unboxing – June 2017: Make It Out Alive

 

This month’s Owlcrate theme was 

Make It Out Alive

 

 

I recently moved from one coast on the US to the other, so Owlcrate was the last thing on my mind, but I did update my address. When I got my box, I was sort of excited, but not looking forward to opening any more boxes after spending so much time unpacking.

However, this box was super awesome and I was immediately thrilled. I felt like Owlcrate got with the program and gave me more of the unique items I originally signed up for and less of the same coffee/tea/candle type of stuff they’ve been sending so much of lately. (Don’t get me wrong, EVERY Owlcrate is worth the money, but I was a bit tired of the traditional literary what-is-in-everyone’s-Instagram-pictures type of items. 

 

So what was in this super awesome box?

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  • The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson – With Owlcrate Exclusive cover, signed bookplate, author letter, and themed stickers.
  • New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
  • Zombie Sleep Mask
  • Owlcrate Divergent themed bath bomb – Which faction are you? 
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin themed bookmark
  • The Giver inspired iron on patch
  • An Ember in the Ashes magnet 
  • Owlcrate theme pin

I love that the box came with TWO books and such an awesome sleep mask.

 

I’ve recently become obsessed with bath bombs now that my house has a working bathtub and i was finally able to try the fortune telling bath bomb from MANY Owlcrate’s ago, so I LOVED that I got a bath bomb and it smelled amazing. I used it the day I got it!

I ended up with Amity as my faction, which is not at all correct, but I love the charm and will definitely wear it as a necklace.

 

 

 

 

May 2017 Owlcrate Unboxing – Comic Explosion

 

The theme for May’s Owlcrate was

Comic Explosion

 

 

 

 

I’m not really big into comics or graphic novels, but it was promised that the book would NOT be a graphic novel, so I didn’t skip the month.

I’m really glad! I loved everything I got.

 

What was in the box?

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  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia with exclusive Owlcrate cover, art print, signed bookplate, and author letter
  • A full size Funko POP! (7 varieties) – I got Harley Quinn and I’m not mad about it 
  • Comic Pen with 6 different color options from Ooly
  • Comic themed zipper pull from Owlcrate
  • Comic themed pin from Owlcrate
  • Wonder Woman themed candle inspired by her tropical island home from Dio Candle Company (and it smells amazing)
  • Coffee candy from Kafe.
  • AFAR chapter sampler from Image Comics

 

 

 

April 2017 Owlcrate Unboxing

 

April’s theme was Head Over Heels.

Owlcrate promised a contemporary novel with goodies from Storiarts and a candle. 

I wasn’t particularly excited because I’m kind of picky about contemporaries, but I knew I wanted something from Storiarts and it was guaranteed to be an exclusive item.

 

What was in the box?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Goods:

 

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli with personalized letter, signed bookplate, and an emoji sticker.
  • Art Print designed by Evie Bookish with a quote from Rhysand in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • A candle inspired by a Rainbow Rowell novel from Novelly Yours. There were three different couples. I got Levi and Cath. I don’t know who they are. But the candle smells good.
  • A key chain designed by Bookworm Boutique with quote from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.
  • A tea blend inspired by Anna and the French Kiss from The Tea Spot
  • A fabric headband inspired by Pride and the Prejudice from Storiarts

 

 

 

Thoughts:

This is a great box for fans of contemporaries and the items are definitely worth as much as, if not more than, the cost of the box, so Owlcrate has done it again and delivered a box that is sure to impress. 

I got this box at a time when I’m moving shortly and realizing just how many bookish accessories I have, so I think I’m critical of the accessories a bit because I won’t always use them all and I’m not really familiar with or a fan of some of the books that inspired many of the items. Still, the value was there and the art print was beautiful and I think I’ll enjoy the book. I’m satisfied and I realize any feelings I have otherwise have more to do with being overwhelmed by how many useless items I own and less to do with how well Owlcrate did. 

 

A Closer Look:

 

March 2017 Owlcrate Unboxing

March 2017 Owlcrate Unboxing

 

The theme of the March box was

 

Sailors, Ships, and Seas!

 

 

What was in the box?

 

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  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller with a signed bookplate, Owlcrate letter, and temporary tattoo
  • Compass pendant necklace by The Geeky Cauldron
  • Octopus notepad from Boygirlparty
  • Mermaid washi tape made by Simply Gilded
  • Hand printed tea towel from Kitch Studios  with quote: “a ship is always safe at shore but that is not what it’s built for.”
  • Owlcrate theme pin

 

 

Take a closer look:

The book:

 

As a navy wife, I absolutely loved the items. The tea towel is folded on my bookshelf, but I’m planning on framing it and putting it near my husband’s model pirate ship on my bookshelf. I love nautical themed stuff, so this box was awesome. I love the necklace. While the chain is a bit long, the actual compass and anchor pendants are so beautiful! 

Owlcrate has done it again and given me a bunch of stuff I can totally use and love!

 

 

Owlcrate Unboxing – February 2017

 

 

February’s theme was 

Run Away with the Circus


 

 

The theme was something I was super excited about. We were promised a box that would fit will with The Night Circus. We knew Evie Bookish was designing a tote bag. I had a fairly good idea of what the book would be since it was a huge release, already on my radar, and literally the only recent YA release remotely fitting the theme. 

 

So what was in the box?

 

Spoilers Ahead! 

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  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber with signed bookplate, personalized letter, and quote card
  • The Night Circus inspired exclusive tote bag designed by Evie Bookish
  • Le Cirque does Reves candle by Frostbeard Studio with the exclusive scent blend of caramel popcorn, roasted chestnuts, and bonfire with a bookmark
  • Mini Donut lip balm designed by Geek Fire Labs
  • Card notepad by Attic Journals made by hand from paper and playing cards
  • Page flags from Girl of All Work
  • Owlcrate pin
 

A close up of the contents

 

Review – Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

 

Vassa in the Night

By Sarah Porter

Summary: In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

Source: I received a hardcover in an Owlcrate box.

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Review:

What the hell did I just read?

Vassa in the Night has to be one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. I mean, I think I enjoyed it, but I don’t even really know? How can I possibly explain this correctly?

There’s magic in Vassa’s world. There’s a convenience store that spins/dances and is the only thing open at night and they behead shoplifters and place the heads in the parking lot on poles. Also the nights are longer, but they last the same length of time, it’s just the hours pass more slowly. Also Vassa’s father left and she lived with her stepmother and half sister and stepsister and her dad left to become a dog. And Vassa has a wooden doll that she feeds and it talks.

So. Yeah. The book is super weird. 

But the story was well told. It was a bit confusing, especially because even the things I mentioned above are revealed in a nonchalant type of way so your brain has no choice to be like “wait, what?” Because the rest of the story reads like a normal novel, it’s not the type of story that sweeps you away into some fantasy land. But as weird as it sounds, I kind of loved how unique it all was and how the author just threw those things in without making a big deal out of it.

The book is supposed to be a retelling of Wassalissa the Beautiful, a Russian folk tale. I do not know if it comes close or does it justice or anything like that, but the story was interesting.

If you’re easily put off by confusing books or world-building that isn’t super upfront and obvious, then this book is NOT for you. But if you have an open mind and want something a little weird, it’s definitely fun. It’s seriously perfect for those moments when you kind of get sick of so many similar plots and you just want a book to take you on an adventure you haven’t been on and can’t guess where it goes. Because there’s no way on earth you can predict what will happen next in this book. I promise. I’m giving it four stars just for being absolutely one of a kind and unlike anything else I’ve ever read. 

Side note: I believe the story is easier to understand if you’re familiar with the original tale, so if it’s super confusing, I suggest trying to read that before giving up on this book. 

Star 4