My First Owlcrate : Review

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today I’m here with a product review, and I am so excited! Since I started watching BookTube, visiting bookish blogs and Instagram’s, I have seen so many Owlcrate unboxings. Owlcrate is a book subscription box, where you receive 3-5 bookish items, and a brand new/upcoming hardback YA book. Like the Fairyloot boxes, I’ve been wanting an Owlcrate for a while, but I’m once again, late to the party. When I saw the April theme, I took the bull by the horn and signed up for a one-month gift. One-month gifts are boxes that do not renew and are shipped to your door. Owlcrate also offer other box deals such as a three-month prepay, or a six-month. They also offer a Junior box, with the same options for younger readers or fans of middle grade!

So the April theme was ‘The Dark Side’, and I’m definitely intrigued to see how the box holds up! And now it’s time to dive in!

So on the top of the box, we have the spoiler card, with all the details of each item on the back. I’m not sure what I think to the cards design – it’s cute, there’s no denying that, but I do find it a little cliché. That’s obviously my personal opinion though!

The first item is the montly enamel pin – and this was designed by Hey Atlas Creative. It does seem quite heavy, but I’m sure I’ll find a place for it! This pin is inspired by the book of the month, and this is key to communicating with gods and monsters!

The second item I’ve found is this mobile phone holder/pop socket inspired by the Vicious series by V. E. Schwab. It’s probably an item I won’t be using, but it’s definitely nice to have. I do like the design with the black out poetry, which is a huge part of the series. This item was also designed by Hey Atlas Creative.

The third item I’ve found is this awesome wearable designed by Out of Print. And it’s a pair of socks, inspired by the limited edition of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I love the pattern – they’re really bright and I’m sure they’re going to be super comfortable. And it’s a definite reminder to finally read the series!

Next is another wearable and this is designed by Bookmark’d Tattoos. This is so cool – it’s a light summery scarf inspired by The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. This is really gorgeous – purple is my favourite colour, and I love all the symbols. This is going to be the perfect nerdy addition to my work outfits!

The fifth item I’ve come across is this Owlcrate pin board, which is going to come in very handy. I’ve got a lot of pins from various places and preorders, so I’ll finally know where they all are! It reminds me of pirates and Game of Thrones flags. A simple, but effective item, this is designed by Michelle Gray.

The sixth item I’ve found is this gorgeous hardback lined notebook designed by Stella Bookish Art – I love her work, I’ve been eyeing her items and designs up for a while! This is inspired by one of my favourite series – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! Straight away I knew it was Manon. This is a lovely item, and I’m sure I’ll be using this soon.

We also have the Owlcrate newsletter, featuring an interview with this month’s author, a word search puzzle, an interview with designer Michelle Gray, hints for the Instagram photo challenges, and the upcoming May theme. There was also a sampler of Finale, the third book in the Caraval series by Stephanie Garber – I’m sadly not a fan of the series, but I’ll give it a shot!

 

And of course, we come to the book of the month and that is Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, which is the first book in the Something Dark and Holy series. This follows Nadya, who has the ability to speak to the gods and take hold of their magic. It isn’t long before she is thrown into a centuries-long war, along with a prince and a blood mage. And if that isn’t enough, they’re planning on forming a plan to assassinate the king and end the war! This is a book I was eying up on Amazon days before the box arrived, so I’m definitely interested in it. This edition is exclusive to Owlcrate as it has a different cover, and is signed by the author. It also comes with a letter from Emily A. Duncan, which is a nice touch! There is also a bonus item – a silky fabric map that relates directly to the book!

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So… I paid £22.94 for this box and I think it’s definitely worth the money. I was 100% surprised by this box, although I would have liked a little bit more variety in the book choices for the items, simply because there were two items by one author. I can appreciate that the items are from different series’s! My favourite bookish item from this box was the notebook – I’ve been looking at Stella Bookish Art’s designs for so long that I’m thrilled to own something of hers. That being said, the scarf is a very close second!

You can find Owlcrate on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What do you think to the Owlcrate service? Do you prefer this subscription box or Fairyloot? Are there any other boxes I should check out? Let me know!

– ReadWriteZoe.

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