OWLCRATE (MAY 2017)
Owlcrate is a great monthly YA book box that includes a brand new young adult novel, 3-5 high quality bookish items, as well as exclusive goodies from the author! I decided to subscribe to Owlcrate about four months ago when one of my favorite book boxes (Hootloot) took a break. I decided to go with Owlcrate because I felt their overwhelming presence on bookstagram, and it seemed like their customers were content every month. As for me, I have been happy with the four boxes I have received so far (my favorite of the four being last month’s Head Over Heels box).
Although I have not participated in it, yet, Owlcrate offers their Owl Babble, which is an online chat with their featured author via their twitter account. I think this is a fun option, as their books are generally highly anticipated with well known authors.
So, what was in the May box? The theme for May’s Owlcrate was Comic Explosion, and as soon as I saw that, I was sold! I love comics, particularly superheros, and I am a big Marvel fan. The book choice was “Eliza and Her Monsters” by Francesca Zappia. We received a copy with an exclusive cover (solely available through Owlcrate), and the author swag was cool: a letter, signed bookplate, and a beautiful art print. I have not heard of this book, but the cover and artwork throughout the book has me intrigued! We also received a Chapter 1 excerpt from “Afar,” a graphic comic.
We were given two sneak peeks of suppliers/items that would be featured: 1) Dio Candle Company would be providing a candle, and 2) Each box would contain a full-size Funko Pop! (1 of 7 possibilities). The candle was one of Dio’s signature “Adorable Size” candles inspired by Wonder Woman. It had a great tropical, fruity scent and was a gorgeous red color. This is my first candle from Dio, and I haven’t burned it, yet, but I’m a fan of this candle. As for the Funko, this is actually my first full-size Funko Pop! I was gifted a Captain American keychain by a friend, but that was the extent of my collection (or lack thereof). I received Wonder Woman, which I was happy about, as it goes well with my new candle, and she looks pretty cool! Do you collect Funkos?
The other items were fun, and tied in well to the theme. Owlcrate includes a small button each month with art matching the theme card. They also designed a zipper pull with a cute comic print. I thought it was hilarious when I pulled out the pen! It had the multi-color options that you could change with a click, and boy, did it throw me back to my childhood! Lastly, ‘for a boost,’ we got a bag of coffee candies.
Overall, I thought this was a decent box. I like when I receive books that weren’t on my radar, and, again, I am a big comic fan. I feel like it could have been an even better box, given the theme, but I imagine the Funko took up a large chunk of the budget for this month. The June theme is Make it Out Alive, and boxes are on sale now!
FANDOM ADVENTURES (MAY 2017)
Fandom Adventures was the first book box that I decided to get. They followed me on Instagram, which sparked me to check out their page/monthly subscription box. I thought it was a fun box, and it seemed to feature indie authors and books that I might not otherwise have chosen for myself. I have been a subscriber since their third box, I believe, and I don’t see myself dropping the subscription any time soon. I adore this box!
Aside from sharing some awesome indie books (that always come signed) and great bookish things, Fandom Adventures includes an online community on Facebook and a Q&A with the author for that month, exclusively for subscribers. Some of my favorite recent reads have been the featured books from FA. I have met some amazing people in their little bookish community, and Evelyn, the owner, puts so much hard work into making her subscribers feel special! There are always contests and ways to win additional bookish merch or signed books through the group, too.
Let’s talk May’s book box! The book of the month is “Uncovered” by Melody King. The cover is stunning, and it sounds interesting! I am looking forward to reading it and providing some feedback in my book review, so be on the lookout for that later this month. All of the items, as always, have some connection to the story, but I will have to see how, exactly, while I read! Each month, we get a mystery item that you’re not supposed to open till you finish the book. I tend to get antsy and open it before I’m done reading, but I have been trying harder the last couple of months to actually wait; I haven’t opened this month’s mystery item…yet! We also always get a custom fandom tea blend from Adagio Teas that is inspired by the book in each box. I have really liked getting these because they come in a pretty, reusable tin and smell fantastic. This month’s tea blend was called Prophecy Tea Blend — it smells so good!
FA partners with S&S Ink often, and May’s box featured a canvas pouch set by them. The designs are simple and nice! We actually got another canvas pouch in this box, but this one simply had our initial on it. There were some really fun items, like a couple of “From the Library of” bookmarks, a Dark Lord teaspoon and a sword letter opener, too. I always enjoy how unique some items are. Lastly, we got a tea storage jar that says “Keep It Safe” on it — I am wondering what the significance of that phrase is in the story!?!
Evelyn threw in some extra goodies that weren’t listed on the spoiler card, including hilarious bookish tea (i.e. Agatha Christea; an Earl Gray tea) and a “Drink Me” bottle that is sure to make an appearance on my Bookstagram!
Overall, May’s Fandom Adventures book box was solid, in my opinion. At the moment, their subscription is on hold, but if it opens up again in the future, I highly recommend them!
Did you receive either of these boxes? What were your thoughts?