Review: September 2016 OwlCrate


I’m back again with another OwlCrate review! I love this subscription box so much, I could marry it. This is the September “Darkness” themed box and it was a-maz-ing as always. Once again, they managed to send me a book that had been on my wishlist since well before it was released – bravo, guys! It also included a mini-candle, a bath bomb, and some other stuff. Candles – bravo again! I adore candles. Possibly even more than Funkos. They go with my decor better, anyway, haha.


This month’s book was Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake (who also wrote the Anna Dressed in Blood that I’ve become obsessed with reading before October is out, thank-you-all-the-50-people-that-have-it-on-your-Halloween-Read-A-Thon-list). I literally had this book in my Amazon cart and was bravely resisting the temptation to buy, and then this happened. Very happy bookworm. The Miss-Peregrine’s inspired pouch on the top right is from Out of Print – it’s a lovely, sturdy canvas. I have got to get to that book…one day. The Six of Crows inspired bookmark is designed by the amazing Evie Seo (Evie Bookish) – yet another book I still need to read! The little “passport” book is a mini-coloring book/excerpt from a soon-to-be-released novel.

Then there is the Celaena’s Cake candle, by The Melting Library – obviously inspired by the Throne of Glass series (which I still haven’t read, but I know the character names!). THIS THING SMELLS SO FREAKING GOOD! I haven’t lit it yet, but I like just leaving it open on my desk. Haha.

Then there is this awesome little…mini-book? Pamphlet? Anyway, it’s a printed version of the first “episode” of Remade, a series by The Serial Box. Such an awesome idea, and a throwback to the days of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and other famous serial authors. I was rather disappointed that this seems to be a one-off solely for OwlCrate, as their serials are all available only electronically. It’s such a cute little thing, I was envisioning lines of them across my bookshelf…anywho. Still an awesome idea! They have several ongoing series at the moment. ALSO, check out that AMAZING bath bomb!! It’s by Da Bomb Fizzers, and inspired by The Raven Cycle. It looks so cool I’m afraid to use it.

All in all another TOTAL win for OwlCrate! I can’t wait to see next month’s box…this is the teaser for it. I had to include both sides this time because…well.

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Giveaway Winner!

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I am super excited to announce the winner of my BotM: The Woman in Cabin 10 giveaway! Jen from Portland, you’re the winner by your entry of following @BentBookworm on Twitter! As always, the winner has 48 hours to reply (I’ve already messaged) and if there isn’t a reply I’ll draw another.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who entered, and to Book of the Month for allowing me to keep the “oops” box and give it away! Stay tuned for another giveaway in a few weeks – the next one will be international. πŸ™‚

Haunted Hearts: Lit-Cube September Box

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I’m so excited to share this box with you guys! I’ve never had a Lit-Cube before but when I saw that A.G. Howard’s new book, The Architect of Song, was going to be the feature for September I jumped on it. So many good reviews and it sounds so creepily gothic. Perfect for the month before Hallowtober. πŸ˜‰ I haven’t actually read ANY of her books before so I’m even more excited! Also, she helped curate this box – how cool is that?!?

However, I must say I am absolutely DEVASTATED that I couldn’t order the Lit-Cube Halloween box (it wouldn’t have been here in time – *sob*). Because after seeing this one…I have no doubt at all it would have been fan-freaking-tastic.

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Look at all these goodies!!! So much gorgeousness. The little round soap you see right in the middle had the most amazing cinnamon-y smell, as soon as I opened the box I was looking for WHAT was giving off that delicious autumnal smell. Good things do indeed come in small packages, because it looks so unassuming! Anyway, the Lit-Cube (a one month subscription is $34.95 shipped to the U.S.) contained:

a Readable: A.G. Howard’s The Architect of Song (*squee*)

a Wearable: a gorgeous glass necklace with pressed flowers! :hearteyes:

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This necklace is so lovely. It’s surprisingly heavy and the flowers are beautifully delicate. I’m a little concerned that my clumsy self will snap the delicate chain, but it wouldn’t be hard to replace.

an Edible: hot chocolate!

Goodies: an amazingly gorgeous leather journal with a quote picked by A.G. Howard herself on the front, a dip pen and ink, and yummy soap (yes…I just used “yummy” to describe soap, I know)! Check out this journal…I am absolutely stunned that this was in the box along with a book!

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“Keep a green tree in your heart, and perhaps a singing bird will come.” I adore trees. This is so perfect.

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Looks like lovely paper inside, too!

The ink isn’t marked, so I have no idea what brand it is (it might have been on the card included with the box, but I accidentally threw it away with the packaging after I took the picture). The pen looks very fun, but as a fountain pen aficionado, I think it’s more for decoration than use! Yes, it’s meant for dipping only, but it feels very flimsy overall so I think I will just display it rather than try to use it.

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Tristan trying to get in on the book box action as I was trying to take pretty pictures – LOL

Overall I am THRILLED with this box! October’s theme is “Tale as Old As Time,” and while I had intended to just try one month…um…yeah. That’s happening. Hehe.

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This box was bought with my own funds and this review was not solicited in any way. πŸ™‚

Review: July 2016 OwlCrate

I’m never sure when to post these, as I hate being spoiler-ific, but at the same time…it needs to be put up in time for people to decide if they want to sign up for the next box! In my opinion, anyway. Whenever I’m looking at subscription boxes I want to see the month prior. Anywho – here we go!

July’s OwlCrate theme was Good vs. Evil, and they sent out two versions of the box! Same book, different goodies. I received the Evil box!

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Opening it up…

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This month’s book was This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab. I’m excited because I have wanted to read something by her ever since The Near Witch came out but sadly have never gotten around to it! Now I have no excuse, because her latest is in my hot little hands. It’s getting rave reviews, too. Really need to bump it closer to the top of my TBR list.

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Also included were the amazing little coloring book there on the right, full of black and whites of a mix of popular and up-and-coming YA title covers. Awesome idea. Loved it.

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Then there was a TOTALLY AMAZING bookmark fromΒ Jane’s Tiny ThingsΒ (I have a magnetic bookmark obsession right now and might have already ordered more from her shop…).

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Next there was an awesome wooden necklace from Vector Engraving – mine was the Death Star, but the Good box had a Millennium Falcon. πŸ˜€ Hehe. Also, a FULL SIZE Harry Potter FUNKO POP!! I love Funkos. I would like to collect them but don’t have a really good place for them right now and am not a huge fan of them on my bookshelves, despite the adorable setups of them that I see on OTHER people’s book shelves. So I have refrained…mostly. I think I have 5 now. And of course since this is my 2nd Harry Potter Funko I reeeeeeally need the others in that lineup. Sigh. There’s also a “Am I Not Merciful” sticker that I think references Iluminae, but since I haven’t read it the significance is somewhat lost on me. *embarrassed face*

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August’s theme is Fast Times at YA High! “This box will contain a hilarious love story, as well as items inspired by our favorite high school sweethearts, and our favorite school of all time…HOGWARTS!” As of right now there are still spots available. For various reasons I’ve elected to skip this box, but I’m eagerly waiting to see what September’s theme will be and will be back then with a review. πŸ™‚

I review this box based on my own paying subscription.

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