Owlcrate Unboxing | September 2017

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August Theme: Mythical Creatures

The September Owlcrate box was themed around all things mythical – mythical creatures especially!

Unfortunately, this was the first month that Owlcrate boxes sold out completely, so there isn’t any more left. They do have other past boxes available, if you’re interested! Check here – most of them are on sale!

What was inside the box:

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A Book and a Candle | The Lightning Thief + Percy Jackson

So I’ve been meaning to find an interesting way to show off some of cool bookish candles, and then I saw Brittany from A Book Addicts Guide do A Book and A Candle. Which is basically when she picks a book and a candle that she burned recently to talk about.

I liked that idea, but instead of picking random books to talk about, I’m going to do a book that I read that week, and a candle that either matches, or I burned a lot that week. We’ll see how this goes – I’m actually really excited!

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Wick & Fable

Wick and Fable

Wick and Fable is a book and fandom-themed candle company in New York.

They specialize in cruelty-free soy candles that are vegan and made with phthalate free fragrance and essential oils.

They also offer organic bath + body products using all natural botanicals and various essential oils, and literary teas.

Candles usually take 1-2 weeks to arrive, with priority mail. They do ship internationally.

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Fairyloot Unboxing | July ’17

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July Theme: Tricksters

This box is themed around all things evil and mischievous!

For those of you who don’t know, Fairyloot is a YA subscription box themed entirely around fantasy! It ships from the UK, which ends up being expensive for those of us in the US (…which is why this is my first Fairyloot box).

 

If you want to view some of their other boxes, just go here: Past Boxes


Website: www.fairyloot.com

Subscribe HERE

Single Purchase HERE


Spoilers!


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This is the card with spoilers (which I save until last), and the matching bookmark.

I love this artwork! Fairyloot always has really cool art. I want to say this is Inej, but it might just be some random person.


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The first thing out of this box was my favorite! This is a Sherlock-themed mug!

It says “I have to go to my Mind Palace”

Made by Fictiontea Designs


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This is body lotion themed after Loki (vegan and, ironically, cruelty free).

I don’t think I’ve ever gotten body lotion in a book box before – it was a pleasantly weird surprise!

Made by Geeky Clean


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This is the coolest thing ever – it’s Hogwarts playing cards! This is an officially licensed item, which means it’s not fan-made.

I’m a Gryffindor, personally.


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Again, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten an oven mit in a book box.

It’s themed around the book of the month (which I’ll get to).


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This is probably my favorite art print I’ve ever gotten – It’s a quote from Harley Quinn.

It says “It doesn’t matter who broke you down. What matters is who made you smile again.”

Made by Miss Phi


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This is amazing – it’s a Six of Crows bookmark! I love the feather on the back!

Made by Lexy Olivia


Daughter of the Burning City

Amanda Foody

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Goodreads Page

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth.

I saw this book awhile ago, and I was really intrigued by it! I’m excited to start it and see what I think!


 

 

Which item was your favorite?

Owlcrate Unboxing | July ’17

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July Theme: Wanderlust

This box is themed around travel! Including items from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and A Darker Shade of Magic this box is perfect for all the wanderers out there!

If you like the sound of this box and don’t want to be spoiled, they still have some boxes left!

Just go here: Past Boxes


Website: www.owlcrate.com

Gift this box HERE

Subscribe HERE

10% off: DFT10 (DarkFaerieTales_)


SPOILERS!


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The card is always the first thing out of the box – as well as the collectible pin (far right).

I don’t usually look at this until the end, since it lists all the items on the back.


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This Lord of the Rings-inspired backpack is the best! It was created exclusively by Owlcrate – you can’t find it anywhere else!

Quote: “Home is behind the world again, and there are many paths to tread through the shadows to the edge of night. Until the stars are all alight.”


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This is an adorable luggage tag! I’ve already attached it to my favorite bag! Does anyone else love felt animals?

Made by Mudpuppy


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This Funko key chain is styled after Newt from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! It’s just adorable!

(I don’t have a key chain though…😝)


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This pocket mirror is designed off of A Darker Shade of Magic.

It says ‘As Travars‘ which means ‘To Travel‘.

Made by the very talented Miss Phi


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I love notebooks! There there eight different designs sent out – all themed around travel! Which one did you get?

Made by Ooly


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This art print features the quote from Francois Rabelais.

It says ‘I Go To Seek A Great Perhaps‘. (Fun fact: this is the quote that inspired Looking for Alaska by John Green!)

Made by Shailey Ann Designs


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Mackenzi Lee

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Goodreads Page

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

I’m not sure what I think about this book, but I’m excited to read it. It seems like it’ll be funny, and my favorite kinds of books are ones that make me laugh!

If you like Edgar Allan Poe, This Savage Song, Harry Potter, Sleepy Hollow or Six of Crows then you’ll love the August box! The Owlcrate links are at the top of the page if you’re interested!

(P.S. This book will also have an exclusive cover!)


 

Which item was your favorite?

Novelly Yours | Bookish product of the Week

Novelly Yours Candles

Novelly Yours is a company that specializes in soy candle based on books and fandoms.

Brittany is the face behind this company. She’s an avid reader (really, the best quality to have) and runs a blog called The Book Addict’s Guide. Each candle is handmade in the suburbs of Chicago (my favorite place!) completely by Brittany.

So you can be sure when you get a candle that it was made with intention and care!

 

12 oz jar – $18.00

Novelly Yours candles are primarily based on YA books, though you will find a few based on shows, Disney princesses, and a certain musical (Hamilton!)

These candles come in 2oz, 4oz and 8oz tins, and a 12oz jar (left). Prices vary depending on size.

Though I will say that out of the candle companies that I’ve seen, this one is on the cheaper end, yet still has great quality.

 

Personally, I like her Generally Bookish candles:

-Cliffhanger

-World-Building

-#currentlyreading

-Plot Twist

-Book Boyfriend

-Shipping It

-Villainous

 


Brittany also does a 12 oz and 8oz candle of the month.

 

Every month she has limited edition candles for the month – I always love them! July’s exclusives are Raise a Glass to Freedom and The Iron Throne.

These are only around for so long! So be sure to grab one!


 

4 2oz candles [box] – $13.50

Another exclusive: every month Brittany sends out a set of four 2oz themed candles.

July’s box is All the Feels. It includes: OMG, IDK, LOL and WTF.

Last month was themed around This Savage Song by V.E. Shwab.

 


 

Any of this sound interesting to you? Connect with Novelly Yours below!

 

www.novellyyourscandles.com

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Out of Print | Bookish product of the Week

It’s Friday! Time for the Bookish Product of the Week!

This week is not a product, but a company…that does really cool book products (see how I’m tying this together?)

 

Without further ado…


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www.outofprintclothing.com

 

Out of Print is a company that does a wide variety of book-themed items. Shirts\sweatshirts, scarves, leggings, jewelry, bags, mugs and more. All of these items are unisex and for both kids and adults.

I’ve received a few of their items and I’ve really enjoyed them! They’re made well and hold together. Plus they’re always having sales, so you can almost always get a discounted price.

“Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need. It also supports the authors, publishers and artists who made these iconic works an integral part of our lives.”

 

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I love their mugs! I own the Banned Books mug (top left) and it’s by far one of my favorites. It’s heat-reactive, so when it’s filled with coffee, the censor bars disappear.

The mugs are tall, but not huge, and comfortable to hold.

 

Socks.BPW

 

I’ve never received their socks, but I do have friends who have, and they love them! Very warm, and they last a long time.

 

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Their necklaces are simple, but based on some classics like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (top left), Scout and Boo (top right) Alice in Wonderland (bottom left) and Slaughter House 5 (bottom right).

 

 

Want to see some more products? Great! Check out Out of Print in other places:

Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | www.outofprintclothing.com

YA Chronicles | Bookish product of the Week

Hello everyone!

 

As you probably know, every week I feature a different bookish product – so I’ll update you on sales, favorite products, etc. all throughout the month.

This month is themed around different subscription boxes. Every week in June I’ll talk about a different book subscription box.

 

This box for this Friday is…


The YA Chronicles

The YA Chronicles

Website: theyachronicles.com.au

The YA Chronicles is a Australia-based subscription box. Every month they try to find a book that has great diversity, an excellent plot, and amazing writing. It also includes 5-6 items pertaining to a theme.

 

View past boxes here: Past Boxes

 

From what I can tell, this is one of the longest-running book boxes. Over two years, I think.

I have not gotten this box, but I have heard good things! Especially from people in Australia, so if that’s where you’re from, this is a good option.

I believe they also do pre-order boxes – for example, I think you can pre-order boxes for September (which has the new Chaol novel from Sarah J. Maas). This isn’t part of the subscription, but a one-time box.

 

 

YA Chronicles links: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr


 

Owlcrate Unboxing | June 2017

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June Theme: Make It Out Alive

 

June’s Owlcrate box is centered around survival! Some classic dystopians will be featured, including Divergent, The Giver, and more!

 

If this box sounds cool to you, you can still get a box!

 

Just go here: Past Boxes


Website: www.owlcrate.com

Gift this box HERE

Subscribe HERE


SPOILERS!


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As per usual, the first thing out of the box is the card with spoilers (I don’t look at it until after I unbox everything!) and the collectible pin.


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This item is an exclusive bath bomb. It’s themed around Divergent: when you use it, a charm will come out and sort you into a faction!

Full disclosure, I haven’t read Divergent yet…and I don’t plan to?

Made by Fizzy Fairy Apothecary


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This is a patch that you can iron onto a jean jacket. It’s inspired by The Giver by Lois Lowry. Have any of you read it? I really enjoyed it, personally!

Made by Laserbrain Patch Co.


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I’m not a huge fan of sleep masks, but my brother is, so I’ll probably end up giving it to him – he loves the zombie designs as well!

Made by Archie McPhee


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I’m going to bet the majority of you know this quote! It’s from ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas! The quote is: “You do not fear…you do not falter. You do not yield.”

Made by Hey Atlas Creative


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This has to be my favorite item included! This is a giant magnet, with a quote from Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes.

The quote is: “Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.”

I have not read the book, but I love that it’s a magnet! Have you read it? If so, what did you think? I would love to know if I should put it on my TBR or not.

Made by Little Inklings Designs


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This is not the book of the month! I did want to read this one though – it’s a dystopian called New World Rising. It’s published by a newer company, and I believe the third book in this series comes out this year, if it is not out already.

Published by Oftomes

Read the synopsis here: New World Rising


 

Once again, the book for this month came with an exclusive cover! I believe most of the Owlcrate books now will as well. TBH – just another reason to subscribe!


The book for this month is…

The Sandcastle Empire

Kayla Olson

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GoodReads Page

When all hope is gone, how do you survive? 

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

I haven’t read a dystopian in a while, and I’m actually excited to read this one! It sounds tropey, but it also sounds like it has the potential to be unique. I’m definitely willing to give it a try!

Next month the theme is…

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The July box is themed around Wanderlust! If you enjoy travelling, this is your box!

Sneak peak: it will include an (officially licensed) item from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!


 

That’s it! What item was your favorite?

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(Not my promo code – I don’t have one – but I still wanted to get you guys a discount! It’s from DarkFaerieTales_)