Darkness Calls Litjoy Crate Unboxing

This is my last LitJoy for a while, as the shipping has spiked up and the box hasn’t really been giving me as much joy as I wish (and I have to decide where to spend my money). But let’s see what we had, starting top right with the contents booklet.

  • Under the booklet, we have the author letter. The art is kinda cool.
  • More collectible cards, I think it’s the last few but I am not sure I got them all as you had to get the Harry Potter boxes.
  • Night Court Stationery, it’s nice not too fussed, could’ve been nicer.
  • Hot pads, I like them, but again. nothing special.
  • Nocturna by Maya Motayne, super excited to read this one!
  • A Prince Cardan cushion cover, also not fussed (see, a pattern emerges). The art is cool but not my thing.
  • Malfoy Men Magnets, made a friend very happy with them.

Basically, I kept the book, the hot pads and that’s it? Which isn’t a really good outcome considering it had to come from the US and it costs the shipping fee and everything.

I have to say I wish the stationery had been a bit nicer, more fancy, more thoguht inot it as I would’ve loved to have more of that (I am not keen on paper items but good stationery is good!).

Born Rebel Litjoy Unboxing

This is going to be my second to last Litjoy. I am trying to keep costs down and it is hard to choose which boxes to keep. Since I’ve been skipping the last few months of Litjoy, I decided it was a good idea to not renew. And this box confirmed it, as I am just not excited about it.

Contents of the box from top left (book) and going clockwise:

  • The Tiger at Midnight. I knew this was the book and want to read it.
  • A book sleeve with a Throne of Glass quote. I am terribly bored of SJM quotes however I like the sleeve because it feels perfect for a tablet.
  • A set of Snake Handle Makeup brushes, makes me think of Slytherin. I don’t really do makeup and alreayd have a set of brushes so this is a cool item that sadly I have no use for.
  • A collectible bracelet Percy Jackson themed. It’s neat, they have sent bracelets of this type before. I like them, do not wear them at all.
  • Aladdin magnetic bookmarks. Super cute, but my issue with magnetic bookmarks is that they break quickly.
  • A fearless rune sticker, assuming it is from Shadowhunters (yes the leaflet says so). It’s kinda meh because it is just a rune sticker, doesn’t mean much to me and it is huge so hard to mix with other laptop stickers. Space is a prime thing.
  • The theem card, I do love the artwork for it.
  • The collectible cards, Infernal Devices trio.

As you can see it wasn’t a bad box, but it just wasn’t for me. The only things I am keeping is the book and the sleeve. Which isn’t worth the price of it for me (considering it costs the shipping to UK). And they’re moving furhter away from themed fully on the book, which is the main reason I loved this. It used to be very thoughtfully curated to match the book but this feels more like a hey thrwo nice stuff in.

Pirate Thief Litjoy Unboxing

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This was an easy “yes” from me for the theme, pirates, arggg matey! *insert parrot and eye patch* So let’s dive into the contents and see it all. Starting from the top right, with the theme card hidden underneath book and coasters:

  • I’ve just said theme card and it’s more of a theme booklet, but it is stunning.
  • Pirate coasters, they are four different fandom pirates with quotes from each. They’re cool and my boyfriend doesn’t find them too feminine, so that’s a bonus.
  • Pirate bracelet. I like it but it isn’t exactly my cup of tea (I am not the most crazy about jewelry, despite loving my piercings, I don’t really buy it and don’t wear much except crazy earrings, that we never get, there… a good idea, send us really crazy earrings)
  • A cool Kraken pirate flag about to sink a ship. A friend asked dibs on it, and even though I am not into flag/penchants kind of stuff, I adore the design of the artwork. It is stunning. Give me a blanket or tea towel with it please!
  • A hunky man print that is meant to match the book but I haven’t read it yet so no idea. It also has the author letter on the back.
  • The usual litjoy trading cards.
  • You can’t see it very well because it is a transparent thing, but there’s a shotglass that says yo ho, yo ho the reader’s life for me. It made me laugh!
  • The main book which I had considered preordering but then decided to wait and see, and here it is. It sounds intriguing and I do love the cover.
  • A fortune teller, it came flat and with instructions on how to make it to promote a new book.
  • A second book, Brightly Burning! Funnily enough a friend had recommended it and we talked a bit about it before I received the box, so this was a good coincidence.

All in all it was a fun box, and I can’t complain much about it. I have skipped the February one because I know which book it and I already have a copy on the way plus the theme isn’t driving me crazy but will be back unboxing Litjoy in March ๐Ÿ™‚

Fallen Kingdom LitJoy Crate Unboxing

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As you may already know, I discovered LitJoy a while ago and what made me decide for them were two things: that it was cheaper than Fairyloot (including shipping, and considering LitJoy is international shipping vs Fairyloot doing national shipping), and that it curates the box for the book. Yes, there is a theme, and the items fall into the theme, but they do because they genuinely reference either items of the book or things used in the book (and sometimes the theme). Plus it usually comes with an explanation of why they chose each item that is a little more in depth than most other boxes I’ve tried.

But let’s get into this box, going from left to right (there aren’t any more unboxings with this layout, don’t worry):

  • A ruling the world after a finish one more chapter Tumbler (I think that is the right word?), I like it more than the previous bottle type item they sent, as this one fits better but I probably won’t be using it. Nevertheless it is fun, in a great shade of purple.
  • Three trading cards. I like getting them but most of the time I barely recognise the characters and I am not too bothered by them (is anyone really into the whole trading cards thing?). They’re a consistent thing and I am ambiguos about them. (The art is gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate that).
  • Once a King, by Erin Summerill. I have the two previous books (which I haven’t read yet) but it was nice to get this edition (it is such a gorgeous one! Classy, beautiful, one of the best “exclusive editions” I’ve seen). I was surprised they included a book that is considered the third in a series, but for me it wasn’t an issue, and actually made this a great choice.
  • Some Darkling (I may be lying) print. You can see how excited I am about it because I can’t even remember who it is, right?
  • If you can read this.. pair of socks. I wasn’t very keen about socks in book boxes when they first started because they weren’t great socks, but I am loving the good quality, not tacky ones that I have been receiving recently in different boxes, and this ones aren’t the exception.
  • Courage dear heart notebook, I loved the artwork. Narnia, yes please.
  • Weasley is King pin, which felt like a super cute badge and made me instantly smile.
  • The themed artwork print which also is the author letter (if I got it right, usually it is inside the book but there was an printing error, however it doesn’t bother me as it still fits inside the book, without damaging it so no biggie!)

All in all it was a nice box, and I was happy to not receive another reading journal and instead get a nice notebook that I can choose to use for whatever purposes I want (which may or may not be a reading journal, but who am I kidding? It definitely won’t be a journal because I haven’t been able to keep one ever).

As I have been saying before about boxes (in previous unboxing posts) missing out on the little things, for example, this box had the “weasley is king” pin which to me was just a wonderful little item I had. I could only have asked for a paper crown in it to make it better.

Dreams & Nightmares Litjoy Crate Unboxing

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Look at this gorgeous box! I couldn’t resist getting Litjoy’s special edition crate for Muse of Nightmares. I already had the gorgeous Fairyloot edition of Strange the Dreamer, so I wanted a nice edition to match, and this one is definitely gorgeous.

The box was full of purple delightful things as you can see below.

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Starting on the book and going round clockwise:

  • Muse of Nightmares, it came with an auhtor letter and signed. And this is the American edition (I have UK edition for Strange, but somehow find this one matches beautifully the blue).
  • A gorgeous quilted booksleeve with a button (I liked that detail and the print of the fabric).
  • Lull Tea.
  • Shiny charm bracelet wiht a purple moth. โค
  • Logo pin which is also delightful and very detailed.
  • A hardbacked journal with a dreamy scene. It has a ribbon bookmark and elastic band.
  • Mug cake, old fashioned one (I have yet to try it, but looks intriguing).
  • Goddess of Dreams fabric/linen spray.
  • Trading cards.
  • MY favourite item, a gorgeous potion bottle with a candle inside.
  • And of course the theme and contents booklet.

It was a very purple edition and I was extremely pleased by it.

Catwoman Litjoy Crate Unboxing

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As you know this is the US edition and it is a signed copy (it isn’t a Litjoy exclusive but still, very cool). Starting from the book, here’s the unboxing:

  • Catwoman book by Sarah J. Maas, it also has an author letter.
  • Catwoman socks (I loved them so much!)
  • A Harley Quinn bath bomb which is hwy it is two colours ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Catwoman theme booklet.
  • Jewellry ceramic dish, Meow! I thought it was a very original idea and found it a lovely addition to the box.
  • Poison Ivy candle, which made me smile.
  • Catwoman decals, for your nails, and they look gorgeous, tempting me to redo my nails, but alas I have at the moment Ghibli themed ones and I love them too.
  • And of course the exclusive trading cards for Litjoy.

It was a lovely box, even if it felt a tiny bit less wow that previous boxes, but on the good side I enjoyed all items.

Gothic Ghostbusters LitJoy Crate

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Sadly I missed the delivery day of my Litjoy so it had to wait a few days to be picked up, but it is an interesting box. Included were:

  • My Plain Jane, exclusive edition. This is the second Exclusively printed LitJoy edition book they have done and I love it, the extra page and illustration make it a bit nicer plus it is signed (no bookplate). My only wish (mostly because wishes) is that it had sprayed edges too but it is not a complaint.
  • A library Card pouch which is tres tres cool. And somehow in the picture it looks much more like an old yellowed library card than a pouch.
  • Theme card/booklet.
  • The Last Magicians temporary tattoo
  • MMoaning Myrtle notebook 9with a quote that made me laugh!)
  • Ink and Wonder wooden bookmark (I love their designs, I always feel they are too pretty to use, one day I will use them!)
  • A tea towel, winner! I love tea towels in book boxes and this one definitely fits well into my collection (I just wish it was a bigger bit of art rather than just that bit but nevermind).
  • A gorgeous feather pen. Mine decided to spill all the ink into the bag and miraculously not actually get the feather which is a stunning shade.
  • And of course the new trading cards which were much better than I thought they would be and I love them, gorgeous!

Dark Kingdom LitJoy Unboxing

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Just to clarify, the book included in LitJoy was exactly the same as the one included in Save The Kingdom Fairyloot. Fairyloot edition (book and cover on top left corner) had sprayed edges in black whereas the Litjoy edition has the extra image (the open book in the picture). And I am of course having a very hard time choosing which edition to keep. But let’s do the proper unboxing starting from the book on the top left corner and going clockwise:

  • Onyx & Ivory exclusive LitJoy edition.or letter on the other side, it is signed (rather than bookplate), but it lacks the sprayed edges.
  • Gold Collagen Eye Mask. I’ve always wanted to try them but never did justify getting so I was pleased to receive them in this box as it is the perfect excuse to try them without feeling guilty or silly for choosing them.
  • Dragon Eye Activated Charcoal by The Charming Frog. I have raved about The Charming Frog’s soaps before and I usually stock up on them, so I immediately recognised the soap was from them (yes that kind of fan of their soaps I am that just by seeing the soap I know it is from them before reading the label or anything) which makes me super happy.
  • Linh Cinder Magnet by Laura Hollingsworth. Funny, I have followed The Silver Eye comic for a long time so it was also easy to recognise one artist I enjoy very much (LitJoy really overdid themselves choosing things I like and can recognise).
  • A set of promotional cards about Onyx and Ivory.
  • Theme card
  • Life Force Novelly Yours Candle. It smells yummy!
  • Dragon print by Bambi Khan.
  • Darkling & Rhysand “Magical Men” Tote bag, which is huge and good quality.

I was very pleased with the box of course since it is lovely and had a lot of good products including the ones I knew from before!

Darlings and Deception LitJoy Crate Unboxing

I admit I had completely forgotten that my LitJoy Crate was on the way, so it was such a nice thing to realise that it was at the post office (it was less nice that postie didn’t leave it at home and made me go pick it up next day, which means waking up at silly o’clock).

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  • Theme card, it gives me a Disney vibe and I love it! It also includes a photo challenge, and explanations on why each item was chosen (this is one of my favourite things about LitJoy, they always explain why they chose the items and how they match the theme/book).
  • Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey. I didn’t have this book in my radar but it looks interesting and I have instant cover love. It also included a letter from the author and a signed bookplate.
  • Double-sided colouring page (I love the book side, the other side is flowers).
  • A Midsummer Night #nofilter, it is a weird and funny amusing look at Shakespeare. Not exactly up my street but interesting nevertheless.
  • Out of This World Swoon bookmark.
  • Colouring Pencils to help colour the page (and I like that the box is like a colouring page).
  • Bee Brave bee pin. This is my absolute favourite item in the box, and I think I got very excited while I was unboxing this particular item. It is so cute and awesome!
  • Underneath it all is a Marie Antoinette apron, which was awesome because my usual apron is in dire need of repair and I have been in need of a new one, so this came at perfect timing!

I was happily surprised by this box and it was a good way to start the day.

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Poor Unfortunate Souls LitJoy Crate Unboxing

Since we just had the Middle Grade unboxing, let’s do the Young Adult one!

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Isn’t it a fun box? I was pleasantly surprised yet again by it, and also ended up loving items I didn’t expect to love once I actually had them in my hands. So here we go, starting with the book and going clockwise:

  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. This was on my TBR for a while so it was good to find it in this box.
  • A plush heart keychain, which is extra soft and I don’t usually like pompom like things.
  • Seashell and Starfish lights, which I am loving but will donate to a friend that really wanted some underwater/beach themed props.
  • Compass earrings, sadly you can’t see them well, but they are really cute and even come with an extra back post (?).
  • Two Unputdownable bookmarks.
  • A “Shelfies Over Selfies” pin which I approve of.
  • Mermaid artwork by this month’s artist.
  • Mermaid theme card. I love how they match so well with the art print and it means extra arty work.
  • A Little Mermaid sticker (I absolutely adore stickers, book box makers, do more stickers! Seriously!)
  • And finally a sequins cushion cover. I ended up finding it extremely fun and drawing a “heart” on it.

Fire & Ice LitJoy Crate

This beautiful box peaked my interest and I just couldn’t resist it. I mean, fire, ice, wolves, magic words for me.

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It is my first Middle Grade crate, and it was fun to receive it. Starting from the book and going clockwise:

  • Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman. I was thinking of preordering it but it sounded fun to get it in a LitJoy Crate. It comes with a signed bookplate and a letter from Amie.
  • Elementals bookmark.
  • Theme card with a wolf on the cover,
  • “Ice” candy sucker, which is meant to represent an ice spear from the book, and hey, it is sweet!
  • Activity booklet with puzzles and other interesting bits.
  • Dragon Decal Sticker, which I loved, I can see it going on my laptop.
  • A compass, which was kinda unexpectedly cool and it glows in the dark.
  • The Gathering Storm from The Hidden World of Changers. I have never heard of it but it sounds fun!
  • 3D Wolf LED Night Light which I finally found an adapter for and it is cute and cool and I like it! It is just fun and I will probably have it on my desk.

All in all, I was super pleased with it. I kept squealing and being excited about the contents (I think I was the least excited by the Changers book and that’s mostly because I didn’t know much about them). But seriously, gushing over everything.

Upon Her Throne Litjoy Crate Unboxing

Who wants to be a queen? No? Yes? I admit I may not particularly want the hassle but it sounds like a fun thing to do now and then. And in this month’s LitJoy Crate you can get a tiny taste of that.

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So going round and starting with the book:

  • The Queen’s Rising by Rebbeca Ross. I was going to preorder this book because she chooses knowledge as her passion and the book sounded intriguing. It came with author letter and signed bookplate.
  • Underneath is a Constellation Scarf that is so utterly gorgeous I can’t help but love it.
  • That gorgeous crystal necklace is a Stone of Eventide Necklace.
  • On top of it is the booklet with all the explanations as to why they chose each item and this time it includes other book recommendations.
  • Restore Me sampler.
  • Sansa Stark print by Yara Noe. It is hauntingly dark and I love it even though at first I didn’t know who it was.
  • Heartless Quote Bookmark which has a delicate decoration I am enjoying very much.
  • Passion Bath Bomb (apparently I got With which is the green one) by Fizzy Fairy Apothecary.

This box is so lush and somehow makes me want to run a bath and just read this book and relax.

December’s LitJoy Crate Unboxing

This was delayed due to me being a silly person and having it sent to work address so it arrived while I was on holiday so the unboxing was very delayeed, woops!

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I kinda guessed what book would be in this box as I follow the author on Twitter, but let’s go in order on the contents of this box, starting with the book of course:

  • Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza.
  • Signed book plate and author letter.
  • Happy holidays postcard from the team.
  • Kat & Meg spoiler card (it includes all the items and why they were chosen).
  • Parabatai rune pin.
  • Spoiler card for January’s box (Batman!)
  • Epic Reads Look Book which is kinda like a fun activity book about books.
  • Inej and Nina print by Katherine Butler.
  • Lavender sleep mask which is a nice relaxing bit and quite unexpected.
  • Kindred Spirits candle by The Muggle Library. It smells nice and friendly.
  • Harry Potter Golden Trio tote bag by Sarah Conradsen, and I love the illustration on it.
  • Calm Yo Self anxiety roller by the Literary Apothecary. I tested it the day it arrived and have been using it at work and it is quite interesting, even when I am not the most fond of the lavender smell. It may be my favourite item from the box.

Now I can’t wait for this month’s box to arrive as it is curated by Marie Lu!

 

November’s LitJoy Crate Unboxing

Second LitJoy crate I have received, and I found it interesting (despite the postage delays which wasn’t their fault at all, all my international boxes have been utterly delayed).

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Let’s unbox in clockwise fashion starting on the book:

  • Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (I had preordered this one but the guess for the box wasn’t Otherworld, so I didn’t expect it, anyway it just meant someone gets a free book).
  • A Ready Player One Quote tumbler by Evie Seo. I like that it is blue and I did loose the straw when I unboxed it and as I was clearing up it appeared but sadly it is missing from this picture (the straw, not the tumbler).
  • Otherworld promotional postcards.
  • Underneath is another Evie Seo design, but this time a pillow/cushion case with a Harry Potter quote.
  • Theme card, which inside explains why they chose each item and what each item is.
  • Otherworld sunglasses (I think these where promotional items).
  • Feyre Art Print by Jo Painter.
  • Otherworld luggage tag which is probably my favourite item which is kinda silly but there’s something neat about it.
  • Ink and Wonder bookmark, which is lovely as per usual with her bookmarks.
  • Quote print from publishers.
  • Yoda and Luke magnets (Lego version).

I didn’t really know what to expect with this box but once again I was pleasantly surprised with the contents. I have one more to go before my three month trial runs out and I am wondering how that will go.

Dragon Slayer LitJoy Crate

This is my first LitJoy Crate, I had heard that sometimes they get an author to curate them or something like that so decided to give it a go before they even announced the theme for October. (Yeah, by now you should know I just go and buy book boxes because book boxes, in all fairness, I do check past boxes before buying but the theme rarely ever bothers me and I only worry about theme so I can figure out what kind of items/books are there).

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Let’s do around the clock, (one day it will be counterclockwise I promise) starting with the book:

  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. I AM so happy this was the book because for Gollancz Festival there was an event with Kristen and I got my book signed (plus she curated this box and recognised my scarf at the event!).
  • Underneath everything is an infinity dragon scale scarf which took me ages to figure out how to wear because I have never had an infinity scarf despite having a nice collection of scarfs at home.
  • A Khaleesi Kisses lipbalm which smells delicious, warm and firey and just perfect.
  • A dagger/knife shaped bookmark.
  • Candle
  • Shakespeare quote print which also has on the toher side the author letter (this broke my heart because I usually stick author letters to the books but I can’t do this for it because it is such a gorgeous print… decisions, decisions, decisions!).
  • The Complete Book of Dragons by Cressida Crowell which is all about dragons and I think is such a wonderful companion to The Last Namsara.
  • Jon Snow bookmark, which is stunning too.
  • Content leaflet which explains why each item was chosen and has pictures identifying each one.

I was very pleased with the box, and I am very happy this was my first one. Of course I am getting more of them so hopefully this will go beautifully well and I will keep raving about it (also no customs which was an amazing bonus).