Fantastic theme and I knew immediately which book it’d be and was excited for the box because I seriously enjoyed it a lot, so let’s unbox starting from the top left corner and going clockwise:
Theme card, very wild West like.
Underneath a Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets tea towel which I loved because it has a huge moon and is really beautiful art.
Favour stickers, it is book related and I instantly knew what they were and thought it was awesome.
Two promotional bookmarks.
Chocolate “Pixie Dust” covered pretzels. I don’t eat a lot of chocolate, so I had one but the rest were scoffed by my husband. He first was like “what is this, meh, funny pretzels” and then was like “need more, delicious!”
Desert sticky “bookmarks”, made my work colleagues smile and me too. I found it amusing.
Verify promotional postcard, intriguing book indeed.
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis. I enjoyed it a lot and reviewed it here.
A Bookish Rebel mason jar, I was just sad it didn’t come with a lid but still, liked this.
All in all strong box and had lots of great items, probably the only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the promoitonal stuff, which to be fair is nothing bad at all or anything to complain about. Also the cover for Good Luck Girls is like someone poured liquid gold on it and wow. Absolutely stunning! Really blew me away.
The theme for September’s Illumicrate was High stakes, but was it up tothose high stakes? Let’s see what was inside, starting from bottom left corner:
Theme booklet. Matches the main book well.
A gorgeous ceramic mug with artwork inspired by Children of Blood and Bone. I find it gorgeous but also, I have been avoiding ceramic reusable travel mugs as I mostly use them in the car and if an accident happens and it shatters, well, not good. Bamboo is less problematic.
The End if Nigh notepad. This is perfect for shopping lists and in good timing as my current one is almost finished. It is inspired by Good Omens.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. Super excited to read it, and the edges have a snake. However, I am a bit unhappy with the size of the book. Books to me are portable and that’s the beauty of it. With books as huge as this one, it is VERY hard to read them on public transport without poking someone, they don’t bend as easily, and are SO heavy! I just wish we could get nice smaller editions (usually the paperback version is like 1/3 of the size).
Carry On scarf. Not a fan so this one was gifted (also, I have a bit of odd feelings about turning Carry On which is a “take on Harry Potter” into a full series).
A DNA lankyard cord thing, inspired by the Mortal Coil. Loved it!
And a wooden print thing. It is nice but it doesn’t look properly lacquered to put things on it without damaging it. May be bothered to do it or may not and pass it on.
All in all, some items did make it out of this high stakes box into a great item but half of them didn’t and that was a bit sad.
For some reason, Owlcrate does their “spooky” box in September (not that I am complaining because then my unboxing post can happen in October!) and this was a good spooky box.
Starting from the top left with the book and going clockwise:
The Bone Houses, and an “inverted” cover for the black background to white and the white lettering to black. Still gorgeous, very excited about the book!
A Penguin Classic Horror (The Haunting of Hill House), I was never going to love this one as I am not a horror person but someone will so no biggie. Plus it is an extra book.
A spooky print which I liked it.
The monthly pin inspired by the book.
Skeleton fingerless gloves. I love that they are very long, my dog chewed up the last pair from a previous Owlcrate, so this was perfect timing (and they are being kept well out of the reach of the dog).
Coffee. My biggest issue is the coffee label has little to no information. I still think it could easily have a label with details on the back (as this is obviously blended/flavoured coffee, good for allergens, etc). But I like coffee, so not bad and this one smells real good.
A sampler of The Beautiful, not intersted at all but cool.
Theme card, I like the artwork.
A trinket dish which is very pretty but I already have two that I am using and have no need for more (otherwise I would keep it, it is nice).
All in all a well packed box with lots of nice interesting useful things and lots of spooky in it but not too much (at least in my taste).
My very first Illumicrate box included this hardcover book with a crow and a red sun on the cover (sound familiar?). So it wasn’t any surprise that when they announced they w0uld be doing a special edition for Darkdawn, I had to have it (plus they special editions boxes are stunning!).
As you can see above, Nevernight wan’t the only book and it didn’t have an author letter like The Graces did. Nevernight was the “afterthought”, the second book, rather than the main one. Back then the boxes weren’t themed either and it was way more of a surprise what you could get…
But back to the main thing, the Darkdawn box. Because we’ve come to the end of the trilogy.
Look at that, I have a slightly better idea what I am doing with an unboxing, and this time the blanket underneath is not one I made myself, but part of the box. Oh how time goes by! Let’s unbox this, starting from the top left corner and going clockwise:
Underneath everything, a Mr Kindly and Eclipse blanket. It is the softest thing ever and I love it!
Nevernight Short-Form Series Extras, a kind of script and sneak peek book for what Piera Forde has been doing on trying to adapt it to “film”.
A wooden map of Itreya. I don’t know what I will use it for, but I really like it.
Mr Kindly bath bomb by Geeky Clean. This smells gorgeous and I am looking forward to using it in my bath.
A gorgeous mug called “Goodnight Kiss”, but spoilers, so yeah…
Darkdawn book, with yellow edges (like the Italian edition if I got it right). (Sadly I prefer the dark edges, but I think part of it is I am not a fan of yellow).
On top of it, a Mia magnetic coin.
A print of Mia and Trik (same artwork as the script thing extra stuff)
Three, the extra content/deleted scene.
Character bookmarks that are double sided.
Foil (it is super extra stunning) Hard at work print of Mia.
A gorgeous book sleeve with two different sides, A Story to Tell.
Mia “Funko Pop” style figurine.
Two amazing pins by Fable and Black. I was blown away by them!
Finally, close to the mug, the Corvere crest as a necklace.
All in all, a very full box with lots of stunning items! Illumicrate did an amazing job and I am glad I bought that first box with Nevernight way back when (I have been subscribed to them since then…)
Let’s see what was isnide this Book Box Club! Starting from the book and going clockwise:
The Beckoning Shadow, a book a bit like fight club but at the same time not.
Postcard for An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
A Quidditch ticket patch (I like patches I just don’t know what to do with them or where to put them).
Barrington Stoke sampler collection.
Queen of Hearts earrings, they will make my sister super happy!
A very green Absolutely Remarkable Things notebook. It’s nice but sadly not that remarkable.
A nicely smelling candle, Remember it’s only a Game.
The clubhouse invite.
A book Bingo that sticks to your fridge (magnetic). Sadly the stickers kept not working out and we just gotta mark them instead. But I like the concept!
Finallly, a string bag with a quote on it. My mother loved it.
As much as I usually love Book Box Club, this box was a little underwhelming and it was also the box that was the most delayed. But the next box is the anniversary one so I am hoping it will pick up again (in general, August boxes aren’t my thing for some reason).
This box made me panic, because it had not arrived almost two months later. But it did two days before I could complain it was lost in the post 9sneaky box).
As you know, every now and then I get one of their boxes because the theme tempts me. So with a theme of “Totoro Picnic” it was obvious I needed it, right? (the answer here is yes if it is Ghibli). Starting on the theme card on bottom right and going clockwise:
Theme zine, which usually has more than just what is inside the box.
Totoro chopsticks. I’ve had some other chopsticks from them and they’re sturdy and easy to wash.
Totoro plastic camper mug, super cute.
Totoro face towel in a handy holder.
A plastic picnic blanket (I should stop saying it has Totoro on it, right?)
Two nice receptacles, kinda bento boxes that stack well.
As a bonus, it came with a Pokemon cable protector (the tiny one next to the lid and chopsticks)
Isn’t it all super cute? I was glad I got this cute box.