8 May 2016

OwlCrate Unboxing - April 'Dystopia' Box Review

It's time for you guys to see what was in the April OwlCrate! This is always one of my absolute favourite posts to make each month, I am so incredibly lucky to be a representative for such an amazing business. 

If you're unsure of what OwlCrate is, let me help you out. OwlCrate is a monthly Young Adult subscription service that costs $29.99 per month + shipping. Inside you'll find one YA hardcover book, 3-5 bookish goodies, and some book swag (usually a letter from the author, or a bookmark relating to the book, etc) Each month, the wonderful people behind OwlCrate come up with a theme that fits the book and curate an array of extraordinary goodies to go with it! I'm always impressed with the boxes! 

Right, on to April's box! April's theme was 'Dystopia' and I have to say, I was pretty darn excited when I heard this. Dystopian books are my favourite to read and I couldn't imagine a better theme to be honest. Let me show you what was inside:

The first item I pulled out was this Hunger Games inspired magnet made by Halfblood Prints. The image is of Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, sporting her infamous mockingjay pin. I've always been a big fan of Halfblood Prints, I love the way in which she recreates bookish or film characters, such an awesome style! The magnet itself is quite flimsy, but I can't imagine that it would be a problem once it's on the fridge!

Next up was another Hunger Games inspired piece which was made by The Geeky Cauldron (just look at that pretty packaging and insanely awesome logo which I will always be in awe of!) I have seen these kinds of bracelets floating around a lot lately, either for The Hunger Games or Harry Potter, and I can't say I've ever felt the need to buy one, mostly for fear of them breaking quite easily, but I do love the colours and material of the bracelet! I adore the Mockingjay symbol. 

The Hunger Games was definitely something that needed to feature within this Dystopia box and I'm so happy that there were two items dedicated to it! 

Also included in the box was this Nineteen Eighty-Four themed notebook. I have to say, I really do enjoy brown paper notebooks like this. It's relatively small (I'd guess A5 or A6) but they always fit so perfectly in handbags that they're the perfect size to jot down blog or plot ideas on the go. 

This particular notebook was made by Manuscript Notebooks and features the quote "Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood." by George Orwell on the back. 

I have to say, of all the Dystopian books that have been around lately, The Maze Runner trilogy and it's prequel, was one of the ones to completely suck me in. When I found out that there would be an item inspired by The Maze Runner in April's OwlCrate I was over the moon about it. 

The item is a laptop decal by Shaileyann Design that says 'Property of WCKD' - I don't have a laptop to stick this on at the moment, but my fiance loves The Maze Runner as well and I'm 99.9999% sure that he's been eyeing this item up. 

When everyone heard that Evie Bookish was featuring in April's OwlCrate and that the item would be something that OwlCrate had never done before, there was a lot of speculation thrown around and guesses as to what that item might be. A lot of people thought it would be a mug, so I was surprised to discover that it was a coaster?! It's definitely an item that I wouldn't expect! 

The quote is "I spent my life folded between the pages of books" which I'm pretty sure is from the Shatter Me series, one that I have not read. Still, the quote probably applies to every single person subscribed to OwlCrate. Honestly, I'm incredibly scared to use it (it's very pretty!) and I know how irrational that is considering it's a freaking coaster, but I'll probably put it up on my shelves instead. 

The next item I'm showing you is a beautifully decorated quote art print from The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi - I'm pretty sure this was a promotional item as there was a bit of information about the book on the back, but man oh man is it pretty! I could very easily stare at this beauty for weeks and it will definitely find a place up on my wall of printed bookish goodies! 

Now! On to the book!

The book included in April's OwlCrate was Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. Hilariously, I've ended up with not one, not two, but THREE copies of this book during the month of April (it must be a sign that I need to read this book, haha) Personally, I do prefer the UK cover of the book, but this one is quite lovely as well. I've never seen a book with kind of a wax/baking paper looking cover before. 

The real reason that I have three copies is because I was part of the blog tour for the release of this beautiful book, so I was very excited to see that it was a part of the OwlCrate. The synopsis is as follows: 

"You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything."

I've heard wonderful things about this book so far and I'll be extremely excited to read it! 

The book swag included was a letter from the author Cecelia Ahern, cover poster (not pictured), and a temporary tattoo (not pictured) -- These kinds of things are always such an exciting part of the boxes, it's amazing to hear thoughts from authors in such a personal way. 

That about wraps it up for this month's blog unboxing! While I did enjoy the boxes' theme and contents I can't say that it was my favourite box ever - I am super excited for this month's theme which is STEAMPUNK! 

OwlCrate says that "The Steampunk box will contain a steampunk retelling of a beloved children's story, as well as a whole bunch of beautiful jewelry and accessories. Oh, and there will also be an item inspired by The Infernal Devices in the box! You won't want to miss it!" - I don't know about you guys but I live for retellings, I am so absolutely excited! 

We've already had two sneak peaks about what might be included! The first is that Sparks Emporium will have an item featured in the box (I've had a few items from them and they have always been beautiful and amazing!). The second is that Espionage Cosmetics will also have an item featured. I've never heard of Espionage Cosmetics before, but after looking at their Instagram it looks like they make nail wraps and lovely things like that, which is super exciting! 

If you're keen to sign up for the May OwlCrate, you better get your skates on because time is running out! If you haven't signed up before, or if you'd like to send one as a gift to a friend, you can use the code BB2016 to receive 10% off the box! 

Make sure to check out OwlCrate on all their social media and sign up for their newsletters. They're always doing insane giveaways, sharing sneak peaks, letting us know what they're currently reading, and more! I follow them on literally every social media platform haha. 

That's it from me today! This week I'll also be sharing the answers to the questions you guys asked about my business, writing up an interview with another subscription box, and sharing my thoughts on a few books I've been reading! 

Do you guys subscribe to OwlCrate, what do you think? What was your favourite item from this month's crate? Let me know in the comments below! 

1 comment :

  1. I'm so incredible jealous that you now have three copies of Flawed because I am dying to get my hands on a copy of that book lol.