Today I have an unboxing for the 2017 January OwlCrate Subscription Box!
Unfortunately for me, this is the last month of my OwlCrate subscription box service. My fiance was so kind and ordered two rounds of 3-month subscriptions since May of last year, and now the time has come for me to say goodbye to OwlCrate.
I missed out on doing the November and December OwlCrate unboxing reviews for several reasons. First of all, if you read my October 2017 OwlCrate Box review, you’d know that I disappointed with the contents. After that, I lost some of my interest in the box. The November and December boxes were equally as thrilling at the October one. That is why I ultimately made the decision to not renew my subscription to OwlCrate.
So in honor of my last OwlCrate subscription box, let’s take a look at the contents of the January 2017 OwlCrate box!
About the OwlCrate Subscription Box:
OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box that sends out a YA fiction novel and other bookish merchandise all revolving around a central theme. For example, the January 2017 box theme was “Classic Remix”.
The book that is sent out will be a brand new, highly anticipated Young Adult release for that exact month. Along with amazing bookish merchandise (including candles, snacks, coloring books, jewelry, etc.), the box will also come with exclusive items from the book’s author/publishers, and there will be a detailed note that explains the items in the box.
There are three plans available: 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. The cost of box starts at $29.99 per box + shipping, and obviously the price gets better with more months in your plan! I have personally signed up for the 3 month plan, and then immediately renewed it when it ended!
Boxes are shipped out around the 20th of each month, and it is totally encouraged for you to take pictures of your box and share it on social media using the #owlcrate hashtag! But it’s courteous to wait until nearer the end of the month in order to avoid spoiling the box for others who have yet to receive their box.
“The Little Prince” Loose Tea by First Edition Tea Co.
The first item in the box is a mint & rose herbal loose tea by First Edition Tea Co., adorable named “The Little Prince”. Check out the etsy shop for First Edition Tea Co. here! They have a variety of loose leaf teas, including a collection of literature-inspired teas with beautiful packaging. I would personally love to try their “Alice in Wonderland” tea, which is described as a “sweet and floral blend of rooibos and black tea, filled with rose petals”. Yum!
2017 Wanderlust Calendar by Obvious State
The next item is the 2017 Wanderlust Calendar by Obvious State. They’re a creative studio and literary brand that produces beautiful literature-inspired merchandise. The designs are minimal and classy. Visit the Obvious State website to see more of their designs. If you still need to get a calendar for 2017, it isn’t too late! I recommend checking out the Biblio and Bloom Calendars, offered at a discounted rate because it’s February.
“The Secret Garden” Soap by TeaSoapBooks
Next is a lovely soap by TeaSoapBooks called “The Secret Garden”, and the scent is white tea & berries. According to their website, TeaSoapBooks aims to combine classic literary texts with the perfect tea pairing – and turn it into a soap scent! With book-shaped soaps (how adorable), each scent corresponds with a lovely soap color. They also make bath salts which look absolutely divine. Packed with real dried herbs and flowers, I totally need them all! The Raven bath salts, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s work, contain blackberry tea and I think it sounds terribly perfect.
The Phantom of the Opera-Inspired Magnet by SweetSequels
We also have a The Phantom of the Opera-inspired magnet by SweetSequels. The SweetSequels Etsy shop advertises literary-inspired products for readers and their little ones. I don’t have any kids yet, but when I do I just know how much I’m going to want to purchase the Baby’s Guide to The Lord of the Rings Fabric Book! I absolutely adore the Lord of the Rings movies (I still need to read the books myself, oops!) and what better way to brainwash my kids into loving them too?!
Exclusive OwlCrate Button
As with every OwlCrate subscription box, there is an exclusive OwlCrate button that fits in with the theme of the month.
Promotional Poster for “Wires and Nerve” by Marissa Meyer
There is also an advertisement poster for “Wires and Nerve“, Marissa Meyer’s new graphic novel.
Bookmark by LexyOlivia
Finally, we have a beautiful bookmark by LexyOlivia. Her Etsy shop features lots of beautiful watercolor prints and letters, including bookmarks with quotes on them. You don’t even have to be a part of a fandom to drool over LexyOlivia’s work! The prints are seriously to die for. One of my absolute favorite designs is her Beauty and the Beast bookmark, I just think it’s really beautiful and the design is so original!
Roseblood by A. G. Howard
And last but not least, we have the book of the month. The book for the January 2017 OwlCrate subscription box was RoseBlood by A. G. Howard. I actually have not heard of or seen this book much, though to be fair I have not been up-to-date with the recent book releases. RoseBlood is written as either a re-telling of The Phantom of the Opera, or a sequel to it, and let me just say that I. Am. So. Down. I loooooove The Phantom of the Opera. It is one of my favorite musicals (and I surprisingly love musicals). I think that the songs are brilliant, and the story itself is so mysterious, dark, and sexy. I have very high expectations for RoseBlood, and I cannot wait to dive into it.
Goodreads description for RoseBlood:
In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.
Overall thoughts and opinions
After several months straight of boxes that I just didn’t really enjoy, this month surprised me. The contents of the January 2017 OwlCrate subscription box were really nice, and I think it is worth my money. I’m always a big fan of tea, and who doesn’t use soap? The calendar is sleek and small enough for a desk. Also, the magnet looks really nice and I think I might just put it on my fridge. Plus, I think that the book selection for this month was a great choice.
All in all, I am happy with the contents of this month’s box. While I still won’t be renewing my subscription, I will always consider coming back to OwlCrate in the future.
Talk with me!
What did you think of this OwlCrate box? Please let me know your thoughts! As always, I do really recommend the OwlCrate subscription box. I’ve tried a couple book subscription boxes, and this one has been my favorite by far. If you sign up, use the discount coupon code “WELCOME10” to receive 10% off your first order on the website!
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