It’s about time I do one of these, right?

I mean, I feel like I’ve been promising bookish subscription reviews since I started this blog back in the beginning of summer. Oops!! It’s not that I haven’t been receiving various subscription boxes, just that I usually get so excited about the merchandise that I forget to take pictures and end up putting everything to use immediately… Sorry not sorry. Hehe.

So by now, I’ve been receiving OwlCrate boxes for about 4-5 months, and I have to say I am incredibly pleased with this subscription box.

Let me break it down for you:

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 September 2016 box theme was “Darkness”.

The book that is sent out will be a brand newhighly 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.

So, here is my unboxing of the September 2016 “Darkness” OwlCrate box! Ready? Drum roll please…………….

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Ta-da! Beautiful, isn’t it? **Disclaimer: I forgot to put the beautiful Six of Crows bookmark by Evie Seo in this picture but I have it pictured down below!

This box came with…

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, a signed bookplate, letter, and exclusive fortune teller unique to the book.

Goodreads summary:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo bookmark designed by the lovely Evie Seo of @eviebookish on Instagram. Check out her Society6 store here!

This bookmark is seriously beautiful. I love that there are two sides of the design, and not just a plain white back. The design is intricate, moody, and absolutely perfect for the crew over in Ketterdam!

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Image taken from “Fortune Telling Bomb” listing on dabombfizzers.com

A lovely bath-bomb from @dabombfizzers on Instagram. It’s a fortune-telling bath-bomb, so essentially once you drop it in the tub and it fizzes all the way out, it will either have a “Yes” or “No” type answer. The point is to ask your question beforehand, and then find out in the tub!

Unfortunately I don’t have better pictures of this bath-bomb because, as I mentioned above, I get so excited for these boxes and the items within that I end up using them immediately! Whoops. My question was: “Will I have a good college senior year?” and the answer was “Absolutely!” Yay me!

This bath-bomb was absolutely beautiful and it smelled so lovely. It was sweet and somewhat citrus-y if I remember correctly. These bath-bombs are created by a pair of “sisterpreneurs”, and you can check out their website here!

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A pouch designed for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children official movie release! I haven’t read this series yet, but I seriously love the pouch. I like that, once again, there are two sides to this design. I particularly enjoy the quote! I’ve already switched out all of my pens and pencils for school and have been using this for the school year. It’s spacious and even fits my set of colored pens and highlighters! Definitely getting a lot of use out of this pouch.

This pouch was created by @outofprint on Instagram. They specialize in apparel, accessories, and other fun bookish merchandise! Check out their website here!

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I was so thrilled when I saw this mini candle by Raquel Nevarez and her shop, The Melting Library (@themeltinglibrary on Instagram!). I’ve been absolutely coveting her candles for ages but never made the plunge to buy any from her Etsy shop because it was just a bit out of my price-range. However, I was so thrilled with this packaging and the scent that I went ahead and made a itty bitty, teensy weensy purchase of just three candles. Hehe.

The scent is an exclusive for this OwlCrate box, and it’s Celaena’s Cake. You know, Celaena as in the heroine assassin from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. This assassin girl loves chocolate cake. I happen to enjoy neither chocolate nor cake, but this candle is not overwhelmingly sweet, and because of its smaller size, I can handle the smell pretty well!

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This OwlCrate box also came with a few extra goodies, like this Passport extra advertisement for P.C. Cast’s new fantasy series, Moon Chosen which comes out on October 18th of this year. It’s quite a cute prop, and I love the color and tree on the front! It’s a really beautiful design.

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We also received a reading sample of Remade, which is like a short series/comic. I thought this was a pretty unique addition to the box, and I’ve had some fun flipping through the pages, though I’m not sure exactly what to do with it. Maybe file it with my small comics collection? Haha.

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The OwlCrate boxes also always come with a little art piece that goes along with this month’s theme, as well as a preview for the next month’s theme. October’s theme is going to be “Once Upon A Dream”, and I can’t wait! Plus, these designs are so beautiful they make wonderful props and wall art.

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The last thing is a button with the same print as the OwlCrate letter. How adorable is it?? I put it right on my backpack!

Overall opinions:

I’m really thrilled about this box! I wasn’t as pleased with the August box last month, which featured a contemporary YA novel and other contemporary-type merchandise features, so I was glad that the September box had items that were definitely more up my alley.

I’ve already used and loved the bookmark, the bath-bomb, the candle, button, and the pouch. That’s a sign of a good, high-quality box!

Have you ordered your October “Once Upon A Dream” OwlCrate box yet? Make sure to use the coupon code WELCOME15 for 15% off of your first purchase on the OwlCrate website!