September’s OwlCrate, a reveal and review by Cat

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OwlCrate – A Box of Bookish Goodies

OwlCrate is one of many book boxes currently available for all the bibliophiles of the world. OwlCrate’s focus is on Young Adult (with a strong leaning towards fantasy), and each monthly box includes a new young adult book and several bookish goodies. Included in the goodies will always be an exclusive pin.

Best of all (for those collectors out there), each month has a special theme for the entire box.

September’s theme for OwlCrate was Haunted Hearts.

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*In case it wasn’t obvious, don’t look too closely at the rest of this post if you’re hoping to avoid spoilers!

Before I begin, it’s worth noting that September’s box was fairly delayed, with most people getting it sometime during early October. On the bright side, this is the Halloween box, so having it arrive that much closer to the holiday kind of works.

Book – September’s book is Lakesedge, and boy does it fit the gothic and spooky theme of this box! It’s a naked foil cover design, and it is stunning. Personally, while I loved the book itself, I wasn’t a huge fan of the original cover, so to say that I am thrilled with the changes would be an understatement. The book also comes with an exclusive additional chapter, which I haven’t had a chance to read yet.

Ceramic Travel Mug – Included in this month’s (well, technically last month’s) box is the next item in their drinkware collection, and it’s a ceramic mug. The design is super cute, with lots of autumn vibes and a quote from Emily Bronte. However, I don’t love the way the silicone covers taste on these types of mugs, so I’ll probably be ditching that part and just using it at a nice and tall mug.

Magnetic Frames – September’s box also included two magnetic photo frames, again with a heavily gothic aesthetic. They’re designed by Riddle & Raven, and they look really nice. Though I have no clue what photos I’ll put in them – for now.

Coasters – Apparently there were a lot of household items in this box, which I adore. Next on the list is a set of coasters designed by Lichen and Limestone, and they are inspired by Jane Austen, The Vampire Diaries, Pablo Neruda, and Crimson Peak. And by inspired I mean they include quotes from the four. I like quote items, but I know that not everyone does. So this makes two quote items in a single box, keep that in mind.

Calligraphy Kit – Next up is arguably my favorite item in the box (second to the book, that is), a calligraphy set! That was such a surprise for me, but it’s super cute and has the potential to be useful, so I already love it. According to OC, it’s inspired by Stalking Jack the Ripper, but it honestly could work with any fandom.

Wooden Page Holder – Last, but not least, we have a wooden page holder. This item was designed by Juniper and Ivy Designs and is inspired by Wintersong. I love the idea of wooden page holders, and this one is really nicely designed, so there are no complaints here.

October’s Hints & Theories:

October’s theme is: Wield Your Blade. So obviously it’s probably safe to assume that another fantasy book is heading our way! Here’s what I know so far about the box:

  1. October’s book is inspired by Chinese mythology and destinies. It promises a slow-burn romance and of course, a magical sword!
  2. The dust jacket is going to have reverse artwork designed by Kim Ekdahl, and it’s going to have sprayed edges (can’t wait to see what color!), and an exclusive foil design on the hardcover case. Yes, please! Anyone else addicted to foil covers these days?
  3. Every box will have an item designed by Flick the Wick. Probably safe to assume that it’ll be another candle. I’ve gotten candles from Flick the Wick before and have been delighted by the smell, so I’m looking forward to this one.

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