February Illumicrate Unboxing

Hello, everyone! This is a very exciting moment for me, as I am unboxing my first bookish box. (technically I opened it because it`s not a video, but you get the point) In case you are not aware of this, Illumicrate is a quarterly subscription box, where you get a newly released YA book and a bunch of bookish goodies. It`s similar to Owlcrate or FairyLoot and it`s the perfect treat for someone whose whole life revolves around books. Like I said earlier, it`s the first time I`ve ordered from Illumicrate, but so far I am very impressed with the content.
February Illumicrate 2017

This month the book included was "Wintersong" by S.Jae-Jones and holy crap, the cover is gorgeous! For an unknown reason, I thought that this novel is a retelling of "Beauty and The Best", but it`s actually based on "Labyrinth". Which is even better, because I did not come across many retellings of that story. The novel came with a letter from the author, a signed bookplate and a bookmark. (which is identical to the beautiful, mesmerising cover)
Illumicrate February 2017

Now, imagine my surprise when I saw that there was another book included, an ARC for "Red Sister" by Mark Lawrence. I don`t know much about the story, only that it features an orphan girl who is trained to be an assassin at the Convent of Sweet Mercy. It sounds pretty badass and it was blurbed by Robin Hobb, so I have high hopes for it. The release date is 6th of April, so I will probably post a review at the end of the month. 

Moving on to the miscellaneous items, I was pleasantly surprised with the selection. My favourite has to be the Newt Scamander Bookmark, designed by Jane`s Tiny Things. It features his famous quote "My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice", the design is super cute and I`m extremely excited to start using it. Keeping up with the bookmarks theme, there was another one included, promoting "Following Ophelia" by Sophia Bennet. Again, I just love the artistic design, which reminds me of Victorian paintings.

The next item was a bit random, but I still like it. It`s a "Magic and Mischief Balm" by Bookish Serendipity Co., handmade and fairy tale-inspired. It smells nice and you can never have too many lip balms, so I guess that was a good addition as well.

Fans of V.E. Schwab were in for a treat, as this month`s box featured two magnets related to the "Shades of Magic" trilogy. I think that I am one of the few that did not read these books, but the quotes really sparked my interest. 

There was also a Jungle Book related pouch, a sampler of "Flame in the Mist" by Renee Ahdieh and postcard promoting "Gilded Cage" by Vic James. I was really intrigued by the whole "Not All Are Equal. Not All Are Free. Not All Will Be Saved" thing, so I went on Goodreads to find out more about the book. From what I gathered it`s a dystopia with a heavy political content, and the plot sounds promising. 

Overall, I am very pleased with what I received and I think the box was worth 30£. I might have liked it better if "Wintersong" came in a hardback format, but other than that I have no complaints.

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