My First Illumicrate Box

My first Illumicrate box arrived the other day which was rather exciting. It’s a quarterly subscription box for YA book lovers based in the UK. Previously I’ve had a Book Riot Quarterly Box but that ended up being quite expensive because it came from America and you had to pay a big shipping cost. (The Book Riot box is still pretty cool though and I would recommend it – you can check out my post where I talk all about my first box here.)

Anyway. Back to the Illumicrate box! The book that came in the box was Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I’ve seen this book all over social media over the past month and I have been intrigued by it. While it is a fantasy book (which I do like) it’s about witches and I have to say I can’t think of any books I read that have witches. There was the Wicca series which I devoured from my local library when I was a young teenager but I can’t think of any witch-related books I’ve read since. With Truthwitch came a signed bookplate, a postcard and a bookmark.

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The goodies in the box were really cute. I love the A Darker Scent of Magic candle made by the Simple Candle Co especially for the box. I got the Black London candle and I love the smell even though I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like – there’s definitely some lavender in there but that’s not just it.

There were a couple of cute magnetic bookmarks from BeeDoo that were all about love and shipping, three bookish quote pencil and a lovely pouch made by Elena Illustration. In the box was also a tote bag inspired by The It Girl and a couple of badges related to The Dark Days Club.

I think I will definitely get the Illumicrate box again, the books in the box is usually a new YA release and I’m someone who pretty much never gets books as soon as they come out unless it’s a series or an author I’m already into.

Have you had the Illumicrate box before or any other bookish subscription boxes? I would love to hear about what other subscription boxes are out there.

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6 comments

  1. I’m just about to get the first Fairyloot box which I’m excited about! I do love the look of Illumicrate though and will probably try it at some point. I’m like you and almost never get new releases as soon as they come out so that’s exciting

    1. Oooh I hadn’t heard of Fairyloot, I’ll check them out. 🙂
      It’s great having a new release in a subscription box because seriously 99.99% I don’t get a book as soon as it’s out, mainly because I’m really bad at keeping track of release dates 😛

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