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April Subscription Boxes: OwlCrate and LitJoy Crate

Each month, I love to receive book subscription boxes! It is such a great way to discover new books, as well as get great bookish items to fill your home with. I am always up for a precious, adorable, perfect little bookish item 😉

This month, I decided to do OwlCrate (which I do every month, because it is awesome!!), and LitJoy Crate! I absolutely loved the LitJoy crate from last month (check out last month’s unboxing post here), so I bit the bullet and got LitJoy Crate again for the month of April. Let’s get to the unboxings!!


April OwlCrate: Shadows & Secrets


The theme for the April OwlCrate was Shadows & Secrets. I like mystery fairly well, but I was a little wary of this crate. It sounded very spy novel-esque to me, and that is not really my cup of tea. Speaking of tea and other hot beverages…


The first item I pulled out of the box was this incredibly delicious dark chocolate and sea salt coffee from Bones Coffee Company! Apparently this flavor was created exclusively for OwlCrate. It was quite delicious, as I’m sure my husband will also attest 😉


The next item in the box was this beautiful little bar of soap from Three Sisters Apothecary by Soap Cauldron. It is berry scented, and it is Shadowhunter themed! As I am working my way through the entire Shadowhunter world via audiobook right now, this was especially timely!


These pencils from Jubilee Designs are amazing!!! I know the middle one is a bit illegible (stupid lighting…but really poor camera skillzzz, yeah!) but they are each a key phrase from the Harry Potter series: “I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good,” “Mischief managed,” and “Property of the Half-Blood Prince.” I might have squealed a bit when I pulled these out of the box…


This month we received another pillowcase from Stella Bookish Art! It is absolutely gorgeous, just like the last one was. This is inspired by the book Crooked Kingdom, which I have yet to read, but I still love the design.


And finally, the book of the month is Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody! Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play. 

This book has been on my radar for a while, thanks to all of you lovely bloggers who have been singing its praises for the past few months! I hadn’t gotten a copy yet, and now I’m glad I didn’t! I’m excited for this one 🙂 And, as always, it is signed and there is a letter from the author.


Overall, this was a great box! If you are interested in getting an OwlCrate box for yourself, you can use my link to get started!

April LitJoy Crate: Darlings & Deception


After the March LitJoy Crate was such a rousing success, I wanted to try out this month as well! And when I saw what the theme was, I knew that I had to get it! It sounds like mixing Jane Austen with a murder mystery, and I AM HERE FOR IT!!


This was the first thing I pulled out of the box, and I was so excited! I love to color (because I am a 5 year old, masquerading in a 30 year old’s body) Unfortunately, my dogs have since discovered this box of pencils, and the box/a few of the pencils are no more 😦 But, I was able to save the rest of them, which is great because the next thing I pulled out of the box was…

This fantastic double-sided coloring page! I have great plans for the book shelf side to adorn my office in some way 🙂


Next, I pulled out this super cute apron! It has a drawing of Marie Antoinette on it, artwork done by Sarah Conradsen.


I absolutely adore this enamel bee pin, which is a LitJoy exclusive! It is currently adorning the front of my denim jacket, and never ceases to make me smile and be motivating all at the same time haha


This was definitely a bit of a surprise! It’s always fun when you get an extra book in a box! A Midsummer Night’s Dream is actually my favorite Shakespeare play, so I am certainly intrigued by the concept of telling the story through text message. This is book 4 in a series by Brett Wright.


And finally, the book in this month’s box was Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey!! Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother. 

Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended. 

But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .

I was so excited when I pulled this book out of the box!! I have had this book on my TBR for a while, and now I own it!! I am a huge Austen fan, so anything set in the Regency period makes my hopeless romantic heart go pitter pattering. As always, this book came with a signed bookplate and a letter from the author.


Another success! If you are interested in getting a LitJoy Crate for yourself, just click here!

I hope you enjoyed my unboxings! I will be back here next month to talk about my May subscription boxes, so make sure you follow me to be notified when it goes up!

Did you get the April OwlCrate or LitJoy Crate boxes? What did you think of them?

Have you read either of these books? Did you like them?

Is there another subscription service that you think I should try out? Let me know down in the comments! 


Love and happy reading,

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March Subscription Boxes: OwlCrate and LitJoy Crate

Over the past year or so, I have discovered the absolute joy that is book subscription boxes. I have been an avid OwlCrate fan for a while now, and I decided to try out a lot of different book subscription services this year, and to review each of them. You can check out my post on last month’s OwlCrate here. During the month of March, I decided to add the LitJoy Crate, in addition to my usual OwlCrate. I loved them both, and figured that I would do one giant unboxing post for them both!


March OwlCrate: Across the Galaxy


As a general rule, I’m not a huge fan of books set in space. So, I was a bit dubious when I heard that the theme for this month was Across the Galaxy. Thanks to my husband, I’m starting to come around to movies and tv shows set in space, so I figured maybe I could enjoy a book set in space now that I am more acclimated to that setting.

The first thing that I pulled out of the box was a Pint-Sized Hero from FUNKO. Each box had a different mystery figure from Guardians of the Galaxy, and I got a Pint-Sized Gamora! I actually really like Guardians of the Galaxy, and I really like Gamora, so I was pretty excited about this one!


The next item in the box was an exclusive candle based on The Illuminae Files series from Wick & Fable. There were two different scents, and I got the Kady Grant scent, which smells like oranges and has pretty sparkles on top. I’ve not read this series, but I really loved the scent of this candle!


I am all about getting new, bookish mugs! This one is inspired by The Lunar Chronicles, and was designed by artist Sasha Natasha. This is another series I have not yet read, but it’s been on my list for quite some time. And you know how I feel about the color purple 😉


I am always in need of more bookmarks, and this one is absolutely gorgeous!! This hand-painted watercolor exclusive bookmark was designed by Lexy Olivia. Again with that purple though 😀


I am always excited when there are wearable items in a subscription box, and this is awesome! This infinity scarf is incredibly soft, and a beautiful color and print. This one is made exclusively by OwlCrate, and it will definitely be around my neck for the foreseeable future!


Now for the book of the month, Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston! Here is the Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

I actually think this sounds great! I’m excited to read it. This will certainly be outside of my comfort zone, which is always exciting and nerve-wracking. The book was signed by the author (who has an awesome signature, by the way!), and the pages were stained purple, which just makes me love it even more! There was also a poster included that features several characters from the book.


Overall, I thought the March OwlCrate box was great! And it was very purple, which always makes me happy 🙂



March LitJoy Crate: Poor Unfortunate Souls


I saw the theme for this box advertised a lot over on Instagram, and I was intrigued, so I decided this would be my new subscription box for the month! I have heard good things about LitJoy Crate, so I had fairly high expectations.


The first thing I pulled out of the box was this absolutely precious vinyl Ariel sticker! It is so cute! This was designed by Melisa of NerdyGrlDesigns. I don’t know where I’m going to stick her yet, but she will be glorious wherever she ends up 😉


This keychain is the softest thing I think I have ever felt in my life! I couldn’t stop rubbing it on my face haha  It is termed a Faux Fur Heart-of-the-Sea Keychain. It appears to be an exclusive to LitJoy Crate.


Again, with the wearable items! These compass earrings are so cute! I have worn them several times already, and they appear to be really good quality as they didn’t turn my ears green. I think these must be LitJoy Crate exclusives as well.

These items from Swoon READS are so cute! I already put the button on one of my book totes, and the bookmark will certainly be put to good use soon!


This pillow case is the coolest thing I think I have ever received in a subscription box! This is another LitJoy Crate exclusive, and it is meant to mimic a mermaid’s scales. It is awesome, and I cannot wait to display it in my office!


This beautiful mermaid print is from artist Manelle Oliphant of Tales Fantastic. It has already gone on display in my office! Beautiful!


These seashell lights are so much fun! They are currently adorning the bookcase in my office and bring a lovely warmth to that corner 🙂


I was so excited when I pulled this book out of the box! I have had To Kill A Kingdom on my Want To Read list for a while! It came with a signed bookplate and a letter from the author, Alexandra Christo. Here is the Goodreads Synopsis:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

You know how I feel about a good fairytale retelling! I love the idea of a dark Little Mermaid retelling, and I cannot wait to dive into this one (pun totally intended, not even a little bit sorry)


Overall, I was extremely pleased with the March LitJoy Crate! I saw what next month’s theme is going to be, so I will be continuing with this subscription for at least one more month!


How about you? Did you get the March OwlCrate or LitJoy Crate boxes? What did you think? Do you subscribe to any other book subscriptions that I should try? Let me know down in the comments!


Love and happy reading,

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