Owlcrate December: Power of Illusions

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Owlcrate’s December box was all about preparing you for the new year. With a journal, book bag, and candle, the Power of Illusions box was one that I really enjoyed receiving. I’m already using my new journal to keep up with all of the new releases that I want to read this year!

Starting in January, each Owlcrate box will contain an enamel pin! I can’t wait to see what it looks like for January. The theme is Magical Artifacts. You can still subscribe to get your own! Owlcrate does a referral program for new customers. If you do order a January box, I would love if you could use my referral link!* Please see the end of my post for more details!

And now for my official blog unboxing!


Lovely Illustration (Jordan Kincaid: website, instagram) created the mystical print that was included in this month’s box. The button pin that came with the December box focused on only one of the characters in the print, which was a bit disappointing. I would have liked to see the larger print on the button pin.

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The main draw of Owlcrate’s Power of Illusions box was the monthly reading planner by Blue Star Press (shop, instagram). It’s chock full of pages to keep up with your reading in 2019. There are some calendar pages like every planner, but the unique pages are what make it most useful. I’m able to keep track of new releases for each month, my monthly TBR, and write mini book reviews. If you want your own, you may be able to get one! The Owlcrate shop has a limited quantity that they just listed! But they won’t be available for long.


Owlcrate does exclusive editions for every box and this month was a beautiful purple one! An exclusive edition of Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene was inspired by the colors of a sunset. I love that the dust jacket is purple too. The amber stone on the cover was made into a necklace that was included in the box. Not from the box but equally as beautiful is this pin holder from Afterglow Creations. I’ll be using these for my monthly pins from Owlcrate. If you find yourself with too many pins and no way to display them, check out the shop and use my code JADE10 to save on your order. Continue reading

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Owlcrate October: Lost in the Bookstore

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Hello everyone! I wanted to go back a bit to October, when I received a new Owlcrate! It’s been a long time since I was able to take advantage of my subscription, and I was so happy that I did.

If you’ve never ordered an Owlcrate box, they do a referral program. If you’re interested in checking them out, I would absolutely love if you used my referral link.* Obviously you can still order a box without using a referral code, but it would be a nice thing for me. Please see the end of my post for more details!


October’s theme was Lost in the Bookstore, which, let’s be honest, is PERFECT for me (and any other bookworms out there). And let me tell you, Owlcrate did not disappoint.

Owlcrate includes a monthly pin and print and they are always so beautiful. Lovely Illustration (Jordan Kincaid: website, instagram) created a perfect one that was so whimsical! It reminded me a lot of Harry Potter and The Sword in the Stone.

The special thing about October’s box was that TWO books were included in the box, which I feel doesn’t happen very often. At least that’s what I think! Not only were there two books included, but there were two full length novels included. There was a previous Owlcrate that had two books, but one of them was shorter than the other.


Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, is the first in a new series. Obviously I love Japan since I lived there for five years, so I was really excited to see this in here! The main character is half human, half yokai––which is something I want to write about too!––so I’m super excited to read her story. It sounds like a great fantasy novel!


The other pick this month was Pride by Ibi Zoboi. This is another book I was looking forward to reading because it’s a Pride and Prejudice retelling. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Austen, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how Zoboi uses the original source material and creates her own story too.

Both books are Owlcrate exclusive editions! I love that they do this. It makes the book feel even more special. We lucked out that both books were also signed this month! Check out their shop for signed and exclusive editions. Continue reading

Faecrate September: The Family You Choose

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Today is a throwback to my first book box after returning from Japan! I’ve posted about Faecrate (shop, instagram) here once before, long long ago! The September box was actually my third Faecrate box. My second one was from early 2018. I may do another Faecrate throwback later, but I’ll likely just go forward from here.

September Faecrate unboxing

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The theme for September was The Family You Choose. I really liked this theme because a lot of the books I read tend to have relationships that are close, but that closeness doesn’t often come from family. Read on to see what came in the September box!


The book this month was Rule by Ellen Goodlet. It has a murdered heir, a brewing rebellion, and three sisters who don’t know that they’re the illegitimate heirs to the king. It sounds amazing! I’m really looking forward to checking it out as part of my December reads!


This is my first box to have a pillow case! It is easily my absolute favorite thing that I’ve ever received in a book box. I think it’s just one of my favorite book box items ever, period. It’s pretty amazing. Definitely in my top five or ten. The design by MirkwoodScribes (shop, instagram) is absolutely beautiful! I recently stuffed it and it looks great with my other bookish pillows.

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Fangirling Friday: March Fae Crate unboxing!

Before I joined bookstagram, I was completely unaware of the existence of book subscription boxes. I had no idea that companies existed that put together a box featured around a theme, filling them with lovely content like bookish candles, bookmarks, or quote prints, along with a new release.

Then I joined bookstagram, and the floodgates opened.

Living abroad makes it really difficult to get book boxes  (international shipping costs make me cry), but I did it anyway. Though it made my wallet cry, getting these boxes in the mail was something I looked forward to, a thrill of excitement that had me quivering with joy when I saw the box peeking out of my mailbox.

Recently, I discovered a relatively new company on bookstagram called Fae Crate and I ordered their very first box! They’re small right now compared to other book subscription companies, but I think that they have the potential to become huge! The care that they take in selecting their products and the way that they interact with their followers will pull more people to them. They’re so kind, which is a big reason why I wanted to support them for their first box! Continue reading