Illumicrate November Unboxing!

Hi all!

I received my November Illumicrate box a few weeks ago and I finally have time to do a review of it. Overall I was quite pleased with everything inside, but I wish there was a feature that reminded you if you wanted to carry on subscribing or just have a one-time box, because I didn’t remember to cancel my subscription in time! However, all of the items inside the box were lovely and I think I would have loved them even more if I had actively subscribed to it.

 The Bookish Goodies:


  •  An AIDEN Candle from Meraki Candles – This is my joint favourite item in the box! The candle is not only based on a book I love (Illuminae), but it smells really good too. I won’t be burning it anytime soon but I really like it.
  • An ‘Evil Plans’ notebook – This is so cute! I love notebooks, and this one seems to be of good quality and it’s perfect for my evil plans for all my characters!
  • A pair of stripy socks from Happy Socks – These will have to be another of my favourite items. They’re so comfy and I’ve never seen a subscription box that includes socks before, so it was a nice surprise.
  • A coffee warmer from Sparrow and Wolf – While this item is cute and well-made, I unfortunately don’t drink coffee! Or tea for that matter, so I don’t think I’ll be using this a lot. However, I know that a lot of bookworms love coffee so this will be perfect for them!
  • Various posters from books I haven’t read (yet), including a gorgeous print from Replica by Lauren Oliver.
  • A sampler of The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – I had never heard of this book before I got this box, so now I’m going to keep a look out for it and see if it seems like something I’d like.

The Book:dsc03251

This month the book in the box was The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid! I’ve seen this all around bookstagram and Youtube, but I have to admit that I wasn’t that keen on picking it up. For that reason it’s not going to be at the top of my TBR list for 2017, but hopefully it’ll be one of those books that impresses me.

Did anyone else receive this Illumicrate? If so, what did you think of it? And has anyone read The Diabolic and think I need to read it right now?? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading (:


Illumicrate Unboxing & Review!

Hi all!

A few days ago I received my Illumicrate box for August and – WOW. This box was so so good! It two books, as well as beautiful bookish extras that I can’t wait to use or stick up on my wall!

*Note: This post will contain spoilers for the box, so if you haven’t received yours yet wait to check it out!*

The Books:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – This book has been all over bookstagram recently! I was already planning on buying it soon, so when I found that a HARDCOVER version of it was included in this box I may have squealed a little bit. Everyone has raved about it and I loved Illuminae, which Kristoff co-wrote with Amie Kaufman, so I have high hopes. Plus the cover is gorgeous, and there are not one but two maps! What more could a bookworm want?

The Graces by Laura Eve – The Graces is actually out in a month, so this book feels extra special! The cover is, again, stunning, and as I read the summary I realised I had meant to remember to buy this a while ago. The letter from the author added a nice personal touch to the box, especially as it was in her handwriting, and has really intrigued me about the book.

The Bookish Goodies!

Of which there are many, so I think I’m going to list them all briefly. In no particular order, I received:

  • 2 Harry Potter coasters (which are as amazing as they sound)
  •  A Nevernight poster and Bookmark
  • A bookplate for Nevernight and for The Graces
  • Absolutely beautiful posters for Red Rising by Pierce Brown (which I unfortunately haven’t read yet, but they are gorgeous)
  • Grisha and Six of Crows themed COLOURING-IN QUOTES. This was a highlight for me, even though I haven’t read Six of Crows or completed the Grisha trilogy!
  • Strawberry tea – I’m not a tea drinker but I’m up for trying

    a new flavour

  • A tote bag which is apparently Gilmore Girls related (I have been catching up with the other GG – Gossip Girl – instead so I haven’t watched it yet)
  • A discount code for Unboxed by Non Pratt
  • A discount code for a bookmark from My Bookmark

This box was jam-packed with wonderful things, and I’m so happy with it!

Did anyone else receive and Illumicrate? What did you think of it? What was your favourite item?
Thanks for reading (: