#BookSubscriptionBoxReview Illumicrate: Out Of The Woods (June 2021)

Yup, I am behind… However, some of you maybe knew that this box got extremely delayed and came with the July’s box at the end of July. 😀 I have to admit that I was ecstatic when I got the chance to buy the box after waiting on the waiting list for a while. Illumicrate and Fairyloot are the most difficult boxes to get your hands on. Even though I would love to review Fairyloot, I am not prepared to go through all this hassle again. 😀

Illumicrate started life as a quarterly subscription box, and They are proud that they were the first UK book subscription box! They launched in the summer of 2015, and their very first box was November 2015. They now offer 2 monthly subscriptions: a full box subscription and a book only subscription which features the books included in their monthly boxes.

They also offer special editions, both full boxes focused on a particular author or fandom and a range of special edition book offerings as well. They also hold virtual signings and in 2019 they launched their Debut Boxes, showcasing new debut authors.

Their full box subscription costs £27 (monthly), £78 (3 month), £153 (6 month) plus shipping & VAT if applicable. Their book only subscription costs £17 (monthly), £49 (3 month), £97 (6 month) plus shipping & VAT if applicable. 3 & 6 month full box subscriptions are also eligible for rep code use. You are able to cancel your subscription any time in your account on the website.

They offer a carefully curated monthly subscription box, and each month you will receive:

  • An exclusive edition of a newly released book, hand-picked by professional bookworms
  • An accompanying pin inspired by the book in the box, and designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt
  • 4-6 themed items, exclusive to Illumicrate
  • Exclusive content from publishers and authors

For more information please visit https://illumicrate.com/ So, without further due here are the items I received: 😉

All the items in the June’s box
Water bottle and puzzle

The woods are lovely water bottle was designed by Fez Inkwright and it features poetry by Robert Frost. It says “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.” I really like this water bottle, it is glass bottle with wooden cap and it is a beautiful and practical item to have.

The second Item was Lord of the rings puzzle story. The art work was by Kelly Chong and designed by Chatty Nora. I have to admit, that I don’t like puzzles but I do like the presentation of this one. I prefer practical things in the boxes that could be used in day to day life. 🙂

Banner, pins and woodmark

Next I got a The Darkest Part of The Forest banner. Artwork is by Abel Klaer. This hanging banner is officially licensed and features the three characters from The Darkest Part Of The Forest by Holly Black. The art works is pretty, and the quality of this item is great but I would have preferred just a print instead.

Another item is The Wood Makes Monsters woodmark, artwork is by Noonedesigns. The woodmark was inspired by Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston. I is my first woodmark and I absolutely love it! I am collecting bookmarks, and I am very happy to add this beauty to my collection.

In June’s box I received two pins, the first one was The Huntress wooden pin designed by Hannah Hitchman and it was inspired by We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faisal. And the second pin is monthly collectors pin that is inspired by the book in the box, and it is designed by Stacey Mcevoy-Caunt. The inspiration for this pin was the coin that Evike always carries and it is made from enamel. These pins are very nicely designed and great quality and would look great on a denim jacket. 🙂

Book of the month

The book of the month was The Wolf And The Woodsman by Ava Reid. This is an exclusive signed edition with authors note on the back of the beautiful art print. Also it has reverse book jacket, stunning cover and stencilled pages. IT IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! ❤

Here is the blurb of this book:

In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he’s no ordinary Woodsman – he’s the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother.

As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they’re on, and what they’re willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.

So here are all the items I received in this box. My favourite Items are the book (of course), the water bottle and the woodmark. As I mentioned earlier, I like the items that are useful in day to day life, and in this box half of it were artwork for the fans of YA, who are reading YA fantasy continuously. I kept my subscription running for longer than I intended, I am curious to see what else this box has to offer. 🙂 Until next post 😉

Thank You for Your time!

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