Owl Crate is a monthly subscription of books and bookish items. Each OwlCrate contains one new Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish items all matched to the monthly theme. OwlCrate always sends the best items to go along with their theme with the hottest new books out there.
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August’s theme is STORMS & SEAS. The boxes always come packed full with the info cards right on top so you get them as soon as you open the box.
The contents of the box are protected by white squiggles.
OwlCrate always has the best info card prints
The information card tells a little bit about all the items in this month’s box along with little comments on why they were selected or other fun tidbits. The theme follows through even with the info. It is always decorated to go along with that month.
Aside from the card, there’s a booklet included in every box. It includes a comparison of the OwlCrate cover to the Regular cover!
It also features an interview with the author. This month, it’s Erin A. Craig!
There are even fun on-page activities and other interesting features! Another insightful feature is an interview with a vendor, The Soap Librarian.
If you want to join the Photo Challenge, the mechanics are also included in the booklet. They also provided the theme for next month’s box.
Everything in my August OwlCrate box.
Enamel Pin by Laserbrain Patch Co. This month’s enamel pin is based on the book, House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig.
It’s a two-post pin supported by two butterfly clutches.
The pin looks amazing, and the light part of the lighthouse even glows in the dark!
Riddle’s Tea Shoppe Sea Witch Loose Leaf Tea. This Owlcrate exclusive tea blend is a decaf Earl Grey and Hazelnut Spice. It contains Ceylon tea, cinnamon, orange, natural vanilla flavor, and it even has cocoa nibs and marigold flowers!
To prepare the tea, steep 1 teaspoon per cup at 212°F or 100°C for 3 minutes.
Daughter Of The Pirate King Wooden Tassel Bookmark by Juniper And Ivy Designs. Another Owlcrate exclusive item in this box is this beautiful wooden tassel bookmark!
The packaging even has a nice picture of the sea!
The bookmark is based on the book Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller.
I really like the blue tassel, and the words carved on the wood:
The sea watches over me. She protects her own.
Here’s the beautiful picture of the moon shining over the blue sea that accompanies the wooden bookmark.
The Scorpio Races Tin Pencil case Designed by Stella Bookish Art. It’s nice to get a tin pencil case! I can keep my writing materials here, or even small trinkets.
The bottom has the Owlcrate branding on it.
The inside of the tin container has the same design as the outside, but it comes with a quote from Maggie Stiefvater:
The ocean will not shift me and the cold will not take me.
It’s a two-layer pencil case! I can keep more items on the bottom compartment!
The Soap Librarian Little Mermaid Bath Salt. It’s a small bottle packed with bath salts, perfect for a relaxing me-time with a warm bath and a book. It smells awesome!
The bath salt is a mix of Epsom salt, sea salt, and some fragrance oils. It has notes of chamomile, lemongrass, orange peel, lavender, rose, and hibiscus.
Tea Light Candle Lantern. It’s another Team Owlcrate exclusive item, and it’s even packed in a cute box with the subscription’s logo.
When you need to brave the storm be sure to use this adorable tea light candle lantern to help guide your way!
The lantern is so beautiful. It’s in black and I love the patterns surrounding the tea light candle.
There are even stars on the handle of the lantern.
The portion where you’ll put the tea light candle has the owl image on it. The lantern also works with battery-operated candles.
Just be careful when using the lantern as it also gets hot!
The exclusive book for this month is a masterpiece by Erin A. Craig.
There’s a note from the author, written at the back of this beautiful card that says:
Once there were twelve of us.
A Letter From Erin. Here’s a letter from Erin giving us more info about the story and how she came up with it. She also wishes for us to enjoy our time with Annaleigh and her sisters.
Exclusive Bookmark. The bookmark also has the same design as the book itself.
In a manor by the sea, one by one, twelve sisters are cursed. WHO WILL BE NEXT?
The flipside of the bookmark came with a warning:
Be careful who you dance with.
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last–the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge–and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister’s deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who–or what–are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family–before it claims her next. House of Salt and Sorrows is a spellbinding novel filled with magic and the rustle of gossamer skirts down long, dark hallways. Get ready to be swept away.
The back of the book may spark your interest as they include some brief reviews from other best-selling and well-known authors.
If you’re familiar with the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, this is a re-telling of that story!
It’s a signed copy! The author had her autograph on the title page!
I’m really engrossed with the story as I really wanted to find out what happened to the sisters if they are really cursed or what.
I really like the air of mystery on this one, and it’s a bit creepy too! It’s like I’m the one solving the mysteries as I go along!
They also included a card that tells us about September’s box’s theme, which is Fear the Night!
At the back, it says that every September box will include a paperback book from the Penguin Horror Collection! I am so excited!
This is a really nice subscription box for bookworms! I always look forward to the awesome book choices, as well as the included bookish items they send. This month’s featured book is an engaging mystery that kept me interested from start to finish. It’s a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, but written in a more thrilling and spine-tingling way. All the related items they sent also made me quite pleased, especially the lantern that doesn’t just serve as a light in a dark room but also as a mood setter and beautiful decor. The hint card just made me anticipate the next box! Can’t wait!
What did you think of this month’s Owl Crate theme? Are you excited for next month’s theme?