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LitJoy Crate YA Subscription Box Review + Coupon– May 2016

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LitJoy Crate is a monthly book subscription box for babies, kids and teens. They send books and interesting book related items. They have crates for ages 0-2 (board books), 3-7 (picture books), and 14+ (young adult). You can also get a mixed crate with 0-2 and 3-7 together. This is a review of the Young Adult crate.


This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


I’m so impressed with the packaging of this box! A+, LitJoy!


The Subscription Box: LitJoy Crate 

The Cost: $29.99/monthly, $86.97/3-month pre-pay, $167.94/6-month pre-pay, $323.88/12-month pre-pay. Plus USPS flat-rate shipping, $14.99 shipping to Canada, and $24.99 shipping international.

COUPON: Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!

The Products:  depending on your subscription type, you will receive newly released board books (2), picture books (1), or young adult books (1), plus 2-4 assorted book-related items.

Ships to: US, Canada and International

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Each box comes with an info card picturing each item included. This box came with a book mark as well!


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Retail Value $18.99 (On Amazon for $11.16)

Book Summary from Amazon:

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

I actually received this book in the March Uppercase Box as well! I still need to read it, but now I can share a copy with a friend and read together! (This book gets great reviews, so I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet!)

And this book also came with a signed bookplate sticker:



Chick Lit Designs Notepad – Value $5?

This is an exclusive design for the box inspired by the book!


Compass Necklace – Value $15?

This is a well-made piece! Here is a closer look at the detail:


And it’s also a timepiece!



Me Now Generation II Long Lasting Lip Gloss – Value $2?

I couldn’t find this for sale online through any traditional retailer, so I’m using the value I could find. I thought this was the one item in the box that seemed a little out of place. Lip gloss in a book box isn’t always a good fit, and this brand doesn’t seem quality to me, so it doesn’t get any forgiveness points for that! (Of course, if this was a tarte item I would probably say it totally fits the box theme 😉 )

This lip gloss does have a lot of pigment and staying power, though! The matte finish is nice too. Here it is swatched:



Blue Print Scarf – Value $15?

I love that the accessories match the book cover! This plus the necklace look so great in the box with the book and other items. Plus this seems like a versatile piece in general!

Here is a better look at the print:


Verdict: I really enjoyed my first LitJoy Crate! You can tell that a lot of thought and work went into this box, and I’m so excited to see what will be in future boxes, too. This box is about $40 shipped to the US, so I think the value is there if you enjoy the bookish accessories and items as well. 

What do you think of the May LitJoy YA Crate?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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  1. My only problem with this box is that Rebel of the Sands was not a newly released book in May, and it was also featured in other subscription boxes back in March (Uppercase box, YA Chronicles), so there was a high chance that a lot of their subscribers would already own this book. Why couldn’t they choose something different?

  2. Can anyone direct me to a book sub appropriate for a 13 year old boy? I don’t think he would enjoy a scarf and lipgloss.

    • If you find one please write a comment! I am searching for one too.

  3. Love this! And the 3-7 age range would be perfect for both my little ones. I do agree with the others about the huge gap between the 3-7 and 14+ range. I love that compass pocket watch!! Its beautiful, maybe someone will put it up for swap

  4. I love this crate! My only question is: does anyone know why there’s such a big gap between the age ranges? 7-14 is a big range to not have an option for! Maybe I’m just a little overly aware of it, but as a 4th grade teacher I thought this would be a fun way to build my classroom library, and while I will have readers at all levels I would love some books that aren’t “too young” or “too grown-up.”

    • Yes! I totally agree. We homeschool and I love getting sub boxes to help make learning more exciting and shake things up every so often. This one would be great if it weren’t for the odd age categories!

    • Have you read Raina Telgemeier? My 4th grade daughter and I love her version of the Babysitter’s club and her other graphic novels. They are awesome!

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