LitJoy Crate YA Subscription Box Review – August 2016
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.)
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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Each box comes with a letter and an info card picturing each item included:
Now, onto the items!
Book Summary from Amazon:
After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper class England in the 1820s, is shattered when she discovers the corpse of her brother George in a lake on the estate-the tragic accidental drowning of a young man, the coroner reports, despite the wound to George’s head.
Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can’t accept that her brother’s death was an accident. A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There’s a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham.
Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother’s killer claim her life, too?
I’m about a quarter through this book, and so far I’m enjoying it. I opted to just start reading without even looking at the summary, so at first, I thought this was just historical fiction with a rags-to-riches plot that is revealed in the first chapter. But no, it gets darker and turns into a murder mystery.
Rifle Paper Co. Pocket Notebook – Value $5
I always love seeing anything from Rifle Paper Co. in a subscription box! And the gold foil goes well with this “Gilded” theme!
Quill Pen – Value $5?
LitJoy also included a gold quill-shaped pen to go with the notebook – gorgeous!
(This notebook is has 64 unlined pages.)
The Werewolves of Millers Hollow Game – Value $13
This “who-dun-it” game gets excellent reviews on Amazon! I think it’s also such a fun and creative inclusion in this box!
This game requires 8 people to play, so I haven’t been able to try it yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
Pique Tea Crystals + $5 Coupon – Value $.50
After I read Emily’s Pique Tea Crystals review, I had to try them! I’m excited to see more in this box – they’re really good. Plus I love that they are organic and dissolve in hot or cool water.
Chatbooks is an app that lets you make photobooks for only $8 with free shipping, so this is a great value credit!
And this box also included a bonus Fierce Reads messenger tote! This tote is made of the same material you would expect from promotional totes, but I like the messenger bag design!
This box also included a lovely illustrated quote card, too!
Verdict: I think LitJoy Crate is such a delight to unbox! You can tell that a lot of thought and work went into this box to tie all the items in with the book, 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. The value for this box came to about $53, so it looks like their values are improving, too!
What do you think of the August LitJoy YA Crate?