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LitJoy Crate YA Subscription Box Review – August 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.)


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 a letter and an info card picturing each item included:


Now, onto the items!


The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray – Retail Value $17.99 (On Amazon for $10.22)


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 $20 Credit

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?

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. I cancelled this subscription. We received this month and while the book was pretty good and my daughter liked the journal and feather pen, everything else was a flop in our opinion. The game for eight to ten people to play? Seriously? How often does someone have eight plus people around to play a game? or even five people as a previous poster stated. Then the tote bag…I am new to subscription boxes, however we have received other tote bags and they have been nicer. As nice as her Owl Crate box is, my daughter was disappointed. Now she did like the Rebel of the Sands box. The scarf is beautiful and she loved the sand lippy and the cute memo pad, so we renewed and were hopeful for the next box. I won’t spoil it, but other than a certain item, it was a total flop. We again unsubscribed and won’t be renewing again. Too many other good book boxes to subscribe to frankly.

  2. I did not know Werewolf had cards. My friends and I used to play it with pieces of paper. You can play it with only 5 people – just cut some of the roles. Cute box though!

  3. I got the board book one for my son and loved it. He got two super cute Halloween books, a print from Etsy, a snack cup, 4 pieces of Quinn taffy. It was super cute and I love it, but for $40 ehhhh I duno I’ll keep it. I love the snack but it didn’t come in any kind of packaging and I’ve bought it before at a store and it comes in packaging so I thought that was a little odd.

    • The snack cup wasn’t in packaging**

  4. The book and the card game both sound great I might need to go out and buy them.

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