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OwlCrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2015

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OwlCrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Box

OwlCrate is a relatively new book subscription box. Each month they send you a newly released YA book with some bookish goodies.

FYI – this box is currently in waitlist mode. (You can sign up on their site to get an email when subscriptions open up).

OwlCrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Open

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OwlCrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Items

The Subscription Box: OwlCrate

The Cost: $29.99 plus shipping ($6.99 to US, $10.59 to Canada, $19.99 Worldwide)

The Products: A new YA book and 3-5 book-related goodies.

Ships to: Worldwide!

Check out all of my OwlCrate reviews!

OwlCrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Info

Each box comes with a card detailing the items included. This month’s theme is Mystery!

OwlCrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Book

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly – Retail Value $17.99 (On Sale at Amazon for $10.09)

This book came with a bonus bookmark and pin – no signed bookplate sticker though month, though.

Book Summary from Amazon:

Sherlock meets Veronica Mars meets Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in this story of a wisecracking girl who meets a weird but brilliant boy and their roller-coaster of a semester that’s one part awkward, three parts thrilling, and five parts awesome

When Philip Digby first shows up on her doorstep, Zoe Webster is not impressed. He’s rude and he treats her like a book he’s already read and knows the ending to. But before she knows it, Digby–annoying, brilliant and somehow attractive?–has dragged her into a series of hilarious and dangerous situations all related to an investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that may be connected to the tragic disappearance of his own sister eight years ago.

When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can’t say no. Digby gets her, even though she barely gets herself. But is Digby a hero, or is his manic quest an indication of a desperate attempt to repair his broken family and exercise his own obsessive-compulsive tendencies?

A romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a crime novel where catching the crook isn’t the only hook, a friendship story where they aren’t even sure they like each other–this is a contemporary debut with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and the most charismatic dynamic duo you’ve ever met.

I’m excited to read this one! Veronica Mars meets anything = something I will always check out!

OwlCrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Nail Decal

The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild Sherlock Holmes Notebook – Value $3.25

Normally I don’t get too excited about notebooks in subscription boxes (only because I get so many), but this one is too fun! The back page includes 10 rules of deduction, and each page lists out the case, date, clues and suspects. (show in picture below).

Inspired Nails Sherlock Holmes Nail Decals – Value $4.50

I may end up swapping these – but they are an awesome fit to the theme!

OwlCrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Notebook

OwlCrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Keychain

Nancy Drew Pendant Key Chain – Value $9?

This month subscribers will receive an exclusive Nancy Drew designed keychain by either By The Book Boutique or Forever Always Designs. I’m not sure which one designed this keychain – but it’s cute! (Babysitters Club and Nancy Drew were my go-to series as a kid, so this is a nice nostalgia item for me).

OwlCrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Spy

Harriet the Spy Custom Designed Art Print by Shaileyann Designs – Value $8

Another childhood favorite book, and another etsy shop I think I’ll be spending some money on! They have lots of typography prints, including some awesome quotes from The Mindy Project!

Verdict: Owl Crate does such a good job with themes! It makes the whole box so much more fun and thoughtful. This box has a value of about $35 if you count the discounted Amazon price, and I think that’s great for a book subscription box.

What do you think of the August 2015 OwlCrate?

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!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I have been on their waiting list for 1.5 months has anybody got in lately?

    • Yes, they opened it up to the wait list a few weeks ago.

    • I just got off the waitlist on Sunday.

      • I got off the waitlist on Sunday as well – I was probably on it less than two months.

    • i got on the waitlist in beginning of July and got an email Sunday telling me I was in for September. So almost 2 months. Really happy the theme in September looks amazing.

  2. Oh my gosh… I need this box! This is my childhood. Wish I didn’t miss it =(

  3. This is a trip down memory lane. It looks like a fun box!

  4. Love The Babysitters Club and Nancy Drew! 🙂 I think I read almost all of both. My sister has just started reading Nancy Drew again now. 🙂

    What a fun box!

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