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Illumicrate YA Book Subscription Box Review – February 2016

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Illumicrate is a new YA Book subscription box from the UK! Each quarter they send you a newly released book (usually the UK edition), plus other bookish goodies.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).



The Subscription Box: Illumicrate

The Cost: £29.99 + £13.99 shipping to the US (Currently that’s $61.50)

The Products: A newly released book plus 3-5 fun, bookish goodies, like bookmarks, jewelery, stationery, and more!

Ships to: UK and worldwide

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Each box comes with a card detailing the items included.


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (UK Edition) – Retail Value $18.99 (On Amazon for $12.34)

Book Summary from Amazon:

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble–as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her–but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I received this book in the January 2016 Uppercase box too, but I’m excited about getting the UK edition!


This book came with a signed bookplate sticker and a postcard with letter from the author!


The It Girl Tote – Bonus Item! (Value $7?)

This is a promotion tote for the upcoming release of The It Girl by Katy Birchall:



BeeDoo Bookmark Set – Value $5

I love this “I Ship It” bookmark – amazing!

Simple Candle Co. A Darker Scent of Magic Candle in Grey London – Value $3?

This candle smells great, and it reminded me that I needed to order A Gathering of Shadows. (I loved A Darker Shade of Magic!)


Elena Illustration Bookcase Pouch – Value $12?

This is an exclusive for the box, so I’m estimating on value. It’s a well-made pouch, and the bookcase print is perfect!

Pobble and Ping Bookish Quote Pencils – Value $15

Here is a closer look at the pencils:



This box also included bonus items from the Dark Days Club and a Threadsisters Bookmark.

Verdict: I think this is a fabulous bookish subscription box! With the current conversion rate, though, I would say this box is only for book lovers who see value in getting goods from the UK. The value I calculated for this box is about $55.

What do you think of Illumicrate?

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.

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