It's time to review a Lit Cube Limited Edition box! This box celebrates all things Jane Austen with a book and a slew of other items that fit the theme. The box came with a tear in the lid (geez, mail!) but nothing was harmed inside! This box is no longer available for purchase.
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This box is no longer available for purchase.
The Price: $44.95
The Products: A book and bookish items that have a collective retail value of over $100.
Shipping: Free shipping within the US. Add $15.00 USD for international shipping.
In lieu of an information card, this box includes this business-card-sized design on what feels like magazine paper. The vintage design is really pretty. It sets the romantic vibe.
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy Plush Figures by Lit Cube - Value $29.90
I'm so charmed by these two! These toys sort of have an anime style about them, which I think is cool. I like the detail in their outfits, too—the buttons on Darcy's coat are so cute! I'm not sure what I'll do with them—maybe gift them to a bookish gal this holiday season? They feel just a tiny bit young for me.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet - Value on Amazon $12.82 (retail price $15.00)
This YA novel brings the tropes of Pride and Prejudice to a new era. There are all the trappings of modern times—video blogs, TV references, student loans, romances that start on Twitter—plus the relatable relationships and independent women of the original story. It's cute, maybe a little cuter than what I'd typically want to read, but if you're heading on vacation or have a lazy afternoon to kill, this would be the perfect guilty pleasure read.
Book Summary on Amazon:
Based on the Emmy Award–winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.
When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. But not everything happens on‑screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie’s world and well beyond the confines of her camera—from the wedding where she first meets William Darcy to the local hangout of Carter’s bar, and much more. Lizzie’s private musings are filled with revealing details about the Bennet household, including her growing suspicions about her parents’ unstable financial situation, her sister’s budding relationship with Bing Lee, the perils of her unexpected fame, and her uncertainty over her future—and whom she wants to share it with.
Featuring plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers alike, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennetexpands on the web series phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudice story like never before.
This book is the paperback version of an Emmy-award-winning TV show. The back of the book highlights its Hollywood authors.
There are bookmarks with the cast on them, too. They're relatively thin, but bookmarks are always handy to have.
Here they are on the opposite side.
Set of Hardcover Journals - Total Value $30?
These are such nice journals! They feel like they're fabric wrapped, and they come with those ribbon-style bookmarks that all sophisticated journals have. The teal color is classy, yet vibrant, and the lettering on each one is pressed into the cover for a neat textural element. I really like the script they chose. I felt like the box was leaning on Pride and Prejudice pretty hard so far, so I like that the smaller journal features a quote from Emma. The total value is based on similar hardcover journals.
The pages are smooth and buttery white. Austen's characters are known for speaking their minds, so giving the recipients of this box a fun way to express themselves is a really lovely choice.
Know Your Own Happiness Quote Mug - Value $14.99?
This mug is my favorite find in the box. It's got a natural ceramic finish (matte and a teensy bit gritty) on the outside and a glossy pink inside. The lettering is the same as it is on the Emma quote journal, and I enjoy the consistency. The quote itself is engraved into the piece, which is subtle and sophisticated.
Know Your Own Happiness Scented Wax Melts - Value $6.00?
Wow, do these have a powerful scent! I had them (in the bag, unopened, mind you) in the corner of my living room for a few hours, and soon my entire apartment smelled like sugary bubblegum. If you're not into that scent (it's... not my favorite), then this item can be a bit overwhelming. They are, however, delightfully easy to use. They're like a wax tart, but I felt like they melted faster than those usually do (probably since they're smaller crumbles).
Verdict: This Lit Cube Lost in Austen box skewed young, but it was really charming. I liked the variety and uniqueness of the items, and the high quality of all of the products. Not counting the little promotional items (the Lit Cube intro card and the bookmarks), the estimated value of the items reached just over $100.00. That's exactly what the box promised! This would be a great gift for a young Austen fan.
What's your favorite item in the Lit Cube Lost in Austen box?