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OwlCrate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2016

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


My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).


The Subscription Box: OwlCrate

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

DEAL: Use coupon code WELCOME10 to save 10% off your first month!

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

Ships to: Worldwide!

Check out all of my OwlCrate reviews and all of our Book Subscription Box reviews!


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


Now, onto the items!


Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – Retail Value $17.99 (On Amazon for $10.58)


Book Summary from Amazon:

An atmospheric and romantic debut fantasy perfect for fans of Ash and The Winner’s Curse.

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden.

Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought—and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.


And this book also came with a letter from the author. Now for the rest of the items!


Game of Thrones Coasters – Value $13


We are Game of Thrones fans, so this set was a hit!


And the backs are cork, too.


Harry Potter Funko Mystery Mini Vinyl Figure – Value $8


I love when OwlCrate includes Funko items in boxes – they are always so cute… except for this time!


I was really hoping for Harry or Dobby! Oh well! Which figure did you get?


Susanne Draws The Chronicles of Narnia Greeting Card – Value $12

This is an exclusive greeting card (blank inside) made just for OwlCrate subscribers. (And more good news for Harry Potter fans – she has a ton of Harry Potter designs in her shop!)


Jane Mount Lord of the Rings Book Pin – Value $11


This enamel pin is so cute, and I just discovered there are Harry Potter book pins in her shop, too!


A Darker Shade of Magic Quote Sticker

I absolutely LOVE this book, and Delilah Bard – this is my new favorite sticker!


And each OwlCrate box now comes with an exclusive pin to match the theme!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $55 (using the Amazon sale prices and my estimates of some of these exclusive items). I think that’s a great value for a book box, especially with the curation, exclusive items, and bonus book extras that OwlCrate includes each month.

I’m having a hard time getting into the book. I’m about 100 pages in, and it still isn’t grabbing me yet. If you’ve finished this book and recommend it, let me know and I’ll power through!

What do you think of the December OwlCrate box?

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I’m struggling a bit with the book, but I think I’ll keep going. I hate leaving books unfinished! Owl Crate is a fun sub, I thoroughly enjoy the variety of books – it’s pushing me to try different genres and authors.

  2. Owl crate books are always the same, I feel like their December book was similar to this. Boring!

  3. This is so tough for me every month. I want to sign up but the price holds me back. It’s a lot of money if the book isn’t great. Sounds like this one was a dud.

  4. This was probably my least favorite book I’ve received from Owlcrate. It is very hard to get into. I was disappointed with my mini Funko too. I was hoping for one of the pets but ended up Draco who is one of my least fave HP characters. So excited for the upcoming Circus box though. And you should check out the new Hootloot subscription box.

    • Sorry you didn’t have better luck with the Harry Potter Mystery Mini! 🙁 Thanks for letting me know about the book – I think it will be going in the DNF pile.
      And thanks for the tip on Hootloot – I just signed up for their newsletter!

      • I just read this entire book in less than a day!! Don’t skip it without giving it a chance. It’s slow to start but very enjoyable once things start moving alone. I couldn’t put it down.

  5. No. That book was painfully hard to read.

  6. I would have loved this box! (as long as I enjoyed the book I guess). So torn on whether to sub or not, it can so hit or miss for me, or for anyone. Just because there are so many different fandoms in the book world, great box though!

    • I decided to sub after seeing the last few and being excited about the Circus/Carnival theme. I signed up for one month so far, but I do appreciate that you can skip a month if you are subbed and don’t think you’ll like it. On the other hand, there are some great books that I’ve read that I never would have picked up myself based on some youtubers, so I’d imagine this box would be a way to facilitate that as well.

      Happy Reading! 🙂

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