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OwlCrate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2017

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanMar 17, 2017 | 4 comments

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OwlCrate
4.4 overall rating
36 Ratings | 7 Reviews

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

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

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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!

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

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Now, onto the items!

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Retail Value $18.99 (On Amazon for $11.29)

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Book Summary from Amazon:

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.

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This book also came with a letter from the author and a signed bookplate sticker:

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And this box also included a download code for extended audio excerpts of CARAVAL and THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN:

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Bookish goodies time!

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Geek Fire Labs Lip Balm in Cinnamon Donut – Value $4

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OwlCrate does an amazing job of getting exclusive collaborations for their box, and this lip balm is a perfect example. It fits the circus theme perfectly and is super practical, too. The flavor is maybe a little more subtle than I would have liked, but it’s an excellent lip balm.

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Evie Bookish Designed Tote Bag – Value $12?

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This tote design is another exclusive for Owl Crate subscribers. It is inspired by the book, The Night Circus. This book has been on my reading list for a while – if you recommend it, let me know!

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Frostbeard Studio Soy Candle in Le Cirque des Reves – Value $6?

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Frostbeard Studio candles seem to be a fixture in book subscription boxes – and I love it! This scent is a blend of caramel popcorn, roasted chestnuts, and bonfire fragrances!

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And it comes with a lovely Frostbeard Studio bookmark with a coupon on the back:

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Attic Journals Deck of Paper Notebook – Value $4

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This notebook is made with two recycled casino cards, and the inside of the notebook are blank pages:

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Girl of All Work Page Flags – Value $5.50

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This set comes with 5 tiny post-its perfect for marking pages.

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So cute and practical!

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

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Verdict: This box has a value of about $42.50 (using the Amazon sale prices and my estimates of some of these exclusive items). I think that’s a good value for a book box, especially with the curation, exclusive items, and bonus book extras that OwlCrate includes each month. I just love the circus theme this month, too!

I’m also thrilled that they included Caraval as the book this month. (I’ve been seeing press for it everywhere and it was already on my list of books to read.) I’m only a few chapters in, but I was hooked from the first chapter.

What do you think of the February OwlCrate box?

OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box for people who love Young Adult literature. Every month they send you a highly anticipated new YA release, as well as 3-5 bookish items (such as fandom jewelry, collectible toys, bookmarks, and more!). Each box will also include exclusive content from authors a... read more.
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!

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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4 comments

Mallory

I know this is late but I want this box so bad! Especially that bag from The Night Circus.

Amanda

The Night Circus will change your life. I read it again every couple of months because it is just that good and I notice something new every time. I have never wanted something to be real so badly.

Christy

This was a great box! I finished Caraval in a day and wished there was a sequel–I wanted to read more!

Kim

The Night Circus is one of my favorite books of all time. You should read it ASAP.

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