LitJoy Crate YA Subscription Box Review – August 2017
LitJoy Crate is a monthly book subscription box for babies, kids, and teens. They send books and interesting book related items. They have crates for 3-7 (picture books), and 14+ (young adult). This is a review of the Young Adult crate.
This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: LitJoy Crate
The Cost: $29.99/monthly, $86.97/3-month pre-pay, $167.94/6-month pre-pay, $323.88/12-month pre-pay. Plus $8.99 USPS flat-rate shipping, $14.99 shipping to Canada, and $24.99 shipping international.
COUPON: Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: depending on your subscription type, you will receive newly released board books (2), picture books (1), or young adult books (1), plus 2-4 assorted book-related items.
Ships to: The US, Canada, and International
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This month is all about Wonder Woman! Hooray! The info booklet has so much great information about the items inside the box.
There’s a card to represent the theme, too. They call it “Galaxy Games”.
There’s a promotional bookmark inside the box, as well. I didn’t even know this DC novel series existed! I’ll have to check the Batman version out, too.
Ooh! A temporary tattoo! How cool! It’s only about the size of a half dollar, but what a fun way to celebrate this book.th
Kaz and Inej Print by Limetown – Value $1.00?
This postcard-sized print is listed as one of the featured products in the box. While it is beautifully done (and—whew!—surprisingly steamy for an illustration!), I’m a little thrown off by it. The characters are from a different book (Six of Crows) than what’s featured in the box this month, though it’s by the same author. I would’ve preferred if it was a Wonder-Woman-inspired image, given the box theme. But it’s pretty nonetheless. Since it’s on the same card stock that the info booklet appears on and doesn’t have any backing or frame, I’m guessing it’s only worth about a dollar.
Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – Value on Amazon $9.56 (Retail Value $18.99)
Here’s the book this month, which is a licensed novel inspired by Wonder Woman! So cool! The writing has all of the urgency and excitement of a comic book or film. It’s the kind of book that I would’ve felt very cool reading as a tween, in particular—the writing feels akin to the reading level of an adult novel, but the story of independent, Diana and her partnership with Alia is the aspirational, adventurous content a younger reader would just eat up.
Book Summary on Amazon:
The highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
The book comes with a signed bookplate from the author!
There’s a poster tucked into the back of the book, too! I love this!
4 Wonder Woman Buttons – Value $2.00?
These little buttons are just bigger than quarter-sized. They have a nice velvety finish to them and plenty of bold, contrasting color. The info booklet notes the specific moments in the book that inspired these buttons—I think that’s so cool! Even without the context of the story, they have a bold, graphic flair that I kind of like. I’ve bought buttons like these for around $0.50 cents or so, so I’m guessing they’re worth about $2.00.
Lasso of Truth Necklace – Value $10.00?
I found a few different versions of this necklace online from a bunch of different vendors, but nothing quite like this one. The average price was right around $10.00, so I listed that estimation as the value above. I like the idea of this necklace, with its shimmery rope-like pendant. I do wish the cord was a chain of some kind (maybe more gold) or that it had a color that nodded to the Wonder Woman theme (like red or navy blue rather than black). Still, it’s cute. I could see younger Wonder Woman fans wearing this little totem everywhere!
Court of Candles Cauldron Bubble Bath Bomb, 3 oz – Value $3.50?
This bath bomb is a nod to a moment in the book where the characters recount their experience being cast as witches together in school. If anything, it’s a perfect salute to the oncoming Halloween season! I think it’s cool that it’s a dark, spooky color and smells like apples and other sweet harvest fruits. I couldn’t find this exact bomb online, but Court of Candles tends to price their bombs in the same way.
Court of Candles Themyscira Candle, 2 oz – Value $5.50?
This is an exclusive blend for LitJoy Crate, but I think the size and packaging lines up with the size of the 2 oz candle linked to above. This candle has a fresh, forest-like aroma about it, which is perfect for the lush world of the Amazons. Combining this scent with the fragrance of the bath bomb is a surefire way to create the essence of fall inside your home.
Wonder Woman Pillowcase – Value $10.00?
This zip-shut, standard-sized pillowcase features an image created by Alexis from Nerdy Post! It seems to be made from some kind of manmade fiber with a silky finish. I’m not sure if it’s an exclusive or not, but it definitely feels like it might be—it’s hard to find online, so I guessed at the value based on similar items. This would be a super fun gift for a teen trying to add some fandom decor to their room or a cool way to decorate a living room for a viewing party or get together of your best gal pals.
Verdict: I liked this month’s LitJoy Crate. I feel like the fact that the book is a nod to a super-relevant movie and character makes me instantly engaged in it (as I bet teen readers would be, too). The box is worth about $41.56, based on my estimations (and going by the Amazon sale price for the book). The box itself costs about $38.98 after shipping, so the box is a deal, but not a huge one. I did think the bookish items in this box were a lot of fun and age-appropriate for teens, too.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, though they do sometimes sell past crates on their site shop.
COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first subscription box!
Value Breakdown: The box cost me $38.98 after shipping, but I found there to be $41.56 worth of products inside. That means you’re saving about 4% on each item’s retail price. In other words, here’s what I paid for these items:
- Print: $0.94
- Book: $8.97
- Buttons: $1.88
- Necklace: $9.38
- Bath Bomb: $3.28
- Candle: $5.16
- Pillowcase: $9.38
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