Illumicrate is a bookish subscription box based in the UK. It contains at least one book and lots of other bookish delights. It is a quarterly box that arrives in February, May, August and November.
This is the nineth illumicrate box so far and they are now beginning to do special boxes around certain series – they’ve recently done a Grisha box and their next one is a Howler (Red Rising). I think they plan on doing a ACOTAR themed box soon too!
I’m always super excited to get these not only for the books but for the amazing bookish goodies with it.
Spoilers ahead! Don’t read on if you haven’t opened yours yet…
Artemis by Andy Weir (exclusive edition)
I wasn’t overly excited when I first pulled this book out of the box as it doesn’t really look like the sort of book I would usually choose for myself. But that’s part of the reason I subscribe to this box! When I read the blurb, it actually sounds really interesting!
Jazz Bashara is a criminal.
Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself – and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.
Bookish Tea Towel by @evannaveillustration (exclusive)
Always need a tea towel to wash up all my tea mugs. plus, the design is in my favourite colour. Win.
“The Right Book” Print by @nutmegandarlo (exclusive)
I adore this quote! I’m putting it straight up in my classroom for all my children to see.
Unicorn Journal by @prismofstarlings (exclusive)
This has a super cute design on the outside but my favourite part is the inside. It has the birthdays of famous literary figures, which I just love!
Reading in Bed canle by @ Merakicandles (exclusive)
This is my favourite item in the box! It smells like chocolate and it looks gorgeous. I loved the last candle Meraki Candles did for the box too – I will definitely be ordering people presents from them!
Moon and Stars Necklace by @ohpandaeyes (exclusive)
The description say “a little tribute to stories set in space” but my first thought was Game of Thrones. Eitherway, this is super cute!
Extras: Excerpts of The Mortal Coil and Iron Gold, and an ARC of The City of Brass by S.A.Chakraborty.
This has a beautiful cover! It’s not released until Spring 2018 so we’re very lucky 🙂
Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.
After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for
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