The YA Chronicles Exclusive Obsidio Box (Goodies Only) Unboxing

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Okay, so as many of you know, I chose to stop purchasing The YA Chronicles as it was no longer worth the money for me. However, when they announced an Obsidio box, I had to purchase. So I’m going to break down what I got, what I liked, disliked and whether it was worth it or not!

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The YA Chronicles is based in Australia. They mostly do monthly subscription boxes but occasionally do these exclusive boxes.

Here is the link to their website!

It says on the website that there is international shipping, so I’m assuming they ship everywhere, so I’m sorry if they don’t ship to your country!

I will only be posting costing in AUD, so if you want to know what it would cost in your country then you can go here to convert it.

Cost of the Box: $39.99 AUD
Shipping to Aus and NZ: $9.99 AUD (this includes tracking)
Shipping internationally: $24.99 AUD (this includes tracking)

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As always, I will write under each photo what is written on the description card that you get in the box. I’m also going to add pricing or a guess at pricing so we can see if the box is worth the price tag!

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Galaxy Booksleeve

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Included is a gorgeous custom galaxy booksleeve created by Between the Pages. It’s so large it’ll fit Obsidio

Thoughts & Pricing

Okay, so even though it says that it will fit Obsidio, it won’t. I don’t have Obsidio yet as it is coming in the mail. But it won’t fit Illuminae & Gemina. It is so short! I’ll leave a pic below.
As for the pricing, I can’t find any book sleeves on their website. On Etsy most basic book sleeves like this are usually about $20

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The Book Hangover Store has created an amazing 4oz </error> candle for the end of the series. It smells of Vanilla, Black Pepper, Tobacco & Patchouli. 

Thoughts and Pricing

I love candles so it couldn’t go wrong adding candles to boxes. This one claims to smell of Vanilla, Peppercorn, Tobacco & Patchouli but I can only really smell Patchouli with a hint of Vanilla. I can’t smell pepper or tobacco at all.
This is an exclusive, so this exact candle isn’t available but their 4oz candles are $12 

Bracelet

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Charmed Fiction on Etsy has put together these super cute, custom bracelet pieces just for you! Finished the book but not ready to let the series go? Wear this gorgeous thing around to keep the space magic alive. 

Thoughts and Pricing

So I was really disappointed with this. As you can see one of the charms have broken already. I only put it on and took it all off and it broke off. It was only attached with a paper thin piece of metal. So I have no idea how they thought that was going to last any length of time?!
Pricing for Charmed Fiction’s bracelets seems to vary depending on the number of charms and their size. So as this one only has 2 charms I’m going with $12.80. Again this is an exclusive, so it isn’t available on their store.

Paper Flower

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A Little Touch of Books has created an amazing death blooms paper flower, made from pages of the Illuminae books and splattered in the blood of these characters enemies. 

Thoughts and Pricing

I have no idea what I’m going to do with this or where I can even put it as I feel like it will just get blown of my bookshelves by my aircon. But I do think it’s pretty cool.
Again this item isn’t actually for sale on their store. However, you can by paper flowers on Etsy for about $5 so that will do.

Tarot Cards

Last, Megan Jeong Books on Instagram has spent the last few months bringing the core cast to life in this brilliant Tarot card set. Find Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Asha, Rhys, and AIDAN in your pack.

Okay, so these don’t actually have the names on them they just say random words that relate to the character, but I think I know who is who!
Thinker = Kady
Flyer = Ezra
Fighter = Hanna
Joker = Nik
Heeler = Asha
Solider = Rhys
Power = AIDAN
The names Asha & Rhys aren’t familiar to me, so I am assuming they are from Obsidio. But I can guess which cards they are obviously.
As for pricing, this item again is not on their store. Based on the pricing of the prints she sells and the difference in size (as these are a lot smaller than the prints) I’m going to guess at $3 a card. So $3 x 7 cards = $21

The Spoiler Card

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I forgot to take a pic of the bookmark but it has the same design as this spoiler card and you can see it in the overview of all the items.

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As this box didn’t contain the book I only paid $43.95 (including shipping within Aus).
Using the pricing underneath each picture it comes to a total value of $70.80. This is only a guess as most of the items aren’t available for individual sale. However, I’m pretty happy with the value of this box. Especially compared to the boxes I priced before I decided to stop purchasing (most of those were only just breaking even with how much I paid for them.)
I do like all the items in this book. The book sleeve, even though it won’t fit the Illuminae files books is still an alright book sleeve. It is not my favourite design, but it is okay. The bracelet, yes I am disappointed that it broke so easily but I’m not pissed off as I was going to rip off that charm anyway as I hate those fake glass looking charms. The candle smells alright and I’ll be able to use it in Bookstagram photos. The paper flower I probably won’t have much use of and I give it a week before it is wrecked by either accident or one of my animals. Lastly, the tarot cards, again I don’t know what I will do with them as I don’t have room to lay them all out on my shelves and they are too small to go on a wall. So they will probably only get used for Bookstagram photos as I do really like the design itself.

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What do you think of the items that came in this box? Did you get this box? Would you have liked to?
Who is keen for Obsidio!!!???

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July 2017 Owl Crate Unboxing

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So this is my first time getting an Owl Crate box! I’m going to jump straight into it!



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Here is a link to their website!

Owl Crate:

Cost of the Box: $29.99 USD (Approx $37.50 AUD)
Shipping to Aus: $19.99 AUD (Approx $25.00 AUD)

Owl Crate Jr.:

Cost of the Box: $27.99 USD (Approx $35.00 AUD)
Shipping to Aus: $19.99 AUD (Approx $25.00 AUD)

You can also purchase previous boxes HERE!



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July 2017 – Wanderlust

As always I will write under each photo what is written in the book next to it. I’m also going to add pricing or a guess at pricing so we can see if the box is worth the price tag!

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LOTR Backpack

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Going on an adventure? Don’t forget to pack your The Lord of the Rings inspired backpack! You’ll feel like you’re joining Frodo and friends on an epic quest! This backpack was created exclusively by us here at OwlCrate, just for you!

You can get drawstring bags like this for about $6.

Owl Luggage Tag

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Use this super cute owl luggage tag when you’re next at the airport! He’ll protect your bags while you fly off for new horizons! Created by the wonderful team at Mudpuppy.

On the website, you can purchase this for $9.99.

Funko Keychain

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Wouldn’t it be so magical to join Newt Scamander as he travels the world in search of fantastic beasts? This adorable keychain from Funko is the next best thing!

These Funkos cost $9.99.

Pocket Mirror

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Now you too can become Antari and join Kell on all of his misadventures, with your very own A Darker Shade of Magic inspired pocket mirror! This beautiful mirror was designed exclusively by Miss Phi. The phrase ‘As Travars’ means ‘to travel’!

You can find pocket mirrors online for around $10.

Pocket Journal

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While you’re away on your next trip, don’t forget this funky pocket journal from Ooly! You’ll want a convenient place to jot down all of your travel memories! We sent out 8 different styles – which one did you receive?

You can purchase this on their website for $9.99.

Print

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How beautiful is this art print designed by Shailey Ann Designs? It features a quote by Francois Rabelais, and is also inspired by the novel Looking for Alaska. This is an OwlCrate exclusive design!

You can purchase a print of this size on their website for $8.00

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The book!

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This is the story of a charming lord who won’t grow up, his best friend (who he may or may not be in love with), and his studious and sassy little sister. This is the tale of their incredible road trip through 18-century Europe, and all of the mischief they encounter along the way. This book has everything you could ever want – an amazing cast of diverse characters, pirates, highwaymen, mysterious artifacts, laugh-out-loud moments, dangerous adventures, and ALL THE FEELS!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue has us smiling from beginning to end, and we know you’ll love it! We also hope you enjoy the exclusive cover, super fun letter and signed bookplate from Mackenzi Lee, as well as the cute art print map!

On Book Depository this book is $24.93 but I will give it $30 for the exclusive cover & signed book plate.

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So adding up all the pricing it ends up at $83.97 AUD. This box cost me $62.26 so I am happy with how much this box ended up being worth.

I personally won’t use the owl bag tag as I don’t think it is cute and I just don’t travel anywhere that requires a bag tag. I also personally think it’s more of an item for kids.. I also won’t use the drawstring bag as I haven’t used them since Primary school when we had to.. Also, another item that I think is more for kids… Not necessarily the quote and design itself but the bag itself.

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That is all for this unboxing!

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ALSO, DON’T FORGET MY GIVEAWAY IS STILL GOING ON! JUST CLICK THE PIC OR HERE TO GET TO THE GIVEAWAY POST TO FIND OUT HOW TO WIN A PAPERBACK OF ONE OF THE PICTURED BOOKS!

June 2017 The YA Chronicles Unboxing

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My June the YA Chronicles subscription box came today! So here is my unboxing! I will again put the price of each item underneath it and at the end add it up to see the value of the box!



Blog Titles (38)The YA Chronicles is based in Australia so for me this is great, being Australian the shipping is pretty cheap and the box gets to me quickly!

Here is the link to their website!

It says on the website that there is international shipping, so I’m assuming they ship everywhere, so I’m sorry if they don’t ship to your country!

I will only be posting costing in AUD, so if you want to know what it would cost in your country then you can go here to convert it.

Cost of the Box: $39.99 AUD
Shipping to Aus and NZ: $9.99 AUD (this includes tracking)
Shipping internationally: $24.99 AUD (this includes tracking)

They have closed sales for the pride box but you can preorder the Tower of Dawn box. There are 3 options for this box. One is the UK paperback + goodies, the second is US Hardcover + goodies and the last is the UK paperback, US hardcover + goodies.

Also, this subscription box is not automatically recurring, so you do have to purchase it every month, which is good and bad because it means you can easily pick and choose the themes that you want to purchase but also you have to remember to get in before it sells out!

In this box every month, you receive a new release paperback YA book, a TYAC bookmark with that month’s theme on the back and 2-5 other bookish items. Each month is themed and the theme is announced as soon as the subscription box goes on sale!

Also they have previous boxes for sale! At the moment they have the following for sale:

June 2016: Pride Week
December 2016: Simply Wonderful
April 2017: Bibbity Boppity Book
June 2017: Take to the Seas (This box)



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Volume Twenty Two: Take to the Seas

As always, I will write under each photo what is written on the description card that you get in the box. I’m also going to add pricing or a guess at pricing so we can see if the box is worth the price tag!

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Sweet Cherry Soda Bath Donut

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Escape the Winter chill with your mermaid bath donut by sweetcherrysoda.com.au! Smelling of lime and coconut, this donut contains two bath bombs, a bubble bath and soap. That’s a total of four sea adventures in one.

So this exact bath bomb isn’t on their website. The ones on the site also don’t have a soap in the middle, they are just the two bath bombs and the bubble bath. Those ones on the site are $12, because this one also has the soap I’ll give it $14.

Iron on Patch

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This Sea Witch patch by Liliancuda on Etsy is perfect for those of us who wish we were magical underwater beings. Just iron (or stitch) it ontoy your clothing of choice and you’re good to go.

Okay, first of all The YA Chronicles, you need to proof read your info card because it’s actually double L in Lilliancuda and also ‘it ontoy your’ is not words.

HERE is the link to the etsy store. And HERE is the link to this exact patch! It costs $8 on their Etsy store atm, it does say it’s on sale though.

A Darker Shade of Magic Print

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Nothing says take to the seas quite like Lila Bard for the Darker Shade of Magic Trilogy. Enjoy your custom and exclusive Lila Prin, created by the amazing Paperfury on Society6.

Again, I don’t think this was proof read and also it’s called the ‘Shades of Magic’ Trilogy, not ‘Darker Shade of Magic’.

The prints on their shop are usually $15, but on special at the moment for $12. I will use $15 as the price for this though.

Mermaid Socks

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You can’t grow a tail, but slipping your feet into these mermaid socks is the next best thing. Put your pair on and imagine yourself swimming across those seven seas in an adventure of your own.

It doesn’t say where these came from, but you can find them on ebay for around $6. And just a little note, I will never wear this and they will honestly probably go in the bin because I don’t know anyone who would actually wear these.

Pirates Treasure

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No sea adventure is complete without a little pirate treasure. We’ve done the hard part for you and located the treasure chest, all you have to do it enjoy your share.

This is something that you could get a bag of at a cheap shop for like $2.

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

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The daughter of a wherryman, Caro believes she is destined for the river. She’s spent seventeen years listening to the water, waiting for the River God to speak to her. But she hasn’t heard a peep from him, and there’s a chance she never will. When her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate, Caro decides to take on the job in exchange for his release. What follows in the Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser is an epic take on pirates, politics, and princes.

You can get this paperback edition on Book Depository for $13.04!

Bookmark

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Letter from the Author

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Monthly The YA Chronicles Bookmark

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Info Card

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So for the items and book it adds up to $58, I would also add an extra say $5 for the 2 bookmarks. I don’t know what a letter from an author would be worth if anything, so I won’t add that to the value. That makes the total about $63 AUD. The box costs me about $50 which includes the shipping, so I’m happy with that value!



And that is all for this unboxing!

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