August 2017 OwlCrate Unboxing

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This is my second ever OwlCrate! I didn’t like this one as much as last month, mainly because there are just things I won’t get any use out of in this book.




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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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August – Something Wicked This Way Comes…

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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Edgar Allan Poe Socks

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Once upon a midnight while I pondered, weak and weary… These Edgar Allan Poe socks from Out of Print will keep you warm when you experience chills from your next scary read!

This item costs $10 USD which is about $12.50 AUD.

Happenstance Coffee

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Time to brush up on your unforgivable curses! Raise a mug to He Who Must Not Be Named witht his yummy Dark Arts inspired medium roast coffee made exclusively by Happenstance Coffee. Nagini Approved!

They don’t sell this exact one or this size on their website, but their normal coffee is 8oz for $12, so going by that, this bad of coffee is worth $3.

Fountain Pen

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Want to write the next great horror novel? When inspiration strikes, use your new fountain pen from Ooly. These gorgeous pens write so smoothly and come with extra ink cartridges so you can write long into the night.

This pen cost $5 Usd which in about $6.30 AUD!

Sleepy Hollow & Other Stories

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Author Washington Irving created one of the most iconic characters of all time (the infamous Headless Horsemen) when he wrote Sleepy Hollow. But did you know he wrote other spooky stories as well? We hope you enjoy diving into this exclusive edition of Sleep Hollows & Other Stories, published by our friends at Rock Paper Books.

The Penguin Classics edition of Sleep Hollow & Other Stories costs $15.08 on Book Depository, so I’m going to value this one the same. 

This Savage Song Sticker

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It’s no secret how much we adore Victoria Schwab here at OwlCrate. Her unique stories linger with you long after you turn the last page. To celebrate the conclusion of the Monsters of Verity duology, Evie Bookish has designed an exclusive This Savage Song sticker just for you!

So on her RedBubble her stickers about this size usually cost $2.87, so I’m going with that for this one too. 

Double-Sided Bookmark

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When thinking of wicked (yet lovable) characters, the gang from Ketterdam are at the top of our list! Treehouse of Books has designed an exclusive double-sided bookmark inspired by our favourite outcasts from Six of Crows.

So I can’t even find this Treehouse of Books store… But on average a double-sided bookmark will sell from between $3 & $5 on Etsy. This one is really nice quality so I will give it $5.

The Book!

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Would you ever be tempted to sell your soul? Dee gives up her heart and agrees to work for a demon in exchange for escaping a dangerous home life. But things quickly go awry, and Dee soon realises she’s dealing with much more than she bargained for. Alongside a group of other ‘heartless’ teens, Dee embarks on the fight of her life. Will they survive this chaotic nd otherworldly threat? Without a heart, will Dee ever be able to love again? The Hearts We Sold is a powerful, genre-blending story all about finding your inner strength, the power of friendship, and how important love is when the world goes dark. We also hope you enjoy the lapel pin (which will make sense once you read the story!).

On Book Depository this book is worth $22.40 and on QBD it costs $28.99. I’ll be using the Book Depository price. 



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So adding up all the pricing it ends up at $67.15 AUD. This box cost me $62.26 a month. For something worth $62 I expect a bit more value in the box. Last month was worth $84 which I was really happy with, this month was a bit below.

I don’t love this book as much as I did last months! In this months box I will not use the socks, one because I have no damn clue really who Edger Allan Poe besides that he is an American poet. Nor do I wear high socks like these. Also, I don’t drink coffee and neither does any of my friends or father and my Mum only drinks decaf unflavoured coffee… So that will probably go in the bin eventually. I’m not sure I will read Sleepy Hollows either.  I like the pen, sticker and bookmark a lot! I’m not sure on the book as it kinda sounds like a romance, which I’m not huge on, so I don’t know.



Well, that is all for this month’s OwlCrate unboxing! I didn’t get The YA Chronicles this month as I couldn’t afford both. As they usually have their boxes up for sale after the original shipment, so I will check out the spoilers and if I love the box then I will grab one! I will be really disappointed if The YA Chronicles is amazing as it’s the first one I haven’t got in months and I wasn’t obsessed with this months OwlCrate!

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June 2017 World of Wizardry GeekGear Unboxing

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So I’m back for another World of Wizardry Unboxing! This month I got a Ravenclaw themed box! I don’t know if I will be getting next months box, it will depend on if I have some spare cash before they finish selling.



WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SUBSCRIPTION BOX

So first I’ll tell you all you need to know about this Subscription box.

Here is the link to the website.

This subscription box is based in the UK and I live in Australia.. So, I will have UK pricing and Australia, but only shipping prices for Australia.

They also offer an automatically renewable subscription that is cheaper than a non-subscription. All will be linked to the  correct pricing below!

REMEMBER THAT THE AUD PRICES WILL CHANGE AS THE CONVERSION RATES CHANGE ALL THE TIME!

THIS SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE OFFERS:

STANDARD GEEKGEAR BOX:

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Geek Gear boxes (Non-Subscription) is £24.99 or $41.69
Geek Gear boxes (Automatic Renewal) is £19.99 or $33.37

HARRY POTTER THEMED BOX (WORLD OF WIZARDRY):

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World of Wizardry box (Non-Subscription) is £24.99 or $41.69 AUD
World of Wizardry box (Automatic Renewal) is £19.99 or $33.37 AUD

WORLD OF WIZARDRY WEARABLES:

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World of Wizardry Wearable box (Non-Subscription) is £24.99 or $41.69 AUD
World of Wizardry Wearables box (Automatic Renewal) is £19.99 or $33.37

MYSTERY MIXED PAST BOX:

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Mystery Mixed Past Box is £12.99 or $21.69 AUD

OTHER:

You can also purchase Gift Cards for any amount from £10.00 to £300.00.

SHIPPING:

Shipping to Australia is £5.99 or $10.00 AUD
Which is extremely good compared to a majority of international subscription boxes!



WHAT I RECEIVED

As always I will write under each photo what is written in the book next to it.

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Goblet of Fire Print

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See below the two variations that could have came. I like both prints but I think the one I got was my favourite. You can see in the photo above that in the background of the coloured flames is the towers of the Quidditch Pitch which I think is a tool addition.

Also in the front of the book GeekGear has added the following note

“Over the last few months we have made some amazing changed – one being out Prints! These are now ALL Licensed exclusives approved by Warner Bros and exclusive to us!’

So that’s cool!

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Exclusive Pin Series!

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Start collecting with our first ever No. 0001 World of Wizardry Pin!

So by the sound of that there will be a pin in each box from now on! Which is awesome and if they are all as cute as this one I will be happy! Also there was 3 variations that you could have gotten of this pon! There was Classic which is just the normal 1, there was the Silver edition that was 1 in 50 & Gold which is 1 in 100! So that was awesome that I got the Silver one when I never get the exclusive items!

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World of Wizardry Deck of Cards

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And you can see below what the cards themselves look like!

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House Scarf

A beautiful scarf, wear if with pride!

Show your love for the Wizarding World!

I couldn’t fit it all in one pic, so there is a pic of each houses section of the scarf!

Lightning Strike Necklace

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Flying Ford Anglia Figure

The famous car has been restored to its original condition and you can now proudly show it off on your shelf!

An exclusive figure by GeekGear!

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The Shirt.

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I honestly don’t like this shirt. The colouring I think is what is weird for me because the blue is too dark and the brown kinda colour is just a bit weird. On the Ravenclaw House logo on Pottermore the Raven is a darker brown but the crest behind it is Blue and silver.. So I don’t know, the colours just don’t look right to me. You can see in the booklet photo below this, the design which would have been on the other house’s shirts!.

The Booklet!

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Well that is all for this months GeekGear World of Wizardry box! I really liked this book except the shirt, I wish I had got any of the other houses as they all looked awesome, just Ravenclaws didn’t look right to me. And even though I’m not a Slytherin or Hufflepuff I would have worn those shirts if I had received them because they look cool. But the Ravenclaw one will be put in a giveaway at some point.

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The YA Chronicles – An Overview of the last year!

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So I have been getting The YA Chronicles since February last year, I did miss 2 throughout that time though. I will still show and talk about those months boxes even though I didn’t get them. I also thought I would point out that they have put their post up from $29.99 to $39.99 as of 1st April due to shipping cost increase but they also claim to be adding more items to the boxes from now on, so we will see. So for Australians it will now be a total cost of $49.98 with shipping. If the new products are added and continue the same quality then I will continue subscribing, but if not then I may unsubscribe.


What we got in each box since last Feb and my opinion of each one

As I only started doing unboxing since September so I will be using photos that are taken off The Ya Chronicles website which I believe they got from other people’s Instagrams. I will credit the photographer under the photo and link to their Instagram if it is still active.

If I find links to any of the items I will link them!

February 2016 – Volume 6: Rebel with a Cause

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I’m a fantasy reader, so this box was  really interesting to me. Rebel of the Sands turned out to be one of my newer favourite series as well, so that is great! And HERE is my review for it. The Dauntless lip balm & Hunger Games poster were really fun items as I’m a Divergent & Hunger Games fan! I don’t drink tea, so I gave that one to my Mum, but that’s personal preference. And lastly the Throne of Glass stickers, this is a well known series and would be a good item for many people! I still haven’t read this series, so I didn’t know who those characters specifically were, but I thought they were cute and had them on my iPad for a while.

March 2016 – Volume 7: Australia Made (Missed)

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I missed this one which didn’t bother me too much because it is a contemporary and I’m not a huge contemporary reader. As for the other items, the tote bag would have been cool but I don’t really use them that often. I would have liked the wooden bookmark though as I think they are really unique but I still don’t own one.

April 2016 – Volume 8: Journal Junkie

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Okay, so this book was one that I didn’t personally enjoy when I read it. HERE is my review. But everything else in the box was really good. I still occasionally use those stickers in my diary, when I decide to remember it, as I have a few left still. I also still use that notebook for my shopping lists when I use a written list. I have lost the tape now, but the it was really cool.

May 2016 – Volume 9: Summer Daze, Drifting Away

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This was another book I enjoyed reading, it was one of the first contemporaries I really enjoyed and I would more than likely not have picked it up if I hadn’t received it in this box. You can find my review HERE. I loved the fairy bread candle. I still haven’t burnt it though because it’s too pretty. There was two options of magnetic bookmarks to receive and I got the sun one and I honestly have no idea where it went, as I never used to have any way to display or store them so it probably just went in my room somewhere, but it’s really cute! Lastly the bath bomb came pretty smashed up as Australia Post aren’t exactly the most carefully with packages, but oh well. It is still sitting in a The YA Chronicles box in my front room as I don’t have a bath to use it in and neither does any of my friends! Still a cool item for those who could use it haha.

June 2016 – Volume 10: Pride Week

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Loved loved loved this box! This book was really good and another enjoyable contemporary. HERE is my review! I still wear the wristband, I have it on right now. I have that rainbow poster up on my wall in my room. I also still have the Shadowhunters necklace with all my other jewelry and I did wear it for a while. I really should put it on display with the first 3 The Mortal Instrument books that I own. And the tote bag, as I said before I don’t really use bags that much, so it is up in my cupboard.

July 2016 – Volume 11: Ladies Who Slay (Missed)

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It really sucks that I missed this box! The book is something I’m still interested in reading I just don’t have a copy on. The thing I wish I got the most was the  Hermione’s wand necklace!! Tris’s bird temporary tattoo would have been cool too. I haven’t read The Crowns Game so it didn’t bother me that I didn’t get the bookmark and I don’t watch Sailor Moon, so that didn’t annoy me either. But hermione’s wand!!!

August 2016 – Volume 12: Professional Book Lovers

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I still haven’t read this book, but I do really want to! It sounds so interesting! I haven’t actually used that light as where I read it doesn’t need extra light. The scarf is absolutely awesome and such a cool idea! The soap smelt really good, I haven’t used it as a lot of soaps effect my skin, so I didn’t want to risk it and also it’s just prettier to look at than use haha.

September 2016 – Volume 13: You Win or You Die

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My Unboxing

Photo’s from now on are all mine!

This was probably my least favourite box for the items. The candles were kinda boring and they didn’t smell that great to my preference. The characters that the candles were themed with weren’t one I really knew at the time. I have now read Snow Like Ashes, so I know who Meira is now, but I haven’t read Throne of Glass, The Lunar Chronicles or The Wrath and the Dawn so I don’t know who those are. The prints were okay, I hated GoT, so that one was meh to me, the Harry Potter one was really nice though! And the ring was just small cheap and I probably would have snapped it if I had tried to make it big enough to fit my fingers, so it wasn’t a great month for the bookish items in my opinion. The book is one I haven’t read yet but I really want to get to soon!

Gemina Box

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My Unboxing

This wasn’t one of the monthly boxes, this was an extra thing. Just like the A Court of Wing & Ruin box they had for sale a little while ago and the Pride Box they have for sale now. I loved Illuminae so I had to get this box! Gemina was so damn good! HERE is my spoiler free review. And a signed copy! I really liked the print of the Heimdall and the Illuminae bookmark!

October 2016 – Volume 14: Against All Odds

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My Unboxing

This was another eh box for me. I’m not going to go into detail about everything, but I don’t really read contemporary, I haven’t read Percy Jackson or Six of Crows and I don’t know who Manon is. For people who have read the corresponding books it would be a good box though, I just haven’t got to them yet.

November 2016 – Volume 15: Welcome to Wonderland

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My Unboxing

I read Heartless just after getting this box and didn’t enjoy it too much. You can find my spoiler free review HERE. Again I don’t drink tea myself, but I gifted the tea and infuser spoon to a friend. The bookmarks from Read and Wonder are really cute though!

December 2016 – Volume 16: Simply Wonderful

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I don’t know if I will read this book or not, it is really interesting, but I just haven’t had the urge to pick it up, I should though, its so short it would only take a couple hours. I have the magnet on the side of my aircon in my room and love the quote on it! The post its a really cute and I keep forgetting to use them though! They are on my bedside table but just forget while reading! I covered the edge of one of my shelves with the washi tape and I think it’s really cute except that the wood is a little wider than the tape. I like that they added a description of why they chose that book as well!

January 2017 – Volume 17: Did Someone Say Fantasy?

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The book in this one is another I still haven’t read but plan to soon! I also love the idea of the Penguin Teen Australia Super-Proof 2017 book! That is an awesome idea and a cool thing to get in a subscription box! I already have a One Ring, but who doesn’t need two! The Raven Cycle bookmark is gorgeous and I have since purchased the entire set from them! The prints and illustrations are pretty cool too! I’m guessing the A Darker Shade of Magic one will make more sense when I get to read that book soon!

February 2017 – Volume 18: Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

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My Unboxing

I think this is my second least favourite box so far. I don’t drink tea, but I do have it displayed on my bookshelf next to my potion bottle of Amortentia! The Feysand candle kinda smells bad to me, but I hope to be reading ACOMAF soon so that Feysand makes sense to me, because so far in ACOTAR it is feylin still. I have no interest in The Fault In Our Stars pin as I will probably never read that book and disliked the movie. The book does sounds interesting though!

March 2017 – Volume 19: Feels Like A Fairytale

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My Unboxing

This one was probably my least favourite box of all. The book does not sound like something I will enjoy, the lip balm is kinda meh, the bath salts honestly smell like peroxide being mixed with bleach powder, if anyone has ever bleached their hair themselves then they will understand that smell. The sticker is really cute, but that was the only thing I really enjoyed in this box. I did like that it came with a signed book plate and also that the page edges of the book are coloured! That’s always fun.


Overall I really enjoy getting these subscription boxes! Sometimes the items aren’t for me and sometimes the books aren’t going to interest me, but that’s one of the joys with subscription boxes! I do wish they created a fantasy and Contemporary option so that you could choose your prefered genre. That would be awesome!

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