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!


Galaxy Booksleeve


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 



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


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


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!!!???



December 2016 The YA Chronicles Subscription Box Unboxing + Other Bookish Mail


I love book mail!!! Today I received my The YA Chronicles Subscription Box in the mail! I’m posting this straight away mainly because tomorrow I will be busy getting jobs done and packing for Holidays and then leaving on Friday and I don’t want to leave it and then have no time to do it or hurry through it and do a half arse job!

So here it is!

Also, yes I know I post Unboxings early, especially this one as it is Australian based and I get it before other countries. But, you chose to open this post and look at it, so it’s your own fault if you do spoil yourself for it.

Last months The YA Chronicles unboxing!

What You Need To Know About the Subscription Box

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, or comment your currency and I will tell you.

Cost of the Box: $29.99 AUD
Shipping to Aus and NZ: $9.99 AUD (this includes tracking)
Shipping internationally: $24.99 AUD (this includes tracking)

Also, this subscription box is not automatically recurring, so you do have to purchase it every month, which is good because it means you can easily pick and choose the themes that you want to purchase

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!

What I Received!

Volume Sixteen: Simply Wonderful

As always, I will write under each photo what is written on the description card that you get in the box.


Snitch Bracelet:


In a game of Quidditch, the snitch is nothing but a glint of gold in the sunlight. Yet the smallest ball is the most important of all, for catching the snitch can win you the game. Wear your new Golden Snitch bracelet and remember that there is no dream too small.

Book Button Magnet


We all know what happens when you get so absorbed in a book that real life no longer exists. This feeling is perfectly encapsulated by this I fell into a book button magnet from down the reading hole store on RedBubble.



Here at the YA chronicles we love tabbing our books. Multicoloured tabs to keep track of our favourite quotes or scenes. And so this month we have included sticky tabs from blossom books, a publisher from the netherlands. These are absolutely adorable and we love thema to death.

Washi Tape


Last, but not least, we’ve included one of three possible stunning washi tape designs for you to decorate all your favourite things. Use it to tape your presents or prettify your 2017 diary.

Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins


And now for something a little different: A novel in verse about three girls on three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists. Maria Merian discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented her findings in gorgeous paintings of the life cycle of insects. Mary Anning discovered fossils that would change people’s vision of the past. Maria Mitchell longed to discover a new comet. Read about their discoveries in our book of the month, finding wonders: Three girls who changed science by Jeannine Atkins.

Letter from the YA Chronicles Team


We’ve included a letter written by yours truly explaining why we have chosen this book for december.

I know this is really hard to read, it is hard enough to read that font as it is, so below I will put what this says!

Dear Reader,

We wanted to let you know why Finding Wonders meant so much to us that we decided to include it in our December box.

Finding Wonders is one of those books that you read and you come out feeling a little bit better about the world, happy that you’ve learnt something you didn’t know before, and content with the fact that you can make a difference, even if you don’t know you’re doing it yet.

All of the women written about in Finding Wonders lived in a time when education wasn’t openly available to them, and were not considered to be leaders of their own discoveries not that they let that stop them.

We hope Finding Wonders encourages you to be the difference you want to see in the world. We aspire to be a positive influence that encourages people to read widely and diversely and by doing this hope that we’re making that difference, no matter how small.

This holiday season we wanted to give the gift of a book that we hope inspires you to go out and follow what you love no matter the trials that fall in your path.

Happy reading!

Alison & Rebecca
The YA Chronicles

The Info Card


The YA Chronicles Monthly Bookmark


Aus YA Bloggers & Reads Secret Santa 2016

Today I received the book from my Secret Santa! Thank you heaps whoever you are.. I still don’t know who you are because there has been a couple peoples hints that could mean me, as some are very vague, so I have no idea!


Let me know if you recommend any subscription boxes that I should get! Especially if you are Australian too!