Something Wicked This Way Comes, the theme for the August Owl Crate box was a fun one. It included all things evil and dark and a lot of fun. I gave this box 4 out of 5 stars. It's fun and has some useful items as well. It wasn't great mostly b/c I personally don't drink coffee and didn't get to enjoy all aspects. However, I realize that is a pretty selfish reason to lower the rating.
These Edgar Allan Poe socks are fun to wear; I just wish I wore socks more here in the Arizona desert living.
Besides the main Young Adult book, this month's box included an extra book. It's a short story collection of creepy and/or scary stories including the classic Sleepy Hollow.
I also got a cool fountain pen with refills; it makes me want to learn calligraphy and write really cool things. This bookmark inspired by Six of Crows is simple and fun. I used to always use a receipt or scrap of paper as my bookmark, but my Owl Crate boxes have changed me. Bookmarks are fun; no wonder the cool book readers of the world are all obsessed with them.
Happenstance Coffee provided this Dark Arts coffee. I obviously love the Harry Potter connection, but I'm not a coffee drinker. I ended up giving this bag to a co-worker who later told me it was delicious. If you are a coffee drinker, you should check Happenstance out. Apparently they have a subscription service which may be a really cool gift for the coffee fan. Plus, it's not the obvious Starbucks giftcard; therefore providing a little originality to the gift world.
I get an Owl Crate every month b/c it is fun, and I love building my YA book collection. This month The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones is a story about friendship, inner strength, and the power of love. I love the letter we always get from the author which gives a little insight into what inspired the story. I love the signed name plate, and the unique and exclusive covers. The little details Owl Crate thinks about is fun, and a reason I love these boxes.
I've just started this book, but it's a blend of sci-fi, fantasy and romance. Since, it may be a little bit before I give you a full review of The Hearts We Sold, the book description will have to do.
"When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a devil--her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life--she finds her trade may be more than she bargained for. And becoming "heartless" is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined.
With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something like love grows between them amidst an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: can she give James her heart when it's no longer hers to give?
What do you think? Sound like a worthy read?
As always, if you get a different book subscription box that you love (it has to include a book b/c that is what I love the most) please share it with me. I'm open to trying something new, even if I do thoroughly enjoy Owl Crate.
Also, the Owl Crate links are referral links; it is just in case you are interested in a subscription for yourself or a friend. Owl Crate also has a Junior box which is perfect for upper elementary school kids.
Happy reading! Happy fandom fun! Happy Monday!