Thanks so much to OwlCrate for giving me a free box to review on the blog! I so appreciate being given the opportunity to receive one, as I cannot afford it on my own at this time. I've had my eye on OwlCrate's fun bookish subscription boxes for quite some time now, so I was really excited when I was offered the opportunity to receive one for review last month (Receiving a free box, however, did not sway my opinion in one direction or the other. My thoughts are my own!)! Who doesn't love bookish mail? OwlCrate focuses on YA books (or sometimes an adult book that is appealing to YA readers), and each box is centered around a theme. Each month subscribers receive one newly released hardback YA book, along with some extra goodies that relate to the theme of the book. I love this use of themes, and think it's a really cool idea.
These boxes run at $29.99 + $6.99 shipping per month (shipping to Canada is $10.59 and anywhere else is $19.99), but selecting 3 or 6-month subscriptions save you some money.
June's theme was: Diversity
I really love the OwlCrate box! It was like a little treasure box sitting on my porch when I arrived home the other day. The logo is crisp and detailed, and I love the little owl footprints on the side of the box. I was immediately impressed before I even opened the box. I trust companies that care about making the little things, like packaging, professional and an extension of their service.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera was packaged in a clear plastic bag with an exclusive poster and temporary tattoo. This book has gotten amazing reviews! As the host of the Debut Author Challenge on my personal blog, I was also happy to discover they were pushing one of this year's debut YA novelists! Adam is a really nice guy.
These cute "Read More Diverse Books" earrings were custom designed by Snark Factory exclusively for OwlCrate, which I thought was pretty cool! I'm a huge supporter of diversity in books, so I can totally see myself sporting these at the library or bookish events especially.
OwlCrate a little pricey for me, so I won't be subscribing at this point. Also, if you're not into the theme of the month, you're kind of out of luck. It would be kind of cool if they had two monthly themes that you could choose from, but I bet that would up the price of the box. It's also a bit of a gamble, especially if you're a YA book reviewer who receives many of the new releases from publishers, because you never know if you're going to get a book you already own. In this case, I had already been offered a copy of More Happy Than Not from the publisher. I will most likely be giving my copy away either to the library or to a friend who might enjoy it.
Concerns and personal preferences aside, I think OwlCrate is a great subscription service! I love the mystery and the anticipation of receiving a box and tearing into it to see what I got. Surprises make life so much fun. I love the details on the packaging, the themed box idea is so much fun, and I can tell that the creators of OwlCrate really care and have fun putting together boxes they think people will like. The entire service feels very personal, and I think it's so nice that this couple is so interested in spreading their love of books. I'd definitely recommend it to YA lovers and fans of bookish do-dads, especially if you're not as current on new releases or are looking to expand your reading comfort zone.