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LitJoy YA Crate – February 2017 Review

If you saw the last post, you will know that the lighting in my house was not optimal this evening, so apologies in advance for the picture quality!

LitJoy Crate’s February theme was “Fire & Ice” which is perfect for winter. Let’s take a look inside!

Here is the first peek upon opening along with a candle. The candle is a good size travel tin from In the Wick of Time. It was designed exclusively for LitJoy and the scent is called “The Lowlands” which has a lovely scent of chai and amber. Very warm and comforting!

Next in the box was this Nerdy Girl Cat Watch, Skittles and a carabiner clip. The watch came in a few different designs, both solid watch bands and this patterned one. I think it’s really cute and a surprising item. Their curation card also mentions that the watch ties into one of the funnier moments of the book, so that will be a fun moment to reach. Skittles are also snacked on in the book, and the carabiner clip ties into the rappelling… this one is for a keychain, not actual rappelling (I’m not sure why I’m including a semi-safety warning, haha), but it is an interesting part of the adventure theme for sure.

Next up is a Lily and James Potter print designed exclusively for LitJoy. It came in its own flat paper bag, which I appreciated as it didn’t get scratched as sometimes prints do in subscription boxes. The curators note that at the center of the book this month, aside from adventure and challenge, is love. Lily and James embody that love as well, for many readers, so I think that is a cute addition.

Lastly for the items is “X on Ice” Bath Salts by Literary Apothecary (named after the character X in the book). It is a blend of epsom and sea salts, scented with peppermint tea. According to the info included, hot springs and baths are mentioned in the book. I love bath salts, so this will go to good use!

Lastly, here it is, the book! This month’s book is The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles. I’ve actually read the sample chapters and loved them. It will be great to finally read the rest of the book now. Along with it are a signed bookplate, bookmark and letter from the author.

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Here is the book blurb from Goodreads:

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.

I really enjoyed opening this month’s LitJoy Crate box. All of the items are really good quality, and though the Skittles didn’t make it past the writing of this post, they will be remembered fondly while I dig into the novel. This was my third box from LitJoy and I find that their curation has been well thought out in each box, though sometimes you do have to read the card that they include to figure out why it is in there as you will not have read the book to fully grasp it.

Here are some details on LitJoy Crate:

1 – Their boxes are shipped monthly, usually between the 15th & 20th.

2 – Subscription rate is $29.99 per month, plus shipping. Shipping is calculated depending on where you live… for me it is $10+, so higher than average for a book box.

3 – They have discounted rates for longer subscriptions. See site for details.

4 – They currently offer a YA box, Middle Grade Box, and Board Book Box. The YA box is monthly, but I believe there are some changes to the other boxes. Check site for details!

Did you get this month’s YA crate? What did you think?

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