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OwlCrate Book Box – February 2017 Review

HOORAY! It’s OwlCrate Day! The spoilers were posted last week, and before that we also shared sneak peeks and the theme. This month the theme was “Run Away with the Circus” and we expected a lot of carnival scents, patterns and inspiration.

First up is the look inside the box with the carnival theme card, which explains the contents of the box on the back. Second is the upcycled notepad from Attic Journals. I think I’ve received more notepads and journals from book boxes than I could ever use, but they are always well-designed and I love how this one fits the theme.

Next up is a package of page flags, all carnival themed. I can always use page flags, and the designs are really cute. And in the following picture you can see pretty much everything else… sorry, it’s all in one! In the background you can see a Night Circus theme black tote bag, which is a really lovely lightweight canvas tote. It was designed by Evie Bookish, who is one of my favorite designers on Society 6.

Also pictured is a deliciously scented caramel-corn-esque candle from Frostbeard Studio. The OC button of the month which has two acrobats on a red background. A flavored lip balm and a bookmark also from Frostbeard Studio.

And here is the book: Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which was also featured in my 2017 Top Ten. I feel like I have been waiting forever for this book, and it’s finally here! It also came with a letter from the author, a signed bookplate, quote card, and a “start listening now” card… I haven’t checked that out online yet, but very cool if it includes the narration of Caraval.


Here is the book blurb from Goodreads:

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

I absolutely LOVED the box this month. The curation is so on point and the items are amazing to match the book.

OwlCrate is my favorite book box and the one I have been receiving the longest. My first box of theirs was last June, and it has been a great experience ever since. If you are looking for ONE box to try out, I would recommend starting with OwlCrate.

Here are some details on OwlCrate:

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

2 – Subscription rate is $29.99 per month, plus shipping ($6.99 to the US, $10.59 to Canada, $19.99 worldwide).

3 – They just started working with PayPal! I know that’s good news for a lot of people, though I personally don’t really use PayPal. Worth mentioning though.

Did you get the February OwlCrate? What did you think?

1 thought on “OwlCrate Book Box – February 2017 Review”

  1. Yayyy!!! I love Owlcrate and bookish unboxings! They are so much fun! Thank you for sharing this! This box looks like it was put together really well! And I just recently finished and reviewed Caraval. I absolutely loved it! Happy reading! 🙂


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