Hello, it’s me.
I was wondering if after all these months you still remember me… *cue more corniness*
So yes. HELLO. (from the other siiiiiiide!!!)
I’m sorry, I clearly cannot stop. Excuse me as I go take a break and sing it all out before continuing with this post.
Like I was saying. We’re back!! I feel like I said that on our last post which was wayyy back in October. (I’m sorry I totally lied. Please forgive me.) And this is actually a first for us here at YA Midnight Reads. We’ve never taken such a long break before and man… O.O it was weird. But also really nice, as I feel that I needed a real break from almost 3 years of blogging. (Blogversary is end of this month! Whooooop xD)
So where was I in October and November?
- I binge-watched more TV shows. Yep… I have no self-control. I did end up watching How I Met Your Mother and if you follow me on Twitter you will know how SO DAMN PISSED I am at the ending. (But in general, it was amazing and I ship Ted and the mother so hard.) I’ve been rewatching the alternate ending on Youtube trying to replace it in my mind. I also started and finished all seven seasons of Boy Meets World. It’s an awful old show, but my friend and I decided to watch it together anyways. Unfortunately, due to my lack of self-control, I finished it just a week ago whereas she is still watching season 1. #melneedshelp I did try watching Girl Meets World, which is the spin-off show made by Disney, but ack… I’m not sure if I like it. I also finished binge-watching Jessica Jones which was totally BADASS and I’m still hung-over from how epic it was. Each episode was almost an hour long so it took me quite some time to get through this one. Just recently, I started Jane the Virgin which is really drama-drama but entertaining all the same. And I think that’s all, TV-wise.
- I revised for my end of year exams and wrote my assessment tasks during the majority of October. Honestly, I think it’s one of the worst months of the year – my friend and I have renamed the month Stresstober, which I believe is pretty accurate. I am SO glad that’s over. *wipes sweat*
- I attempted to write a blog post in late October but then conveniently had some technical issues with posting. IT WAS ALL KINDS OF FRUSTRATING. But finally that got sorted out after much internet researching (and by much I mean it took a whole month to resolve…) awks.
Other than that, I had a few other things going on but I really gotta shut up now and leave that for my Sunday post as there is an Illumicrate subscription box unboxing to be done!
“So what’s a subscription box?” You might ask. Because I think I’m so freaking cool, I’m going to quote myself.
You pay money to some Subscription Box people, and in return they send you a mysterious box each month (or, whatever depending on your subscription) filled with all sorts of fun and awesome things.
Totally Oxford dictionary standard, amirite?? I know, I am in awe of my describing skills as well. *hair flip*
The Unboxing (finally)
So today I’m unboxing the glorious Illumicrate – and this is what the box looks like! I absolutely love Illumicrate’s box. It’s one of the prettiest boxes I’ve seen, to be honest! I think yellow might be my new favourite colour.
So this is a general idea of what the box looks like when it’s opened up. It had so much yellow confetti in it and I basically just mucked around with that for a good few minutes. I know… really Mel??
So first thing in the box is the glorious book. It’s the UK paperback of Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. I’ve heard nothing but great praise for this book so nice choice, Illumicrate!
And to match with the book, we have a handmade wolf motif bookmark from SkinnyHues and a signed bookplate! There was also an exclusive video from the author herself for us subscribers that we could access online, which was pretty nice as well!
I’m a huge fan of bookish related jewellery and it is literally the only jewellery I wear these days; so this necklace? Hands down my favourite thing in the box. It’s from a Mockingjay necklace from My Clockwork Castle and I love that it’s made of wood. Very unique!
I also got a pretty cool Books Before Looks pocket mirror from Raspberry Finch. I’ve already chucked it in my bag and have definitely found it useful.
GUYS. HARRY POTTER POSTER. HARRY. POTTER. POSTER. Bless you, Illumicrate. This was from the store Abbie Imagine.
Along with all these amazing goodies, there was also a This Raging Light postcard and a super tiny Six of Crows pin. And here’s what everything looks like together!
Maths time! So for the Illumicrate box costs £29.99 and shipping is an extra £4.99 – £13.99 depending on your whereabouts. If you’re like me and are all the way down under, it’s £13.99. So all together that is almost £44. I did a little researching as to how much all the items in the box cost individually and this is what I came up with:
- Wolf by Wolf: £8.11 + free shipping to AUS from The Book Depository.
- Wolf bookmark: £2.73 incl. shipping to AUS from Skinny Hues.
- Mockingjay necklace: £14 incl. shipping to AUS from My Clockwork Castle.
- Pocket mirror: £9.90 incl. shipping to AUS from Raspberry Finch.
- HP poster: £15.50 incl. shipping to AUS from Abbie Imagine.
This adds up to £50.54 plus the fact that I couldn’t find all these exact items apart from the Wolf by Wolf novel on their stores which means these were probably specially ordered products (or that I’m really crappy at finding store items) as well as the fact that there was a small Six of Crows badge, a This Raging Light postcard, a signed bookplate and an exclusive video from Ryan Graudin. And let’s not forget you get exclusive discounts to the shops featured in this Illumicrate box. I’d say, despite the exchange rate being ridiculous from the pound to Aussie dollar… totally worth it money-wise.
So according to Illumicrate’s Twitter, the Illumicrate box was shipped on the 12th of November… but I didn’t receive my box until the 26th of November. That was a little sad, but I can’t say I didn’t see it coming as shipping to Australia does take a while and express shipping is just simply INSANE. Unfortunately, that meant I got spoiled of what was in the box before I actually received it myself. DARN YOU SOCIAL MEDIA. Regardless, it was still a whole lot of fun opening the box because who doesn’t love unwrapping stuff? In fact, I love unwrapping stuff so much that all the things I’ve bought for myself recently have been wrapped up and put under the xmas tree lmao. (I am just clearly too cool for you guys.)
Do I Recommend?
In all, despite having to wait longer than most other subscribers for my box, I was really satisfied with Illumicrate. Not only are all the products really relevant and useful, but also are good quality. I recommend Illumicrate if you’re looking for a YA book subscription box that offers a lot of bookish goodies (most other boxes I know have less items than Illumicrate). This is a quarterly subscription box that is curated by the blogger behind Winged Reviews and for her first time doing this, she did a damn fabulous job. If you’d like to subscribe for Illumicrate’s next box, head over to their website right now to secure a spot!
I received the November box of Illumicrate for free in exchange for an honest review.
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