This was my very first Owl Crate box and wow was it a good one! It’s theme was Run Away with the Circus and featured the much anticipated novel, Caraval by Stephanie Garber! I was very excited to get this book and the goodies inside this box were amazing exclusives! So, lets get into the good stuff!
In every good subscription box, they have a postcard that features the theme and on the back lists all the contents in that month’s box.
This is a tote bag made exclusively for Owl Crate by the wonderful Evie Bookish. Inspired by The Night Circus it reads “The Circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It’s simply there, hen yesterday it was not”. As you can see, it is gorgeous! A little hit with an iron and it will be good to go! Check out her Society6 shop or Instagram for more of her wonderful designs!
One of the sneak peaks for February was the announcement that there would be a candle from Frostbeard Studio! I was thrilled by this as I had yet to own a bookish candle! Le Cirque Des Rêves was made exclusively for Owl Crate and smells of the most delicious caramel popcorn. Food scent candles are my absolute favourite and I cannot stop smelling this. SO GOOD!! Also included, which was a thrilling surprise to me, was a lip balm from Geek Fire Labs! I’ve told you of my love for them here and this balm is just wonderful. Inspired from travelling carnivals (or the PNE for the locals) this balm is scented by those delicious cinnamon sugar mini donuts!! Yummy! Also pictured here is a little flying trapeze button, I will assume it was created by Owl Crate as it’s the same design as the postcard and there is no shop mentioned (or maybe Girl of All Work, see further down).
This adorable mini notepad is made from recycled casino playing cards! Attic Journals made them by hand and they are the perfect size to toss into your bag for when you need to jot down a reminder.
These circus themed page flags from Girl of All Work are perfect for reminders or flagging your favourite parts of a book! With 375 flags, it’s unlikely you will run out any time soon, no matter what you are flagging!
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.
Caraval has quickly moved up to the top of my to be read pile! It sounds so interesting and I’m very much looking forward to diving into the world Stephanie Garber created (follow her on Instagram, she’s so darn cute!) This is the North American version and features a small blue tear/water drop on the cover, the UK versions have a surprise of different images embossed in gold on the hard back cover (circus tent, rose, clock, dress and a super secret Tesco only ringmaster hat – google it as I can’t find a linkable image). I am going to order the UK version and I have to admit to really wanting the rose or clock covers. In addition to the book, Owl Crate included a special letter from Stephanie, a signed bookplate and a Caraval promotional card. We also received a download card to listen to Caraval as well as The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (also on my wish list). I’m not sure if it’s just excerpts of the books or if it’s the full books, I’m thinking probably a teaser of a chapter or two.
So that’s the February Run Away with the Circus Owl Crate box! March’s theme is:
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