If it’s not obvious this post will be a spoiler for anyone who has not received their December Illumicrate box yet.
December 2021 Box Theme is Cursed
Firebird Pin Banner
Designed by Abigail Spence (@ aspenceart Instagram)
I love collecting pins, so one can never have enough pin banners. Alas, Illumicrate will no longer be featuring their monthly book pin after this month, I believe?
Survive This World Bookmark Tin
Designed by: Chattynora (@ Chattynora on Instagram)
I do hoard a ridiculous amount of stationary, so I can make use of this! If I didn’t keep this for myself, this could also make a cool stocking filler for someone. I’ve yet to read Ninth House – the quote is very intriguing (the book has been on my shelf for a while now).
Nevermoor Sticker Sheet
Artwork by: Moehrenkunst (@ Moehrenkunstshop on Instagram)
My least favourite item from this month’s box. Whilst the stickers are fun, they’re not something I have any use for and will probably end up in the little one’s craft box.
Starcrossed Lovers Calender
Artwork by: Sallteas & Frostbite Studios (@ Sallteas and @ Frostbite.studios on Instagram) Designed by: Chattynora ( @ Chattynora on Instagram)
This is a very useful item, I believe Fairyloot and Illumicrate usually include a calendar towards the end of the year. Sallteas is one of my fave artists, so I’m happy that I have a calendar with lots of their art. The couples are diverse throughout too!
The Road Through Midnight Mug
Artwork by: Rosiethorns88 (@ Rosiethorns88 on Instagram)
I’ve always loved Rosie’s mugs and I absolutely adore The Bear and the Nightingale – so this is my favourite item in this month’s box! What do you do with your mugs if you collect?
Monthly Collectors Pin
Designed by: Stacey McEvoy-Caunt (@ Stacey.mcevoy.caunt on Instagram
Alas, the pins are coming to an end for Illumicrate. Following customer feedback and the increase of cost to produce them. It’s a shame, but ultimately, I understand. I’ve always loved that their pins match the featured book. The silver lining is that if/when they do include a pin from now on, they should be awesome.
Featured Book: A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
Young baronet Robin Blyth thought he was taking up a minor governmental post. However, he’s actually been appointed parliamentary liaison to a secret magical society. If it weren’t for this administrative error, he’d never have discovered the incredible magic underlying his world.
Cursed by mysterious attackers and plagued by visions, Robin becomes determined to drag answers from his missing predecessor – but he’ll need the help of Edwin Courcey, his hostile magical-society counterpart. Unwillingly thrown together, Robin and Edwin will discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles.
Illumicrate Edition features:
Exclusive cover with a transparent overlay jacket. Digitally printed edges and is signed by the author.
Publisher: Tor Published date: 9th December 2021
Author’s Website: https://freyamarske.com/
Oh wow, look at the edges! This is a beautiful book and the story sounds great too! Do you display your sprayed or stencilled edges on your book shelves?
The mug and this month’s book are beautiful, and I’m glad I received the box for those items alone. However, following November’s awesome box, December’s is a little underwhelming. The monthly pins are coming to an end, and this was a result of customer feedback. I think it’s great that Illumicrate take action on their feedback and also enable the boxes to stay at an affordable price. I mostly subscribe because I love the quality of books and the occasional bookish item. That said, some items I just don’t have use for and they end up stuffed in a drawer or re-gifted where possible. That’s not to say the items aren’t well thought out and cater to as many readers as possible, but for me, I might just go for the book only subs down the line.
Do you subscribe to a book box?
What do you think of this one?
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