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Book Box Review: Illumicrate Hidden Talents (no 11)

Last year I subscribed to many book boxes. In the past I have also been a subscriber to the Illumicrate. I decided to go back to this crate, because they make some amazing Special Edition boxes (see The Starfall-review here)

Who are Illumicrate?

Illumicrate is a UK-based book subcription box company. They differ sleightly from the others, because instead of getting a box each month, you get send a box every quarter of the year for the same price of a monthly.

On her website, the owner Daphne says the following:

Hi, I’m Daphne, and I’m a book addict! I consider myself a lifelong bibliophile and geek fangirl. I read voraciously and love all bookish things! For more about me, give me a follow on Twitter.

I’ve been part of the book community for many years and I enjoy meeting, working with, and spending time with bookish people. I started Illumicrate because I wanted to curate something for book lovers everywhere, like an ideal gift package! My aim for Illumicrate is to send you the best new reads plus bookish items that are fun, beautiful, geeky and all the wonderful adjectives – things that I would love to own and I know that others would too!

Thank you for considering Illumicrate! I really hope you love it as much as I’ve loved putting it together!

After I received the Starfall Edition, I really wanted to see how their quarterly book boxes match up to the special edition boxes.

Book Box Review: Illumicrate Hidden Talents (no 11)
The packaging and Items

Illumicrate #11 sported the theme ‘Hidden Talents’, and promised to contain items from Percy Jackson, the Infernal Devices and Avatar: the last air bender.

I have to say that the box is quite big and it feels solidly packed. My postman sometimes has the tendency to leave it in the rain behind our fence, so luckily this box wouldn’t get soaked instantly. The cardboard is quite thick and durable.

When opening up there’s yellow sheet (illumicrate’s distinct colours) and an extra protection sleeve of cardboard underneath hiding the goodies.

So what was in the box?

Elements Page markers by Anotherstudio_ – This set of 4 beautiful stainless steel page markers are inspired by the 4 elements from Avatar: the last airbender. I will use these lovely markers for my new planner.

Talking about things for my planner, the next item is made by Taratjah and are 3 gorgeous tarot-style cards of Will, Jem and Tessa from the Infernal Devices.

Book Box Review: Illumicrate Hidden Talents (no 11)

A Camp Half-Blood enamel Pin designed by Fable and Black. More pins for my pin collection!

Some small extras from Grey Sister, How do you like me now?, From Twinkle with Love, I was Born for this, A reaper at the gates. These items are little cards, book marks and a sample of a book.

Book Box Review: Illumicrate Hidden Talents (no 11)

Bigger items

This box also had some bigger items and I was super impressed by them.

‘It is your time’-book sleeve designed by Risarodil. Based on the Marvel Movie Black Panther, this book sleeve is gorgeous! Truly happy to receive another book sleeve. I love them and it’s such a unique and cool design. It has already started being used for my bigger books. There is definitely some size changes in the book sleeves I have received. And this one can hold a much bigger book.

The next big item is a little storage box from Alice Oseman based on the book Fangirl. It’s a great little box to store all sorts of little items in. I could use it to store some of my planner decorations. Or all the lovely pins I’ve received with the book boxes.

Book Box Review: Illumicrate Hidden Talents (no 11)
The books

With Illumicrate you get not just one book, but several.

So this time we received two books: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews.

Goodreads describes this book as follows:

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

Book Box Review: Illumicrate Hidden Talents (no 11)

And the second book was Light Years by Kass Morgan

Again Goodreads has a description:

Ender’s Game meets The 100 as hidden secrets and forbidden love collide at an interstellar military boarding school in a new sci-fi series from New York Times bestselling author Kass Morgan.

Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.

Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain–but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew.

Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy–even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it.

Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong–he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy.

And Orelia is hiding a dark secret–she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.

These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team if they want to defend their world from a cunning enemy–and they might even fall in love in the process.

Light Years is the first book in a thrilling and romantic new sci-fi series from the bestselling author of The 100.

I feel truly spoiled getting two books and both of them seem really interesting. Especially the Light Years one will be next on my TBR list.

Book Box Review: Illumicrate Hidden Talents (no 11)


This quarterly box has not disappointed me. It can always be a bit hit and miss with the books. However, this time around it’s been a very good box in regards to goodies and books. Keep in mind that you pay the same but only 4 times a year. It’s definitely a good alternative if you want to save some money. Or if you want to add another book box subscription to your growing list of course.

What did you think of this quarterly Illumicrate?

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Article written by Sil

Sil proudly brands herself as a gamer. She has played far too many mmo's and loves to stream her gaming adventures on Twitch under the name McMonkeyzz, while accompanied by her best gaming buddy, Rosie the little, black cat. She also has a weakness for rugged men with a sense of humour like her boyfriend, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thor and Deadpool. Ow and she draws stuff.

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