I always get really excited when a new quarter of the year approaches. We are now in September and that means Autumn, falling leaves, beautiful colours on the trees, cooler weather, scarfs, pumpkin spice everything and of course a new Illumicrate Book Box.
Illumicrate #12 is called ‘Oh so Criminal’, and I had a sneaky suspicion what the surprise book might have been. I can say now that I was not disappointed.
But before we jump to the book, lets have a look at all the other things we have received this time around.
Immediately one of the big things that we were gifted is a beautiful totebag. The artwork was made by @kdpletters and the bag is an exclusive for subscribers of Illumicrate. ‘Villains are my Bag’ is a great totebag that I will certainly use in my everyday life.
Of course no box would be complete without something smelling lovely. In the box we received a ‘Perfect Heist’-candle made by @elvenwickcandles. Again this is an Illumicrate exclusive, which in a way is a shame, because I love the smell of this candle. Even my boyfriend commented how lovely it smelled. I will definetly have to check out their online shop and test some other candles.
The last ‘bigger’ item made me giggle a bit. I recognized the design immediately as one of my favourite designers out there: @katieabey. This Sirius Snacks Coaster is funny and very useful. I love how it’s poking a bit of fun of the Prisoner of Azkaban. Katie always has a great way of using puns with her designs.
As always there were some other items in the box, so lets take a look at those:
I was sleightly baffled by this item, but looking at the theme and the book it actually makes sense: a Darkdawn Nail file with artwork by @heyatlascreative and I love how Illumicrate describes it on their card: ‘because nail files are basically weapons and can get you out of jail. I couldn’t have said it any better myself.
So I might start replacing my work lanyard with the next item: a beautiful ‘No Mourners No Funerals Lanyard designed by @fableandblack. I love the Six of Crows series and I’m sure I will find a use for this great item.
Another item you can wear around your neck is the Antagonis/Protagonist Necklace by @_down_the_rabbithole_ I like it that you can wear it both ways depending on your mood. Are you feeling more like a good person or a baddie?
The next item is something I will have to keep handy in one of my bags. The Easiest lies Mirror has a pretty design which is created by @reverieandink.
The last item really ties in with the book for this box, which is a Gotham Sirens Print, showing our favourite female criminals Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. The artwork is gorgeous and made by @jamilamehio and I will have to use this as one of my tabs for my planner. As a comic book geek I love that we received an item like this.
We also received a lot of smaller items like bookmarks, cards, samples from Girls of Paper & Fire, Tempests & Slaughter, Sisters of the Winter Wood and Harper 360.
For this quarter we get a book by one of my favourite authors Sarah J. Maas. Catwoman: Soulstealer. I had bought the book about Wonder Women several weeks before, so I will enjoy reading these back to back.
When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.
Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.
This version of the book is beautiful with it’s purple sprayed edges and we also received a bookmark with it.
I am always the first to back up a book box created in the UK and Illumicrate doesn’t disappoint with the items and the books they curated for this box. I also still think it’s a great deal for those of us who want a book box now and again, but don’t want to pay for it every month. This is a much cheaper option to get a quarterly box. I would highly recommend this box to anyone.