Last year I was subscribed to Illumicrate. They are a UK-based book subscription box provider, but instead of monthly, they send out their boxes quarterly. I figured it would be a good time to check this company out again, but to my big surprise I saw on their website that they also provide special edition boxes with themes from several YA books. They already had a Grisha box and a Red Rising one, both are something I am interested in, however, I already own the books that are being gifted in these boxes. I didn’t have the Starfall box with the much anticipated book: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. I am a big fan of Sarah J. Maas and all her books, so I figured to splurge on this special edition. It was a little more expensive than normal, but it is a special edition.
Subscribers were kept regularly up to date by Illumicrate when the boxes were going to be shipped and I soon received mine. Let’s have a look at what’s inside.
The Big Gifts
First thing I saw was this beautiful book sleeve from Sparrow + Wolf, which features the Prythian-inspired constellation. I love book sleeves, because now I don’t have to worry too much when I put a book in my bag that it might get damaged.
We also received a beautiful tote-bag by Ink & wonder. I’m so happy that it’s purple and the print is just lovely. It features a quote from the ACOTAR-series; ‘To the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered.’
Charlie Bowater created a lovely print of Feyre and Rhys for the enamel mug that was part of this box. I absolutely adore her art work and she has created some master pieces. Make sure to check out her deviant art website here.
Last, but not least is a pair of teal coloured socks designed with Feyre’s tattoos and they are exclusively made for Illumicrate.
There were already lots of bigger items, but we also get lots of smaller items in this box.
We get a lovely smelling lip balm called Truth-teller, which is inspired by Morrigan’s red lips and Azriel’s magic knife. It smells of roses and I am thinking of purchasing a bigger version from Lovelylipbalm.co.uk if they have it available
No box would be complete without something that would refer to the wingspan of our favourite Fae-men. There’s a beautiful, enamel necklace from Mirror Image Accessories to add to your jewellery collection.
But that’s not the only thing we can wear. In the box is also a double-sided lightweight summer scarf which features the symbols of the seven courts. The scarf is designed by Evannave.
Some items that I absolutely adored are the Inner Circle tarot style cards by Monolime. They are really beautiful and I’m thinking of putting them all in one big framed collage for on my wall.
To stay in the same trend of cards I was really surprised to find a deck of cards in the box as well. I haven’t yet opened the pack up, but I love it when an entire deck of cards is in a special theme.
No box is complete without a scented candle. There’s a layered glass candle from Two Candle Thieves and it smells of black tea, musk rose and dark fruits. This is the biggest scented candle I have ever received in a book box and it smells really nice.
There are a few smaller items like a Stars Eternal and Night Triumphant enamel pin set by Fable & Black, an illustration by Kat Adara of Rhys and Feyre during Starfall.
I am going to look forward to reading this book. It’s hand-stamped with an exclusive ink stamp and Sarah J. Maas has written a lovely note for the illumicrate subscribers and Bloomsbury has provided an exclusive metal bookmark.
Goodreads describes it as follow:
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.
Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
This is the first time I have ever bought a big, special edition book box and I really feel it has been worth the money. I really am happy with all the items and I think that if any of these special edition boxes come out again and the book appeals to me, I will absolutely get another one.
Are you going to read A Court of Frost and Starlight? And what special Edition of a book box would you like to see curated?