I know this is four months too late but I recently received the February 2017 OwlCrate box! The theme for February was “Run Away with the Circus” and this entire box reflects this theme perfectly. Like every month this box has an absolutely gorgeous art card (which can be seen in the main photo above), which has a list of the items in the box on the back, and an exclusive OwlCrate button which matches the art card, with a set of acrobats on it.
Going down the left side first:
For the life of me I can never find cute, little page flags when I need them but, CRISIS AVERTED, this box came with possibly the cutest carnival-themed sticky page flags from Girl of all Work. I have never really been big on sticky-noting my books unless it was for school but now that I have these I really just want to use them!
I will, from now on, always have a notebook on me because I will now be using any excuse to justify carrying around this awesome up-cycled playing-card notebook from Attic Journals. I love it when I receive any up-cycled or re-purposed stuff in subscription boxes – which is not as often as one would hope but I’ll take what I can get.
I absolutely love getting candles in subscription boxes! The candle in this box is labeled Le Cirque des Rêves (“The Circus of Dreams” for all us non-french speakers out there) for the circus featured in The Night Circus and is a mini soy candle by Frostbeard studio. This is a really autumn smelling candle (or so I imagine considering Autumn in Australia tends to be more focused on how much rain and flooding we’ll get that year), it smells like caramel-popcorn, roasted chestnuts, and bonfires.
The next item is a cinnamon donut lip-balm from Geek Fire Labs. I don’t think I really need to explain why I find this item to be completely awesome. It’s a lip balm, that smells and tastes like donuts. Nuff Said.
I simply adore any and all artwork by Evie Seo and this gorgeous Night Circus (Yes, another Night Circus themed item) tote bag is no exception. The quote on the bag says “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” It seems to be a very lightweight tote bag and I’m not sure that it would hold a lot of heavy items but it is definitely sturdier than some of the tote bags I have received from subscription boxes and I will definitely be using it to carry stuff to work or university.
The book featured in this box is the US hardcover version of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I actually already own the UK hardcover version (I haven’t read it yet) and have wanted to get the US one for quite a while because they are both extremely stunning covers. I don’t think I’ve heard a single bad thing about this book in the months since it came out and I can’t wait to read it!
Remember, it’s only a game…
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her 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 faraway, 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.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.
Along with the book, this box contains an exclusive Caraval letter from the author, a signed bookplate (which makes me so incredibly happy, you have no idea) and a small, but beautiful, Caraval art print.
Sum of All Points:
I remember when this box was announced back in January I really wanted to get it but couldn’t at the time and don’t I regret not getting it earlier now. This box is one of the best book boxes I have received to date and I will definitely be getting other OwlCrate boxes in the future.