My lovely local Hermes courier braved the freezing weather and snow to deliver my Illumicrate, bless her.
This is a big box, so big it doesn’t have the usual logo on it – but it is packed full of books and bookish treats.
The theme is Rise Up! and the items are all about rebellion.
The book is Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyck – a female centred retelling of Spartacus, which really intrigues me as a premise. I look forward to reading this and sharing my thoughts later. There’s also an exclusive bookmark, pin and temporary tattoo.
There’s also an ARC of Sally Green’s The Smoke Thieves. I read Half Bad and thought it was interesting so I’m curious about her new series, of which this is the first book.
Now we have the box exclusives.
Fight the Darkness cushion cover by @stellabookishart – my copy of Ember in the Ashes is somewhere in my flat – until it turns up I will console myself with this bright and cheerful cover.
A Rebel’s Command List by @howstoreofficial – handy for making my lists of what books to read next.
Inimitable mug by @abbieimagine – I haven’t read the box this is inspired by but I like the design.
Daggermark by @rdashjackdotcom – this is a nice quirky bookmark but too bulky for my preferred bookmark so I’ll add it to my collection. Yes, I collect bookmarks and have done for years (I have the Brownie badge to prove it 😁).
Lunar Lip Balm by @lovely_lip_balm – a minty pot of lip balm, perfect for the current cold snap’s effect on my lips.
Phoenix magnet by @hannahhitchmanart – as I’m not a Potter fan I’ll be passing this on but it’s nice and colourful.
Bonus items are from Shatter Me, The Truth and Lies of Ella Black, Strange the Dreamer, Witchsign, Clean, The Hazel Wood – all either recently published or upcoming books.
I think that this was a nice mix of items from different rebellion themed novels/fandoms. Nothing really leaped out at me this time.
The books both look interesting but I might not have picked them up in a bookshop.
A solid box but not the best one I’ve had so far.