Hello Bluebirds! After the theme of the next Illumicrate has been revealed I couldn’t get around ordering one too. I’ve been very excited as to how they will realize the Hidden Talents of Shadowhunters, Fangirl, Percy Jackson, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Black Panther. I’ve been most excited about the Shadowhunters and Avatar: The Last Airbender. I have to admit that I am a little bit disappointed as to how everything has been realized. But first of all: Let’s see what has been inside of the Illumicrate box.
The first thing I noticed hasn’t been an item but the missing yellow trumpery. Every item was just hanging around in the box which resulted in a few dents on the included books. The Spoilercard has been shorter as usual. The items are shortly explained with a reference to the one who created them. It seems to me like they have been in a hurry packing the boxes. But maybe this is just my impression.
The first item which I unwrapped is one of my highlights of the books: The Book Sleeve which is inspired by Black Panther. Though it is a little bit short, you can only put small books inside, I am really found of the design and the fabric. To take good care of our book the inner lining has been made of a smooth fabric. It actually feels gentle too. It has been designed by Risa Rodil.
The next item is the only one I indeed dislike. Maybe I get used to it. Maybe I’ve been just surprised by the idea. But it is an actual lunch box. Though the Spoilercard says that you can also use it for different stuff like fangirl goodies I am not quite convinced by it. I’ll see what I’ll do with it in the end. As you might guess the #prefersfictionalworlds box is inspired by Fangirl and has been designed by Alice Oseman.
Though I hoped for something a little bit more magical concerning Avatar: The Last Airbender, I still like the Page Markers designed by Another Studio a lot. They really do look like the four elements! I’ll use them on the next book I’ll read, promise!
I’ve been a little bit disappointed as to how the Shadow Hunters have been realized. Though I like the optical aspect I have been expecting a little bit more than three cards. But I do go for the pretty visualization which has been made by Taratjah. Great work!
The Enamel Pin inspired by Percy Jackson does look quite good but I have to admit that the Illumicrate team could have been a little bit more aware of the fact that the FairyLoot Box of April had one of these inspired by Percy Jackson too. Now I have two Pegasus Enamel Pins. They don’t like alike but it is still a little bit inconvenient.
As usual there have been two books included. Though the Illumicrate Team always make aware that it is not the rule I have been always lucky enough to buy those boxes where there’ve been two books which is really cool.
The main book is A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews. As announced in the May newsletter it is a debut. This book is an exclusive sprayed edge edition with a bookmark and a sticker with an autograph of the author.
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? [goodreads]
The second book is an extra! It is called Light Years by Kass Morgan. It is an advanced reader copy which won’t be available until October which is really cool and exciting.
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. [goodreads]
Though I enjoyed most of the items, I wasn’t as impressed as I could have been. For now I won’t subscribe any book boxes so far. The items are lying around and I can still get the books by the store though I might not get those pretty special editions I will tempt the fate and pause for a few months. I am sure that my curiosity will overweight at some point and I will get new boxes soon.
Did you receive the Illumicrate Bookbox? Did you like it? Did you enjoy my unboxing?