UNBOXING: ILLUMICRATE | Oh so criminal #12

I actually planned to cancel my Illumicrate subscription box but I kind of forget to. After finding out that Six of Crows, Nevernight, Holly Black’s Curseworkers series and Harry Potter will be featured, I couldn’t resist and ignored my guilty conscience. Fortunately.

The #12 theme is called Oh so criminal which made me smile and wonder what villains will be included in this box. Though this topic is quite often used in the latest book boxes I guess nobody can get enough of cheeky villains. The appearance of the announcing in the newsletter for the August theme already suggested what book will be included. Though it has been quite obvious I totally forgot about it and got startled when finally finding out. But lets start with the items first.


The first item is a bag with the label Villains are my Bag which has been designed by KDP Letters. The material is thick and the bag is capable of containing at least eight books.


The next item is one of my favorites which might be because it is inspired by the Harry Potter series: Sirius Snacks Coaster. The motive is soo lovely, isn’t it? Katie Abey Design designed it and she did so well! I love it! Though I am not using coasters all those book boxes are convincing me into getting them out every now and then.


The newsletter also revealed that a certain candle will be included in the box. I have to admit that I am a little bit disappointed concerning the looks and the scent: IMG_0424.jpgIt smells like the fresh scent of a bathroom. It is one of my biggest bookish candles which I’ve received through a book box, unfortunately I don’t like it. I guess it will end up in our bathroom, haha. It is designed by Elven Wick Candles.
The Darkdawn Nail File is my favorite item of the box. I love the Nevernight-Chronicles! Funfact: I was looking for a new nail file the other day and couldn’t find one that I liked. This one totally will do it! The Shadowcat is gorgeous. Though I have to admit that I probably would have been happy with any item inspired by the Nevernight-Chronicles, haha. In case you are wondering why the Illumicrate team chose a nail file as an item refering to Nevernight, on the Spoilercard is says: Because nail files are basically weapons & can get you out of jail! It has been designed by Hey Atlas Creative.

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I am not quite the person to wear jewelry which is why the included necklace is one of my least favorite items. Though the idea is really cute and lovely nerdy, I don’t have any use for it. The Antagonist/Protagonist Necklace is made by Down the Rabbithole.


I already found a lucky new owner for the next item: Jill was all to happy about the No Mourners No Funerals Lanyard which is designed by Fable and Black. IMG_0428.jpgThough the motive is cool and inspired by Six of Crows, I have no use for it.
The Easiest Lies Mirror will end up in my backpack, though it might be the third mirror I have received out of a book box. The Design is by Reverie and Ink. I am a little bit confused why the items of all those book boxes are always so much alike. There are so many options as to what you could transform into bookish merch.
The artwork though is wonderfully created! The Gotham Sirens Print shows Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. The paper is quite thick and will perfectly fit into our new home. The artprint gives a hint about the included book by the way. What are you doing with all those artprints you get out of book boxes? Mine are pinned at the wall in our corridor.


I have to pay my compliments about the extract of The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner. The cover looks astonishingly beautiful. I put it immediately on my wishlist. The content sounds promising. It will be released this year on September the 27th.


The imaged postcards are extra items which look really sweet and will also end up at my wall, haha. And now… lets get to the best part of this box! I am extremely excited about it.



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. [Goodreads]



Title: Catwoman – Soulstealer | Author: Sarah J. Maas | Number of pages: 384 | Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers | ISBN: 9780399549694 |

I love Sarah J. Maas. She is one of my most favorite fantasy authors. Her writing style is so impressive and her world building is extremely accurate. I was so looking forward to this release! Though Wonder Woman has also been a book of the Illumicrate this year, I completely forgot about it and didn’t guess about Catwoman being the next book of the box. And in case you are wondering the cover is also available online! But the sprayed edges are exclusively made for this Illumicrate book box.


Did you receive the Illumicrate Bookbox? Did you like it? Did you enjoy my unboxing? 




9 Kommentare zu „UNBOXING: ILLUMICRATE | Oh so criminal #12

  1. Liebe Buchnachbarin,
    was für ein großartiges Unpacking <3
    Deine Fotos sind wunderschön und ich liebe einfach deinen Schreibstil.
    Auf das Print war ich ja unendlich neidisch, doch jetzt ist Bianca meine Rettung und ich bekomme es bald zugeschickt <3 Ich freue mich so so so sehr! Die drei Girls gehören zu meinen Comic-Favoriten, ich liebe sie alle drei.
    Was ich mit den ganzen Prints mache muss ich mir auch mal überlegen, sie stehen aktuell alle irgendwo in den Bücherregalen, aber bald sieht man kein Buch mehr dahinter haha.
    Vielleicht hänge ich die schönsten auch mal irgendwo auf.
    Die Nagelfeile ist auch richtig cool.
    Ganz viel Spaß mit den Sachen!
    Das Buch bestelle ich mir auch bald., hihi.


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  2. Bore da, Sarah.
    I guess a crate has this vibe of any treasure one might posses some day. The most of us are pirates on our path to fortune.
    So we all got our guilty pleasures… 🙂

    You never have too much bags, cause are as real good friends – always lending a helping hand, when needed.

    Coasters can be fine art. A tiny painting for to place everywhere. And you need art to live with an open mind.

    At least, the „bathroom“-candle has an adorable blue to call its own… 😎

    So I guess the nail file will also find its way into the bathroom.

    Well you could decorate your bookshelf with a hint on the „antagonist“. Just a thought. 🙃

    A happy Jill…looks like the items purpose is fullfiled! Yay.

    Use maybe one of the three mirrors as frame for the artwork…😉

    At last – between all the loot – we found the treasure in the shape of a nice looking novel. That colour looks amazing. Now you can head for the next safe port & start reading. The real fortune is hidden in books, they say!

    Yay! Unboxing was fun.


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  3. Hey!

    Allein für das Buch hat sich die Box gelohnt. Ist es ein spezielles Cover?
    Und die Tasche finde ich ebenfalls super. Die anderen Sachen sind jetzt nicht nach meinem Geschmack, wobei ich oftmals nicht weiß, was ich mit dem ganzen Merch machen soll. :D

    Viele liebe Grüße

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  4. Liebe Sarah,

    ein wirklich schönes Unboxing mit schönen Fotos (ich finde deinen Schal wirklich sehr geil!)
    Die Box hat mir leider mäßig gefallen und ich habe danach auch mein Abo erst einmal abbestellt. Ich sehe es ähnlich wie du, viele Items aus unterschiedlichen Boxen ähnelt sich immer mehr, oder?

    Meine Highlights waren natürlich das Buch, die Gotham Sirenes-Karte und auch der Harry Potter Untersetzer, der total süß gemacht ist!

    Viel Spaß mit den neuen Sachen aus der Box und ganz liebe Grüße,
    deine Ümi <3

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  5. Liebe Sarah,

    ich habe mein Abo nach der letzten Box abbestellt und bin auch ganz froh darum. Die Items hier sind zwar durchaus hübsch, aber nichts was ich unbedingt haben muss. Zum Buch: Ich finde tatsächlich die normale Ausgabe hübscher :D Pink ist einfach nicht meine Farbe ^^ Aber das ist ja bekanntlich geschmacksache :)

    Dein Beitrag hat mir trotzdem sehr gut gefallen ^^ und die Bilder sind wie immer klasse geworden :)
    Alles Liebe,

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    1. Liebe Marion,
      bei mir war es ja tatsächlich eine unbeabsichtigte Bestellung haha. Eigentlich bin ich dieses Mal sehr zufrieden, dennoch werde ich alles abbestellen :) es ist zu viel Geld und mittlerweile stapelt sich hier zu viel Kram herum, hehe.
      Das stimmt, das ist ja immer Geschmackssache :) allerdings lege ich mir das andere Cover auch zu, ist doch logisch hahaah.
      Alles Liebe,

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