Thursday 28 January 2021

Owlcrate December 2020 Unboxing | Love Is A Battlefield

This might be my last Owlcrate unboxing for a while as I decided to skip my renewals for January and February as the books just didn't interest me enough to justify the cost. We shall see what March's theme is and then I'll make a final decision about whether to cancel it completely or not. Anyway, this is super late going up as it took almost two months for the box to get to me because of the whole UK borders closing debacle. It eventually arrived and even though most people will have already seen what's in it, I still wanted to get my post up. 

December's theme was Love Is A Battlefield and the book included this month was super highly anticipated by just about everybody. I've been so excited for this box so let's dive in to what we got...  

Luckily it's still cold enough outside that these cosy knitted leg warmers will still get put to some use! They were designed by @paperbackbones and have Serpent & Dove inspired buttons so they still have a bookish quality to them. I don't remember the last time I wore leg warmers (if ever) so don't know how much I'll be breaking these out but they look and feel incredibly cosy.  

We then have this little pot of hand cream designed by Fiction Bath Company and has a lovely peppermint scent to it. It's inspired by Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst and is supposedly meant to evoke the atmosphere of wintry woods. I have noticed my hands have been a tad dry over the last few months so surprisingly I might get quite a bit of use out of this product. I'm not one for lots of beauty and self care products so I never know what I'm going to do with products I receive in boxes and such. 

I then pulled out this sweet wooden ornament (probably intended to be hung on a Christmas tree but alas, mine had been down for a good few weeks by the time I got this so I'll have save it for next Christmas!) created by Juniper and Ivy Designs and inspired by The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. It's nicely designed and has the quote "Some things do not have to be said. Love speaks for itself" engraved on it. 

Funnily enough I've been really into jigsaw puzzles for the last couple of weeks, I just finished a Disney panorama one that took me forever! Therefore I was very excited to see a puzzle included this month. This is a 300pc puzzle with an illustrated design by Tiara L'Hommedieu and is the Moon Festival scene from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I haven't read the book so I have no idea who these characters are but I'm happy to add another jigsaw to my collection!

Next we have a mini rolling pin designed by Michelle Gray and inspired by Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I do actually own that book but still haven't read it 😂. This is a cute idea and I do love the design, you can't see it very well on my picture but it has a sort of frosted glass design on it. I'm really not sure what i'd do with this though as they suggest using it for making cookies and baking but it's tiny and if I'm baking I'm usually doing it in big batches therefore I need a big rolling pin for the job!     

The pin design this month is probably one of my favourites though! I just adore it, from the quote to the imagery used. It was designed by Iron and Ink Designs and now hangs proudly on my new pin banner (I finally bit the bullet and bought one).   

I love the book that they chose to feature this month as it's a release that I've had my eye on for months and now I have this stunning copy in my possession. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 20's Shanghai. I think this could be a brilliant version of the classic love story and I'm excited to discover how fantasy elements are woven in. The cover was redesigned to include a deep green background colour and the font was changed from silver to gold. I love these little tweaks and it gives the book a very decadent feel. The book is just has pretty naked as we have the actual book in a dusted gold with the beautiful embossed design on the front. 

I think this is the last time we'll be getting reversible dust jacket art for a while but this design is stunning and I can already tell reflects the book really well. The artwork is courtesy of @scarecrux and is amazing to look at, I love the use of the red and yellow in it. 

Finally we have our little sneek peak into January's theme and box which is From Olympus, With Love so I think Owlcrate subscribers can expect plenty of greek gods inspired items. The January box will also include an item from In The Reads which hints towards a bookmark being in there. Like I said I won't be receiving this box as I just wasn't that bothered about the book 🤷 but I hope those who do get it really enjoy it.

That's it from me for now, hopefully I might change my mind and get March's box but we shall just have to wait and see what the theme is. If you're interested in buying a box for yourself you can find all the information at the Owlcrate website. Until then, Happy Reading!


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