Saturday 12 June 2021

Owlcrate May 2021 Unboxing | Expect the Unexpected

I hadn't been particularly interested in the first four themes Owlcrate had done in 2021 but when I figured out what this months book was there was no question that I would be renewing my subscription. (Another thing I love about Owlcrate is that it allows you to skip months without losing your subsciption place!) This is a little late going up cause I've been swamped at work but I finally found some time to get it done.

May's theme was Expect the Unexpected and this box was definitely one of my favourites so far!

First up we have a book tin, part of an ongoing series by Owlcrate that will eventually have book tins to represent the different London's in V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series. As I only tend to get Owlcrate when I really want the book, I don't know how many of these I'll be getting and seeing as I missed the first one I won't have the complete collection. I'm not sure I mind too much as it's still lovely and will look great on my bookshelves on it's own. This tin is inspired by Grey London and has a gorgeous design created by Forensics and Flowers

I was very intrigued to discover what this item was when I pulled it out and it turned out to be a lovely corduroy tote bag inspired by Obsidio, the second book in the Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I love the material used, it feels well made and it's a good size too so it would work well as a day bag. The lettering is wonderful too and the quote sounds so beautiful, hand-lettered by Studio Kyra Calligraphy. Makes me want to pick up this series even more now!

Next up we have an officially licensed Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo inspired scarf from Out of Print, obviously to tie in with all the hype surrounding the Netflix adaptation of Shadow & Bone! It's a really gorgeous design but I'm not too keen on the material used as it feels a bit stiff and scratchy and I also have never worn this type of scarf before so it may be an item I don't get much use out of unfortunately.      

We also got this little vinyl sticker designed by Lion in the Trees featuring a quote from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. I really love this design and again, it's a great quote for a bookish product. I'm planning on buying myself a new laptop soon so maybe I'll save this to stick on there. 

Possibly my favourite item in this month's box is this absolutely stunning metal bookmark featuring quotes from Scythe by Neal Shusterman and The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin and designed by Pixel & Ink Creative. Honestly, I just love bookmarks and I'm always looking to add to my collection! This looks and feels so well made and I can see myself using this a lot cause it's too beautiful to leave in a mug with my other bookmarks!

We also have this month's pin too which is obviously inspired by the featured book. I adore that quote and the design by Icey Designs is one of my favourites to come out of an Owlcrate box.   

This month's book is The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He!! This book is describes as We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli and to me that sounds like the perfect book! We've also got a complicated sisterly relationship and an abandoned island so plenty to look forward too! I completely adore this cover so so much, I love the changes Owlcrate have made, switching from blue and green tones to lilac and pink. Whilst the original cover was definitely more moody in tone, I just think these colours work so well together and it's physically stunning. 

 I don't think these end pages are exclusive but I thought they were just too pretty not to share along with the exlusive foil design on the hardcover case which is beautifull designed and works well with the overall theming of the book itself. So glad I made the decision to get this box cause honestly it has one of the prettiest front covers I own!

Wrapping things up we have the spoiler card for next month's theme which will be Go Your Own Way and will feature an enamel item from Pineapple Sundays! I won't be getting this box but hopefully you enjoy it if you do! 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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