Books Illumicrate Unboxings

August Illumicrate

October 27, 2019
August 2019 Illumicrate

I said I was behind... well in fairness I'm not too bad as this box arrived with the September edition as well. After Book and Nook finished their monthly boxes I was on the hunt for another brand to try along with my beloved Fairyloot. I wanted a UK based box and decided to give Illumicrate a try. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the box. There's the odd item that doesn't really work for me but hey ho. It's a company I'm willing to try again. This month's theme was Armed and Dangerous.

August 2019 Illumicrate
August 2019 Illumicrate
August 2019 Illumicrate
August 2019 Illumicrate
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

I've been dying to read Gideon the Ninth since I heard it was being published! It sounds incredible.

**Taken from the blurb**

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Revered Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emporer has invited the heirs to each of his royal Houses to a deadly trialĀ of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail and the Ninth house will die.

August Illumicrate

I love how this mug looks. It's almost like the kind you'd take fishing but it's porcelain, not tin. It features artwork by Rosiethorns88 and is of The Darker Shade of Magic characters. I almost don't want to use it it's so pretty.

This shower gel smells absolutely wonderful. It's a liquidised version of the sour apple sweets. I love it. Unfortunately, I haven't a clue what book this is themed after as it isn't mentioned on the spoiler card. It just mentions something to do with The Poisoner. This was created by hellolovelyskincare.

August Illumicrate
August Illumicrate

Again, not a clue what book this is. I think it might be Red Rising which is a favourite of mine but it's been a while since I read the first book. Anyway, this is a stunning bottle opener and has been well tested. It definitely opens bottles. It was created by dustandpages.

This is called a 'weapons bag' and was designed by chattynora. I'll be honest, this isn't my style at all and I don't know what to do with it. I might try and dye it black and use it as a camera bag. it's very well made and for such a small bag has so much room. Just, not for me.

August Illumicrate
August Illumicrate
August Illumicrate

I genuinely can't believe how much I've used this so far. I take it to work with me all the time! So handy. This Legendary Swords cutlery set was designed by heyatlascreative. I love a practical item.

The collectable coin, which is an idea I love, is always illustrated by monolimeart and this month is of Lila Bard, again from A Darker Shade of Magic.

August Illumicrate
August Illumicrate

These Gideon the Ninth cards explain a bit about each house on the back which I love and make a great addition to my print wall. Definitely will be referencing them when I read the book!

Then finally there is the art of the spoiler pamphlet and a print that I think is based on Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez.

August Illumicrate

So that was my August Illumicrate Unboxing!

Have you tried any bookish subscription boxes before?

What did you think? And what was your favourite item from this box?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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