So I’ve got a special post for you guys
(well I think so anyway): an unboxing! I spied across LitJoy Crate via Instagram. They are an American bookish service, similar to a UK brand I have already tried (and loved), FairyLoot. Every month there is a theme, and a box arrives filled with a specific YA book, and a range of related bookish goodies, sometimes including wearable items (which is super cool). 🙂
The theme was Deadly Diviners, with a focus on tea-leaf reading. I saw a sneak peak on their Instagram and, intrigued by the potential book, I impulsively bought a one-off box. It actually arrived a lot quicker than expected, especially as I live in the UK!
So, let’s dive right in!
Firstly, I just want to point out how cute the box is! I mean, not only is it blue (one of my fave colours), it has really cute illustrations on the inside, which are so gorgeous. There is the one pictured above, as well as a little one at the very bottom of the box, saying ‘Happy Reading’. They are a really nice touch, I love it.
Right, down to the lovely bookish items! First we have the Featured Artist of the Month: Liz Smith of Oh, Capri Studio. Specialising in watercolour, not only did Liz design the feature card for the Deadly Diviners Theme, but she also provided this wonderful print of Professor Trelawney! Sadly it isn’t an art style I am the biggest fan of (I’m mainly a weeaboo manga fan or semi-realist), but I can certainly appreciate it. For real, watercolours are hard to use! I love the cup on the monthly card/booklet, and I think the inclusion of Trelawney is such a nice touch to the theme 🙂 There is also a little postcard with next month’s theme: Sleight of Hands~
Next is this lovely bookmark from Till and Dill! This is a Pisces bookmark, to coincide with one of the characters in this box’s chosen book. I’ve actually been wanting a blue bookmark for a while, and, while the art style is not something I would have ordinarily chosen myself, I love the colours here. I’ll definitely have to use it for my next read, a girl can never have enough bookmarks! 🙂
Ah, this was the sneak-peek item I saw on Instagram. Not going to lie, this item made my buy this box- it’s a teacup planter! It is a bit bigger than I was expecting, but it is a really cool idea and fits the monthly theme really well. It is a ceramic planter, and you can decorate the outside in any way you like! I love it so much, it feels really unique. I’m not sure how I’m going to decorate mine yet, I’ll have to have a think.
To accompany the teacup and the divination theme, I also received some tea from Bluebird Tea Co! This flavour is Earl Grey Crème, and has a flowery-vanilla scent to it. You also get some added tea-bags in this box too, which is really helpful for this loose-leaf tea. Now I’m actually the worst excuse for a British person as I really don’t drink tea! >w< But I am determined to give this a go, as loose-lead teas are so different to regular tea-bags. If I don’t like it though, I’m sure one of my friends will give it a try 🙂 Oh, and this LitJoy Crate also included a mini-booklet on Tasseomancy, so I can try my hand at divination myself! I think this is awesome, and I can’t wait to give this a go ❤
So, on to the bit you’ve all been waiting for: the book of the month! In June’s LitJoy Crate I received The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault! This came as a bit of a surprise to me (I was thinking of a completely different book when I ordered this box), but it is really cool to receive a book I hadn’t heard of before. I have included the blurb below so you can see what you think:
Maybe, occasionally, some of the pictures I saw in teacups were not for the tea drinkers. Maybe some of them were for me.
Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It’s not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who’s been their guardian since Mom took off is…eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old book about reading tea leaves and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows—and hopes everyone else does too—that none of it’s real.
Then basketball star Matt Cotrell asks for a reading. He’s been getting emails from someone claiming to be his best friend, Andrea Quinley, who disappeared and is presumed dead. And while they’d always denied they were romantically involved, a cloud of suspicion now hangs over Matt. But Marnie sees a kindred spirit: someone who, like her, is damaged by association.
Suddenly the readings seem real. And, despite the fact that they’re telling Marnie things about Matt that make him seem increasingly dangerous, she can’t shake her initial attraction to him. In fact, it’s getting stronger. And that could turn out to be deadly.
This contemporary/mystery/paranormal vibe definitely sounds intriguing! This certainly isn’t a book I would have ordinarily picked up, but it certainly has a mysterious air and appeal about it! It fits the theme so well, and I am excited to give it a try. 🙂
And there we have it- LitJoy Crate’s June YA box! This is my first box from this company, and it wasn’t half bad! I’ll admit that I completely misinterpreted the theme (as I was expecting something else entirely), and I was sad that there wasn’t a wearable item- although they didn’t mention that there would be such an item in the box, this was my own wishful thinking! However, it was still an interesting box to get, the theme was curated really well <3. I cant wait to check out this new book from Emily Arsenault too, I always love finding books I’ve never heard about.
As I mentioned above, July’s theme is Sleight of Hands. I don’t think they have sold out yet, so if you do fancy buying a box from these guys, make sure to check out their webpage! They also do a special edition Harry Potter magical box!!! It is a bit too expensive for me, but it looks super cool 🙂 I wish I was rich so I could get my hands on wonderful bookish merch!
What did you think about this book box? Have you received a LitJoy Crate before? Let me know in the comments! ♥