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OwlCrate Review

As part of Cratejoy’s Fandom Campaign, we’re checking out a collection of YA subscription boxes.

OwlCrate Review

Welcome to our third subscription box review for Cratejoy’s Fandom Campaign!

Cratejoy offers subscriptions for every type of lifestyle. No matter your interests, experts and enthusiasts will create and curate the absolute best products for your subscription box—and then send it right to your door every single month.

The Four Weeks of Fandom campaign is highlighting subscription boxes in the following categories: books, movies and TV; comics, anime and kawaii; toys and gaming; and Harry Potter.

Read on for a review of OwlCrate.


Each OwlCrate box comes with a new YA novel and accessories.

According to the Cratejoy description for the box: “OwlCrate is a subscription box for people who love Young Adult fiction! Each of our boxes contains a newly published hardcover book, 3-5 other bookish goodies (jewelry, collectible toys, stationery), as well as exclusive items from publishers and authors. Each box has a fun and unique theme too!”

OwlCrate subscriptions are $29.99 per month, plus shipping.

The Box

Because Karen at Cratejoy is awesome, I received two OwlCrate boxes to review.

The May box theme was Comic Explosion.

Included in the box was:

- A copy of Francesca Zappia’s Eliza and Her Monsters, with an exclusive cover and letter, and a signed bookplate.

- An art print illustrated by Zappia.

- A sampler of AFAR, a new comic from Image Comics.

- A Batman Funko POP.

- A mini Wonder Woman candle from Dio Candle Company.

- A six-color ink pen.

- A comic-themed zipper pull.

- Coffee candies.

- A comic-themed OwlCrate pinback button.

The July 2017 box theme was Wanderlust.

Included in the box was:

- A copy of Mackenzie Lee’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, with an exclusive cover and letter, and a signed bookplate.

- A map of Europe that ties in with the story.

- An art print inspired by John Green’s Looking for Alaska, designed by Shailey Ann Designs.

- A Lord of the Rings backpack.

- An owl luggage tag from Mudpuppy.

- A Newt Scamander Funko POP keychain.

- A pocket mirror inspired by V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic, designed by Miss Phi.

- A pocket journal from Ooly.

- A wanderlust-themed OwlCrate pinback button.

The Verdict

OwlCrate is the first YA subscription box I remember hearing about, and I’ve purchased boxes of my own in months/years past. I think it’s fantastic that they’ve started including exclusive covers for the books in each box—perfect if you like to collect various editions of books—and I think OwlCrate gives you the best bang for your bucks when it comes to bookish goodies; the variety and the quality of the items never fails to impress me.

I loved Zappia’s Eliza and Her Monsters (you can read my review here), so I was excited to see the book in the May box. And I have heard nothing by great things about Lee’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, so you can bet that’s one’s getting a place near the top of my TBR.

You can subscribe to OwlCrate via Cratejoy.

More from Cratejoy

Check out Cratejoy’s Four Weeks of Fandom collections or their YA book category for many other awesome box options, and check back soon for another review.

Our other Fandom Campaign reviews: BookLoot | MyBookBox

FTC Full Disclosure: I received free OwlCrate boxes thanks to Cratejoy in exchange for an honest review.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.