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LitJoy Review

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

LitJoy Review

Welcome to our fifth and final 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, which took place in July, highlighted 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 LitJoy.

Overview

Each LitJoy box comes with a new book and accessories.

According to the Cratejoy description for the box: “LitJoy Crate is a monthly book subscriptions for children, middle grade, and young adult new-release books! Choose from three subscription types: a Picture Book Crate (ages 3-7), a Middle Grade Crate (ages 8-13) or Young Adult Book Crate (ages 14+). Each box contains at least one book (sometimes more) and 3-4 bookish items!”

LitJoy subscriptions are $29.99 per month, plus shipping.

The Box

Everything in July’s LitJoy box was inspired by the included book. A fold-out product card explained why each item was included.

Included in the box was:

- A copy of Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician, along with a signed bookplate, letter, and a QR code to access an exclusive interview with Maxwell.

- A set of Jane Austen playing cards designed by Prospero Art.

- An orange blossom-scented perfume roller from Wick and Fable.

- A book locket necklace.

- A New York Jazz panoramic coloring book.

- An art print of Inej from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, drawn by Stephanie Brown from Off Beat Worlds. (There’s also a QR code to access a video of Brown.)

Not part of the theme, but nonetheless cool: LitJoy included a Drop Caps postcard from Chronicle Books as part of an annual summer photo challenge.

The Verdict

I like how LitJoy themed this box using the month’s book, rather than choosing a theme and then finding a book to match it; it’s a unique quality when compared to the other boxes I’ve reviewed for this series. At first, the items in the box didn’t really seem connected, but the product card explained a lot, and once I read the book, I’m sure it’ll be even more clear. I’ve heard good things about The Last Magician, so I’m excited to have it in my grabby little hands. (The fact that it reminded the LitJoy team of Six of Crows is a definitely plus, too.)

I love the photo challenge idea—great way to build community around the box, aside from unboxings—and the locket is super cute. I mean, who doesn’t need more bookish jewelry?

You can subscribe to LitJoy 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.

Our other Fandom Campaign reviews: BookLoot | MyBookBox | OwlCrate | My Guilty Pleasures

FTC Full Disclosure: I received a free LitJoy box 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.
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