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I found Owlcrate last year through Instagram and try as I might, I just can't quit it. It's expensive, but I do believe that what you get is worth the money (especially as hardback books aren't as common in Ireland).
Every month, the box has a different theme. The theme for February is "Run Away With the Circus".
Honesty corner. The circus gives me the absolute CREEPS. It always has done, ever since I was a toddler and my parents brought me to a circus in Longford where a clown thought it would be a great idea to throw water over the audience. I went to the circus a few times after (what Irish child didn't see Fossetts in the nineties?), then took a liking to Stephen King aged 11 and forevermore saw the circus as a place of mystery and intense horror. Thanks, Stephen.
Thankfully, the creep is kept to a minimum in this box (I still find anything related to the Circus mildly unsettling).
I knew what the February book would be, because the sneak peek matched up with a book I'd read a preview of in a Buzz Books edition. This month's choice is Caraval, by Stephanie Garber.
As well as a beautiful hardcover edition of the book, there's a letter from the author, a signed bookplate, a card with a code to download a sample of the audiobook, and a little decorative card with a quote.
Caraval is a YA book about two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, who run away from home and join Caraval, a famous circus show. When one of the girls becomes part of a dangerous game, it's up to the other one to save her sister and figure out how to win the game before it's too late. I started reading this the evening it arrived and I couldn't put it down - I really, really loved it and I think fantasy fans will adore it.
As well as the book, there's a gorgeous tote bag adorned with a quote from Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus. The bag was designed by Evie Bookish. There's an exclusive circus themed badge, a bookmark, a lipbalm that tastes like cinnamon donuts from Geek Fire Labs, and a yummy caramel popcorn scented candle from Frostbeard Studio.
The final items are some very cute Circus themed Page Flags (sticky notes to you and I) from a company called Girl Of All Work and a very cute little notebook made from recycled Casino playing cards from Attic Journals. There's also a theme reveal card for March - it's going to be "Sailors, Ships and Seas". Not a theme that floats my boat (sorry, sorry) but I've been subscribed long enough to trust Owlcrate to put a decent box together.
I'm really happy with the February box and I greatly appreciate the way Owlcrate look after their International customers, I only got my shipping notice yesterday and my box arrived to Ireland today.
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