Illumicrate "Rise Up" Unboxing

I've heard amazing things about Illumicrate for the longest time. They are a quarterly book box based out of the U.K., loaded with bookish goodies, extras, and often a bonus advanced reader's copy. I've waited so long to try this book box out because of the shipping cost but when they teased that Box #10 was themed "Rise Up" and would come with a Hamilton-inspired item, I bit the bullet and ordered the box! Read on for a full unboxing! *Note: All prices listed below are in USD and based on sellers' similar items or estimated prices*

Inimitable Mug - Abbie Imagine - $14.27

THIS! This is the entire reason why I purchased this box and I am pleasantly surprised! The #Hamilnerd in me wants to never use this mug and just display it forever. It's a great item!

Lunar Lip Balm - LovelyLipBalm - $7.53

This is a cute little lip balm and smells great! I typically use chapsticks because they're more convenient but I know I'll definitely be getting some use out of this.

Phoenix Magnet - Hannah Hitchman - est. $4

This is a simple magnet paying homage to the Order of the Phoenix. The text reads "I'm in the order." Of course, I already have it up on my magnet board, haha.

A Rebel's Command List - House of Wonders - $8.31

This notepad is great quality and so whimsical! But since the background is so dark, it will be difficult to use unless i happened to have a neon or white gel pen on hand... which isn't often. So unfortunately, this notepad ends up being quite impractical for my needs.

Daggermark - RJACKdotcom - est. $5.74

I love this daggermark so much! It's beautifully crafted and fits perfectly as a bookmark, but is also a wildly versatile bookstagram photo prop as well!

Cushion Cover - Stella Bookish Art - est $18

This cushion cover is absolutely stunning! I'm finding myself accumulating a ton of An Ember in the Ashes merchandise- I really need to read this series soon!


A ton of extras from publishers were also included this box! Personally, I'm not a huge fan of paper extras except for samplers so I'll likely be giving most of these items away. Leave a comment or email me if you want any of them!

  • Shatter Me lined notebook
  • The Truth and Lies of Ella Black compact mirror
  • Strange the Dreamer postcard
  • Witchsign bookmark
  • Clean sampler
  • The Hazel Wood notepad and pen

Exclusive ARC of The Smoke Thieves, by Sally Green

Oh boy, oh boy. I think my heart may have skipped a beat when I saw this exclusive edition advanced reader copy of The Smoke Thieves, which releases May 10th. I mean, look at those stained pages! You can find the Goodreads summary below.

Goodreads Summary

A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict. 

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?


Blood and Sand, by C.V. Wyk - $12.78

I have been waiting to get my hands on this book since January! Blood and Sand sounds like a thrilling action book based on the premise "what if Spartacus was a woman?" I am here for it! You'll find the Goodreads summary below.

Goodreads Summary


The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus...

The story continues in Fire and Ash, coming in 2019 from Tor Teen.

WHAT I PAID: $62.31 USD incl. shipping

WHAT I GOT: $70.63

Verdict? It was a decent box! International shipping charges was a killer, but the quality of all of the items included was superb, plus the exclusive ARC of The Smoke Thieves was really the icing on the cake. Since Illumicrate is a quarterly book box, I don't feel as bad splurging every three months!

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