Illumicrate: Magic & Mayhem V.E. Schwab Edition


Oh man, as soon as I saw that Illumicrate was going to have a special edition box dedicated to VE Schwab’s worlds, I knew I had to have it- international shipping cost aside. I’ve been so envious of their past special edition boxes and had a good idea of the quality of items that would be in this, so I added it to my cart and haven’t looked back since! Read on for a full unboxing of this amazing box!


Tote Bag - Rowa Tree

This tote bag is incredible quality and very sizable. It’s double-sided and features characters from ADSOM on one side and Villains on the other. I’m partial to the grey color and the thick, towel-like straps but I can easily overlook this in favor of the clear functionality of the tote.


Water Bottle - Crini

This metal water bottle is also extremely practical and is something I’ll use on a regular basis! The lettering is amazing- Crini was the artist whose lettering was included underneath the dust jacket of the collector’s edition of ADSOM so it’s great to have some more of her work featured in my collection.

Tarot Cards - Lorena Lammer

What is it with book boxes and tarot cards lately? I am not complaining because I love this new trend!


Lila and Kell Print - Victoria Ying

This is so beautiful! Lila and Kell are definitely one of my OTP’s and I don’t see this swoonworthy scene depicted enough.

Bookmarks - Merwild

This is a stunning set of bookmarks featuring Lila, Kell, Rhysand, and Alucard from ADSOM.


Pouch - Stella Bookish Art

I love that this pouch is huge- it makes so practical. I’m not sure if I’ll use it for planner and journaling supplies on the go, as a make-up pouch, or perhaps even to carry my planners inside! The roominess makes the pouch particularly functional for me.

Londons Postcards - Moledro Craft Co

Next up, we have a set of postcards featuring the four Londons from ADSOM. The postcards feature a quote on the back and this cool cutout artwork on the front. I think it goes without saying that I’m probably not sending these anywhere and will instead be keeping them on my shelves!


As Travars Keyring - Fable & Black

This keyring is stunning! It’s by far one of my favorite items in the box.

Villains Enamel Pin - Fable & Black

A lovely enamel pin to add to my collection featuring a quote from the series.


Four Londons Scarf - Fable & Black

Woah, a knitted scarf! The quality of this is actually really nice and would definitely keep my neck warm. The design is maybe a bit too bold for me, but only time will tell if I end up wearing this out!


Book Sleeve

Oh man, this book sleeve nearly stole my breath. It’s amazing quality and roomy- I mean, it fit Vengeful! It’s a lovely item for this special edition box and I’m really excited to own this as a huge V.E. Schwab fan!

Candle - Amelia’s Kitchen Candles

Inspired by the four Londons, this candle contains various layers. So far, it smells quite good but I wonder if each layer smells different?

Vengeful - V.E. Schwab

And the star of the box is this beautiful special edition of Vengeful! This is actually the U.K. edition cover of the book, but with a red background instead of white. It has a signed tip-in and is a numbered copy. I wish the limited edition number was printed in the book itself instead of on an ISBN sticker but oh well. Because it’s red, it still looks nice with my U.S. edition of Vicious but I’m seriously contemplating getting the missing books to create a full set- the U.S. edition of Vengeful and U.K. edition of Vicious. I have a picture of my U.S. edition of Vicious and this special edition of Vengeful side by side below.


Goodreads Summary

The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab's first adult novel.

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there's Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn't know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

All in all, this box was just phenomenal with some stunning functional items. I am always blown away by the artwork that Illumicrate commissions and includes in their boxes because they’re always gorgeous and high quality as well. I’m so looking forward to their next special edition box!