OwlCrate June: Make It Out Alive

Who's ready for another OwlCrate unboxing? Seriously, this small business does not disappoint. Every month's box is stuffed with themed, bookish goodies and a new release (published within 45 days of box shipment). Read on for the June 2017 unboxing, theme: Make It Out Alive!


This month's theme was perfect for fans of Ember in the Ashes, Divergent, and Maze Runner. Plus, there was a lovely green-colored theme going on as well, which just made every item included this box even more coordinated and thoughtful. Every box comes with a card and matching pin. The reverse side of the card includes a list of the items included.


Zombie Sleep Mask, Archie McPhee, $4.50

Haha, this is a really fun item!  And it legitimately frightened me when I first opened the box. I don't typically wear sleep masks, and this is definitely not a design I'd wear in public, like on plane rides. But, it'll be good for the occasional gag when I try to scare my boyfriend!


Magnet, Little Inklings Design, $4.00 (estimated)

This is a jumbo-sized (and very strong) magnet. It's a lovely design, so no complaints here! I've purchased bookmarks from this Etsy seller before, and I truly love her brush lettering.


The Giver Patch, Laserbrain Patch Co, $8.00 (based on similar items)

This patch is SO COOL. And I am so uncool - I don't know how I'll use it! Iron onto my old denim jacket, maybe? This is definitely one of the coolest items i've received from an OwlCrate so far!


Divergent Bath Bomb, Fizzy Fairy Apothecary, $7.00 (based on similar items)

There's a charm in the middle of the bath bomb that will tell me which faction I'm in, so that's super exciting! I love little surprises like that. I'm a little iffy on the coloring of the bath bomb. I wonder if the water will also be a mixture of greens, purples, and white, and I hope not, because bathing in murky green water doesn't sound particularly appealing to me.

Double-Sided ACOTAR Bookmark, Hey Atlas Creative, $4.00 (based on similar items)

I love this bookmark! There is a quote and design on both sides and they're both artfully done, of course. My little complaint is that one quote reads vertically on one side and the other reads horizontally on the other side. It would have been a notch better, in my opinion, if I could just flip the bookmark and read the quote easily on both sides. But that's a super minor note and in no way takes away from the quality of the bookmark!


New World Rising, by Jennifer Wilson, Oftomes Publishing, $12.99 

This is crazy, duper fantastic. This month, OwlCrate partnered with Oftomes Publishing to include a second book in the box! I've seen this book around Instagram but haven't read it before. And of course, the green cover matches everything else in the box and is the perfect addition.

Goodreads summary:

Since witnessing her parents' murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix's only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother's dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, "Join or die." 

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself.


The Sandcastle Empire, by Kayla Olson, $12.59

The book for this OwlCrate is The Sandcastle Empire! The OwlCrate copy has an exclusive cover, where the background is white instead of green and the title is black instead of white. I prefer this cover, to be honest! The great thing is that OwlCrate has worked out some amazing partnerships with publishers to include exclusive covers for the rest of the year! If you're a book collector, this is a great opportunity to get some exclusive covers onto your shelf.

Goodreads Summary:

When all hope is gone, how do you survive? 

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected. 

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

Box Total: $53.08

Guys, a box total of over $50?! That far exceeds the $29.99 (plus shipping) per box, per month. The price goes down a bit if you purchase a pre-pay option rather than paying per month. However, if you just want to get a one-time box, you can gift a one-time box to yourself!

The Make It Out Alive box looks pretty incredible, but WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Here's a sneak peek of next month's theme: Wanderlust. It will include a licensed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them product!

What are you waiting for? Check out OwlCrate today!

Read on,

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