Welcome to a LitJoy Crate unboxing, friends! I don’t regularly subscribe to book boxes and have some rather conflicting thoughts about how much I adore them (would you want a discussion post on this?), but I am known to grab an occasional crate now and then when the theme tickles my fancy.
The February 2020 theme definitely tickled my fancy. Once Upon a Retelling! I can’t get enough of retellings and was fairly confident I knew what the book was, so I ordered a crate.
As always, I want to reiterate that you do not need to buy and own a lot of books or subscribe to all the book boxes in order to be considered a book blogger or lover.
Once Upon a Retelling Unboxing
There be spoilers for the contents of the February 2020 LitJoy Crate box below this point!
Rapunzel and Cress-inspired hairbrush designed by Ekaterina Savic (IG @katerinasavic)
I am really excited about a unique and useable item in this box! I can’t think of the last time I saw a hairbrush in a book box? I’m probably saving this one for a giveaway though because this kind of brush isn’t good for my hair.
To Kill a Kingdom floating pen
Another fun item, and one I definitely will get use out of! Do pens just seem to disappear for you? Pens and socks both seem to have an issue with my ownership and take off in droves. I also am a sucker for pens with floating elements, and we all know how I feel about mermaids…
Emma and Clueless-inspired enamel pin keychain designed by Angela De Vito (IG @angelaanimates)
You may not be able to guess this based on my current reading habits, but I LOVE JANE AUSTEN. Clueless is one of the most iconic movies of my formative years (rollin’ with the homies) and I remember my mind being blown when I found out it was an Emma retelling! I am pretty picky about keychains, so this is going in my giveaway box but I really love the artwork!.
Once Upon a Time bookshelf prop
I think this is my favorite item in the entire box! I love Once Upon a Time (well… I only watched the first 3 seasons, but I loved them!) and Rumple is probably my favorite character. And now I have my very own Dark Own knife!
Beauty and the Beast / A Court of Thorns and Roses puzzle designed by Rosie Thorns (IG @rosiethorns88)
I love puzzles and the artwork on this 150-piece puzzle is simply stunning! I am not sure if I will put this one together or save it for a giveaway (mostly because I have no wallspace to display it), but I really adore this one.
LitJoy Crate edition of Night Spinner by Addie Thorley with reversible dust jacket artwork by Stephanie Kock (IG @simsamy)
About the Book
Publisher: Page Street Kids | Release Date: February 11, 2020 | Pages: 391
Genre: Adult, Fantasy | Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased\
Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.
Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.
If you would like to check out LitJoy Crate, click here to use my referral code that will get you $5 off of your first purchase (and I will earn money off my future orders). The March 2020 theme is Ride of Die and will have the second teacup in their series!
What book subscriptions do you have? Do you keep ordering them despite typically not having a use for the items like me? Have you read Night Spinner yet? Let’s talk book boxes in the comments, friends!
Let’s go on another adventure together!