I’ll be posting short reviews of several different YA book subscription boxes this winter! All of these boxes are so much fun because you get a surprise new release book in the mail (and most come with some pretty awesome book merch). The boxes vary in price, content, and how frequently they’re shipped, so hopefully these comparisons can help you narrow down your choices!


Illumicrate is a quarterly UK-based subscription box that costs £29.99 with free shipping in the UK. Every box comes with at least 3-5 items! They include a new release book and some other fun bookish things like jewelry, bookmarks, prints, etc. A lot of the items are exclusive to Illumicrate! See past months here.

This month’s box came with SO many wonderful things!! A few of the highlights were:

  • a hardcover of The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (with a signed bookplate)
  • a coffee cozy from Sparrow + Wolf
  • an AIDAN candle from Meraki Candles
  • an “evil plans” notebook from House of Wonderland
  • some Happy Socks, a Six of Crows wallet
  • a Caraval postcard
  • lots of prints, bookmarks, & a temporary tattoo

I was really thrilled with how many awesome things were in this box!! I’d definitely recommend it (especially if you’re in the UK for the free shipping).


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