Saturday, August 31, 2019

Hey everyone! It’s unboxing time!

OwlCrate has been such a wonderful treat that I receive each month, with unique goodies and beautiful books in the young adult genre. And it’s only $38 a month! If you’re looking for a subscription box that supplies you with bookish items, and letters from the author, and new releases that are signed, you may want to check it out. 

So, here’s August’s box, and hopefully you’ll find yourself a new member of OwlCrate by the end (if you aren’t already)!

August OwlCrate: Storms & Seas


This box comes with some delicious tea! It’s a decaf early grey and hazelnut spice, and has flavors of cinnamon, orange, and vanilla. I sweetened it a little, and it tasted delicious! It’s gluten-free, sugar-free, nut- and dairy-free!

You can check out this – and other teas – at Riddle’s Tea Shoppe! (They have one called TARDIS that I really want to try, as soon as it’s back in stock!)

Candle Lantern

HOW CUTE IS THIS! This adorable item is an Owlcrate exclusive, and I need to trot to the store right now and buy some tea light candles to place inside of it. And I need a dark stormy night that cuts off all the electricity, so I can read by candlelight. ⛈

Enamel Pin

I’m getting the beginnings of an enamel pin addiction, so this is one of my favorite parts of the boxes. This month’s pin is supposed to be the family crest from the book this month. 

This pin was designed by LaserBrain Patch Co! (And so cool: the lighthouse even glows in the dark!)

Bath Salt

I’m not really the bath type of person; I enjoy taking showers. But on the rare occasion that I do take a bath, I like to have a couple of candles lit, and read my books on my Kindle (it’s dangerous work, and I really need to get a bathtub shelf to read on, but there’s really no other way to take a bath than with a good book). 

This container of bath salt is made by The Soap Librarian, and it’s called The Little Mermaid. I will try this in due time, and I expect to feel like a radiant mermaid!


A wooden bookmark, with a quote from Daughter of the Pirate King. I haven’t read the books yet, but it sounds like something I would thoroughly enjoy. I love reading about pirates and the sea!

It was made by Juniper and Ivy Designs, and if you’re a bookmark type of person, be sure to check out their shop!

Pencil Case

I am in love with the colors of this pencil case! It’s inspired by The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, which I haven’t read yet. It’s got a removable insert, and secret additional storage underneath! I haven’t used it to its full potential yet – just storing a couple of pens – but I love it!

This tin pencil case was created by Stella Bookish Art exclusively for this OwlCrate box!

August’s Book

Funny story… I already pre-ordered the book that was featured in this month’s box, so I’m seeing double! That’s cool, m because I can gift it to one of my good friends the next time I see her. ?

The book I’m talking about is of course House of Salt and Sorrows.

I had the sublime pleasure of receiving this ARC on NetGalley, and just knew I needed a copy for my shelf, because it is definitely a story I know I will re-read in the possibly-near future. 

Author: Erin A. Craig
Published: August 6th, 2019 by Delacorte
Genres: fantasy, young adult, retellings
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
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In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.


Overall Thoughts

I really liked the tea, candle lantern, and pencil case most of all this month, but I also think the bath salts and bookmark were a nice touch to complete the sea theme that this month’s box had. I also think the glow-in-the-dark enamel pin is brilliant! I’ve already added it to my backpack, where all of my other pins reside. Even though I already had the pre-order for HoSaS, it’s still a beautiful addition to my book collection – and it’s signed! 


Next month’s theme is Fear the Night! It’s only September, but it’s perfect time to get in the mood for fall and Halloween, so next month’s book pick will be a unique and atmospheric tale involving a gravedigger, mapmaker, and the undead. It will also feature a bunch of other goodies, making it a box that it truly a delight of frights!

Stay tuned for September’s unboxing, here on A Darker Shade of Rosie!

One Comment to August #OwlCrate Unboxing: Storms & Seas

  1. Hmph. It would figure, the month I sit out I love all the stuff in the box except the book (already have it)!

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