Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hey hey hey, you trying to figure out what was in this month’s OwlCrate?? Why, you came to the right place, my friend!

I am LOVING my OwlCrate subscription. I always squeal (sometimes internally, mostly externally) when I see my box sitting patiently on my porch. I’ve been a happy paying customer for 10 months now, and I’d say I am usually very pleased with the assortment of goodies OwlCrate provides, partnering with their amazing young adult book picks, that goes along with a different theme each month.

For September, the theme is: Fear the Night, and you might be thinking… isn’t that more of an October theme, and isn’t Halloween a whole month and a half away still? But if you’re like me, as soon as autumn is here (which was officially September 23rd), I get in the spooky spirit! And since OwlCrate is delivered around the middle of the month, it’s perfect to start getting in the mood for all things Halloween and creeeeeepy! (If it were delivered mid-October, you couldn’t have much time to enjoy your stuff!)

So let’s dive into the box, and see what this month had to offer!



Look at that pretty box, just sitting there and waiting for me to plunge into with reckless abandon. It always starts with a 5×7 card that displays artwork relevant to the month’s theme.


So like we discussed already, the theme is Fear the Night, and here’s some lovely artwork to develop the mood of the box. On the reverse side is a list of spoilers… so if you want to read about everything that’s in the box first, you can do that, or you can set this aside and reach into the box at random to surprise yourself. Then you can come back to this and read a little about the creators and shops of the items.


I am a woman of many trinkets, so I knew instantly this would be used, and would also fit in with my decor. Black marble is ??? The quote is from Mary Shelley, but I’ve never read anything from her. Like… I appreciate the horror genre, but I don’t find myself reading from that category very much. But that does not mean I don’t adore that quote! Designed by Stella Bookish Art! (She’s always coming up with beautiful items for the OwlCrate boxes.)


Fingerless gloves, with skeletons!!! I wore these on my way to work yesterday morning because it was 48° when I left the house (and this afternoon, it’s 86° ?), and I didn’t want to take them off! The only thing that bummed me out is that I can’t see my Apple Watch – which I always wear! – with them on! But these will be extremely effective when it gets colder, but I still need to use and access my phone! ? (Those gloves that are able to work with touchscreens are cool, but they still aggravate me sometimes!)


I am drinking a cup of this as we speak… or, type? Let’s start with the name: BRILLIANT! I chuckled out loud when I read it. Also, the artwork on it is adorable. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to trying different brands of ground coffee (because either way, I put a few tablespoons of Italian sweet creme creamer in it), so it’s cool when I get samples of new things to try. I tried to drink it without creamer, just to see what I thought. But black coffee and me aren’t friends, so I just put in a tablespoon of creamer, and it tasted nice! From Bones Coffee Company.


Ah, one of my favorite parts of the subscription. I love enamel pins! This beaut is spooky, yet subtle. OwlCrate partnered up with Lapels & Spells for this one; the skull represents the ‘bone houses’ and the flowers also play an important part in the book. (No need to fear the night, because the flowers glow in the dark!!!)


Back when Renée Ahdieh debuted her young adult novel, The Wrath and the Dawn, I read it and adored it. Even though I still haven’t read the sequel, I am stoked that this lady is bringing vampires back into the YA world. (I’m a huge Vampire Diaries tv show fan.) I’m really excited to take a look at this preview, and hopefully become obsessed with vampires again. (Also, it takes place in New Orleans!)


Some cute art with a quote from Ray Bradbury, “Beware the autumn people.” When I eventually set up some desk space for me to have my blogging nook, I want to hang up all of the bookish art in that area! Who knows how far in the future that’ll be, though. ? Illustrated by Anne Lambelet.


Not only do we get a hardback new release, but this month also comes with a paperback horror classic. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which inspired the Netflix show… that I never ended up watching!!! Will I have better luck reading the book? Time will tell.


One can never have enough bookmarks, amiright? This one is perfect for October reads, too.


Last, but certainly not least, the book! It’s always nestled down, way deep in the box – the ultimate prize at the end. With some light research about the clues they left at the end of August’s box, I concluded that The Bone Houses would be September’s book of the month before it was delivered. (I’m so very sneaky.) It’d never really been on my radar, but now that I have it (and now that I read the blurb), I think this may be a perfect read for the season. I included it as part of my fall TBR in my TTT post this week


Such a beauty! I really love that the original was black and gold, but there’s just something about the white and gold, and seeing it in person, as well! I really want to make time for this book in October! ? Click on pics for a better look!

Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Published: September 24th, 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: fantasy, young adult, horror
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
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Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.


Overall Thoughts

Halloween is a favorite holiday of mine, and I feel a little bit more prepared to welcome in the cooler weather (hello, fingerless gloves and yummy new coffee flavor) now that I got my sub-box. My gloves are in my bag, ready to be worn, and my trinket dish is sitting on my bathroom counter, waiting to hold random stuff that finds its way into my bathroom.

Bring on the fall weather! (And pleeeeaaaasssseeeee let us get rid of this 80-degree stuff we’ve got going on right now. My body is ready for the 60’s and below!!!)


Next month’s theme is Dawn of a New World! What would you do if you landed on a brand new planet? Next month’s box is inspired by science fiction tales that take place on unknown worlds, or feature an alternate future version of our own planet. October will include TWO brand new hardcover novels… what? (Yeah, you read that right! You bet your bottom I’ll be renewing my subscription for next month!) They’ll both be exclusive editions with the author’s signatures. Goodies influenced by The Illuminae FilesThe Luanr ChroniclesHeart of IronSaga and Warcross will be found in the box as well. Don’t forget to subscribe so you won’t miss out on this box!!!



One Comment to September #OwlCrate Unboxing: Fear the Night

  1. It’s been 90+ degrees here too…I am so over it and ready for actual fall weather!!

    I’m kind of sad I sat out this month’s box now…it looks amazing. I’ve been meaning to read The Haunting of Hill House for ages!

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