OwlCrate April Review

Hello, all!

This months theme was Shadows and Secrets, so let's dive right into it!

First up was this sticker be Jamila Mehio inspired by Adelina from The Young Elites. I actually haven't read this book, but the sticker is so nice that I think maybe now I should.

Next up was this exclusive Shadowhunter soap from Three Sisters Apothecary by Soap Cauldron. This has a really nice berry scent that isn't too overpowering. I don't usually use bar soaps, but I think I'll make an exception for this little baby.

This was my favorite thing in the box this month. I love stationery and I really love Harry Potter, so this is just perfect. The pencils, created by Jubilee Designs, each have a HP quote on them-- "I solemnly swear that I'm up to no good"; "Mischief Managed"; and "Property of the Half-Blood Prince". I almost don't want to use them because they're so perfect.

I loved Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, so I was super pumped to receive an item from the series. This pillowcase, designed by Stella Bookish Art, has a really nice feel to it and the design really embodies the gritty feel of Ketterdam.

This dark chocolate and sea salt coffee was created exclusively by Bones Coffee Company and it's pretty much perfect for the theme. I especially love the design on the packaging. I'm actually not a coffee drinker, but luckily my roommate is so I can just pass this off to her.

The book this month was Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody. The story centers around Enne Salta, a prissy girl who lands in the city of New Reynes (also known as the City of Sin) trying to find her missing mother. The quest to find her mother leads her to a street lord and con man named Levi, and the two try to keep their wits about them through glamorous casinos, deals with the mafia and the deep underbelly of the illicit city.

I actually started this one already, and I'm not too keen on it. Something about it just hasn't drawn me in. It's definitely interesting and unlike anything I've read before, but we'll see. Has anyone else read it? What'd you think?

I'm really excited for next months box because I think I know what the book is and it's one that I've been waiting for. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


  1. You got Ace of Shades!! I tried requested it on NetGalley but I was declined... probably because I am in UK). I'd love to know your thoughts when you read it.

    1. I actually didn't love it, but I thought it was good! The whole premise was one I'd definitely never read before, so it seemed really fresh and new, but just something about the characters and the storyline just didn't really pull me in as much as I would've hoped. But it's very fast paced and some of the interactions were cool, so I'll give it that.

      I hope you get to read it soon (and that I didn't put you off to it, haha) I'd love to hear what you think of it!

  2. Did I just find a great looking bookish subscription box? I have already heard of Owlcrate, but WOW! I did not know how great this book looked before. This has been a dangerous yet great post to read. Have a great time reading Ace of Shades!

    1. Oh my gosh, you neeeeed to try it! It's so great, I haven't gotten a box yet that I didn't love. You can even just purchase one box if you wanted to try it out!


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