OwlCrate YA Book Box (October 2020 Review Legends & Lore)

I signed up for the OwlCrate waitlist a few months back and was impatient, so I ordered this past October Legends and Lore box, plus the Limited Edition Winter Wishes box, which has not shipped yet.

About a week after I ordered this Legends and Lore box and the Winter Wishes box, the waitlist ended, and my OwlCrate December box is on the way. Ahh! So many boxes. Spoiler alert! I’m very excited for what’s coming next!

OwlCrate Packaging

Let’s start with a few images of the box itself and a sneak peek of when you first open it.

The box is aesthetically pleasing and packed full to the brim, so there’s no way the book is moving around in there. It’s secure, so you can rest easy that it won’t arrive damaged.

Each item in the OwlCrate subscriptions box comes individually packaged in its own little box, too, so nothing is destroyed. I was surprised by the attention to detail. Each box has a quote on it from a book!

No matter where we are, we’ll always share the same sky. We can always find each other in the same constellation.

Roshani Chokshi, The Star-Touched Queen

Everything always seems sweeter in the minutes before darkness descends.

Isabel Ibañez, Woven in Moonlight

I don’t want an easy life. I want a meaningful one.

Natasha Ngan, Girls of Paper and Fire

What was in the OwlCrate October 2020 box:

First, there was all the papers with the spoilers, a pamphlet that has some information about the featured hardcover book & design choice for the jacket, a card for the next month’s box, a letter from the author, and two other books which included:

  • A sample chapter of We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal.
  • I was surprised to find a code for a free Audiobook Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, too.

Next came the first thing I noticed when I opened the box; handmade soap. The soap looks beautiful and smells great! Usually, I dislike scented items, but this was not pungent, and I will use it! To be honest, it reminded me of my childhood when my Nanny would make me bubbles out of dish soap! This soap has a sweet undertone to it, and I love it!

This Soap is called Solstasia Festival and was inspired by the book A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown.

Next, I was excited to see something that I already have and use; A glass nail file. I picked up a pack of these glass nail files from Amazon a while ago, and I love them since they’re so easy to keep clean.

This glass file from Owlcrate came with a case, which is needed since I’ve broken one of mine in the past! Also, purple is my favorite color, so I’m in love with this ombre purple and white file!

This glass file also has a quote on it from yet another book. (So many new books introduced to me in this box)!

Fire in. Fear out.

Natasha Ngan, Girls of Paper and Fire

Next, I was excited to see this little bamboo charging stand for your phone. There’s a little hole at the bottom for the core to go through and a nicely scripted quote. It’s a practical item that will look adorable on my nightstand and something I can see myself using.

The stand is inspired by the book called The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi and the quote reads:

Show me a dream unrealized.

Roshani Chokshi, The Star-Touched Queen

Next up is wind chimes that were inspired by Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez. I adore anything space and celestial, so the wooden moon and stars are perfect!

I couldn’t find the patience to untangle them for the photo, sorry.

Another practical item in this box is a little concaved bowlcozy to keep your hands protected from the heat of your soup or the cold of your icecream.

This print was inspired by the book cover of Spin and Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. Again, the celestial lover that is I adores the print of stars and moons on this one:

Last up is the monthly collectible enamel pin which beautifully matches the cover of the book. The quote on the pin reads:

When the Shadows RiseSo Will the Light

What was the book in OwlCrate’s October 2020 box?

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. This was a book that I wanted to pick up since I see it nearly everyday on Instagram.

Synopsis

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A flying demon feeding on human energies. A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down. And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw. The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates. She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

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Synopsis

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A flying demon feeding on human energies. A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down. And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw. The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates. She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

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The jacket and the artwork on the inside of the dust jacket are stunning. The book is hardcover and my favorite color combination of red and black.

Also, the first page was signed by the author Tracy Deonn. I was assuming it would be a printed signature, but it was actually signed with a marker; My mind was blown. This is the first signed book I’ve ever received so that was pretty cool!

Now enjoy these photos of a beautiful book:

Final thoughts on the Legends and Lore OwlCrate October 2020 box?

This was my first ever OwlCrate box and I was nervous since I’ve received other bookish boxes, that will remain unnamed, that were quite lackluster. That said, I was afraid that OwlCrate would disappoint.

Would I rebuy this box? Well, I’ve already subscribed to six months of this box, so, yeah. Honestly, though, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I love this box, and I would repurchase an OwlCrate subscription; No regrets!

The bookish items are amazing, some even practical, which was not expected. The book is beautiful and signed by the author? Really? That’s frikken awesome!

Aside from all that, each bookish item was inspired by other books, and so I was recommended 6 new books that I had never heard tell of. To recap, those books were:

  • Stars by Hafsah Faizal
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
  • Spin and Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

I hope you enjoyed this unboxed review of OwlCrate’s October 2020 Legends and Lore box.

I’m excited for the December OwlCrate box, and I hope you’ll join me for the next Review! 🙂

Best,

Ashley

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