Saturday, March 21, 2015

That Time of the Month! (OwlCrate #1)

*Text that is in bold is a little extra snark from Rachel.

Guess what, chicken butts? Our OwlCrates arrived (obvi)! We’ve been counting down the days until they shipped and were eagerly waiting for them the moment we got our tracking numbers. We live on opposite sides of the country, but they were somehow delivered at basically the same time. You done good, postal service. Nice hustle. *makes it rain*

Rachel then proceeded to kill me with the wait so we could open our boxes together (like nerds.) BUT FINALLY we were able to sit down (I was standing) and open them. Here be what we seen:

Don’t judge me but I really like that grassy stuff. Forget tissue paper.

The theme of this month was Fantasy and what says “fantasy” better than Game of Thrones? And unicorns! (I got Joffrey and Rachel was a pile of poo and got a cool dragon thing) Neither of us watch Game of Thrones incase you can’t tell. Cool dragon thing? I mean, I’mma love it for eternity ‘cause it’s kinda cute but I wouldn’t hate knowing the actual name of it, ya feel? I, however, will burn Joffrey. Oh.

The couple behind OwlCrate had custom bookmarks made by CraftedVan. MAGNETS. They also included a bookmark with a discount code for GeekyCon, which has authors like Marie Lu and Veronica Roth. (I'm reading Marie Lu's Legend series right now if anyone cares.)

I was distracted by the swaggy bandages for a while before eventually getting to the heart of the box, which is of course the book. In this month’s box is a cool hardcover of A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, which is the first in the series. I don’t know anything about this author but it doesn’t matter; I’m still gonna call them Cotton Schwab from this moment forward. Let’s see what it’s about.

Kell is one of the last travelers - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.
There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king - George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered - and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London - a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cutpurse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

Packaged with the book was also a poster.

So, what’s our overall opinion? For the debut box of OwlCrate, it’s off to a good start. We most definitely got our money’s (or galleons if you’re a Harry Potter fan) worth. It’s too soon to say if the book was a good choice or not, but other reviews are glowing. Hopefully we can post one ourselves soon. Either way, we’re both excited to sit down (or stand. You don’t know my reading preferences) and read it.

We can’t wait for April’s “All The Feels” box!

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