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March 2021: Fighting Spirit

Our March theme is FIGHTING SPIRIT! 

Our chosen book this month follows a soldier and a princess both with divided loyalties. Should the soldier be loyal to the homeland she barely remembers, or the nation she was conscripted to fight for? Will the princess choose her desire to claim her rightful throne, or the opportunity to aid a colonised land? There are many battles to fight and with their budding feelings for each other complicating matters, which path will they both take?

If you like yearning, scheming and #WomenWithWeapons then this North African-inspired debut is absolutely the book for you. Our Illumicrate Edition comes with exclusive sprayed edges, an exclusive hidden cover and is signed by the author! Both the book only & full box option also come with a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

Our featured fandoms for March are The Court of Miracles, Kingdom of the Wicked, Winternight, The Bone Witch and an officially licensed The Dark Artifices item! This is also a @rosiethorns88 mug month! Our items this month are all beautiful and useable, we can’t wait to bring you some reveals.

Thanks to Chatty Nora for this graphic!

The book at a glance:

  •  Adult epic fantasy debut, first in a series
  •  Exclusive hardback format, foil embossing on the hardback, sprayed edges, signed by the author
  • North African-inspired world, Black characters including protagonist written by Black author, disabled protagonist, queer characters and queer relationships

Content Warnings (taken from the author’s website):

  • Depictions of colonial violence
  • Gore
  • Past attempted rape
  • Threats of rape
  • Threats of torture
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February 2021: The City is Ours

Our February theme is THE CITY IS OURS! This month we’re inspired by stories that take place in cities we love or dream to visit, either real or imaginary!

Our featured book is a YA urban fantasy debut with an ensemble cast of teenagers from a magical underworld working together to stop a killer. For every murder that takes place in the human world, the fae realm is at greater risk of being discovered. Can they figure out the truth in time? This book absolutely perfect for you if you’re a fan of The Cruel Prince & Shadowhunters! We love this cast of characters, the interesting world & mythology the author created and of course, the snarky banter! Our Illumicrate edition comes with exclusive sprayed edges and is signed by the author! Plus, both our full box and book only options come with a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

Our chosen fandoms this month are Crescent City, The Falconer, Cemetery Boys, The City We Became and Gilded Wolves! We love this mix of items: some that are perfect for when you’re out and about, and some that are gorgeous & useable! We can’t wait to bring you some reveals!

The book at a glance:

  • YA urban fantasy debut, first in a series
  • Exclusive sprayed edges, signed bookplate
  • Lesbian, bisexual, gay, and genderfluid main characters & queer relationships

Content warnings (taken from the author’s Goodreads review):

  • Anger
  • Arson
  • Blood/gore
  • Body horror (minor)
  • Death of a child
  • Depression
  • Disownment
  • Divorce
  • Drug use/addiction
  • Grief/grieving
  • Human trafficking
  • Poverty
  • Psychopathy
  • Stalking
  • Suicide (past, off-page)
  • Suicide ideation
  • Toxic relationship/manipulation
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Racism
  • Violence/gun violence
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Shipping updates

While many of the issues we saw with having products made and shipped at the beginning of the pandemic have now stopped, there are still significant delays happening. Reduction in staff to allow for distancing in the workplace has increased production times to some items, and the reduction in commercial flights means delays shipping items. This has in turn increased the amount of goods shipping via sea, which means we are seeing some delays as our products don’t make it onto ships that are already full. Delays at port, exacerbated by reductions in staff to allow for COVID distancing, means these delays are worse than usual.

Book printers in the UK are also experiencing delays, both due to a reduction in staff and because many books that were scheduled to be published earlier in the year were pushed to the autumn, meaning they have more titles to print now. We are seeing delays in receiving books as a result of this.

We are doing everything we can to minimise these delays and build buffer periods into our planning so that delays affect boxes shipping on time as little as possible. That said, we are operating during a pandemic and there is only so much we can do to stop delays. We are so grateful for your continued patience during this difficult time.

We also want to assure you that the fulfilment centre who pack our boxes are taking every precaution to ensure this is done safely both for their employees and our customers. Our packers are spread the required distance apart, are wearing gloves to pack, and have extra sanitising products available. Our shipping company are also taking every precaution with handling boxes.

Here are a few general things to note

  • Our shipping company has reported that their courier partners are able to deliver in almost all countries they ship to. We are seeing delays in shipments both due to the lack of cargo planes and additional border checks, so please do be patient once you receive your tracking email. If there are no tracking updates after a week, or you have any concerns regarding the shipping of your order, please get in touch with us by email
  • We are able to change the delivery address of your order if needed. The last point this can be done is when the ‘Check Your Address’ emails go out to customers approximately 10 working days before orders ship.  These emails need replying to within 24 hours if you need to change the address, and after that point additional address changes are not possible. You do not need to reply if your address is correct. You can change your address for an existing order any time up to this point by emailing us to request it. Please note that changing your address in your account does not change it on any paid-for orders, including subscription renewals. 

Information updated on Friday 21st January

Outstanding orders of the This Is How You Lose the Time War, The Hollow Heart, ExtraOrdinary, Aurora’s End, November Afterlight box, Jade Fire Gold debut box

Orders placed after 3PM GMT on Saturday 27th November will ship in the second half of January

Update 10.01: This is now the final opportunity to change your address for these orders! If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 8AM GMT (UK time) on Wednesday 12th January.

Update 21.01: These have begun shipping today! International orders begin shipping today and will ship in batches. You will receive a tracking email when yours ships, but you can also always find your own tracking by going to https://www.trackyourparcel.eu and filling in the required details.

We expect all international orders to have shipped by the end of next week. If you are in the EU, there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week.

UK orders shipped today and tracking will go out by the end of Monday.

Madeline Miller slipcase sets

These are on track to ship in the second half of January

Update 10.01: This is now the final opportunity to change your address for these orders! If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 8AM GMT (UK time) on Wednesday 12th January.

Update 21.01: These have begun shipping today! International orders begin shipping today and will ship in batches. You will receive a tracking email when yours ships, but you can also always find your own tracking by going to https://www.trackyourparcel.eu and filling in the required details.

We expect all international orders to have shipped by the end of next week. If you are in the EU, there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week.

UK orders shipped today and tracking will go out by the end of Monday.

January ‘Royal Secrets’ boxes & book only orders

Due to the release date of the featured hardback book, these will begin shipping right at the end of January

Update 10.01: These are still on track to begin shipping right at the end of January

Update 19.01: This is now the final opportunity to change your address for these orders! If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 8AM GMT (UK time) on Friday 21st January.

Illumicrate Archives: The Winner’s Trilogy

These are expected to begin shipping in mid-late February

Outstanding orders of the Madeline Miller sets, This Is How You Lose the Time War, The Hollow Heart, ExtraOrdinary, Aurora’s End, November Afterlight box

These will ship with The Winner’s Trilogy boxes

February ‘Bad Blood’ boxes & book only

These are expected to begin shipping at the end of February

February Afterlight box

These will ship with the February monthly boxes/book only at the end of February

 

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With love,

The Illumicrate Team

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January 2021: Rebellious Royals

Who’s ready for our first theme of 2021?! It is: REBELLIOUS ROYALS! Our January theme is dedicated to those royals who don’t like to follow established conventions or play by the rules.

Our chosen book for January is a debut space opera. With an intergalactic treaty at risk following the death of an imperial prince, his widower is rushed into an arranged marriage with a disreputable prince to try and save negotiations. But was the prince’s death truly an accident? And are the new couple now developing feelings for each other? Part murder mystery, part political intrigue, our favourite element of this novel was the swoon-worthy central romance that is one of the sweetest we have ever read! Our edition comes with exclusive sprayed edges, is signed by the author, and both our full box and book only options come with a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

Our featured fandoms this month are ACOTAR, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, You Should See Me in a Crown, Mirage, AND we’ll be including an officially licensed Cruel Prince item! We adore this mix of items, they have a distinct cosy winter vibe and are all perfect for dark evenings spent snuggled up at home. Reveals to come!

The book at a glance:

  • Adult romantic space opera debut, standalone
  • Exclusive sprayed edges, foil embossing on the hardback, signed by the author
  • Queer main characters, M/M relationship, nonbinary and queer supporting characters

Content warnings (taken from the author’s website):

  • Past domestic abuse (not between the main couple)
  • Medical-type equipment used in interrogation.
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December 2020: A Legacy to Protect

Our December theme is A LEGACY TO PROTECT! It’s the end of the year, and it’s been a rough one, so we thought we’d give you all a little treat and bring you a TWO BOOK MONTH!

That’s right, both box and book only subscribers will be getting two books this month. You deserve it. 

Our main book is a YA hardback about a  sorority house of witches, the girls who are members, and the secrets they hold and discover. Our Illumicrate edition comes with exclusive sprayed edges and signed bookplates, plus a pin inspired by the book and designed by Stacey McEvoy Caunt!

Our second book is a YA paperback mystery about a group of heirs summoned to the mysterious island home of the grandmother they’ve never met. She disinherited their parents but is she ready to make amends, or is something more sinister going on? Our edition comes with sprayed edges and a signed bookplate!

There’s mysteries to unlock in both our chosen books this month and we were absolutely gripped! The whole Illumicrew raced through these selections.

Our featured fandoms are City of Brass, Red White and Royal Blue, Jade City, The Poppy War and Avatar: The Last Airbender! And it’s December which means it’s a @rosiethorns88 mug month!

We’ve brought you a totally kickass box to end the year on and we hope you’re as excited about it as we are! We are aiming to get these boxes out earlier than usual so they’ll hopefully reach as many of you as possible pre-Christmas, but please be aware we cannot guarantee this.

We’re also giving you a little sneak peek at our 2021 book choices through our favourite medium: EMOJI HINTS!

January: ❄️????
February: ⚫????⭐
March: ⚔️????????????????

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November 2020: Spellbinding Stories

Our theme for November is SPELLBINDING STORIES! These are books whose lyrical prose or enchanting plots have truly bewitched us. We’ll be including an officially licensed Strange the Dreamer item and items inspired by Circe, This Is How You Lose the Time War, The Starless Sea and more! This is our 5 year anniversary box and we are so proud of it. We have some exciting reveals to bring you, but we’ll start with announcing our next Pauhami book sleeve is in this box! Our series with Pauhami will now be inspired by our favourite magical places, and we’ve certainly started this series off with a bang!

Our featured book this month is about three sisters who get involved with the suffragist movement and also begin discovering the lost ways of witchcraft. It’s a truly magical read and we’re so excited to be bringing you an Illumicrate edition with exclusive sprayed edges and signed by the author! Both our full box and book only options will come with an enamel pin inspired by our chosen book and designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt.

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October 2020: Life & Death

Our October theme is LIFE & DEATH! Our featured book this month is…well. We’ve hinted and we’ve teased, but we can now finally come out and say we’ve chosen THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E Schwab! This book is truly incredible and we’re so happy to be bringing you a gorgeous Illumicrate edition featuring all exclusive: cover, hidden cover, endpapers, and sprayed edges! It will also be signed by Victoria! Both the full box & book only options come with a gorgeous pin inspired by the book and designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

We’ve decided to do something a little different this time and bring you a fandom neutral box! We will be including one item inspired by The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, but beyond that all our items are beautiful items not inspired by a particular fandom. We’ve loved putting this box together! It’s one of our most aesthetic boxes ever and it is super atmospheric and perfect for this time of year! We’ve got some exciting reveals to bring you.

Existing subscribers, your spot is reserved for you as always! New spots for both box and book only will be available exclusively for our waitlist, however please be aware that we have limited spots available. Anyone not offered a spot for October will remain on our waitlist for November. 

We’d also like to give you a little taster of the rest of our 2020 book choices, in our favoured form of emoji hints!

November: ◀️▶️???? ????????

December: ????????????????‍????????????‍????

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September 2020: Sinister Surroundings

Our September 2020 theme is SINISTER SURROUNDINGS! This box is dedicated to stories with dangerous settings or situations, and crucially, have characters with the nous to get out of them (mostly) unscathed!

Our featured book this month is…look we’re just gonna tell you, okay? It’s A DEADLY EDUCATION by Naomi Novik! We loved the deadly Scholomance, our reluctant protagonist El, and all her classmates so much! We’re thrilled to be bringing you a special edition of what is one of our favourite books of 2020. Our Illumicrate edition will have all exclusive: cover, hidden cover including a quote on the spine, sprayed edges, and a bound author letter with Naomi Novik’s signature (she has an injured hand and cannot hand-sign as a result). Both the full box and book only options will come with yet another incredible pin designed by the one and only Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

Our featured fandoms for September are Caraval, Uprooted, Red Rising, Kingdom of Souls, and an officially licensed Ninth House item! We’re also excited to announce our next @rosiethorns88 mug is in this box, and it is stunning.

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August 2020: Identity Crisis

Our August theme is: IDENTITY CRISIS! Our book this month is a science fiction debut set in a world where the secret of travelling to parallel universes has been discovered, but you can only travel to worlds where you’re already dead, and about a girl who is dead in all but eight of them. There’s multiverses to traverse, and doppelgangers to avenge.  We were totally gripped by the author’s voice from the very first chapter!

Our edition has an exclusive cover, exclusive sprayed edges and is signed by the author! Both the full box & book only subscriptions will come with a matching pin designed by Fable & Black!

Our featured fandoms for August are  The Illuminae Files, We Hunt the Flame, Mistborn, The Lunar Chronicles, and Percy Jackson! We revealed when we launched our August preorder that the Percy Jackson item is one of our book tins, and the design by @chattynora is stunninnggggggg! We love this set of items & can’t wait to bring you some more reveals!

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Illumicrate damage guidelines

If you receive an item that is damaged, we will try our best to replace it for you. Please fill out our Customer Support form within 14 days of receipt of the item and we can have a replacement sent out to you. Be ready to provide photos of the damaged item/s and the box, showing the shipping label.

As a general rule, we are unable to replace a product if only the packaging is damaged. We are also unable to provide packaging of an individual product if yours was missing. We are unable to replace spoiler cards if they are damaged or missing.

All replacements are at the discretion of Illumicrate customer support.

You may be asked one or more of the following before a replacement is agreed to:

  • To destroy your damaged item before we can provide a replacement. Please do not dispose of your item before receiving confirmation we are able to replace it.
  • For additional photos of the issue
  • To attempt an at-home fix for a cosmetic issue with a book or item

In the rare event we cannot replace an item, a partial refund will be offered.

Book damage guidelines:

Does qualify as damaged

 

Does not qualify as damaged

 

A tear/rip/cut or visible scratch on the front of the book/dust jacket or spine larger than 1cm Scratches, marks or residue on the back of the book/dust jacket
Residue or marks on the front or spine that cannot be removed Page bleeding or unevenly sprayed edges
A book that should have been signed but isn’t White spots or scratches on sprayed/stencilled edges or issues with the top or bottom edge of the book
Dented or crushed corners bigger than 1.5cm Creasing or folding on the top or bottom of the book spine or dust jacket
Water damage Wavy pages
More than one ripped or bent page that affects the text on the pages Ripped or damaged blank pages
Production defects (such as a missing finish) Slightly blurry stencilled/digitally printed edges