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April 2020: Squad Goals

Our April theme is SQUAD GOALS! Do you ever wonder what you’d be doing during a specific historical time period? If we’d lived during the French Revolution, we like to think we’d be busting people who shouldn’t be in prison out of it, just like the badass crew in our April book!

But with their most recent jailbreak, this crack team definitely get more than they bargained for. Will they all make it out of this job unscathed? This is the author’s debut and we are already obsessed! It’s a fantastic book filled with revolution, romance and our favourite squad since Six of Crows. It is a May release coming to you early, in hardback, signed by the author, with exclusive sprayed edges and exclusive embossing under the dust jacket! ???? We’ll also be including a bonus art print featuring the characters.

Our items this month are inspired by some of our fave squads and teams! We’re bringing you The Witchlands, Aurora Rising, LOTR, Gilded Wolves and more! We’ve got some kickass items and we can’t wait to start dropping reveals!


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March 2020: Worlds Collide

Our March theme is WORLDS COLLIDE! Fasten your seatbelts kids, cause we’re taking a trip out of the human realm and into other dimensions, magical lands and places you never knew existed.

Our featured book this month is all about a meeting place where the human world and other, magic filled worlds come together. But when a dead body is found, the fragile peace begins to fracture. Can she keep all the pieces together long enough to save the day? We. could. not. put. this. one. down (for real, I read it in 2 days), and we know you’ll feel the same way! Our edition is an exclusive UK hardback, with exclusive sprayed edges and…wait for it…A RIBBON BOOKMARK! It will also come with a signed bookplate.

Items this month are inspired by City of Brass, Strange the Dreamer, His Dark Materials, Throne of Glass and more! We’re also thrilled to announce you’ll find our first @rosiethorns88 mug of 2020 in this box!


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February 2020: Sparks Fly

February’s theme is SPARKS FLY! You know those books where the characters and their love interests have undeniable chemistry? And you absolutely cannot wait for their next interaction? This theme is all about THAT!

Our featured book this month is a March release that’s a gorgeously written fantasy about a girl from the harshest part of society, where you either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences. She keeps her head down, and her dangerous secret close to her chest. But when she encounters an intriguing traveler, with whom she has an undeniable connection, will she give into temptation? Can she trust someone who asks, above all, not to be trusted? Our Illumicrate edition has an exclusive cover, sprayed edges and is signed by the author!

Items are inspired by Stalking Jack the Ripper, A Darker Shade of Magic, The Winner’s Curse, Sorcery of Thorns and Serpent & Dove! We will be including one of our tin storage items in this box and you guys are gonna LOVE the stunning design of it!

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January 2020: The Strength Within

January’s theme is THE STRENGTH WITHIN! We’re starting 2020 with a bang and bringing you a TWO BOOK BOX!

Our first book is a February release you’re getting a little early. Sisters with elemental powers who were separated at 13 must reunite and return to a magical land to rediscover their gifts. And unbeknownst to them, they have a huge fight ahead. This is a hardback and our Illumicrate edition will have exclusive sprayed edges and is signed by the author!

Our second book is the first fantasy story from a well-known contemporary author. Two brothers, one who wishes he had powers and one who wishes he didn’t are caught in the middle of a magical war, and must make the difficult choice about whether to get involved in the fighting. This one is a paperback and comes signed as well.

Book only subscribers, this month you will be getting both books!

Items are inspired by The Hunger Games, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Girls of Paper and Fire, Gideon the Ninth and more! We LOVE the items we’ve picked for you & can’t wait for you to see them!

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December 2019: Secrets & Schemes

Illumicrate’s final theme of the year is SECRETS AND SCHEMES!

Our featured book for December is a YA fantasy from a debut author. When the princess of the kingdom is framed for the king’s murder, she must work with an unreliable ally to clear her name, whilst also keeping her terrifying secret hidden. Everyone in this story has their own agenda (and their own secrets & schemes) and we loved seeing it all pan out! Our stunning Illumicrate edition is the UK hardback with exclusively designed stencilled edges, exclusive endpapers and is signed by the author!

Items this month are inspired by A Court of Mist and Fury, Caraval, The Devouring Gray, Star Wars and more! As this is our December box, we’re going to be extra nice and give you TWO reveals already about what this box will contain. We’re excited to let you know that our last @rosiethorns88 mug of the year will be in this box! We’ll also be including a 2020 calendar containing artwork from Merwild and designed quotes from Chatty Nora! This will be a multi-fandom piece and guys, it’s looking super awesome and will be *perfect* for planning all your schemes next year.

Our December ‘Secrets & Schemes’ boxes will be on sale on Saturday 2nd November at 3PM GMT for both subscription and single purchase. We will also have book only subscription slots available. Existing subscribers, your spot is already reserved for you and will renew automatically on 1st December.

Thank you for making our first year of monthly boxes so great and we are looking forward to more amazing themes and books next year!


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November 2019 theme: In Search Of Doors

Our November theme is IN SEARCH OF DOORS! This theme is all about the the books that first got you into reading, and the ones that truly transport you.

We’re just gonna come out and say it: our book this month is THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern! We’ve got a completely exclusive edition of the book that’s different to all other UK editions! Our edition is a gorgeous naked hardback with foil embossing and sprayed edges, and the author letter from Erin Morgenstern is bound inside the book! We don’t want to ruin the surprise too much, so lets just say if you’re a fan of the UK ARCs for this book, you’re gonna want to get this box ?

Our items this month are inspired by fairytales, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and in honour of V.E Schwab who inspired the theme name, The Archived. We will of course also be including items inspired by The Night Circus AND The Starless Sea!

This is our four year anniversary box and we are so so proud of it! We’re including some truly beautiful items and we can’t wait to bring you some reveals!

Boxes will be on sale for subscription and single purchase, and our book only option on subscription, on Thursday 3rd October at 3PM BST


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October 2019 theme: With Great Power

Our theme for October is WITH GREAT POWER! We all love those books with characters that have unique powers, cool powers, scary powers. This month’s book definitely falls into this category!

Our October book is a crossover fantasy from a well known and beloved author. When a powerful girl awakens from a century-long sleep, she is determined to use her powers to achieve an impossible goal…no matter the cost. We loved the rich fantasy world and the unique magic system in this story! Our Illumicrate edition will have exclusive sprayed edges and is signed by the author!

Items this month are inspired by Shatter Me, The Raven Boys, Vicious, The Poppy War and Sabriel! We’ll be including one of our gorgeous signature tin storage items this month, and we have some exciting reveals to come!

Boxes are now available on subscription and single purchase! You can pick up a 3 or 6 month subscription plan to guarantee yourself those boxes & save a little bit of cash too. Our book only option is also available on subscription. Subscribers, your box/book is reserved for you and will renew on 1st October. 

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September 2019 theme: High Stakes

We’re so excited to announce our September theme is HIGH STAKES! Do you love those books where characters must keep the world from ending, or take part in an impossible quest, or survive a dangerous undercover mission without detection? This is the theme for you!

Our book this month is a gorgeous debut with rich world-building and captivating writing. With local children vanishing, one girl makes the ultimate sacrifice to save them…only to discover things are much worse than she could ever have anticipated. With enemies at every turn, and the fate of the entire kingdom in her hands, we found this book completely impossible to put down! Our Illumicrate edition will feature exclusive SPRAYED STENCILLED EDGES and is signed by the author!

The items will be inspired by Children of Blood and Bone, Carry On, An Ember in the Ashes, Good Omens and more! As ever we’ll be featuring gorgeously designed and useful items including an item we’ve never done before but have wanted to put in a box for AGES! We can’t wait to bring you some reveals!

Boxes are available NOW on subscription and single purchase. Our book only option is also available, and from this month you can start a monthly book only subscription! Subscribers sit back and relax, a September box is reserved for you.

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August 2019 theme: Armed and Dangerous

Our August theme is ARMED AND DANGEROUS! This theme is our homage to the blade-wielders, magic-users, and potion-masters that are all armed and dangerous in their own way.

Our featured book is one of the most unique books we have ever read. This space fantasy story features necromancers and their cavaliers competing in a series of mysterious tests for the ultimate prize. It’s an incredibly imaginative debut with rich world-building and a memorable cast of characters. Our Illumicrate edition has sprayed edges and is signed by the author on an exclusively designed page.

Our items this month are inspired by A Darker Shade of Magic, Red Sister, Scythe, The Dark Artifices and more! We’re also happy to announce that our next @rosiethorns88 mug is in this box!

Boxes are available for subscription and single purchase, and our book only subscription is also available.  Subscribers, sit back and relax, your spot is reserved for you!

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July 2019 Theme: It’s A Kind Of Magic

Our theme for July is IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC! Our featured book this month is a standalone murder mystery from an established British author. When a detective is brought in to take the lead on what seems like a tragic accidental death, her investigation throws up another, more sinister alternative – could the cause of death actually be murder…by magic? In this small town, who is keeping a very big secret? Our Illumicrate edition of this book will be signed by the author and feature exclusive sprayed edges!

This box is perfect for fans of Uprooted, A Discovery of Witches, Wicked Saints, The Witchlands and more! As well as including the second bookend from our set started in June, the items in this box are perfect for fans of all kinds of magic. We’ve worked with some outstanding artists and designed some amazing items including something incredibly unique we have never seen featured in a book box before! The box will also feature an officially licensed piece of Witchlands merchandise.

Subscriptions and single purchase options open on 2nd June. If you’re a subscriber you can sit back and relax, a box is secured for you and your subscription will automatically renew on 1st July. We’re also thrilled to announce that starting in July we will be offering a BOOK ONLY option! You guys have been asking for this for a while and we’re so happy to be able to bring it to you.

For now, our book only subscriptions will be available in limited quantity for 3 and 6 month subscription plans only, to help us plan out our year more effectively. We may eventually make it available for monthly subscriptions and single purchase options as well in the future. The book only subscription will be available from 2 June.