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Introducing: Afterlight by Illumicrate

Introducing Afterlight by Illumicrate, a new quarterly romance subscription box for book lovers! We curated this box to share brilliant, heart-warming, make-you-smile reads to the community. As a team, we have been reading more and more contemporary romances over the last few years, mainly as a soothing balm for some of the heart-wrenching SFF books we know and love. With this box, we hope you find the perfect reason to relax, take a break and enjoy quality time with yourself.

Afterlight will include a newly released paperback romance, 3-4 fandom-neutral, useful items with a ‘take time for yourself’ focus, plus signed bookplates & author letter (where possible). It will be priced at £18 + shipping and VAT (where applicable) and the first box will be shipping in August. Subsequent boxes will ship in November, February and May.

You can join the waitlist for future boxes here



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June 2019 Theme: For Book Lovers

The theme for June is FOR BOOK LOVERS! Yes, that’s our tagline. We’ve been wanting to do a celebratory book lover box for ages, and we are so excited to get the chance to bring you one. And since this is a book lovers’ box, we will be including not just one, but TWO books!

Our first book is a beautiful story about the complexity of modern teenage life, with wonderfully realistic, flawed characters you will love. It’s a book about family, unexpected love, and fighting for what’s right. This hardback will have exclusive sprayed edges and come with a signed bookplate.

Our second book follows two teens born on the same day, both of whom have difficult choices ahead of them. Beautifully and heart-wrenchingly written, this is an unconventional love story, 18 years in the making. This paperback will have stunning rainbow sprayed edges and come with a signed bookplate.

All the items in the box are useful items perfect for any book lover. Nothing will be fandom specific; it will only include gorgeously designed, practical things that all book lovers need in their lives. We’re thrilled to reveal the first item will be the first in a set of two metal bookends (the second one will be in our July box), designed by the talented Fable & Black. We love it so much and can’t wait for you to receive it!

Subscriptions and single purchase options for this box will open on 2 May.

Graphic by the ever talented Chatty Nora.

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April 2019 Theme: Your Majesty

Our April 2019 theme is Your Majesty! The featured book is the brilliant start of a new Chinese-inspired epic fantasy. In a court full of politics and intrigue, family secrets, and a murder mystery at its heart, how will a new queen know who to trust? This book is beautifully brutal and will keep you guessing until the very end. The hardback book will have an exclusive cover, sprayed edges and come with a signed bookplate from the author!

This box is perfect for fans of the Throne of Glass, The Wicked King, Game of Thrones and Three Dark Crowns. Yes, we are throwing a LOT of your favourite royals in the mix. We are supremely proud of the items we’ve designed for this box, it’s some of the most unique we’ve featured so far. We are dying to reveal suppliers for this box, because it will blow your mind.

We also want to announce that this box will feature the first in a series of a new collectible item, featuring the artwork of the incredible Monolime. It’s been a pleasure working with her on this. It’s not a paper item, cards, or prints. It’s a really fun and unique item that’s multi-purpose and that’s all you’ll get out of us at the moment!

Remember, we have 3 and 6 month prepaid subscription plans to save you money going forward. Plus, here’s a small hint for May: ?.

Theme graphic by the talented @chattynora.

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March 2019 Theme: Adventure Awaits

Our March 2019 theme is Adventure Awaits! The featured book is the start of a brilliant space fantasy series inspired by Arthurian legend. It features an amazing diverse cast, lots of witty banter and a quest for the ages. We thoroughly loved this book and we know you’ll love it too! The book will have an exclusive cover, sprayed edges and be signed by the authors!

This box is perfect for fans of the Lord of the Rings, The Raven Boys, The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice & Virtue and the Mistborn series (The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages). We’ve included some really beautifully designed and useful items – even if you haven’t read these books we still think you’re going to love the items.

We are also thrilled to announce that our next 3 books all have exclusive covers and sprayed edges! In addition, we have 3 and 6 month prepaid subscription plans to save you money going forward. We are so excited to take this monthly, and rest assured the quality of our boxes will remain the same, even at the new lower price!

Theme graphic by the talented @chattynora.

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February 2019 Theme: Gods & Monsters

Our February 2019 theme is Gods & Monsters! This box is so close to our heart. It features a fantasy standalone adventure about what you’ll do to save the family you choose. Between gods and humans, who are really the monsters? The book will have an exclusive cover, sprayed edges and be signed by the UK-based author.

This box is perfect for fans of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Dreams of Gods and Monsters), Strange the Dreamer, Monsters of Verity series (This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet), Girls of Paper and Fire, fictional gods and other mythical creatures. We’ve included some really unique, useful items and the authors of the featured fandoms have had input!

Our other HUGE NEWS is that from March onwards, Illumicrate will become a monthly subscription on our new website! We’ll have more info about it going out to subscribers in 2019. We already have some amazing books and themes planned, and we are buzzing with excitement!

Theme graphic by the talented @chattynora.

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November 2018 Theme: Clever Ruse

Our theme for November is Clever Ruse! Our featured book is a wonderfully-written, Japan inspired fantasy standalone, about a girl who hides who she is to win the highest prize in the kingdom. Our copy will be an exclusive cover hardback with sprayed edges!

I absolutely fell in love with this book when I first read it that I was devastated to find it didn’t have a UK publisher. I was determined to have it in our anniversary box, so (nevertheless), I persisted and eventually the book found a brilliant UK home. Needless to say, I’m so thankful it all worked out!

We are triply excited about this as it is our 3rd anniversary box and we will be bringing you some exceptionally wonderful and unique items. The items will be inspired by The Night Circus, Caraval, Warcross, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Mulan. Plus, the Throne of Glass-inspired item we promised earlier this year. If you’re not a fan of these particular books/films, I think you’ll still love these items!

Theme graphic by the talented @aenteereads.