LitJoy Crate is a book subscription box service that offers 3 options targeting different age groups: the monthly Picture Book box aimed at ages 3-6, the quarterly Middle Grade box aimed at ages 8-13 and the monthly Young Adult box for ages 14 and older. This is a review for the November YA box, which includes one new release book and 2-4 themed bookish goodies.
Cost: $29.99 USD
Shipping Costs: $8.99 within the US, $14.99 to Canada and $24.99 internationally
Payment Method: Credit Card
Mailed Out: 20th of each month
Note: this box is currently available for purchase in the LitJoy shop.
Tracking is provided with this box – mine was shipped on Friday 24th November and arrived on December 11th.
OVERVIEW OF CONTENTS
Bookish swag from the publisher was included in this box!
Otherworld Luggage Tag
I don’t have much use for these items, lol, but freebies are always cool! The postcards are rather pretty. 🙂
Now moving on to the Lit Joy items which are outlined in the contents card along with how they relate to the book/theme:
Star Wars Magnets ($5?) – Luke Skywalker & Yoda represent a mentor/mentee relationship from the book, and are a timely inclusion since The Last Jedi was recently released! I adore magnets and have popped these on my fridge. ❤
Lord of the Rings Wooden Bookmark by Ink & Wonder ($8.99 AUD) – the ‘woodmarks’ by Ink & Wonder are DIVINE, how gorgeous is this! I like that they’re thin enough to be practical for use as a bookmark, and the design is so vibrantly colorful and glorious. I’ve always envied people who receive these in a box and now I’ve got my very own!
Feyre Print by Jo Painter (286x439mm is $28.02 USD, so between $11.50 – $12.50) – this artwork is titled ‘The Fox in the Chicken Coop’, which really captures Feyre’s smug triumphant expression so well, hehe.
Personally, this isn’t for me as I’m not into ACOTAR (gasp, blasphemy, I know) and I don’t display prints, so this will be regifted.
Ready Player One Quote Tumbler by Evie Seo ($12 USD?) – I’m also not enthused about this tumbler, as the quote is so tiny it’s hardly noticeable, tbh. There are some lovely details on the illustration if you look at it up close, but practically needing a magnifying glass to appreciate this is a bummer. I’d prefer a tumbler with its cool details visible at a casual glance!
Harry Potter Pillow Cover by Evie Seo ($29.99 USD) – okay, I’ll level with you, this Dumbledore quote actually annoys me because it’s so typical of his condescending manner and how he never explains anything, then lords it over people, but that’s my Dumbledore hatred seeping through.
I can ignore that, though, because this artwork is SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL, OMG. Little Harry! Hedwig! The books and Snitch and Sorting Hat!!! It’s so rich and lush, and it’s even BETTER in person, the fabric feels so silky and wonderful. A+++, this is the hero item of the box and really knocks my socks off. ❤
Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller ($18.58 AUD)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.
Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.
Details on the authors are provided on a double-sided sheet.
The reverse of the author card features a pretty and ominous quote from Otherworld.
Quality of Curation: Lit Joy’s strength is definitely curation, from the types of items included and vendors chosen right down to how the contents card explains the connection between these items and the book. 10/10
Worth It? The US dollar must have been higher at the time I purchased the box because this cost me $74.44 AUD (whereas currently it would be about $70), but that was entirely worth it as the value of the box is just over $100! The cushion cover, tumbler and artwork basically cover the cost I paid, which is awesome. 🙂 A lot of international boxes cost a million bucks and don’t deliver, but LitJoy really came through!
Even if you disregard the items that I personally wasn’t fond of, that still leaves the book, magnets, bookmark and cushion cover, which makes me really happy as sometimes I console myself with the thought that at least the value of the box was there, despite me not enjoying all the contents, but it was totally worth it this time for the items I’m pleased with. 😀
(I’m not including the publisher bonus items in the total since LitJoy received those for free and I wasn’t keen on them anyway, but some subscribers would’ve found them useful, which adds even more value)
Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 kitties approve this box!
Disclaimer: I purchased this box. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.