Shelflove Crate is a YA book subscription box that is “specially assembled with a newly released Fantasy or Sci-Fi YA book and 3 or more theme-based items”.
Cost: $29.99 USD
Shipping Costs: $7.99 for US, $14.99 for Canada and $22.99 worldwide
Payment Method: Credit Card
Mailed Out: from the 20th onward each month
I was going to do a combined November/December review once my second box arrived in January, but it looks like it wasn’t meant to be – I checked my tracking as it seemed quite delayed, and turns out the box arrived in Australia and then went BACK overseas! So I’ll just post about the box I have for now…
A contents card is included each month, outlining the items and where they were sourced from. This month’s is incorrect as it has a different Funko Pop than the one we received, which is a bummer as I would’ve LOVED the Eleven with Eggos.
Dumbledore’s Army Iron-On Patch ($3): patches and pins are the bane of my subscription box life, I just have no use for them!
Hunger Games-inspired Mockingjay Pin ($5.45 AUD): so of course I get a pin as well, lol. I just got rid of a Hunger Games pin in a giveaway last year and now I have another!
Note: the officially licensed pin is $19.99 AUD, but as this isn’t branded and the pin we received is also noticeably less detailed, I’ve used a similar-looking pin on Etsy for price comparison.
This was an exclusive item made just for Shelflove Crate!
It smells delicious and I love the deep red color! I’m a big fan of candles, so I’m delighted with this item. 🙂
Cosmetic Bag featuring Shatter Me Quote ($10-$12?): I haven’t read this series, but that’s a neat quote and I like the artwork on this bag.
Stranger Things – Eleven Season 2 Pop! Vinyl ($18.99 AUD): the Funko Pop box came damaged as it was mightily squashed to fit into Shelflove’s box.
Fortunately I don’t care about keeping my pops pristine in their box, so I’ve just got Eleven displayed on my shelf, but I know this would frustrate some collectors. Shelflove Crate did offer to replace the box if the original was mailed back to them, but I obviously wasn’t going to be doing that from overseas!
This is Eleven’s typical badass pose right before she destroys someone!
I have to say, I’m not hugely enthused about this pop. I love the show and love the character, but this design doesn’t do it for me – I just rewatched the second season and I don’t even remember Eleven wearing this outfit.
I know she knocked a guy out and stole his jacket, but this wasn’t what it looked like…I just did a google search and can’t find a match to this, so I’m a bit surprised that it’s not more faithful to the series (unless I’m a blind idiot and have missed it).
Also, with this hairstyle, she looks more generic – this pop could be Ripley from Aliens, it doesn’t really scream Eleven. Shame the pop with the Eggos wasn’t in the box after all…
Superhero Shelflove Crate Post Card: each month, a post card is included with artwork matching the theme.
And finally the massively hyped book of the month!
Renegades by Marissa Meyer ($22.69 AUD):
From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies–humans with extraordinary abilities–who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice–and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.
I was super excited for this! Great author, great cover, great blurb. ❤
Renegades-inspired Shelflove Crate Bookmark: last item as always is the bookmark with a quote from the month’s chosen book.
Quality of Curation: 8/10. The fandoms included were on point for a box about rebelling against authority: Harry Potter, Hunger Games and The Lunar Chronicles are prime examples (and the latter is also by the same author). As the rebels in question have superpowers, Eleven is a hot favorite at the moment, and from what I’ve learned on Goodreads, the protagonist of Shatter Me also has dangerous powers, so these are also great picks.
In terms of the items, I personally hate pins & patches, but the appeal is very subjective and others would enjoy these inclusions – they’re the lower value items anyway. The box does quite well with its larger items including a Funko Pop, candle and handy item that can be used in everyday life.
Worth It? This cost me $70.02 AUD and the value of the box is about $67-$69 AUD, so it came very close to matching what I paid. I just wish I had more enthusiasm for the items, but unfortunately, I’m pretty lukewarm on most of this box – love the book and candle, but the big ticket item which was the Funko Pop wasn’t really my fave, and the other items didn’t appeal to me (I’m not going to be making much use of the bag, for example).
Personal Rating: 3 out of 5 kitties recommend this box.
Disclaimer: I purchased this box, and this review is based on my personal opinion. No compensation was received