Litjoy Crate – April YA book box review: ‘Deception & Darlings’

LitJoy Crate is a book subscription box service that offers a quarterly Middle Grade box aimed at ages 8-13 and a monthly Young Adult box for ages 14 and older. This is a review for the April YA box, which includes one new release book and 2-3 themed bookish goodies.


LitJoy Crate

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




A product booklet is included that outlines the items, their source and how it relates to the book of the month.


Bee Brave Enamel Pin: as it’s an exclusive, there’s no official price, but looking on Etsy, similar items range from $12.96 AUD to $13.89 AUD to $16.49 AUD.


Colored Pencils ($9.47 AUD to $15.99 AUD to $19.88 AUD): I don’t have anything to say. They’re coloring pencils, nothing special, they’re widely available and not something I subscribe to a box for.

A friend who runs a cafe is buying items to entertain kids, so I’ve regifted this to him, at least it served some purpose.


Double-sided Coloring Page: filler item.


A Midsummer Night #nofilter (currently $12.32 AUD$15.98 AUD).


Blurb from Goodreads:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
Imagine: What if the fairies and star-crossed lovers of the forest had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
Four lovers who can’t decide who they have a crush on.
One mischievous fairy with a love potion.
Total chaos in the fairy world, the human world, and everywhere in between!

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. 😉

tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.


Marie Antoinette Apron (??): this doesn’t seem like a high-quality item to me, there were 3 small holes in mine that were visible the moment I opened the apron up. Very disappointing. I don’t cook, so I was never going to use this, but I was thinking of gifting it to a friend or including it in a giveaway, and I’d be embarrassed to do that with this.


However, the artwork is cute, kudos to Sarah Conradsen whose work is lovely – I just wish that it had been printed on a better item.


Signed bookplate and bonus bookmark from the publisher.


Letter from the author.6a

Design on the reverse of the letter.6c

Suitors And Sabotage by Cindy Anstey ($17.79 AUD – normally $25 AUD).

Blurb from Goodreads:

Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.

Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended.

But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .


Quality of Curation: I normally can’t fault Litjoy on their curation since they explain how each item relates to the them or the book, but they haven’t really justified the choice of the second book. Is it because Suitors and Sabotage is set in regency England which is sorta reminiscent of Shakespeare? A bit of a stretch there. So even their normally on-point curation is slipping with this box.

Worth It? Not one bit. This post hyping up the box is what persuaded me to buy it because of the allure of ‘FOUR large items’, and I feel like that was massively deceptive advertising. A small pin is certainly not a large item and I can buy coloring pencils from any supermarket, so that doesn’t feel exclusive or special. The apron which was a genuine large item was lacking in quality, so all in all, very disappointing.


I’ve gone back to look at their other posts and I suppose you can read between the lines of this one and realize they’re including a pin and coloring pencils as two of the items:

We can also tell you that you can expect 1) a collectible LitJoy-designer enamel pin (absolutely stunning!), 2) a second book to go with the main title, 3) artwork on TWO items from @sarahconradsen, 4) a signed book plate and LitJoy-exclusive author letter, 5) FOUR large items total (not counting the book) and additional smaller items, and 6) extras from the publishers!!!

But I still think that’s super misleading – it suggests that the pin and coloring pencils are additional to the four large items (since nobody would think a pin is a large item), and they’re hyping artwork on two items, but one of those turned out to be the product booklet which isn’t an item, that’s just an item manifest, come on, I’m not going to display that as artwork.

No offense to anyone who bought and loved this box, I appreciate that everyone has their own individual opinion, I’m not saying that this box was useless to every single subscriber, just to me personally, it was a waste of money and I regret subscribing.

Personal Rating: 1 out of 5 kitties approves this box.


Find Out More: You can find LitJoy on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Disclaimer: I purchased this box. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

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