Illumicrate, Unboxings

Illumicrate May 2022 unboxing – In The Dark

This unboxing contains spoilers!

Theme of the box

Description by Illumicrate

Our May theme is: IN THE DARK! Whether that’s vital details our main character is conveniently unaware of, or things that go bump in the night, this theme is for all things left in the dark.

Our featured book for May is The Book of Night by Holly Black! We are huge fans of Holly’s work, and thrilled to be featuring her first adult book. We loved Holly’s incredible writing, the central mystery of the book, and the main character is definitely one we were rooting for! We absolutely inhaled this release, and are so excited to be sharing it with you.

Our edition features an exclusive cover, exclusive endpapers and foil embossing on the hardback both done by @Rosdottir, sprayed edges, and exclusive bonus content!

Our featured fandoms this month are Nevernight, Monstress, and Daughter of the Moon Goddess! This box also contains the next in our greek mythology teacup collection. We’re all obsessed with the contents & aesthetics of this box, and we can’t wait for you to see it!

The book at a glance:
📚 Adult urban fantasy, first in a series
💫 F/M relationship between MC and secondary character
✨ All exclusive: cover, endpapers and embossing on the hardback by @Rosdottir, sprayed edges and exclusive bonus content

Item 1 & 2

GRAVEBONE DAGGER REPLICA

DESIGNED BY: STACEY MCEVOY-CAUNT

Be as badass as Mia Corvere with this Nevernight replica dagger.

MONSTRESS METAL BOOKMARK

DESIGNED BY: DANIELLE

This beautifully intricate bookmark is inspired by Monstress

The dagger replica is surprisingly HEAVY! I’m not sure if all replicas are this heavy because it’s been forever since I held one in my hand. It is gorgeous though. I also really love the metal bookmark. I like the vibe of it.

Item 3

GODDESS OF NIGHT TEACUP AND SAUCER

ARTWORK BY: NIALL GRANT

Our third Greek mythology inspired teacup features Nyx. Nyx is the Goddess of Night and was the mother of sleep. darkness and death itself.

Oooh I really love this set. It’s super gorgeous and I love the colours that they used for this one.

Item 4

DARK THE NIGHT BLACKOUT JOURNAL

ARTWORK BY: BLANCA MONTIEL

Write down all your thoughts and dreams with this beautiful blackout journal inspired by Daughter of the Moon Goddess. We recommend using white, metallic silver or metallic gold gel pens!

Okay so this is very cool! It’s basically a bullet journal? I believe it’s called that. Anyway, the difference is that it has black pages which is a serial that I love. The front is super gorgeous and has a quote on it. “How dark the night which stretched before us yet ablaze with the light of the moon and stars it felt as bright as day.”

Book

BOOK OF NIGHT BY HOLLY BLACK

In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences-but also to increase power and influence. Your shadow holds all the parts of you that you want to keep hidden-a second self, standing just to your left, walking behind you into lit rooms. And sometimes, it has a life of its own. Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. When a terrible figure from her past returns. Charlie’s life is thrown into chaos. Determined to survive, Charlie throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires. shadow thieves, and her own sister — all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.

Enjoy your Illumicrate edition with all exclusive: cover, foil embossing on the hardback and exclusive endpaper artwork by @Rosdottir, sprayed edges, exclusive bonus content and a bound in author letter with digital signature

I really love this edition of the book! It might be one of the prettiest editions that I’ve seen. I like the contrast. All covers that I’ve seen of this book are dark so the white definitely makes illumicrate stand out. The sprayed edges go nicely with it. The artwork on the endpages is beautiful and we got a bound in author letter as surprise!

Conclusion

I definitely think that this might be the best box that illumicrate has done this year. I love all the items! They’re super pretty and most of them are very useful. I also REALLY love their edition of Book of Night. It’s gorgeous. I love the contrast that the white creates. It really makes the illumicrate edition stand out. The foil embossing gives it a magical feel and it was a lovely surprise that we got a bound in author letter! I missed out on the signed Waterstones edition so this made me really happy! I’m looking forward to my next box.

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