Illumicrate, Unboxings

Illumicrate June 2022 unboxing – Fight for your future

This unboxing contains spoilers!

Theme of the box

Description by Illumicrate

Our June theme is FIGHT FOR YOUR FUTURE! No matter the type of fight, the characters in our chosen book and fandoms are there, ready and waiting!

Our chosen book this month is a YA urban fantasy. A hidden city, where magic once thrived and is now almost non-existent, crumbles day by day. Four young people with inextricably linked fates have been chosen to fulfil four roles: the hero, the maiden, the monster, the witch. Should things play out correctly, magic will be restored to the city. We loved the inventive worldbuilding and the cast of characters you can’t help but root for!

Our edition features an exclusive cover, digitally printed edges designed by @rosdottir and a digital signature.

Our featured fandoms this month are the Green Bone Saga, A Closed and Common Orbit, Girls of Paper and Fire, and an officially licensed The Dark Artifices item! This is a @rosiethorns88 mug month!

The book at a glance:

  • YA fantasy, first in a duology
  • White genderfluid main character, biracial trans woman main character, white butch lesbian main character, biracial queer/questioning cis man main character
  • All exclusive: cover, digitally printed edges designed by @rosdottir and a digital signature.

Content warnings:

  • misgendering of trans characters
  • racial profiling
  • body horror
  • character death
  • mental illness with psychosis
  • body shaming
  • police violence
  • child abuse (offscreen)

Item 1

HIDDEN PROMISES MUG

ARTWORK BY: ROSIETHORNS88

Our latest papercraft mug is inspired by Girls of Paper and Fire.

I was really happy when they announced this fandom for the mug. It’s one of my favourite series. I love how it turned out!

Item 2

LA INSTITUTE LIBRARY BOOK JACKET

ARTWORK BY: PAUHAMI

Stunningly depicted by pauhami, this officially licensed book jacket is inspired by The Dark Artifices.

Love the artwork! And now my hardcover is protected while I’m reading.

Item 3

JANLOON BOOKENDS

DESIGNED BY: STACEY MCEVOY-CAUNT

Inspired by Jade City these eye-catching bookends are a great addition to any bookshelf.

Oooh these are super gorgeous! I wasn’t familiar with the fandom but I really love the design.

Item 4

PLANET IS BEAUTIFUL PASSPORT COVER

DESIGNED BY: ALLIE OLDFIELD

Looking to travel off-planet or have an earthbound getaway? You’ll be needing this passport cover inspired by A Closed And Common Orbit

A gorgeous passport cover. I love the design! Especially the stars.

Book

WE ALL FALL DOWN BY ROSE SZABO

In River City, where magic used to thrive and is now fading, the witches who once ruled the city along with their powerful King have become all but obsolete. The city’s crumbling government is now controlled primarily by the new university and teaching hospital, which has grown to take over half of the city. Moving between the decaying Old City and the ruthless New, four young queer people struggle with the daily hazards of life-work, school, dodging ruthless cops and unscrupulous scientists-not realizing that they have been selected to play in an age-old drama that revives the flow of magic through their world, When a mysterious death rocks their fragile peace, the four are brought into each other’s orbits as they uncover a deeper magical conspiracy.

Enjoy your Illumicrate edition with foil on the cover. digitally sprayed edges by @rosdottir and a digital signature.

This book wasn’t on my radar at all. Trust illumicrate to pick lesser known books over popular books. It’s a good way to find gems. It wouldn’t be a cover buy for me because I’m not a fan of people on the cover but I love the foil. The sprayed edges are stunning and go nicely with the cover.

Conclusion

This box is full with gorgeous items that are useful. Will I use them daily? No. But I’ll definitely end up using these items. My favourite item was the mug but mostly because I was familiar with the fandom and it’s very gorgeous. The book wasn’t on my radar at all but the synopsis makes me curious. I’m not a fan of people on the cover but I do love the matching sprayed edges.

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