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Illumicrate October 2022 unboxing – From Beyond Death

This unboxing contains spoilers!

Theme of the box

Description by Illumicrate

Our October theme is FROM BEYOND DEATH

Our featured book this month is a debut YA dark academia standalone! A Deaf student accepted into a prestigious and unusual university programme clashes with another student, who remembers her from the day he died but has been ordered to stay away from her. After an incident on campus, the two are forced to work together to uncover the secrets of the university. As they grow closer to each other and to uncovering the truth, they learn there’s something truly sinister lurking behind their ability to open doors to other realms, and maybe the cost of doing so is higher than anyone wants to pay.

We’re obsessed with the academic rivals to lovers in a forbidden romance dynamic, the incredibly atmospheric and creepy vibes of the story, and the inventive magic system.

Our Illumicrate edition features all exclusive: cover, reverse dust jacket art by @avendellart, endpapers by @rosdottir, stencilled sprayed edges, foil embossing on the hardback, and is signed by the author!

Items this month include an officially licensed Ninth House item, an officially licensed Strange the Dreamer item, an item inspired by In the Ravenous Dark and our final Greek Mythology-inspired teacup and saucer! We’ve included a big item never before featured in a monthly box!

The book at a glance:

  • YA Dark Academia standalone
  • Exclusive: cover, reverse dust jacket art by @avendellart, endpapers by @rosdottir, stencilled edges and signed by the author
  • M/F relationship between main characters, Deaf main character, bisexual side character

Content warnings (supplied by the author):

  • Body horror
  • Death or dying
  • Blood
  • Murder
  • Demonic activity

Item 1

Photo from @yoshiyoshitani ‘s Instagram

MOTHS AMONG DREAMERS BLANKET

DESIGNED BY: YOSHI YOSHITANI

Wrap up warm this winter season with this cosy blanket featuring multiple elements from the widely loved Strange the Dreamer.

Love the art on the blanket!

Item 2

UNDERWORLD TEACUP AND SAUCER

DESIGNED BY: NIALL GRANT

Our final Greek mythology inspired teacup features none other than the king and queen of the underworld. Hades and Persephone, whose love certainly transcends death itself.

Apparently this is the Greek mythology teacup. I totally missed that but honestly I don’t mind. I don’t really use these cups. I do love how they ended with hades and Persephone. Love the colours that were used.

Item 3

BLOOD AND DEATH CABLE TIES

DESIGNED BY: STACEY MCEVOY-CAUNT

Keep your cables tidied away with these handy cable ties inspired by In The Ravenous Dark!

Oooh love these! My cables are always a mess and the cable ties are my aesthetic. Go illumicrate!

Item 4

INTO THE BORDERLANDS PAPERCRAFT KIT

DESIGNED BY: ROSIETHORNS88

Inspired by one of our favourite scenes from Ninth House, get your creativity rolling with this exclusive papercraft kit.

There was supposed to be a paper craft in this box but due to issues it is delayed and wasn’t included.

Book

THE WHISPERING DARK BY KELLY ANDREW

Delaney Meyers-Petrov is tired of being seen as fragile just because she’s Deaf. So when she’s accepted into a prestigious program at Godbole University that trains students to slip between parallel worlds, she’s excited for the chance to prove herself. But her semester gets off to a rocky start as she faces professors who won’t accommodate her disability, and a pretentious upperclassman fascinated by Delaney’s unusual talents. Colton Price died when he was nine years old. Quite impossibly, he woke several weeks later at the feet of a green-eyed little girl. Now, twelve years later, Delaney Meyers-Petrov has stumbled back into his orbit, but Colton’s been ordered to keep far away from her… and the voices she hears calling to her from the shadows. After a Godbole student turns up dead, Delaney and Colton are forced to form a tenuous alliance. plummeting down a rabbit hole of deeply buried university secrets. But Delaney and Colton discover the cost of opening the doors between worlds when they find themselves up against something old and nameless, an enemy they need to destroy before it tears them and their forbidden partnership-apart.

Enjoy your Illumicrate edition with all exclusive: cover, reverse dust jacket art by @avendellart, endpapers by @rosdottir. stencilled sprayed edges, foil embossing on the hardback. and signed by the author!

I love the art on the reverse dust jacket! It’s so pretty and totally makes me want to pick up the book. The edges are gorgeous too. I’m really happy with the book!

Conclusion

This was a good box. I won’t use all items but that’s okay. The art on the blanket was beautiful, so is the teacup. We’re missing the paper craft kit due to delays. My favourite item are the cable ties! I’ll definitely use those in the future. The book of this month sounds interesting and I really love the art on the reverse dust jacket! I’m curious to the November box.

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