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Illumicrate September 2022 unboxing – Book Devours

This unboxing contains spoilers!

Theme of the box

Description by Illumicrate

Our September theme is: BOOK DEVOURERS!

We’re all book lovers here, and we all know that feeling of absolutely devouring a book we’re obsessed with. But what if we meant this…. literally?

Our chosen book this month is an adult fantasy horror standalone by a debut author. A secret society, hidden within the human world, where the members feast on books as food and where daughters are seen as commodities to be traded around and bred. After growing up secluded in one of the six society families and married off twice, a mother is on the run trying to hide her son’s terrible secret. Instead of eating books he feeds on minds, a rare genetic variance that horrifies and scares their community. The entire Illumicrate team was completely enthralled by this imaginative read, and we knew straight away this was the book we wanted to showcase for September.

Our Illumicrate edition comes with all exclusive: cover, endpapers, digitally printed edges, plus full colour printing on the hardback designed by @rosiethorns88! The book is also signed by the author!

We’re bringing you a fandom neutral box this month, containing 2 items that are very much fan favourites, and 2 new items we’ve not done before! All are perfect for the book devourer you are.

The book at a glance:

  • Adult fantasy horror standalone
  • Exclusive: cover, endpapers, digitally printed edges and full colour printing on the hardback by @rosiethorns88 and signed by author
  • Lesbian protagonist, asexual side character, British Asian side character

Content warnings (supplied by the author):

Body horror
Gore
Explicit violence
Domestic abuse, including marital rape
Violence against children
Imprisonment
Murder

Item 1

GREAT LIBRARIES BOOK POT

DESIGNED BY: CHATTY NORA

Our next book pot is an ode to all of our favourite libraries!

This book pot is stunning! I really love the colour that they went for.

Item 2

BOOKS ARE MY WEAKNESS BOOK ORGANISER

DESIGNED BY: FEZ INKWRIGHT

What better way to show your love for books than by displaying and storing them in this stunning book organiser?

Beautiful organiser but sadly I won’t use it. I already have a few from other boxes.

Item 3

EAT YOUR WORDS SNACK PLATES

DESIGNED BY: ADRIANNE BRESIJN

Snack to your heart’s content while reading our book of the month with these light vs dark snack plates; which side do you fall on?

Woah these plates are gorgeous! I might feature these on my Instagram soon!

Item 4

CHOOSE YOUR (BOOKISH) DESTINY READING PROMPT CARD SET

DESIGNED BY: FRANZISKA STERN

Can’t decide what to read next? Your problem is solved with these TBR prompt cards!

Oooh I’m definitely going to use these cards if I have trouble with picking my next read!

Book

THE BOOK EATERS BY SUNYI DEAN

Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book’s content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious. Eating a map can help them remember destinations. and children, when they misbehave, are forced to eat dry, musty pages from dictionaries. Devon is part of The Family, an old and reclusive clan of book eaters. Her brothers grow up feasting on stories of valour and adventure, and Devon-like all other book eater women-is raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories. But real life doesn’t always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hunger-not for books, but for human minds.

Enjoy your Illumicrate edition with all exclusive: full-colour printing on the hardback by @rosiethorns88, cover, endpapers, digitally printed edges, and signed by the author

Another gorgeous book by illumicrate! I LOVE the aesthetic and I’m very curious to the book itself!

Conclusion

I’m really happy with this box! It has a gorgeous book pot, beautiful plates and useful tbr cards! My least favourite item is the book organiser, simply because I own a few already. Aesthetic wise it’s beautiful as well. And then we have the book! Love the cover and the edges. The naked hardback looks awesome too! It suits my aesthetic I think. Keep it up illumicrate!

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