October Owlcrate Subscription Box – Review #owlcrate #booksubscription #ouap @owlcrate @MindyMcGinnis

Posted October 31, 2015 by Paula in 2015, Paula, Peer Advice, Product Review, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The subscription box hype hasn’t gone unnoticed in the book world. There are many different subscription boxes available. One of them is the Owlcrate Box.

I’ve decided to try it out as I really loved the idea of not just getting a book but book related items. So I ordered the October Owlcrate Box. Since it was shipping to Europe, the cost was a bit higher than for US shipments, but compared to other subscription boxes it was definitely a fair price.

Today, I finally received the box and it felt a little bit like Christmas. I was really excited to open it up and documented it for all of you with the help of my husband. The occasional finger or arm you might spot in the picture would be him. 😉

Take a look at this cool box. The exterior alone is worth five stars. I’m totally in love with it.


Then I’ve opened it up and the giddiness prevailed.


Let’s see what we had in there. And there is quite a lot.

First thing I’ve pulled out, was a scent pack. I’ve had to read the instructions first, but basically you can get a variety of scents. This one happens to be a vampire lair scent and let me tell you, I’m not so keen anymore to visit a vampire lair. It’s exactly as you would imagine it would smell. The idea itself is really great, though I don’t think I’ll be using it much while reading vampire novels.

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Next thing I’ve pulled out were those awesome magnetic bookmarks. Not only are they cute, but they work really well. I’ve tried them out right away and liked them a lot. It’s something different.


Then there is this absolutely awesome pouch adorned with Edgar Allen Poe’s face. It’s perfect for make-up, cosmetics, toys, pens..whatever your heart desires. It feels quite sturdy and like a good quality bag. This one will definitely get a lot of use.


Those cool sugar skull erasers won’t get as much use, but that’s only because my husband stole them from me for his own shelf because he liked them so much. I don’t think I would have used them anyways, so that I wouldn’t ruin their cool look.


And now the main item of the box: the book.
This month’s book is “A Madness So Discreet” by Mindy McGinnis. It’s an October release, so there wasn’t much danger of getting a book I already had. Together with the book has come a poster and a note from the author, which I think is such a sweet and nice idea.


The book sounds really amazing. Something I feel is going to be right up my alley. I can’t wait to start it, especially since it fits this time of year perfectly.

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evilÔÇöand the madness that exists in all of us.


I’m really happy with the box and its contents. It definitely didn’t disappoint and is worth the money in my opinion. What I really like is that you can find out what the next Owlcrate theme will be, and you’re able to skip a order if you decide it’s not something that interests you. That way you’re not stuck with things that don’t really grab your fancy, although after this first box, I have my doubts this will ever actually happen.


I’m one happy girl today and glad that my money has been well-spent.

And because Owlcrate is absolutely cute, this is how the box looks on the inside when it’s empty.

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~Review by Paula


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