If you’ve read the Owlcrate reviews for October and November, it didn’t escape your attention that I was absolutely enamored by the subscription boxes. So I’ve put a six month subscription on my Christmas wish list. Since my husband and parents are awesome like that, they got it for me and the December box came just in time for me to open on Christmas.
And just as I expected, it blew my mind.
So let’s take a look at what the December box had in store for us.
The theme for December was ‘Get Inspired’. And this is what the inside looked like.
The stuff inside this box made me really giddy and I might have slightly geeked out, much to the amusement of my family.
I love candles. I love them a lot. So this awesome book inspired, scented candle by Frostbeard made me squeal in excitement. If you’ve ever bought scented candles before, you know finding a good one is a hit and miss. Often, they will smell like a whole chemical lab. Not so this Frostbeard candle. The scent is a mix between coffee and chocolate. It’s subtle and smells natural. I’ve lit the candle while reading today and really loved the delicious smell.
Next thing I’ve pulled out and that was immediately stolen by my husband, was this little, cute to do list notepad┬áfrom Boy Girl Party.
It’s quite neat and handy. And even though it was stolen, I will now use it as a weapon against him and make to do lists for him using the pages from this notepad. Revenge is sweet!
┬áIf anyone tried to steal the next item, they would be in a world of trouble. Because this is totally awesome and makes my book nerd heart pitter patter. It’s a reading journal from Clarkson Potter. It’s the old-school version of Goodreads and gives the option to write down the title, author, start and ed date, rating and thoughts about the books you’re currently reading. There is also room to note down books you want to read. I think this is such a brilliant idea and I could see myself gifting this to other book nerds.
Then, there was an adorable ‘The Little Prince’ inspired fridge magnet. The beautiful picture created by Sandra Vargas totally won me over and now I actually put ‘The Little Prince’ on my TBR list. (Yes, I know…shame on me for not reading it sooner.)
But let’s not forget the main item of the box: The book.
This month’s book is “Da Vinci’s Tiger” by L.M. Elliott. Published in November, the book came with an exclusive magnet set, that will allow me to leave messages on the fridge. I’m excited to start this book. So far, every book I got from the Owlcrate box was a winner, so I’m sure this one will be as well.
Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra deÔÇÖ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.
When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophersÔÇöa world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between themÔÇöone Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.
I’m looking forward to the next five months of Owlcrate boxes. It will be like a little Christmas every month – which, let’s be honest, is the coolest thing.
Now excuse me while I take a trip to times past and spend some time with Da Vinci.
~Review by Paula