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20 January 2020

Unboxing Illumicrate - Secrets & Schemes December 2019

One of the longest running UK YA book boxes Illumicrate is ran by the loveliest team. They offer amazing customer services and any small problems I've had have been dealt with quickly and professionally. It's £26.00 per month, and they do a Book Only option for £17.00 so you can get the exclusive editions without the items.

I have been getting this box for years (since it was quarterly!) and I love the variety of creative items you get.

Secrets & Schemes, December 2019

Unboxing Illumicrate - Secrets & Schemes December 2019

In The Box

Ploy & Play Mug from RosieThorns88
Star Wars Pin Set from Fable & Black
Four Paths Candle from Amelia Kitchen Candles
Caraval Patch from Fable & Black
2020 Calendar by Merwild and ChattyNora
Kaz Brekker Collectable Coin Magnet from Monolime
Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

My Thoughts

My favourite thing was the  Ploy & Play Mug from RosieThorns88. I utterly adore this artist and I love the collection of mugs I've built up from my Illumicrate boxes. They're high quality and stunning. I'm not a huge fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses and I have a complicated relationship with Sarah J Mass, but I love this mug and have already used it plenty of times. It's a great large size and perfect for a hot chocolate.

I'm about half way through Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao at the moment and I am loving it. It's fast paced and addictive reading, and I love the story. The book itself is gorgeous too, the sprayed edges like blood dripping down is very me.

I love the smell of Four Paths Candle from Amelia Kitchen Candles. It's a really nice scent and it makes me think of autumn. The candle itself is pretty too, in a glass jar.

Unboxing Illumicrate - Secrets & Schemes December 2019

I'm not sure about the Caraval Patch from Fable & Black. I've never once used patches I've received in boxes. It's very very pretty, don't get me wrong, but it's just not useful to me.

I think the thing that I was most excited for was the 2020 Calendar. I have had a calendar before from Illumicrate, in the Grishaverse King Of Scars Collectors box. This one is a little different as it's 2020 only, but the artwork is amazing. Both artists have worked excellently together and I love every design, they're honestly stunning. The calendar went straight on my wall and I'm excited to see the different designs at the beginning of each month.

I like Star Wars Pin Set from Fable & Black, even if it's not really my thing. The designs are pretty cute and although they'll likely not make my general rotation, I'll definitely keep them as back ups.

This Secrets & Schemes box was excellent, and even if I won't use everything myself I was definitely not disappointed.

Do you get any subscription boxes?


  1. Sounds like an amazing box! And I haven't signed up for a box, but I want to.

    Shirley |

  2. This looks like an excellent box!


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