It is September 25th, and that means it is finally the day we’ve all been waiting for! Vengeful Day!
I’m not here to talk about the book, though (I’m about half-way through it, though). I’m here to talk about the Magic & Mayhem box from Illumicrate.
Illumicrate is a quarterly book box subscription service based in the U.K. With shipping, this box came out to about $97.
Before I get into the individual items in the box, I do want to just go ahead and say that I haven’t edited any of these photos. Partly because I’m feeling lazy today and partly because my laptop is deciding to be extra laggy.
But without further ado, let’s get into this.
This is the box that everything came in. It did come a bit beat up, but considering it did come from overseas, that’s to be expected. I also just want to say that shipping for this was super fast. It was here in three days after being sent out. DHL is a blessing.
First and foremost, we have the book! This is a signed Illumicrate exclusive. The biggest difference being that the background is red instead of white like the U.K. edition. I’ll be honest, when I saw this, I was slightly disappointed just for the fact that I already have a U.S. edition of Vengeful, which is also red. However, this book looks really good next to my U.K. copy of Vicious. So, putting my snobbery aside, this is a really awesome edition of the book!
And of course, the book also comes with a letter from V.E. Schwab.
The next thing we’re going to talk about is this As Travars keyring from Fable & Black. They actually have a few items featured in this box, which I’ll get to soon!
I honestly love the aesthetic of the Shades of Magic series, so I’m super happy that I can rep the series wherever I go! I put my keys on this as soon as I was done taking photos (and only broke one nail in the process!)
The next thing from Fable & Black is this Villains-inspired enamel pin. The quote on it says “We are all immortal until proven otherwise” which I love.
If you guys didn’t know, I am a bit of an enamel pin junkie. I love them! This will be such a nice edition to my backpack!
Excuse the mismatched clothes on my dress form–I’m working on a project!
But the last Fable & Black is this super cute, ultra amazing Londons scarf!
I kid you not when I say that I squealed when I saw this. And it’s such amazing quality! Super soft and not itchy at all! I can’t wait to
try coordinating it into my outfits!
Next is this super cool book sleeve designed by Illumicrate. It’s double-sided with two quotes from the Villains series. I am such a sucker for the black-out design, so I love this.
I haven’t tried putting any books besides Vengeful in it, which it was designed to fit. The U.K. copy of the book, while thick, is pretty short and narrow. I don’t think you’ll be fitting many U.S. hardbacks in here.
Next up is this Delilah Bard pouch designed by Stella Bookish Art. I absolutely love pouches. They are super great for organizing! Of course, they can also be used as pencil cases or make-up pouches. Currently, I just have the prints that came with the box inside of it.
This candle is from Amelia’s Kitchen Candles. It smells like bergamot, cinnamon, and vanilla, which gives it a really cozy, homey feel which I like.
My feelings on this candle are pretty conflicting. I love the layering on it. And as I said previously, I love the aesthetic of the four Londons. I just wish the name of the candle was a bit more inspired than A Darker Shade of London. It feels like a cop-out.
This is my first time receiving a mug in a book box and I couldn’t be happier! This is so darn cute!
This mug was designed by Temporary Places and was printed on an enamel mug. I think it’s 10oz, but I could be wrong.
This amazing travel bottle was lettered by Crini and when I opened the box it came in, I squealed (yes, there was a lot of squealing during this upboxing).
Unlike mugs, which I really only use for displaying, I feel like I can use this. I table a lot of events and go to many conventions and this is probably perfect to take with me. It is very sturdy and I don’t feel like I’ll have to worry about it busting while in my travel bag.
This is the last of the non-paper items–a canvas tote bag illustrated by Rowa Tree! It features Eli and Victor on one side with Kell and Lila on the other.
I’ve already taken this bag out for a run and I feel like it can hold quite a few things. It’s sturdy and large. It’s also the only thing in this box that has Victor and Eli on it, so that’s a big plus!
Now on to the paper items!
First up are these bookmarks from Merwild. Can I just say that these
And probably some of the nicest bookmarks I’ve received quality-wise. Like, I don’t know if Hercules could bend these.
Honestly, I’ve never seen Rhy look so good. And I’ve been using him as a bookmark since I got him.
The others look great, too, of course. But like,
Next up we have these beautiful tarot cards illustrated by Monolime. They are probably one of my favorite artists right now, so I was super stoked to get these. My favorites in the set are probably the Danes, Holland, and Lila.
This print is illustrated by Victoria Ying and features Lila and Kell during the Essen Tasch. I think the art style is cute and I love the artwork featured on her website, but I personally don’t feel like this art style lends to the series. Like, I’d like the piece if it wasn’t Lila and Kell, if that makes sense? It just doesn’t feel like them to me.
These postcards from Moledro Craft Co and are so nice. Honestly, if you’ve never checked out this shop, I encourage you to do so! I absolutely love their work!
And that is everything in the Magic & Mayhem box! I loved pretty much everything that was included in here. My only complaint was that I wish there had been more Villains merch. It was what I had initially bought the box for and was a bit disappointed when only three items even included anything from the series.
What was your favorite item in this box? Comment down below and let me know!