Hello Lovelies! I’m back with another Illumicrate unboxing today! This box was a bit late but it’s here now and I could not be more excited!
The book this month is absolutely STUNNING!!! First off, I could not be more in love with the book pick itself. A dark, polyamorous romance you say??? HELL TO THE YES!!! Add on the stenciled edges, exclusive endpapers, and one of the prettiest art prints I have ever seen and this has GOT to be one of my most favorite books I’ve ever gotten! I can’t wait to dive into this read!
As far as the items go this month, I think Illumicrate did well for the most part. A majority of their budget had to have gone to the book pot, so with that in mind, the other items were better quality than I would have thought.
While gorgeous, the book pot isn’t my favorite they’ve ever done. I love the Egyptian mythology theme, but their Forgotten Fables and Folklore book pot is still my favorite.
My favorite item BY FAR is the Nevernight book organizer! I am not ashamed to say that I’ve already put it to good use, housing some of my books! My least favorite item has to be the key ring. It’s not awful, but it’s not my fandom and you run out of enthusiasm for them after a while!
Next Month’s Box (May):
I’m excited for next month’s (this month’s lol?) box. I love me some stenciled edges so I’m looking forward to those. I am also looking forward to the Addie LaRue and City of Brass items!
Overall, I did enjoy this month’s box. The Nevernight item made the box pretty much worth it items wise, but what really sold me was the book! It’s probably my favorite pick from Illumicrate so far this year, not gonna lie!
A ruthless young assassin’s journey for revenge comes to a stunning end in the conclusion of this acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy.
The Republic of Itreya is in chaos. Mia Corvere has assassinated Cardinal Duomo and rumors of Consul Scaeva’s death ripple through the street of Godsgrave like wildfire. But buried beneath those same streets, deep in the ancient city’s bones, lies a secret that will change the Republic forever.
Mia and her brother Jonnen must journey through the depths of the ancient metropolis. Their quest will take them through the Godsgrave underdark, across the Sea of Swords, back to the library of the Quiet Mountain and the poisoned blades of Mia’s old mentors, and at last the fabled Crown of the Moon. There, Mia will at last discover the origins of the darkin, and learn the destiny that lies in store for her and her world. But with the three suns now in descent, and Truedark on the horizon, will she survive?
Fear was poison. Fear was a prison. Fear was the bridesmaid of regret, the butcher of ambition, the bleak forever between forward and backward.
Fear was Can’t. Fear was Won’t. But fear wasn’t ever a choice.
To never fear was to never hope. Never love. Never live. To never fear was to never smile as the dawn kissed your face. To never fear solitude was to never know the joy of a beauty in your arms.
Part of having is the fear of losing. Part of creating is the fear of its breaking. Part of beginning is the fear of your ending. Fear is never a choice. Never a choice.
But letting it rule you is.”
Okay… To be completely honest with you, I have no idea how to write this review. My thoughts and feelings are just too complicated and all over the place to put into words. And, to be honest, you can probably find a much more conclusive review out there that will be able to articulate their feelings better that mine. All I can really say that might get my point across is that this series means a lot to me, for many reasons.
One of which is that my mother passed away while I was reading it… And the ironic part about that is that my mother was the one that warned me away from this series. I let her read the Caveat Emptor and, I kid you not, she looked up at me and said, “Why the hell are you reading this?”. You see anyone that knows me knows, that I am soft-hearted, a hopeless romantic, and I hate when a book ends in anything less than happy. So, my mother thought she was protecting me when she tried to warn me away from it. Little did I know, me pushing past her warning would save a part of me when my mother had a heart attack 6 days later.
After what happened to my mom, I understood Mia’s character on a level that many people just can’t understand. I understood her fury, her need for vengeance, and her hate. I knew firsthand what it was like to lose a parent and to want to hurt anything or anyone that took them away from you. To want to scream at the world that it’s not fair. Not right. But, through Mia, I also learned acceptance of the fact that it’s never “fair”. That no matter what world you live in or what god(s) you have, life just isn’t fair. It takes from anything and anyone. But you’ve got to live through it anyways. Because what else can you do? You either let the unfairness carry you away in a sea of despair, or you say, “F that” and you fight. You fight every day to live and try to be happy. Because no one else is going to do it for you.
So, to some up those long paragraphs, Mia Corvere and her story mean a lot to me. Not only because of who she is, but the experiences that we have had that tie us together. I will always love Mia and she will forever hold a place in my heart that no other character can. So, the purpose of this review is that I want to thank Jay Kristoff, from the bottom of my heart, for giving me a chance to know her. It’s been a wild ride, and I don’t regret a minute of it.
I can’t wait to see where Jay will take me next.