Illumicrate Box #2: Look at all the bookish goodies!

At the end of last year, wonderful book blogger Daphne launched the first UK-based YA subscription box, Illumicrate, and we’re so beyond in love with it. The packaging, the books, the exclusive author content and the A+ book swag. As we love it so much, we decided to show all of the glorious bits and pieces that arrived in the February box! If you’re yet to receive yours and want to remain unspoiled, don’t look below the cut!


There is honestly nothing more cheery than a shiny, yellow bookish package arriving on a grey Monday morning, but then we opened it up and found even more joy!

Full swag

‘Truthwitch’ by Susan Dennard, with a signed bookplate!


The first in a brand new series from Sarah J Maas’s BFF, ‘Truthwitch’ is about two best friends, Safiya and Iseult, who have to flee from their home, hide their rare powers as a Truthwitch and a Threadsister and embark on a magical adventure. (We accidentally stuck our bookplate in wonky, but hey ho!)

Bookcase Pouch (Elena Illustration)

Pencil Case

This gorgeous handpainted pouch is perfect as a pencil case or as an on-the-go make-up bag. We’ve opted for a pencil case and it’s already stuffed with our favourite pens and the gorgeous pencils included in this months box.

Loveboat Bookmark Set (BeedooTO)


These adorable bookmarks are, well, adorable! Every reader knows the pain and torture of having a ship, but sticking this in your book will definitely make you smile when you think your OTP might be sinking… We want the whole collection now.

A Darker Scent of Magic Candle (Simple Candle Co)

Red London

As the release date for the sequel to ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’, ‘A Gathering of Shadows’, fast approaches, we’re all getting a bit excited. Enter handmade, soy wax candles especially designed for each of VE Schwab’s London’s (Red, White, Black and Grey) is just beyond cool. We got Red London and it smells AMAZING.

Bookish Quote Pencils (Pobble and Ping)


We’re really good at misplacing pens and pencils so new ones are always welcome, especially when they have bookish quotes on them and are SHINY! They read:

‘A good book has no ending’

‘I’d rather be reading’

‘Read. Write. Repeat.’

Threadsisters Bookmark (Daydreaming Designs)


This gorgeous ‘Truthwitch’ bookmark, made especially for Illumicrate by Faye from Daydreaming Designs tells you what the novel is really about: fierce female friendship.

Plus! ‘The Dark Days Club’ and ‘The It Girl’ bookmarks, ‘The Dark Days Club’ badges, a recipe for lemonade from ‘My Life Next Door’ and an exclusive message from Susan Dennard.

Don’t worry if you missed out on the February box as Illumicrate ships every three months (February, May, August and November) and is priced at £29.99 in the UK, including shipping, though extra shipping costs will be included for international customers. It is so worth it – we’re already anticipating our May box!

Did you get an Illumicrate box this month? Share the love and gorgeous pictures with us at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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