The box came packaged well and everything was in great condition after shipping. The box included one of two reading journals from Penguin and Chronicle Books, a delectible smelling candle from Frostbeard Studios, a to-do notepad from Boy Girl Party and a stunning Little Prince magnet created by Sandra Vargas. The featured book was Da Vinci's Tiger by Laura Malone Elliot.
I loved the candle, it was this delicious coffee, cafe smell. So good! Frostbeard is located in Minnesota and I always love to get products from my home state!
How amazingly cute is this notepad? I love it so much and I am definitely a list maker, so I excited to make lists with such a sweet little notepad. Boygirlparty has so many cute things on their website and a coupon was included in the box!
How amazing is this magnet? I want it in a large print. And series, the rest of Sandra Vargas' work is so cool! Plus, the logo on her card is a fox, so of course I am in love!
This was probably the only thing in my box I was a little iffy about. It is a cool concept but I am not sure if I would use it. I do like paper and all, but Goodreads is so nice to keep that all organized. I might re-gift this one.
And finally, the main reason to get a Owlcrate, the featured book! I have had Da Vinci's Tiger on my TBR for a long time and I am so excited to read it!
Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ 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 philosophers—a 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 them—one 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.
Overall, I am very happy with Owlcrate. I believe the value is pretty decent, but I do feel like it is some of the things I would not buy on my own or don't necessarily need. I am going to get the January box as a birthday gift to myself, but it will be hard to continue getting monthly boxes at almost $40 a box. They are trying a Paypal, one box at a time, situation right now, and I think I would only occasionally get a box or give one as a gift. It is a fun surprise, but when a hardcover is only half the cost of the box, I just feel like I can't justify it all year around.