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February 2021: The City is Ours

Our February theme is THE CITY IS OURS! This month we’re inspired by stories that take place in cities we love or dream to visit, either real or imaginary!

Our featured book is a YA urban fantasy debut with an ensemble cast of teenagers from a magical underworld working together to stop a killer. For every murder that takes place in the human world, the fae realm is at greater risk of being discovered. Can they figure out the truth in time? This book absolutely perfect for you if you’re a fan of The Cruel Prince & Shadowhunters! We love this cast of characters, the interesting world & mythology the author created and of course, the snarky banter! Our Illumicrate edition comes with exclusive sprayed edges and is signed by the author! Plus, both our full box and book only options come with a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

Our chosen fandoms this month are Crescent City, The Falconer, Cemetery Boys, The City We Became and Gilded Wolves! We love this mix of items: some that are perfect for when you’re out and about, and some that are gorgeous & useable! We can’t wait to bring you some reveals!


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January 2021: Rebellious Royals

Who’s ready for our first theme of 2021?! It is: REBELLIOUS ROYALS! Our January theme is dedicated to those royals who don’t like to follow established conventions or play by the rules.

Our chosen book for January is a debut space opera. With an intergalactic treaty at risk following the death of an imperial prince, his widower is rushed into an arranged marriage with a disreputable prince to try and save negotiations. But was the prince’s death truly an accident? And are the new couple now developing feelings for each other? Part murder mystery, part political intrigue, our favourite element of this novel was the swoon-worthy central romance that is one of the sweetest we have ever read! Our edition comes with exclusive sprayed edges, is signed by the author, and both our full box and book only options come with a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

Our featured fandoms this month are ACOTAR, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, You Should See Me in a Crown, Mirage, AND we’ll be including an officially licensed Cruel Prince item! We adore this mix of items, they have a distinct cosy winter vibe and are all perfect for dark evenings spent snuggled up at home. Reveals to come!

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December 2020: A Legacy to Protect

Our December theme is A LEGACY TO PROTECT! It’s the end of the year, and it’s been a rough one, so we thought we’d give you all a little treat and bring you a TWO BOOK MONTH!

That’s right, both box and book only subscribers will be getting two books this month. You deserve it. 

Our main book is a YA hardback about a  sorority house of witches, the girls who are members, and the secrets they hold and discover. Our Illumicrate edition comes with exclusive sprayed edges and signed bookplates, plus a pin inspired by the book and designed by Stacey McEvoy Caunt!

Our second book is a YA paperback mystery about a group of heirs summoned to the mysterious island home of the grandmother they’ve never met. She disinherited their parents but is she ready to make amends, or is something more sinister going on? Our edition comes with sprayed edges and a signed bookplate!

There’s mysteries to unlock in both our chosen books this month and we were absolutely gripped! The whole Illumicrew raced through these selections.

Our featured fandoms are City of Brass, Red White and Royal Blue, Jade City, The Poppy War and Avatar: The Last Airbender! And it’s December which means it’s a @rosiethorns88 mug month!

We’ve brought you a totally kickass box to end the year on and we hope you’re as excited about it as we are! We are aiming to get these boxes out earlier than usual so they’ll hopefully reach as many of you as possible pre-Christmas, but please be aware we cannot guarantee this.

We’re also giving you a little sneak peek at our 2021 book choices through our favourite medium: EMOJI HINTS!

January: ❄️🪐
February: ⚫🕳⭐
March: ⚔️💂🏾👸🏼

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November 2020: Spellbinding Stories

Our theme for November is SPELLBINDING STORIES! These are books whose lyrical prose or enchanting plots have truly bewitched us. We’ll be including an officially licensed Strange the Dreamer item and items inspired by Circe, This Is How You Lose the Time War, The Starless Sea and more! This is our 5 year anniversary box and we are so proud of it. We have some exciting reveals to bring you, but we’ll start with announcing our next Pauhami book sleeve is in this box! Our series with Pauhami will now be inspired by our favourite magical places, and we’ve certainly started this series off with a bang!

Our featured book this month is about three sisters who get involved with the suffragist movement and also begin discovering the lost ways of witchcraft. It’s a truly magical read and we’re so excited to be bringing you an Illumicrate edition with exclusive sprayed edges and signed by the author! Both our full box and book only options will come with an enamel pin inspired by our chosen book and designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt.

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October 2020: Life & Death

Our October theme is LIFE & DEATH! Our featured book this month is…well. We’ve hinted and we’ve teased, but we can now finally come out and say we’ve chosen THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E Schwab! This book is truly incredible and we’re so happy to be bringing you a gorgeous Illumicrate edition featuring all exclusive: cover, hidden cover, endpapers, and sprayed edges! It will also be signed by Victoria! Both the full box & book only options come with a gorgeous pin inspired by the book and designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

We’ve decided to do something a little different this time and bring you a fandom neutral box! We will be including one item inspired by The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, but beyond that all our items are beautiful items not inspired by a particular fandom. We’ve loved putting this box together! It’s one of our most aesthetic boxes ever and it is super atmospheric and perfect for this time of year! We’ve got some exciting reveals to bring you.

Existing subscribers, your spot is reserved for you as always! New spots for both box and book only will be available exclusively for our waitlist, however please be aware that we have limited spots available. Anyone not offered a spot for October will remain on our waitlist for November. 

We’d also like to give you a little taster of the rest of our 2020 book choices, in our favoured form of emoji hints!

November: ◀️▶️🕰 🧙🏻

December: 🐦🔮👩🏻‍🎓👩🏾‍🎓

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September 2020: Sinister Surroundings

Our September 2020 theme is SINISTER SURROUNDINGS! This box is dedicated to stories with dangerous settings or situations, and crucially, have characters with the nous to get out of them (mostly) unscathed!

Our featured book this month is…look we’re just gonna tell you, okay? It’s A DEADLY EDUCATION by Naomi Novik! We loved the deadly Scholomance, our reluctant protagonist El, and all her classmates so much! We’re thrilled to be bringing you a special edition of what is one of our favourite books of 2020. Our Illumicrate edition will have all exclusive: cover, hidden cover including a quote on the spine, sprayed edges, and a bound author letter with Naomi Novik’s signature (she has an injured hand and cannot hand-sign as a result). Both the full box and book only options will come with yet another incredible pin designed by the one and only Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

Our featured fandoms for September are Caraval, Uprooted, Red Rising, Kingdom of Souls, and an officially licensed Ninth House item! We’re also excited to announce our next @rosiethorns88 mug is in this box, and it is stunning.

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August 2020: Identity Crisis

Our August theme is: IDENTITY CRISIS! Our book this month is a science fiction debut set in a world where the secret of travelling to parallel universes has been discovered, but you can only travel to worlds where you’re already dead, and about a girl who is dead in all but eight of them. There’s multiverses to traverse, and doppelgangers to avenge.  We were totally gripped by the author’s voice from the very first chapter!

Our edition has an exclusive cover, exclusive sprayed edges and is signed by the author! Both the full box & book only subscriptions will come with a matching pin designed by Fable & Black!

Our featured fandoms for August are  The Illuminae Files, We Hunt the Flame, Mistborn, The Lunar Chronicles, and Percy Jackson! We revealed when we launched our August preorder that the Percy Jackson item is one of our book tins, and the design by @chattynora is stunninnggggggg! We love this set of items & can’t wait to bring you some more reveals!

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Illumicrate damage guidelines

If you receive an item that is damaged, we will try our best to replace it for you. Please fill out our Customer Support form within 14 days of receipt of the item and we can have a replacement sent out to you. Be ready to provide photos of the damaged item/s and the box, showing the shipping label.

As a general rule, we are unable to replace a product if only the packaging is damaged. We are also unable to provide packaging of an individual product if yours was missing.

All replacements are at the discretion of Illumicrate customer support.

Book damage guidelines:

Does qualify as damaged


Does not qualify as damaged


A tear/rip/cut or visible scratch on the front of the dust jacket or spine larger than 1cm Light scratches on the back of the dust jacket
Residue or marks on the front cover or spine that cannot be removed Scratches or unevenly sprayed edges
A book that should have been signed but isn’t Small white spots or scratches on sprayed edges, or bleeding onto pages
Dents or crushed edges bigger than 1cm Minimal creasing on top or bottom of the book spine, dust jacket, or corners
Water damage Wavy pages
More than one ripped or bent page that affects the text on the pages Ripped or damaged blank pages
Production defects (such as a missing finish)
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July 2020: We Are the Resistance

This is rebel leader, calling all rebel forces. Please ensure you are in a secure location before opening this briefing.

We’ve had word that Illumicrate have released their July theme: WE ARE THE RESISTANCE. Our intel reveals that the book is a space opera following a group of rebels fighting to free the galaxy from a tyrannical empire. Sound familiar? Illumicrate loved the twisty plot and multiple POV perspective! The book has an exclusive cover, exclusive sprayed edges and will come with signed bookplates. There will also be an enamel pin inspired by the book, designed by Fable & Black, included in both the full box and book only options.

The box will also contain items inspired by The Bone Season,  An Ember in the Ashes, Star Wars, the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, and more. Our intel suggests that the items are beautiful and useful as usual, and there will be some official reveals to come.

Our source also managed to glean some information about the books for August – October, but it is encrypted. Resistance cells, get your best codebreakers to work on these and get the info out stat!

August: 🌍↔️🌍

September: 💀📓

October: 7 ⭐

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June 2020: In the Shadows

Come, join us IN THE SHADOWS as we tell you all about our June theme…

Our featured book for June is set in an alternative Paris where the dark underworld is divided into criminal guilds and one girl fights to keep her sister from their clutches. We totally fell in love with the captivating writing and incredible world-building, and we know you will too!

Our edition features an exclusive cover AND an exclusive hidden cover under the dust jacket. There’s also exclusive sprayed edges and endpapers. This is truly one of the most stunning books we’ve ever included and we are so in love with it! We’re also incredibly excited to announce that from June onwards we’ll be including a collectible pin inspired by our book choice each month! These will all be created by our friend and collaborator @fableandblack and will be included in both the box and book only subscriptions.

The items in this box are inspired by Nevernight, the Villains series by V.E Schwab (Vicious and Vengeful), Game of Thrones, Crescent City and more! We’re excited to announce that the next in our @rosiethorns88 mug series will be in this box.