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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.

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 cover 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
Bent pages that affect the text on the 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.

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Shipping updates

While many of the issues we saw with having products made and shipped at the beginning of the pandemic have now stopped, there are still significant delays happening. Reduction in staff to allow for distancing in the workplace has increased production times to some items, and the reduction in commercial flights means delays shipping items. This has in turn increased the amount of goods shipping via sea, which means we are seeing some delays as our products don’t make it onto ships that are already full. Delays at port, exacerbated by reductions in staff to allow for COVID distancing, means these delays are worse than usual.

Book printers in the UK are also experiencing delays, both due to a reduction in staff and because many books that were scheduled to be published earlier in the year were pushed to the autumn, meaning they have more titles to print now. We are seeing delays in receiving books as a result of this.

We are doing everything we can to minimise these delays and build buffer periods into our planning so that delays affect boxes shipping on time as little as possible. That said, we are operating during a pandemic and there is only so much we can do to stop delays. We are so grateful for your continued patience during this difficult time.

We also want to assure you that the fulfilment centre who pack our boxes are taking every precaution to ensure this is done safely both for their employees and our customers. Our packers are spread the required distance apart, are wearing gloves to pack, and have extra sanitising products available. Our shipping company are also taking every precaution with handling boxes.

Here are a few general things to note

  • Our shipping company has reported that their courier partners are able to deliver in almost all countries they ship to. We are seeing delays in shipments both due to the lack of cargo planes and additional border checks, so please do be patient once you receive your tracking email. If there are no tracking updates after a week, or you have any concerns regarding the shipping of your order, please get in touch with us by email
  • We are able to change the delivery address of your order if needed. The last point this can be done is when the ‘Check Your Address’ emails go out to customers approximately 10 working days before orders ship.  These emails need replying to within 24 hours if you need to change the address, and after that point additional address changes are not possible. You do not need to reply if your address is correct. You can change your address for an existing order any time up to this point by emailing us to request it. Please note that changing your address in your account does not change it on any paid-for orders, including subscription renewals. 

Information updated on Thursday 24 September

General update for monthly boxes and book only beyond August

Due to issues with getting our shipments on the planned boats as a result of an increase in sea shipping due to the reduction of commercial flights and the reduction of staff at ports to unload, we are seeing delays with our products reaching us. For the rest of the year, we are updating our shipping timeframe for our monthly boxes and book only orders. We are now aiming to start shipping orders during the last week of the month, as opposed to our usual timframe of beginning shipping 20-25th of the month.

The Red Scrolls of Magic and The Lost Book of the White

These will be shipping in September, we will have a more precise shipping date soon.

Update 27.08: Due to a production delay with the printing of The Red Scrolls of Magic, we are expecting to ship these in the second half of September

Update 16.09: We now have our stock of The Red Scrolls of Magic. The Lost Book of the White was already with us, so our fulfilment centre will begin packing orders this week. We anticipate shipping commencing early next week.

Update 18.09: These will begin shipping on Monday.

Cemetery Boys Debut Boxes

Due to a delay with the books for the Cemetery Boys debut box, we expect to ship these in the second half of September

Update 16.09: The books are still not with us, though the UK distributor has assured us they will get our stock to us as soon as possible once they have received them. We have created the shipping labels already which our fulfilment centre now has, so packing can begin as soon as we have the books.

Update 24.09: We unfortunately have still not received our copies of Cemetery Boys, and are awaiting an update on when they will reach us.

September ‘Sinister Surroundings’ boxes and book only

We are currently still waiting for the mugs to reach us. These are in the UK, but are yet to be unloaded from the ship due to delays at port, caused by both recent storms and reduction in staff due to covid distancing. Our shipping agent has so far said these will reach us Monday, and if so we estimate orders should begin shipping at the very end of next week. We will update this page if any of that changes

The Lives of Saints

We anticipate shipping our edition of The Lives of Saints during the first half of October

This Is How You Lose the Time War

We anticipate shipping our edition of This Is How You Lose the Time War during the first half of October

October ‘Life and Death’ boxes and book only

We are currently on track to begin shipping these at the end of the last week of October

Uprooted & Spinning Silver slipcase sets

These are currently on track to begin shipping in the second half of October

 

 

PAST PRODUCT SHIPPING UPDATES

The Bone Shard Daughter Debut Boxes

These will be shipping in September, we will have a more precise shipping date soon.

Update 02.09: The Bone Shard Daughter debut boxes will begin being packed once the August boxes/book only orders have shipped.

Update: 16.09: The Bone Shard Daughter debut boxes will begin shipping today! Tracking info will follow for the UK. International orders ship in batches and you will receive tracking when yours ships

Outstanding orders for Aurora Burning and The Last Wish

Orders for Aurora Burning and any orders for The Last Wish placed before 5th September will be shipping with The Bone Shard Daughter, so packing will commence next week.

Update 16.09: These will begin shipping today. Tracking info will follow for the UK. International orders ship in batches and you will receive tracking when yours ships

August ‘Identity Crisis’  full boxes and book only

Unfortunately these orders are delayed due to an issue with the cover of the book, and a full update has been emailed out to all subscribers. We do not yet have a new delivery date for the books, but we would estimate that we’ll receive them back in early-mid September, and we will update this page as soon as we know. If you need to change your address for this order, please email us to request it.

Update 02.09: These are now being packed, and should begin shipping next week. We’ll update when we have an exact date shipping will commence.

Update 08.09: Boxes & book only orders began shipping yesterday! UK tracking was emailed out today. Our international shipping company ship our international orders in batches, you will receive tracking when yours ships. We expect all orders to have shipped by the end of the week. Our full boxes are missing the Lunar Chronicles item, a full update was emailed out which you can read here

Illumicrate Collections: A Darker Shade of Magic

These will be shipping in July, we will have a more precise date closer to the time.

Update 30.06: These will be shipping towards the end of July

Update 14.07: Unfortunately there was a production delay for the copies of A Darker Shade of Magic for this box, and they will not be reaching us until 10th August. We anticipate being able to ship these boxes in mid-August. We are so sorry for the length of the delay, and a full update has been emailed out to affected customers. If you would prefer a refund or need to change your shipping address, please email us to request it

Update 11.08: The books arrived with our fulfilment centre yesterday. Once the July boxes are finished, our fulfilment centre will begin packing these boxes, they are on track to start shipping next week.

Update 14.08: These boxes will begin shipping on Monday. International boxes will ship in batches over a period of several days, with tracking sent when your order ships. UK tracking will be sent on Tuesday.

July ‘We Are the Resistance’ full boxes & book only

We have switched to sea shipping for a lot of our items and have started to see delays with customs in the country of departure. As a result, the ceramic book pots for this box will not be arriving with us until the first week of August, and we anticipate shipping the boxes & book only in mid-August. A full update was emailed to affected customers and we are so sorry for the delay. If you would prefer a refund or need to change your shipping address, please email us to request it

Update 11.08: The book pots arrived last week and our fulfilment centre team have been hard at work packing. The July boxes & book only will begin shipping tomorrow. International boxes will ship in batches over a period of several days, with tracking sent when your order ships. UK tracking will be sent this week.

Illumicrate Exclusive: The Last Wish

We had to return the remaining stock of these books to the printer to remedy quality issues. We now have an estimate for when the books will arrive back with us, and we anticipate shipping orders out in early August. We are so sorry for the length of the delay, and a full update has been emailed out to affected customers. If you would prefer a refund or need to change your shipping address, please email us to request it

Update 31.07: Outstanding orders began shipping today. International orders ship in batches over a period of several days, with tracking being sent when your order ships. All international orders should be shipped by the middle of next week, UK tracking was sent today.

Illumicrate Exclusive: Harrow the Ninth

There should be no delays with the shipping of this book, and we anticipate shipping orders out in early August.

Update 31.07: Orders began shipping today. International orders ship in batches over a period of several days, with tracking being sent when your order ships. All international orders should be shipped by the middle of next week, UK tracking was sent today.

 

 

With love,

The Illumicrate Team

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May 2020: Monstrous

*whispers* Wait…did you hear that? Is there…something out there?

Our May theme is MONSTROUS. We’re talking true monsters, the ones lurking in the dark and hidden places, humans hiding monstrous tendencies and those who think they’re monsters when really they aren’t.

Our featured book this month is set in an unforgiving ice world, where children are thrown deep into the ice and left to their fate. But there’s monsters in the dark, and there’s humans that can’t be trusted, and there’s secrets to discover. We did not know who we could trust in this twisty read and we are obsessed with the worldbuilding! Our Illumicrate edition has exclusive sprayed edges and is signed by the author!

Our featured fandoms for May are The Witcher, Not Even Bones, Howl’s Moving Castle and more! We are also THRILLED to announce we’ll be working on a series of Harry Potter-inspired book sleeves with @Pauhami, who designed the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sleeve from our November 2019 box! You will find the sleeve inspired by The Chamber of Secrets in this box!

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April 2020: Squad Goals

Our April theme is SQUAD GOALS! Do you ever wonder what you’d be doing during a specific historical time period? If we’d lived during the French Revolution, we like to think we’d be busting people who shouldn’t be in prison out of it, just like the badass crew in our April book!

But with their most recent jailbreak, this crack team definitely get more than they bargained for. Will they all make it out of this job unscathed? This is the author’s debut and we are already obsessed! It’s a fantastic book filled with revolution, romance and our favourite squad since Six of Crows. It is a May release coming to you early, in hardback, signed by the author, with exclusive sprayed edges and exclusive embossing under the dust jacket! 😍 We’ll also be including a bonus art print featuring the characters.

Our items this month are inspired by some of our fave squads and teams! We’re bringing you The Witchlands, Aurora Rising, LOTR, Gilded Wolves and more! We’ve got some kickass items and we can’t wait to start dropping reveals!

 

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March 2020: Worlds Collide

Our March theme is WORLDS COLLIDE! Fasten your seatbelts kids, cause we’re taking a trip out of the human realm and into other dimensions, magical lands and places you never knew existed.

Our featured book this month is all about a meeting place where the human world and other, magic filled worlds come together. But when a dead body is found, the fragile peace begins to fracture. Can she keep all the pieces together long enough to save the day? We. could. not. put. this. one. down (for real, I read it in 2 days), and we know you’ll feel the same way! Our edition is an exclusive UK hardback, with exclusive sprayed edges and…wait for it…A RIBBON BOOKMARK! It will also come with a signed bookplate.

Items this month are inspired by City of Brass, Strange the Dreamer, His Dark Materials, Throne of Glass and more! We’re also thrilled to announce you’ll find our first @rosiethorns88 mug of 2020 in this box!