SpearCraft Book Box – March 2016 Review: Pirates & Mermaids!

The SpearCraft Book Box is a subscription box that provides you with a young adult book and themed bookish goodies, many of which are hand-made and fandom-based.

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SpearCraft Book Box

Cost: $29.99 USD (discounts available on longer subscriptions)
Shipping Costs: $9.99 within the US or $32.99 to other countries
Payment Method: Credit Card
Mailed Out: 10-12th of the month for international subscribers and 15-20th for US orders

My box was shipped on March 10th and arrived March 20th. Free tracking was provided, which was wonderful. :)

OVERVIEW OF ITEMS

This box was quite heavy, which is always exciting! It was fairly bursting with lots of items to unbox. :D

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First look inside.

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An info card is provided that outlines the contents and where they were sourced from.

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I really liked the presentation of this item made by SpearCraft, showing the inspiration with these cute stickers and coyly hiding it inside a box!

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I don’t have allergies myself, but many aren’t as lucky, so it’s great that the ingredients are listed on the side so that subscribers can be reassured it’s suitable and won’t trigger any issues before using this product.

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Pirate Soap: how cute is this skull & crossbones soap?! The jaunty bandana makes it quirky instead of macabre, hehe. My issue is that it’s too cute to use, I think this needs to be a feature in my bathroom instead of actually bathing with it!

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Daughter of the Pirate King monthly magnet: each box comes with a magnet themed around its book, which is a lovely idea. I adore magnets, so this went straight up onto my fridge. :)

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Mermaid & Sailor signed art print by @talesfantastic ($5 USD): well, this certainly isn’t your childhood Little Mermaid! Instead we have a malicious mermaid depicted gloating over a drowning sailor. :O Dark, and yet portrayed in a lush and serene manner, lol. The sailor looks so peaceful and happy if you ignore that he’s on the verge of death…

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‘Mermaid At Heart’ mug by imprinteddecals ($16.14 AUD)

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Mermaid quote button pin (art designed by Sky Kehaunani):

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I’m not a huge fan of buttons, I never really know what to do with them, although I do like the art on this one. There’s so many items in the box that I don’t mind a bit of filler, and this will no doubt appeal to other subscribers.

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Pirates of the Carribbean double-sided bookmark.

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I used to love the PotC movies! I’m not as into them now as when I was growing up, but Jack Sparrow’s wise-cracking still makes me snicker.

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Pirate treasure: this item is another filler type to me, again not sure what I’d do with this, it’s not really designed for display? It doesn’t scream treasure to me, it could’ve been a bit shinier to give off that ‘coveted gold coin’ air.

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Jack Sparrow quote magnet: another magnet, yay! This is a great design by @treehouseofbooks, brings back memories of how my younger self used to swoon over Cap’n Jack along with all my peers, haha! <3

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Handmade stamped Updrift bookmark by the author, Errin Stevens.

I personally prefer more polished professional bookmarks, but this has a certain charm to it with the author of the book creating her own bookmark for subscribers, that’s pretty neat! It would’ve been quite a massive effort to make hundreds of these for every box!

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‘Fierce Reads’ tote bag by @fiercereads: I’m a convert to tote bags in boxes, lol, I have them all draped on the coat rack by my door and use them frequently to carry my books and instagram props around!

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Now we come to the first of TWO books in this box! :D

Updrift by Errin Stevens ($19.61 AUD)

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For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water.

Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.

Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.

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There’s also a promotional extra for book 2 in this series, with a letter from the author on the reverse side, but of course I forgot to photograph that. :/ My bad! There was so much to photograph, I completely missed it, eep.

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And the main hardcover book is Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller ($23.13 AUD): this is just what I’d hoped for with the pirate theme, so I’m super thrilled with that!

It’s accompanied by a matching bookmark and small card.

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There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

How amazing does this sound?! I love this heroine already. <3 Such a great subversion of the usual ‘helpless damsel captured by pirates’ trope, YAAAS.

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The inside cover is so freaking beautiful – my favorite color is red, so this is just perfect!

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Everything in the box – good lord, that’s a heap of goodies!

VERDICT

Quality of Curation: Definitely an A+ because this box knocked it out of the ballpark! Everything tied together really well, either to the theme in general or more specifically to the books. You may think that the Captain Jack Sparrow items were simply picked because of the pirate theme, but if you look at the cover of Daughter of the Pirate King more closely, a reviewer compares the heroine to Jack Sparrow, so it ties in more closely!

Aside from maintaining a cohesive theme, I liked that the type of items chosen were mostly practical – the soap, the bookmarks, magnets, mug and tote are all useful, which is what I love to see in my bookish goodies! The button and treasure weren’t to my taste, but they were smaller items and considering that 99% of the contents appealed to me, that’s not a huge deal.

Worth It? I spent a whopping $88 AUD (shipping and conversion rates are so unkind to Australians), but the value was definitely there for me. The books added up to $42.74 AUD on sale at Book Depository (normally $50.69 AUD); then the art print was $6.55 AUD and the mug was $16.44 AUD, so all the items I could source came to $65.73 AUD.

Then there’s the other goodies either made by SpearCraft or contributed by other parties – they only needed to be worth about $3 each for me to recoup the cost of the box, and I believe they easily exceeded that with the soap ($8?), magnets ($10?), pin ($2?), treasure ($1?), tote bag ($10?) and bookmarks ($8?).

It’s always a massive gamble buying overseas subscription boxes, but this was fantastic for me! I loved basically everything in this box and the only things that weren’t to my taste were the two small lower-value items, so this is a massive win for me overall. <3

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 kitties approve!

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Find Out More: You can find SpearCraft on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Disclaimer: I purchased this box. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

Annie

Annie

I'm from Australia. I love cats. And I'm addicted to subscription boxes!
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