Unboxing: Owlcrate “From Olympus With Love” January 2021

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This month’s theme is “From Olympus With Love”

Full box spoilers after the jump.

Tea by Riddle’s Tea Shoppe
flavors: peach, apple, apricot

Pin banner by Michelle Gray

Double sided woodmark by In The Reads
Inspired by Circe and Song of Achilles
(mine is warped and appears to be water damaged so you’re only getting to see the ‘best’ looking side)

Lunar Calendar Tapestry by Eden Cooke

Letter board kit with Hermes pouch

Book of the Month: Lore by Alexandra Bracken & monthly pin (Icey Designs will be creating monthly pins from now on)


The cohesion of the box is nice. I do love black & gold. The box is also better than the past few months.

I am largely disappointed with the lack of fandoms though. Also, if you’re only going to include one ‘proper’ book fandom for a YOUNG ADULT box, WHY would you select an adult fiction title? [The woodmark is based on Circe/Song of Achilles which are adult titles] Why not go for something teen friendly (Percy Jackson anyone?).

[Are teens even subscribing/getting this box any more? I know adult women are a large part of the audience (& make up a huge share of YA book purchases) but can we stop with the blatantly adult titles for items?]

The pin banner is smaller than the other one they sent out a while back. The tapestry is pretty enough but only good for one year? Felt board is okay-ish item. Glad they included the Hermes pouch so it doesn’t totally look like something from Wish/Aliexpress.

All in all, not awful but I think I’ll continue with skipping boxes for a while.

February’s theme is Magic Unleashed. You can see my prediction for February’s book boxes here.

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7 thoughts on “Unboxing: Owlcrate “From Olympus With Love” January 2021

  1. You know, I’ve been a bit confused by the classification of Lore because the author’s web site says it’s “darker” than her previous work and not necessarily suitable for all readers, but then it’s published by Disney and the publisher web site says it’s YA, and Barnes and Noble has a YA Book Club edition for sale. I guess I’d have to read it to judge? This isn’t going to be another ACOTAR fiasco where it’s pushed as YA to sell to fans when the materials clearly not YA, is it?

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    • Sorry I wasn’t more clear, the woodmark is based on Song of Achilles/Circe (both of which are Adult books). The other items are all based on Greek Mythology in general. Owlcrate’s shtick is items based on Young Adult books.

      I’m just a bit stumped as to why they would feature Adult books for the item inspiration (while ignoring other teen friendly mythology books). In the past they have featured adult books for inspiration but all the other items are based on teen books. I haven’t read the books in question so I don’t know if they’re teen UNfriendly but it seems like an odd choice to me.

      I don’t think it’s going to go down the ACOTAR fiasco route (but they did put a disclaimer out for next month’s book which they’ve never done before).

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  2. Lore is being published by Disney-Hyperion and marketed as YA. Bracken has written other YA books. So I can understand why it would be chosen for the YA box. Does it have teen appeal, though? I don’t really know. For myself, the plot summary looks a little too murdery and I don’t think I’ll be reading it.

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    • Sorry I wasn’t more clear, the woodmark is based on Song of Achilles/Circe (both of which are Adult books). The other items are all based on Greek Mythology in general. Owlcrate’s shtick is items based on Young Adult books.

      I’m just a bit stumped as to why they would feature Adult books for the item inspiration (while ignoring other teen friendly mythology books). In the past they have featured adult books for inspiration but all the other items are based on teen books. I haven’t read the books in question so I don’t know if they’re teen UNfriendly but it seems like an odd choice to me.

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      • Ah, I see! Well, it is a shame that the products aren’t more teen-oriented. However, if I had to guess, the price point for the box means it is probably bought primarily by adults for themselves. I don’t know many parents who would spend that kind of money on a teen. Maybe they’d buy the kiddie boxes to make reading fun, but I don’t think the average 16-year-old gets that kind of gift just because, to be honest.

        Circe also had a wide crossover appeal for the YA audience (again, adults reading YA) so I can kind of see why it would be included.

        I think for a box to be truly teen-oriented, it would have to be cheaper. But then the quality of the items in the box would likely also go down.

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