Unboxing December's OwlCrate Young Adult Box

Hey Book Owl! Thank you for being part of the OwlCrate Community. We're so excited to have you here and we hope you love this box! On this page, you will find how to join the conversation with other book owls, some spoilers on what's inside the December box and how you can earn rewards points by sharing your unboxing experience! 

Check out our previous unboxings here:

September's DROWN YOUR SECRETS box

October's POWER HAS A PRICE box




Our December book is a fantasy horror about a kingdom left to darkness. The kingdom is on the verge of collapse, and our two main protagonists are thrust into a dangerous mission to save everyone. Though one is filled with darkness and the other is fierce and defiant, they must join together to embark on a journey into the dark lands and uncover the evil and secrets in the shadows. But the only way to fight the darkness… is to become it.⁠

Our exclusive edition will feature:

  • ⁠Completely redesigned cover by @pyrrhics
  • Reversible dust jacket illustrated by @panjooolart⁠
  • Sprayed edges⁠
  • Foiled end pages (different front and back) by @imjenndove⁠
  • Foil designs on the hardcover case by @niallcgrant
  • Signed by the author on page designed by @divineliterary
  • Exclusive author letter bound into the book⁠
  • Exclusive bonus chapter bound into the book⁠

Items included in this month's box will be inspired by Kingdom of the Wicked, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and two fandom-neutral items we think you are going to love!⁠

Every December box will also include the next Faux Book Journal in our ongoing collection with @lichen_and_limestone!

Our Treasured Tomes pin this month (and our final pin in this collection) will be inspired by Fourth Wing! As a reminder, these pins are only available in our monthly boxes! 

Adult Fantasy December Theme The Dark Devours Available Now at OwlCrate.com


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Our last book for 2023 is a striking tale in which darkness takes over. In To Kill a Shadow, we meet Jude and Kiara, a commander and a knight who travel to the darkest part of the land in an attempt to save their kingdom, where they face nightmares beyond imagination. This signed edition features a gorgeous redesigned cover by Lynn Nguyen (@pyrrhics) with stunning blue sprayed edges! 

Turn over the cover for the reversible jacket with gorgeous artwork by @panjooolart. On the hardback, we have some striking foil designs done by Niall Grant (@niallcgrant).

Inside, you’ll find gorgeous end pages done by Jennifer Phujarit Ponn (@imjenndove). Finally, an author letter from Katherine Quinn and bonus content are bound to the book just for our subscribers!

Enjoy this book while listening to the Spotify playlist we curated!

Comparison between To Kill A Shadow by Katherine Quinn, the regular version from the publisher and the OwlCrate version with a redesigned cover.


This month's Faux Book Journal is the final one of our 2023 collection! Featuring in-universe references, each journal is sure to transport you to a different literary universe. 

December’s journal pays homage to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and has been designed with love by Lichen and Limestone.


We are bringing Wrath and Emilia together in a whole new way with our stunning pen set! Inspired by Kingdom of the Wicked, this pen set is the perfect duo to annotate your favorite books, and is beautifully designed by Blissfully Bookish.


Cozy up for the winter season with the most comforting Night Owl Hot Cocoa! Perfect for the nocturnal owls that stay up reading through the night, this is also ideal for the holiday season! This delicious blend is created by Moonstruck Chocolate!


You’ve all been asking for it and here it is! For your 2023 OwlCrate pin collection, we’ve included a Treasured Tomes Pin Banner! We’ve created a banner that is made to appear like a bookshelf to hold the beautiful bookish pins from our past boxes this year. This pin banner was wonderfully made by @no0nedesigns!


Previous Pins
Here are some of the previous pins we sent out this year so far.

We’ve reached the end — this month features the twelfth Treasured Tomes enamel pin in our 2023 pin collection! Each month’s box has included a book-styled pin featuring in-universe references to many beloved books and fandoms — all designed by @no0nedesigns! Ride your dragon into the world of Fourth Wing!


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What is OwlCrate ?

OwlCrate is a monthly subscription service that delivers newly published hardcover novels and a collection of bookish goodies to your doorstep. Our Young Adult boxes are designed for ages 14 and up but, as we always say, you are never too old for YA!

Each Book & Goodies box contains a newly released hardcover novel plus 4-5 bookish goodies inspired by the book and other fandoms. We also offer a Book Only option. All books are signed by the author and have exclusive covers and design elements. We often include exclusive bonus content from the author as well!

All of the books chosen for this subscription are of various types of fantasy. This can include high fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, magical realism, urban fantasy, and more! 

Check out some past boxes we've sent out over the years! 

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