Illumicrate Subscription Box | Review

Hello, wonderful people! Hope you’ve been doing well 🙂


Today I was thinking of writing a review for the Illumicrate subscription box (I actually have two boxes to talk about, the February and the May ones).

We’re going to start with the February box, which contained the following:


  1. A hardback copy of ”Truthwitch” by Susan Dennard 
  2. An exclusively bookcase pouch designed by Elena O’Neill
  3. ”Loveboat” set of bookmarks by BeeDoo
  4. A Darker Scent of Magic Candle by Simple Candle Co
  5. Bookish Quote Pencils by Pobble and Ping
  6. Threadsisters Bookmark by Daydreaming Designs
  7. Extras from ”The IT Girl” and ”The Dark Days Club”

This was an amazing subscription box, not mentioning the fact that it was also my first one! I absolutely love everything that was inside, especially the pouch and the pencils. I’m also pretty excited about the book, I’ve only heard good things about it and I am really curious about Dennard’s writing style.


The next box is the one from this month, whose contents were:


  1. A paperback copy of ”When We Collided” by Emery Lord + postcards with quotes from the book
  2. An exclusively ”To Be Read List” Notepad by Goodnight Boutique
  3. Ex Libris Stamp by Little Stamp Store
  4. Book Club Mug by The Art of Escapism
  5. Readers Gonna Read Pin by Literary Emporium
  6. Bookworm Clips by My Bookish Mark
  7. Extras from ”Strange the Dreamer”, ”The Square Root of Summer”, ”Mystery and Mayhem” 

I really enjoyed this box as well, my favourite things from it are: the book (I’ve already started reading it and I love it!), the mug and the pin   However, I would have liked to receive something else instead of those badges and postcards, not because they aren’t cool, but because I’ll probably never use them.


To sum it up, I do not regret ordering these amazing boxes and I strongly encourage you to do the same if you are looking for unique and creative contents !。◕‿◕。





For a very long time, my biggest accomplishments had nothing to do with what I really wanted. When I decided to give up my mother’s dream and fight for my own, I never imagined choosing one dream could put me on the path of the one I never knew I wanted – meeting him. Collin. He quickly went from a friend to a companion, to soul mate, to heartbreak.

After he left Chicago, leaving me with nothing more than a text message, I only had one sane choice – to act like he never existed and go on with my life. A ghost can’t break your heart.

But now he’s back and he’s prepared to prove me otherwise. Is it possible to love someone against your will?

RATING| ✩✩✩✩✩

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Holy Moly. That’s all I can think really, because my thoughts are a blubbering mess. I have awaited this sequel for a few months and now that I’ve finally had time to read it, I can assure you that Love Me While I’m Gone does not disappoint. I absolutely loved the first book in the series, Our Demons Best Friends and I knew I would love the sequel as well. And it was better than I had expected

The second book is all about Emily and Collin’s story and I have to say I love the fact that Diana decided to continue the series by writing a book for each one of Ava’s friends. I really liked Emily and Collin in the first novel so I’m glad we get to read more about them. Just like with Ava and Sebastian, their love story is beautiful and very swoon worthy

Collin’s sudden departure leaves Emily with a broken heart and hundreds of unanswered questions. Just when they are finally admitting their feelings for each other, he has to leave and help his childhood friend, Sebastian, cope with the pain he is going through after his girlfriend’s death. But Emily doesn’t know the real reason behind this very unexpected turn of events. After two years of trying to forget him, Collin returns in her life and wants to win her back, at any cost. However, regaining Emily’s trust and friendship isn’t something very easy, especially when the girl does everything she can to make it even more difficult.

I loved every moment between Emily and Collin, even if 99% of the time they annoyed the crap out of me (especially Emily). Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but every time they let stubbornness rule in their relationship and messed up every occasion they had to be together, I was like:

Even though I guess this means the author did her job very well, because I lived, laughed and cried with these two characters, I felt every emotion they went through. And the ending was so beautiful, the idea with the letters was very unique. I’m pretty sure I would have died of cuteness if I were in Emily’s shoes. Collin was pretty amazing in this book and even if I didn’t exactly agree with his decisions sometimes, I still think he did the best he could. Emily was a strong female character and I liked the fact that I identified with her more than I did with Ava in the first book. Maybe it was her fashion sense or the way she saw life in general (or maybe her taste in boys *wink*), I don’t know, but she was awesome.

The only complaint I have related to this book is that it was too short for me and some moments felt a little bit rushed. For instance, I would have loved a longer epilogue, everything happened so fast and I had to say goodbye to the characters sooner than I had wanted. Obviously, this is not a drawback, maybe it’s just my weakness for romantic moments. I am more than excited for the third book, can’t believe this series is coming to an end. Hopefully Diana will write more contemporary novels in the future, I love her stories!

Needless to say, I would definitely recommend Love Me While I’m Gone (the whole series, actually) to everyone who likes a good contemporary novel, with a complex romantic story and great characters!



Do you read what you love? Or do you read what’s recommended for your age?

I’ve been thinking about this subject for a while now and I still can’t find a reason why people have the need to be so judgemental. I mean, people are always judgemental, but books aren’t something to be mean for. I read a lot of comments on bookstagram from people who judge others for reading YA books (or children books) just because they think it is inappropriate or foolish for their age. And I also heard many people (among them, some of my colleagues from high school) wondering how can someone read this kind of books. And I’m like:

I read what I want, whenever I want! I can’t believe some people think I should be ashamed for what I decide to read. I’m still a teenager and believe it or not, I received many stingy comments from people. For instance, one day I had a conversation with my colleagues and I said that I want to read the Harry Potter series this year and one of them told me that I shouldn’t do it because these books are meant for kids (and I’m not a kid anymore *eye roll*). I can’t imagine what reactions I would have gotten if I had been older. Which is more, I sometimes get funny looks from people when I tell them I read fantasy books (with mermaids, dragons, werewolves, etc.) or romance novels. Maybe sometimes I have different opinions too, but that doesn’t mean I go and judge others for not thinking the same as me.

The truth is these people disgust me and I will never take their opinions into consideration. I try not to be offended when I hear them talking, but they make me so angry. Sometimes it’s pretty hard to contain myself and not start a long discussion about how they should mind their own business and not judge others for reading what they love.

I will always read books with love stories or books about fictional worlds simply because I like them. I adore to read a book and be absorbed into its fascinating world. I feel good, relaxed, complete. I also like to read classics or books that approach heavier subjects, some of them maybe too hard to understand for a teenager. Because, like I already said, it’s my choice and my right to read what I want. And I know for sure that every bookworm thinks the same as me.

What do you think about this topic? Have you ever been judged because of what you read?



Ava and Sebastian are two medical residents who in a perfect world, would really like each other. But both of them are closely watched by their demons. Their baggage is not light – Ava has hers carefully folded in vacuum bags to occupy as little room as possible; Sebastian wears his like a lead armor that makes him slouch sometimes. They like each other, but how are their demons going to get along?

RATING| ✩✩✩✩✩

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I have no words to describe this wonderful book, which changed my life in a matter of days and left me begging for more. You know, I read a lot of love stories in the last 3 years or so, and each one of them was cute and entertained me, but I can count the ones that really stayed in my heart just with the fingers from one hand. Ava and Sebastian’s story is unique, special and absolutely breathtaking and my favorite at this very moment. There is no doubt it will stay in my heart forever. Special thanks to the author, who was nice enough to send me a copy for review.

When I received the book, I knew I was going to like it, but never did I imagine that I will love it so much. “Our demons, best friends” (best book title ever, btw) is a story about life, love, loss, hope and so many other important things. The main characters are complex, strong and the way Diana made them evolve in the book pleased me so much. Ava and Sebastian are two wounded people, with demons well hidden in their hearts and they find each other only to change each other’s lives, so that in the end they become more powerful and finally, to make peace with themselves.

Ava is a first year resident and her determination for becoming a great doctor mostly comes from her twin sister Ally, who died years ago, leaving her empty on the inside. She always keeps this secret to herself…well, until she meets Sebastian. But he is no better than her. Sebastian is a second year resident, who in the majority of the time keeps himself away from people and likes to deal with his own demons alone, just like Ava does. They fall in love with each from the first time they meet in the cafeteria, but the path to happiness is long and sprinkled with hard, dark times. Slowly (but surely), Sebastian lets Ava in his life, making her to discover his less grumpy side. However, he is so afraid to acknowledge his feelings for her that he pushes Ava away, even though he wants her with his whole heart. Because of his confusing acts, the girl soon starts to believe that he doesn’t like her at all, so she decides to resign herself with the thought that she will never have him the way she wants. But do not worry, because at the end of the book Sebastian resolves this problem in a very swoon worthy way ♡


Even though my favorite characters are Ava and Sebastian, I cannot help but love their friends (Colin, Paige, Emily and Miles) too. They gave this precious book a touch of humor and always lightened up the mood. To be honest, Miles won my heart from the very beginning and I love the fact that he and Paige fell in love in the book. I bet their story will be amazing!

Another big plus for ODBF is the playlist that the author shares with us at the end of the book. After I finished it last night, I listened to all of the nine songs and it made me feel so much better. I already knew some of them and some I’ve just discovered, but anyway, they were perfect for this story. It was like I could understand the characters’ feelings better and live their story once again, just by listening the lyrics.

All in all, I highly recommend you this contemporary book. It’s AMAZING!!!