To Buy Or Not To Buy? – Owlcrate – Vespertine Special Edition

Hi all! Since Fairyloot recently announced their Special edition of Vespertine and I made a post about it, I figured I should also make a post about Owlcrate’s edition as well.

As usual, all of the opinions in this post are my own, so please take them with a grain of salt, and don’t be offended if my least favorite fandom is your favorite. We all have our own preferences. 🙂 Also, I just want to make it clear that unless otherwise noted, I am not affiliated with any boxes, shops, authors featured on this blog and am not endorsing any of their opinions or beliefs. I’m simply reporting on boxes and special editions to help you make a more informed choice. As usual, make sure to do your own research and form your own opinions before making a purchase!

The Box Details

Company: Owlcrate

Theme: Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson Special Edition Book

Month: N/A (but should ship in early October around release day)

Information Link:

Cost: $18.99 + shipping & tax

Book of the Month: Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Special Book Features: Exclusive teal cover, custom endpapers, large foil design on the hardcover case, and signed by the author.

My Thoughts

With a few exceptions (From their monthly boxes, The Cruel Prince, Incendiary, Grace and Fury, Scavenge the Stars, and Where Dreams Descend, have had major redesigns,) Owlcrate’s exclusive editions tend to be color change of some sort. Sometimes it’s a major color change, like their gorgeous silver and purple edition of Star Daughter. Other’s are much more subtle, like the text color change on their edition of Girls of Paper and Fire, or the background color change on their edition of A Sweet and Bitter Magic.

Their edition of Vespertine unfortunately has a more subtle and fairly lackluster change, especially when compared to the original cover.

The original cover, for reference.

Owlcrate’s edition as gold/bronze text as opposed to the original silver. The smoke in the background behind the main character is now a teal color, which does help to give the book some nice spooky vibes, but it’s still pretty subtle and dark, at least on the mock-up. I’ll admit that the cover does a nice job of retaining the overall vibe of the original cover, but in the end, it doesn’t appeal to me, especially after seeing Fairyloot’s edition. I wish that Owlcrate could have at least added some sprayed edges or some other cool customization that would have made this a more exclusive edition. In it’s current state, I’m really not interested in buying it for my collection. I enjoyed Owlcrate’s edition of Sorcery of Thorns more because it changed the color from a greenish-teal color to a bright, rich purple. This change is just too subtle and simple for me, and I think I enjoy the original a bit better.

This could be a good buy for you if you want to get a signed, exclusive edition of Vespertine, but you don’t want Fairyloot’s edtion. (It’s not known yet what The Bookish Box will be doing for their edition of the book.) This one does come with a dust jacket that would match the art style of Margaret’s other two books, if that’s important to you.


  • Highly anticipated book
  • US Based Shipping
  • Art by Charlie Bowater


Thanks for reading my ramble! Let me know in the comments what you think of the book, theme, and items! Would you get this box?

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