I liked the sound of the September 2018 'Sister Who Slay' theme but wasn't 100% sure if it was something I'd want and given how expensive shipping is, so I held off ordering. When the unboxings started coming out I honestly wasn't too fussed about it but the longer I looked the more I wanted it and so... I ordered it from the past items shop (honestly this is a big thing for me, I do it a lot!) I'm so happy to have an edition of Seafire, I had thought I might get it in another box in September but I was wrong and I had been kind if disappointed so that definitely played a part in my buying it. There are a few things I wasn't too fussed about, the sticky notes, the LOTR art print, the keychain and the bath bomb, but I really love the bracelets, the candle, the Archeron sisters woodmark and the Lunar Chronicles badges! So like, about half/half. I love Unicorn Crate, I've had two boxes (both from past items shop) from them now and I think they're high quality and have good content/curation. (you can find my flat-lay unboxing photos on my Bookstagram - @bookie_becca)
I ordered the 'Unlikely Allies' (August 2018) box from their past items store on their site back in September 2018. I'm so happy to have the book and I really enjoyed all the items even though I haven't read any of the books they're designed around, which goes to show how great those items are! Even though the INTL shipping (when I last looked) was pretty dear, depending on the theme I think it's worth it. I definitely couldn't maintain a permanent subscription but having the ability and option to purchase from the past items store if boxes are left over is such a great way to ensure you're getting items and a book you actually want so you don't feel like you're 'wasting' money. (PS: As of January 2019 you can still get the 'Unlikely Allies' box from the past items shop!!)
I loved this box! I enjoy the candle and other things with the book. a couple of the items I received were a little young for me, but I'm so a lot of girls would like them. it just depends on your preferences. the book looks great, and I can't wait to start reading it!