Theme announcements are uploaded on the 2nd of each month prior at 10am EST!
Next announcement:
the March 2023 theme reveal on February 2nd! See you then!
Follow
our Instagram and turn on Notifications to make sure you don't miss out on announcement excitement!

February 2023: DUALITY

  • A blue-orange colored illustration of two Black men in front of London. The one on the left looks worried and is wearing a cream suit and tiny glasses. The one on the right is wearing a black suit and top hat and an evil grin.
  • 🌈 Our February theme is… DUALITY!

    🌈 Our first book is the dark and atmospheric My Dear Henry by Kalynn Bayron. We devoured this book in one sitting, and we think you’re going to LOVE it, too! Our copies come with a luxuriously dark, completely redesigned dust jacket with gold foiling, author letter on the jacket, and signed bookplate!

    MY DEAR HENRY AT A GLANCE:
    In this deeply emotive retelling of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, it’s London in 1885. Gabriel Utterson has managed to secure a spot at London’s exclusive Medical School. That is, until the friendship blooming between him and Henry Jeckyll turns into something more, and hateful eyes in the school spill their secret and get them expelled.

    Henry is torn from his life and as Gabriel desperately looks for a sign, any, that the boy he knew and loves still exists, he begins seeing someone strangely familiar coming and going from Henry’s manor. Someone who knows things about him that nobody should know. Someone who is carrying a dark secret…

    REP: mlm, Black Gay MC, Black gay LI,  Black SCs, queer SCs

    CW: Period-consistent racism, dead bodies, bullying, homphobia, mob violence, attempted sexual assault, physical assault, murder, on-page death due to illness

    🌈 Our indie book this month is the sweeping French tale Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault. We’re bringing to you a gorgeous exclusive edition with a cozy, cozy cover, printing on the hardcover, art endpapers, digitally printed edges, an EXCLUSIVE SHORT STORY, and signed bookplates!

    BAKER THIEF AT A GLANCE:
    Adèle’s mission in life is to protect the citizens of Val-de-mer. That, and grab a croissant and coffee at her local bakery. Claire owns the Croissant-toi, but she lives two lives: her days are filled with pastries as Claude the baker, and her nights are dedicated to running the streets and pilfering the magical devices known as exocores from their homes as a masked thief.

    But unfortunately for Claire, Adèle has been assigned to capture this mysterious purple-haired thief, and when she shows up one night to steal Adèle’s exocore, their budding relationship threatens to take a serious tumble.

    REP: fat BIPOC bigender bisexual aromantic MC, asthmatic biromantic demisexual female MC, Asian lesbian SC with prosthetic arm, Black lesbian SC, fat demiromantic demigirl SC, gay SC, trans man aegosexual gray-ace asexual SC, nonbinary SCs

    CW: fire, human experimentation, human trafficking, witch hunts, detailed descriptions of food

    🌈 FEATURED FANDOMS:

    • Hell Followed With Us (mlm, trans gay m) is our monthly special item fandom!
    • Malice (wlw, sapphic) is our monthly magnet fandom!


    🌈Sub spots for Feb will be offered exclusively to our waitlist. You can join the waitlist from the link below!

January 2023: FINDING YOURSELF!

  • A snowy city scene at sunset with people ice skating in the background. In the foreground, two boys are walking. One is holding a map, and the other is pointing forward and looking back at him. A guidepost behind them says Yourself, The Future, and The Past.
  • Up, down, left, right... No wonder we're all feeling a little

    bit lost right now! Let us help you find yourself with our January theme...

    FINDING YOURSELF!

    🌈 Our first book is
    As You Walk on By by Julian Winters!

    SUMMARY: Theo has it all figured out. His plan is foolproof. Excel at his magnet school. Get scouted by college recruiters. Go to Duke on scholarship. But all he really wants is a perfect prom night.

    His best friend dares Theo to prompose to his crush at a party. The promposal goes epically wrong and Theo seeks refuge in an empty bedroom.

    As the night goes on, one by one, new classmates join him to avoid who they're supposed to be outside the bedroom. Among them, a familiar acquaintance, a quiet outsider, an old friend, and a new flame…

    Our exclusive edition features:
    🗺 an exclusive, completely redesigned dust jacket!
    🗺 signed bookplate!

    REP: Black gay MC, Black gay LI, Latinx bisexual m MC, Black bisexual single father, Black sapphic MC, sapphic SCs, Chinese Nonbinary MC, mlm, wlw (off page), IVF

    CW: public humiliation, past death, microaggressions, homphobia, underage drinking, weed, gossip, sexism, mysoginy, sexual harrasment, biphobia, death by car accident, racism

    🌈 Our indie book this month is The Name-Bearer by Natalia Hernandez!

    SUMMARY:
    The Name-Bearer’s purpose is to receive and deliver the names of the future monarchy from the Flowers of Prophecy. When the child is finally born the Name-Bearer refuses to name him. Instead they deliver a prophecy; another child was born who is more worthy of the Naming, and if they are found and brought before them it will usher in a reign of peace.

    Having failed, the Name-Bearer is considered a traitor and must hide among a sect of warrior women. Her training helps prepare her to embark on her quest to find the Unnamed Prince, clear her name, and bring peace to her realm.

    Our exclusive edition features:

    🗺 all-new exclusive cover

    🗺 printed and foiled hard case design

    🗺 map endpapers

    🗺 digitally printed edges

    🗺 an exclusive short story

    🗺 signed bookplates!

    REP:  wlw, gay, bisexual, lesbian, non-binary sc, Latine/Latinx, indigenous and afro-latine cast

    CW: Violence, death, blood, monsters, bullying, human trafficking, verbal threat of sexual assault

    🌈 FEATURED FANDOMS:

    - I Am Not Your Chosen One by Evelyn Benvie (mlm, biromantic gray-ace m) is our item fandom!
    - Last Night at the Telegraph Club (wlw, lesbian) is our monthly magnet fandom!

    🌈Sub spots for Jan will be offered exclusively to our waitlist. You can join the waitlist from the link below!

December 2022: Pride Edition: BEAUTIFULLY BISEXUAL!

  • A grassy green scene with various people laying in a circle wearing shades of the bisexual pride flag. It says “Rainbow Crate Pride Edition:” at the top and “Beautifully Bisexual” in a circle in semi-transparent white.
  • 🌈 Rumors are going around, and bi the way, have you heard we’re bringing another Pride Edition box to you this December?

    That’s right! Our December theme is… Pride Edition: BEAUTIFULLY BISEXUAL!

    🌈 All of our books this month feature named, on-page bisexual main characters!


    🌈 Our first book this month is Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales!

    NEGBT is the story of Maya, Skye, and a heap of other girls asked to participate in a reality dating show. What do they all have in common? Well, they are all former girlfriends of the star, charming socialite and brother-to-royalty, Jordy. He’s adored by the masses, but only they know the truth: that he’s a cheating, lying, stuck-up dick. Everyone has their reasons for coming on the show, but for Maya and Skye, it was definitely not to find love… especially not with each other!

    Our books come with an exclusive, completely redesigned dust jacket and signed bookplate!

    REP: white bisexual f MC, white sapphic MC, South Asian f SC, BIPOC gay m SC
    CW: Toxic relationship, emotional abuse, infidelity, misogyny, sexism, biphobia, abandonment, alcohol consumption

    🌈 Our indie book this month is the extremely well-loved The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic by FT Lukens!

    TRARFMMAM is a real-world fantasy about Bridger Whitt, who, desperate to pay for college, takes what seems like a slightly odd job involving strange doors, old books, older scrolls, disembodied voices, and uh… mermaids. When Bridger realizes that his employer is actually the intermediary between the human world and its myths, it’s up to Bridger to find the source of a growing chaos, solve the problem, oh, and navigate all this without fumbling his chances with his new crush on the dreamy new football star Leo.

    Our special edition books come with an all-new exclusive cover, a faux-leather foiled case design (under the cover) mimicking an in-world book, art endpapers, digitally printed edges, a bound in ribbon bookmark, an interview with FT Lukens, a cryptid name generator, and signed bookplates!

    REP: bisexual male, gay Puerto Rican male, mlm, sapphic female side character, Eastern European side character 
    CW: panic attacks, mild violence

    🌈 FEATURED FANDOMS:
    - I Knew Him by Abigail de Niverville (mlm, bisexual m)
    - Full Disclosure by Camryn Garret  (bisexual f) is our monthly magnet!

    🌈Subscription spots for Dec will be offered exclusively to our waitlist on a first-come first-serve basis. You can join the waitlist from the link below!

November 2022: LORE

  • A nighttime scene of a female vampire sitting on a rock gazing at a mermaid. The mermaid is green and gazing back, blushing. The theme title “Lore” is on top of the image.
  • Stories are a universality.

    Every society has their myths. Their legends. Their lore...

    Which brings us to November’s theme… LORE!


    🌈 Our first book this month is
    Even Though I Knew the End by CL Polk!


    Even Though I Knew the End is an atmospheric detective noir story with a touch of magic, demons, angels, and of course undying, eternal sapphic love. In the 1930s, an exiled augur who sold her soul to save her brother's life is offered one last job before serving an eternity in hell. When she turns it down, her client sweetens the pot by offering up the one payment she can't resist―the chance to have a future where she grows old with the woman she loves.

    Our books are hardcover and come with an exclusive dust jacket and signed bookplates!


    REP: wlw, sapphic mcs, genderless angels and demons

    CW: smoking, murder, blood (not graphic), electroshock therapy, possession, religious concepts (angels & demons)

    🌈 Our indie book this month is the brand new How To Bite Your Neighbor and Win a Wager by D.N. Bryn!

    How To Bite Your Neighbor and Win a Wager is a slow-burn paranormal romance full of laughter, angst, and all the thirsty pining. In it, Vincent has suffered 4 years as a vampire. Too poor for black market blood, he feeds from sleeping humans to survive. Wesley Garcia has been waking up with fang marks. Lucky for him, he needs a vampire—to use as bait. But as the two bond, Vincent believes he might have finally found someone worth putting his trust in... and Wes fears neither of them will survive the betrayal he has planned.

    Our copies feature an all-new exclusive cover, foiling on the hardcover, art endpapers, and an extra short story!

    REP: mlm, bisexual m, gay, lesbian, anxiety, depression, therapy, Mexican-American mc, Black sc

    CW: violence, medical experimentation, murder, blood, implied sexual acts, non-consensual blood sucking, manipulation, self harm

    🌈 FEATURED FANDOMS:

    - The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia (aroace nonbinary, trans m)

    - Lore & Lust  by Karla Nichole (mlm, gay) is our monthly magnet!

    🌈Subscription spots for Nov will be offered exclusively to our waitlist on a first-come first-serve basis. You can join the waitlist at the link below!

October 2022: STRANGER THINGS

  • A dark grey square featuring a striped circle in retro rainbow colors. In front of it are two boys - one is a fat, white dewil with short brown hair and red eyes, horns, and tail. He’s holding a coffee. The other is a black demon with short black hair, ba
  • Hey, reading rainbows!

    We told you we were switching things up starting in October, and we. are. there! Our new boxes include TWO physical books per box - one new release traditionally published book, as we’ve always had, but with a special cover! And one faaaaaaabulous indie special edition hardcover with all the customizations you could ever want!


    Want to see what’s up first? Well, here’s our October theme, perfect for those who like a little scary with their supper….

    STRANGER THINGS!

    🌈 Our first book for October is
    The Restless Dark by Erica Waters!

    TRD is the ominous, forested tale of three girls who take part in a contest to find the bones of a long-dead serial killer. Each girl has a reason for being there, but they’re not just going to up and share… Our book comes with a custom dust jacket by an artist we’ll be revealing later this month and signed bookplates!

    REP: wlw, sapphic mcs, PTSD

    CW: Murder, death, kidnapping (recounted), blood, violence, injury, emotional abuse, abandonment, religious bigotry, suicide, sexual content, alcohol consumption, physical intimidation, child abuse (recounted), cursing, fire, gaslighting, panic attack, misogyny, sexism, toxic relationship, vomit, choking, stabbing, serial killer glorification


    🌈 Our Oct indie book is the never-before-released Sixteen Souls by Rosie Talbot!

    SS takes place in York, the most haunted city in Europe and stars Charlie, who can see all of them. When famous spirits start mysteriously vanishing from York’s alleys and snickleways, Sam, the irritating new seer in town, ropes him into tracking down who –or what– is responsible. This exclusive release comes with a custom foiled dust jacket, foiling on the case, digitally printed edges, map endpapers, a bonus short story, an art gallery, and custom signed art bookplates!

    REP: mlm, gay, trans m, lesbian, pan, bi, PTSD, bilateral amputee, selective mutism, anxiety

    CW: death, torture (remembered), suicide (hanging), child abuse (remembered), blood, blood magic (implied), body horror, kidnapping, decomposition of a corpse, violence/murder, parental death (on page), panic attack, use of a firearm, transphobia (off page), homophobia (off page/implied)

    🌈 Featured fandoms:

    - Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore (nblnb, nonbinary mcs) is our monthly magnet!

    - The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig (mlm, mlmlm, poly, gay, pan m)

September 2022: Historians Said They Were Roommates!

  • The exterior of an apartment building, with a couch on a fire escape. There are two boys on the couch looking lovingly at each other, one Black and one white. One is holding a coffee and there is a vague city scene below them.
  • They were the best of friends.

    They wrote love letters to each other, lived together until they died, were buried together. This is dedicated to those who…

    HISTORIANS SAID THEY WERE ROOMMATES!

    🌈 Cemetery Boys was one of our first books, and we are so excited to say that our September BOTM is the first in Aiden Thomas’ new duology, The Sunbearer Trials! You’re going to LOVE this book - it’s part adventure and part deadly competition, filled with lush descriptions, beautifully described locales, and a friendship and love that may just be… to die for! Our copies come with an exclusive dust jacket, gorgeous page overlays by @chioink, an author letter, and a bookplate signed by Aiden!

    SUMMARY:

    As a new decade begins, the Sun’s power must be replenished so that Sol can keep the evil Obsidian gods at bay. Ten semidioses between the ages of 13 and 18 are selected by Sol himself to compete in The Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser will be sacrificed to Sol, their body used to fuel the Sun Stones that will protect the people of Reino del Sol for the next ten years.

    The Sunbearer competitors are always Golds, so Teo, a 17-year-old Jade semidiós and the trans son of Quetzal, has never worried about the Trials…or rather, he’s only worried for others, and not himself. But for the first time ever, Sol chooses two Jades for the competition: Xio, the 13-year-old child of Mala Suerte, and… Teo. Now they must compete in five mysterious trials, against opponents who are both more powerful and better trained, for fame, glory, and their own survival.

    QUEER REP: Trans male mcs, achillean and sapphic mcs and scs, nonbinary scs, queer-normative world, trans-normative world

    OTHER REP: Latinx cast and Deaf characters, masculine women

    CW: bullying, violence, injury, death, ritual sacrifice (not on page), blood, fire, classism, gender dysphoria, death of parent


    🌈 The e-book for Sept. will be announced soon!


    🌈 Featured fandoms:

    - Soulbound series by Hailey Turner (mlm, achillean m) (magnet)

    - This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron (wlw, pan f )

    - Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (wlw, bi f)

    - Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel (aroace f)

August 2022: Enemies to Lovers

  • Two male-presenting characters stand in front of school lockers, their eyes side--meeting and sparking. One is white, and the other is Black. The words “Enemies to Lovers” are resting on an open locker.
  • They say that love and hate are two sides of the same coin.

    Love a little tension with your love stories? Then August’s theme is perfect for you! Without further ado, our August theme is…

    ENEMIES TO LOVERS!

    🌈 Our August BOTM is The Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason Deaver! The Feeling of Falling in Love is a new kind of love story, about walking disasters, the bad decisions we make, and the people who help get us back on the right path.

    SUMMARY:

    Just days before spring break, Neil Kearney is set to fly across the country with his childhood friend-with-benefits Josh, to attend his brother's wedding—until Josh tells Neil that he's in love with him and Neil doesn't return the sentiment.

    With Josh still attending the wedding, Neil needs to find a new date to bring along to show Josh that he’s SO over him. But the only one available is his roommate Wyatt, who is hot, but way too nice, and loud, and also hates him (for good reason).

    At first, Wyatt (correctly) thinks Neil is acting like a jerk. But when they get to LA, Neil and Wyatt begin to understand one another… and maybe, just maybe, fall in love for the first time…

    QUEER REP: trans male, enby-questioning character, gay, sapphic, bi male

    OTHER REP: Black & Korean characters

    CW: transphobia, homophobia, divorce, misgendering, deadnaming (name not shown), classism, underage drinking, neglectful parenting, death of parent (off pg)

    🌈 The e-book for August will be announced soon!

    🌈 Featured fandoms:

    - Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston (mlm, bi m mc, gay li) (magnet)

    - This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone  (wlw)

    - Love Bites by Duckie Mack (mlm)

    - The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (wlw, lesbian)

    🌈 An item from each fandom and the botm will be included in your boxes!
    We’re excited to announce we will also be featuring art by Odile (@odile.lavdor)!

July 2022: Beats of PRIDE

  • a dark gray square with various musical instruments strewn about. The keyboard has pride-themed keys. On top of this are neon glowing letters saying “beats of pride.”
  • They say that music is the voice of the soul, and when words fail, music speaks.

    Our July books all embrace the power of music in the queer experience! Without further ado, our July theme is…

    BEATS OF PRIDE

    🌈 Our July BOTM is
    Beating Heart Baby by Lio Min! Beating Heart Baby is a dazzlingly-written story of first love in a vulnerable heart, a dizzying, sexy, and utterly heartfelt love letter to internet friendships and indie rock.

    SUMMARY:

    When artistic and sensitive orphan Santi arrives at his new high school, everyone in the wildly talented marching band welcomes him with open arms. Except for the prickly, proud musical prodigy Suwa, who clearly doesn’t think Santi has what it takes.

    But when Santi and Suwa open up to each other about their painful pasts, a tentative friendship begins. And soon, that friendship turns into something more.

    Will their budding relationship rip at the seams when Suwa seeks something more, and Santi figures out his deepest secret? Can what they built survive

    QUEER REP: mlm, pansexual m, trans m, non-binary sc, sapphic sc, lesbian sc

    OTHER REP: Japanese-Korean mc, Black sc, Latinx sc

    CW: transphobia, homophobia, deadnaming (name not shown), anxiety attack, underage drinking, smoking, mentions of past child abuse, death of a parent, body dysmorphia, racism, past forced outing, pressure to come out

    🌈 The e-book for July is A Demon for Midwinter by K.L. Noone! More about that soon!

    Featured fandoms:
    - The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow (demisexual bi f) (magnet)

    - We're Here, We're Here by K.M. Szpara (mlm, trans m, bi m, nb)

    - This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow (wlw, lesbian, bi f)

    - If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich (mlm, gay, bi m)

    🌈 An item from each fandom will be included in your boxes! We’re excited to announce we will also be featuring art by Robin!

Join the #RainbowCrate Community