April Fairyloot unboxing

I received the beautiful Fairyloot box the other day and if you’ve never heard of this, it’s a UK-based YA/fantasy subscription box! I absolutely love getting these boxes because they always put the best books in and have such cute little bookish items inside and feature some brilliant designers/artists.

This month the theme was DREAMS & WISHES and we definitely knew it would feature something inspired by ACOMAF (one of my favourite books ever) and The Bone Season (another of my favourite series!) so naturally I had to get this box as well as it featuring one of my favourite artists, Risa Rodil.

Despite having to wait over the weekend till the postroom at uni opened again on Monday, I didn’t get spoiled so everything was a lovely surprise! (As it should be but unfortunately people do like to post unboxings on instagram as soon as they’ve got it!) I love looking at people’s instagram stories for when I haven’t ordered the box and it’s a great way of showing the contents of the box but allowing people to avoid being spoiled as they can avoid looking at their story.

But enough about that, here’s what I received in my box!

  • The Mime order quote tote bag by Miss Phi
  • ‘To the stars who listen, and dreams that are answered’ ACOMAF quote mug by Risa Rodil
  • Reverie candle by Meraki Candles which smells of mint, marshmallows and
  • ‘dreams’ enamel pin badge by House of Wonderland
  • gemstone notebook by Portico
  • dreams magnet by Fairyloot
  • bonus items: Hunted postcard and Spindle Fire quote print

My favourite item has to be the mug and bag because I can’t choose and they are both GORGEOUS! I also absolutely love the smell of the candle and I’ll totally use the cute little pin badge and magnet. I really want to read Hunted which is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and Spindle Fire sounds like a great Sleeping Beauty retelling too! I love it when they include little recommendations and upcoming book release peaks because it means more books to discover!

And now for the book featured this month…

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It’s GIVEN TO THE SEA by Mindy McGinnis!

I totally googled ‘YA April releases’ and found this book which fitted the description that Fairyloot gave when they released the theme for April – I couldn’t help myself! It was still a nice surprise because I couldn’t be sure!

I’m very happy with the contents of this box this month and I’d thoroughly recommend checking out Fairyloot! Sometimes I find the boxes aren’t quite to my taste, so I wait for the themes and designers I like – they always announce a theme and some items/suppliers that will feature in the box so it’s not too hard to avoid being disappointed! Everyone has their preferences but most of the time this box has such good bookish items and the most amazing YA reads in it!

Jo x

January Fairyloot unboxing

Well after what has been a few crappy weeks at uni (but with a few good days in between) I was so excited for my Fairyloot box and it arrived so quickly to say it was delayed a little due to one of the products arriving a bit late. Fairyloot definitely perks up my month and OH MY GOD was this box the best yet!!! My flatmate had to get it from the post room at uni and when I got back home it was sat waiting outside my door!

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Seriously, this box has definitely been my favourite out of all the ones that I have bought and see through bookstagram and booktube – everything in it was AWESOME!

The theme this month was Mystery and Mischief so without further ado, here is what was in this fabulous book box:

I love everything!!!! Even the pop vinyl which I normally hate haha!

I especially loved this box because it included a design by Risa Rodil and I absolutely love her work.

In the box starting from the top left was:

  • How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes book by Daniel Smith
  • Alice In Wonderland bookmark by Read At Midnight
  • Passenger themed notebook
  • Crookshanks Funko Mystery Mini (surprise HP or GoT and I got HP – even better I got a cat!)
  • Come Back Yesterday candle by Meraki Candles
  • The Night Circus themed cushion cover by Risa Rodil
  • Rose necklace by Oh Panda Eyes

 

And the book this month which I just knew was going to be in the box because it’s been raved about so much was………

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CARAVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot WAIT to read this book by Stephanie Garber and my god is it BEAUTIFUL! Plus the hardcover under the jacket had one of four designs and I got the tent! As always, a hand written note from the author and signed bookplate was included, as well as a Caraval postcard artwork and bookmark. PLUS there was also an Alchemists of London bookmark and Jackaby free chapter download postcard – a great way to get books a bit more well known! I’ll definitely be checking out these books suggested since they were in the Fairyloot box πŸ˜€

I cannot express how much I love this January Fairyloot box – everything is just brilliant and I am so excited to start this book! Thanks so much Fairyloot!!!

A happy bookworm,

Jo x

Nerdy Bookworm Box unboxing

So this month I received my first Nerdy Bookworm Box! The theme for November was Magical Beasts and I was soooo excited for this box! I love all things animal-related in books and especially magical beasts because they’re just so magical!

I have to say that the customer service from this subscription box was amazing – I asked to change my order and Jen was so lovely! I would definitely recommend trying out this book subscription service because of how much care goes into looking after the customers.

Right so on to the box! I got some really cute items in this box, all unicorns and beasts!

And the book for November was…

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MOON CHOSEN by P C Cast! I’ve never heard of this author but the book looks amazing and it’s HUGE! Plus the pages are decked so it just makes it all the more impressive. I can’t wait to get stuck into this book!!

My favourite item has to be the unicorn coaster – it’s just adorable and has such a cute quote on it. I was a little disappointed to see no dragon-related items in the box since they’re such a cool magical beast but other than that, I am very happy with my November Nerdy Bookworm Box!

September Fairyloot unboxing

September’s theme was Magic & Mayhem which sounded AMAZING and the box did not disappoint! Packed full of magical goodies and a beautiful new book as well as a note from the author and a signed bookplate, the box was oozing magic and mayhem!

So here it is, my unboxing of my September Fairyloot box! (Including the addition of conkers for a more autumnal feel!)

Magical bookish treat included in the box:

And the book of the month was VASSA IN THE NIGHT by Sarah Porter!

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I was really happy with my box but I was extra happy to finally own a candle from the brilliant castleoffables (run by the same person who does Fairyloot) and it smells delicious! The book looks amazing and the bookmark is beautiful (I love Gina’s bookmark designs!) but the author’s note was a little difficult to read :/ Though I loved the box, I thought there was a little too much Grisha in there (for someone who isn’t that keen on the series) it was a little bit annoying – the candle would have been brilliant with some other magic-related items for the notebook and poster, but I guess if you love the Grisha trilogy then you would have been ecstatic with the Grisha overload!

Also in this month’s box were some new features – the book came in a little Fairyloot bag which is perfect for carrying your book around with you in your bag and protecting it from damage. A little two page spread called ‘Fairy scoop’ was also new which features an interview with the author of the month’s book. These new features are such a good idea and add to the box to make it extra special – I just hope that the book bags won’t be included in every box or you can have a choice to opt out of receiving one because once you have one, there isn’t any need for another and it’s a waste.

And that’s it! I can’t wait to get reading Vassa In The Night and finally burn my candle – a brilliant September Magic and Mayhem box!

 

My Bookish Crate unboxing

My wonderful parents bought me a book subscription box for getting through my exams and passing and I was so thrilled when I saw it waiting on the stairs for me the other day! I recently found out I passed my second year exams at uni and I can’t believe I am going into third year – it’s crazy and scary and nerve-wracking but I’ll be taking my beautiful books with me and maybe it won’t be so hard πŸ™‚

So I got my first ever My Bookish Crate which is a bi-monthly book subscription box based in the UK that has a gorgeous box cover to it (cats and books are my two favourite things) and a cute tagline of ‘all the feels in a box’ which is so true! July’s theme was Magic so I knew it was going to be good because I absolutely love magic and fantasy books – everything in the box was so well thought out to keep in theme with the book and the book is AMAZING!

If you’re avoiding spoilers for the July My Bookish Crate then look away now because here’s my unboxing of this awesome box!

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This box had a Magic theme to it and came with a beautiful description card of all the items in the box which had a book and magic floating from it – I love this picture and I am so keeping it because it’s exactly what books are – magic!

Items included in the box were:

  • a gorgeous necklace designed by My Clockwork Castle – I absolutely love it and cannot wait to wear it! I love the work from My Clockwork Castle and I was delighted to see one of their pieces in this box,
  • two cute crown pens by The Persnickety Co. which are really in keeping with the theme of the book,
  • a decorative card designed by My Bookish Crate of Moscow Kremlin,
  • and an amazing smelling bathbomb by WitchWoodRemedies that I can’t wait to use.

All these items were picked and designed around the theme of the book and really cleverly constructed – I especially love the necklace and I really want to use the bathbomb pronto!

So on to the book. The book for the July box with the theme of Magic was… The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye!

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I actually did a little bit of a happy dance when I saw this book in the box because I have heard so many amazing things on the internetsphere about this book and I was even tempted to buy it at one point but I’m so glad I didn’t because I have it now! The book sounds brilliant and it came in a cute little bag with a letter from the author, a signed bookplate and a bookmark designed by My Bookish Crate to keep with the theme of Russia (presumably where the book is set).

There you have it! My unboxing of my first My Bookish Crate box and hopefully not my last! I loved loved LOVED the book that was featured in this month’s box and adored the little bookish items that were included too.

Unfortunately my bank balance says no to any more subscription boxes but I’m hoping I can get one before Christmas because I love getting the surprise of a new release book and bookish items! Book subscription boxes are awesome and totally worth it if you can convince someone to get you one as a treat πŸ™‚

July Fairyloot

Today is a brilliant day because my July Fairyloot box arrived! Your what, sorry? My Fairyloot box!

Fairyloot is a book subscription box based in London which sends you a box containing a new release YA book (mainly fantasy, but they announce the theme beforehand) and some bookish goodies. I’ve been admiring book subscription boxes for ages, but they all seemed to be from the US so when I found this UK-based one, I obviously bought one! I received the May box (High Fantasy theme) and it was a really fun experience so when I found out that the July box would contain TWO books, I couldn’t resist and avoided looking at my bank balance for a little while…

You can find out more about Fairyloot on this link:Β http://www.fairyloot.com/ and I highly recommend this book subscription box – you definitely get your money’s worth because they send amazing stuff and are always coming up with special treats and surprises!

One such surprise in this month’s box was that it contained an ARC (advanced reader’s copy) and I was so excited because I’d never had an ARC before! They always release some teasers before the box is sent out, like the box’s theme and some suppliers for the bookish items in the box so you have some idea of what they will send you and it allows you to gauge whether you would like the box or not (but to be honest, it never disappoints).

So here it is, my first unboxing and I couldn’t have chosen a better box to begin with!

July’s theme was ‘Pirates and Power’ (just FYI, I am currently listening to the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean whilst writing this!) and, as I said, contained two books. The box has a beautiful black and white design with a quote from Neil Gaiman on the side. Also, the theme that is released beforehand comes with a gorgeous picture which is featured on the description of the items in the box and the first thing you see when you open the box.

What you find next is a load of purple paper bookworms but in amongst them are some bookish items and there were so many in this box! They tend to stick to the theme so there were quite a few piratey items, as well as a couple related to the ARC book, but they can be anything book related.

Items contained in this month’s box:

  • a Funko Game of Thrones keyring and I got Jon Snow (two were sent out, one representing ice (Snow) and the other fire (Daenerys))
  • an exclusive bathbomb by Geeky Clean called Frostblood and Fireblood – I can’t wait to use this while reading the amazing ARC!
  • an exclusive lip balm also by Geeky Clean called Pirate Bounty and it has an amazing fragrance of coconuts πŸ™‚
  • a black tote bag with a creative design by Alice in Wonderbookland of a ship and underneath it reads ‘I ship it!’ – pun intended πŸ˜‰
  • a lovely gold foil notebook from Museum and Galleries – I received the Treasure Island design
  • a new bookmark from Behind the Pages (love her bookmarks) which is a colouring-in bookmark with the words ‘currently reading’ across it

I love all the items in this box but I have to say my favourite is probably the lip balm just because I love lip balms πŸ™‚

Now on to the books! (Plural!!!) So the first book I came across in the box was the ARC and it was one I had heard of before, intriguing and on my mental TBR list. This ARC was the ‘power’ part of the theme.

The book was… FROSTBLOOD!

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IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL I cannot waiiiiiit to read this! Frostblood, by Elly Blake, is going to be officially released in January 2017 but two ARC editions were sent out in the boxes – Frost and Fire and as you can see, I got Frost. It also came with a bookmark that has both designs on it and the book is about the two types of people, the firebloods and the frostbloods who are at war with each other.Β Everything about this book is just screaming READ ME – I can tell I’m going to love this book.

The last item was this month’s book – Inherited by Freedom Matthews which was DEDICATEDΒ to me! Fairyloot stepped up their game yet again and we got signed and dedicated books by the author, as well as a personalised letter explaining their idea for the book and a postcard of the book’s front cover.

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We also got a little message from BenjaminOfTomes – a booktuber explaining his love for the book, and another nice touch to add to an already awesome box!

Inherited is a book all about pirates and love after a curse from a Sorceress forbids them from loving. The Wilted Rose sails out to find the heirs to the curse in a bid to convince the Sorceress to end it so they can finally love. This book sounds amazing and it is huuuuuge so I cannot wait to get stuck in and immerse myself in the world of pirates!

So there you have it, my unboxing of the absolutely fantastic Fairyloot July box. I hope you love it and if you’re thinking of treating yourself or someone else to a book subscription box, then definitely give Fairyloot a try – you won’t be left disappointed!

Have a wonderful dayΒ β™₯

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