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

A Quiet Kind of Thunder book review

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Stefi is a selective mute andΒ has pretty much been invisible all her life but it suits her and she gets by. But a new guy starts at her school, Rhys who is deaf and their common knowledge of sign language has Stefi talking more than she ever has before. Because love isn’t a flash of lightning, sometimes is a small rumble of thunder which builds and builds…

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Love, love, love this book! I didn’t want to put it down I just couldn’t get enough of this beautiful story. I loved how it wasn’t a typical love story, I mean yeah they get together so it is a typical love story but it also isn’t because they both have their own mental and physical illness which impacts their lives differently. Stefi can’t talk to people which makes everything the average person takes for granted so hard, but Rhys can’t hear and has a whole other world in his life most people don’t give a second thought to.

Rhys is absolutely adorable. Seriously, he is a cutie and I love him and Stefi together in this book because they are so sweet. They argue over which is the best Pixar film: Toy Story or Wall-E (and for the record, it’s most definitely WALL-E I mean there’s just no competition) and then he gets her two pop vinyl figures for her birthday – a Wall-E and Eve! God can Rhys please be my boyfriend haha!

What I loved about this book is how it represents two completely different but so similar people in the fact that they both have some sort of illness/disability – Rhys is deaf and Stefi is mute and has social anxiety. It helps to understand just how someone with anxiety is affected by this and I was quite shocked how some things she did I would consider to be rude or blase. Like at one point she answers a question in class with one word but doesn’t look up and carries on drawing in her notepad – I would have found this to be disrespectful if I didn’t know she was a selective mute so it just goes to show that you can’t presume you know everything about a person just from how they act – there’s always something you don’t know about.

And I learnt so much about sign language and lip reading! I had no idea how much someone could understand what someone is saying just from lip reading, or that someone who is deaf could talk so much. Because it’s not a part of my life – I don’t know anyone who is deaf – I have no idea how someone who is deaf manages with day-to-day life and what obstacles they have to overcome.

I love books like this. Ones that are not only enjoyable to read, but educate the reader about things they just wouldn’t have come across in their life. It was so lovely to read and made me laugh at times as well! I love Stefi’s friend with her cheeky humour and the fact that Stefi has separated parents and two families; it shows that life isn’t perfect but it’s what you make of it and I really liked the representation of family and friendships in this book, as well as starting a relationship for the first time.

It was such a sweet romance to read about, with their texting and their communication through sign language and they were just so cute together! And I absolutely loved the realistic ‘first time’ that Stefi experienced with Rhys – it shows that, again, it’s not the fairytale wonderful moment you dream it to be. This book was just so on it with the reality of life and it was so refreshing to read.

Love and relationships be they family, friend or romantic, are always hard and have their obstacles and difficulties. This book shows that in a beautifully subtle way and I recommend reading it!

β€œWith lightning, you’re never really sure if that’s what it was; it’s just a flash. Thunder, you know. You feel it.’
‘You can keep your quiet thunder. I’ll keep the exciting lightning.” – Sara Barnard, A Quiet Kind of Thunder