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May’s FairyLoot Box – Warriors & Legends

My FairyLoot box arrived over the weekend and I was looking forward to seeing what was inside it. I don’t get a FairyLoot box every month (because of the cost and I have the naïve belief that it’ll give me more unread books on my TBR but I do that myself to be honest) but I had to get this month’s box because the theme, Warriors & Legends, sounded fab.

I think the box was really well put together and had a lot of cool stuff in it. There’s an exclusive blend of loose leaf green tea from The Tea Leaf Co – I don’t drink tea so no doubt I’ll be finding it a good home, but I do love the design on the container. I’ve become slightly addicted to candles lately so I love the box included one. There were two different candles you could’ve ended up with from In The Wick of Time, one called Flame and one called Mist. The Mist candle was in my box and I love the scent, it’s warm stone and woodsmoke and it’s a lovely subtle scent.

The box also included an exclusive wooden Lord of the Rings bookmark from Ink and Wonder, a pair of Celtic patterned socks, a metallic feather pen from Flora’s Wonder Emporium and a chapter sampler of Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff which sounds like a feminist fairy-tale.

There were actually two books in this month’s box. The first is World Mythology in Bite-Sized Chunks by Mark Daniel, a cool introduction to different myths and legends from across the world. And the second was the main event – Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. I’ve heard so much about this book on social media over the past few months but never realised it was a Mulan-inspired story set in feudal Japan. Someone should’ve told me that and then it would’ve been right up my TBR! Flame in the Mist came with a signed bookplate, bookmark and a letter from the author and I do like how FairyLoot put the book in a little bag so it doesn’t get damaged on its journey in the post.

I do like FairyLoot boxes. They always feature cool things that are to a high quality and stuff books that I wouldn’t normally get myself but nearly always enjoy. Next month’s theme is Elementalists and I think there’s still some boxes left if you’re quick.

May’s OwlCrate Box: Comic Explosion

I ordered my second OwlCrate recently because the theme, Comic Explosion, was just my sort of thing. OwlCrate is a YA subscription service based in America and it’s the shipping costs of $20 that makes it a box that I pick and choose when to get it. I have to say I was very surprised at how quickly it arrived on my doorstep. Especially as I received an email at lunchtime today saying it was on its way and I could track it, I click on the tracking number and see it had arrived at 11am! Turns out the email might have been a bit delayed and my box was actually posted last Monday – still, it was an excellent surprise to come home to.

If your May OwlCrate box has yet to arrive – beware spoilers below! (more…)

August’s FairyLoot Box

This month’s FairyLoot box arrived a last week and after seeing much excitement on Twitter about what was inside it I was looking forward to getting my hands on it. This was my second FairyLoot box, I got May’s box (and completely forgot to blog about it because it arrived just before I went on holiday) which I liked and I knew I had to sign up for August’s box as the theme was Dark Deeds and I love a villain.

FairyLoot is a monthly YA subscription box based in the UK that tends to focus more on fantasy stories. You can find out more about the box here.

The book in this month’s FairyLoot box is Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and it came with a signed bookplate, an art poster, a bookmark and a letter from the author. Now you may have seen that that book has already come into my possession through my subscription to another YA box, Illumicrate. Yes, it’s a shame I got the same book but it’s understandable. Each subscription box wants to have the newest and most anticipated release and if you’re subscribed to multiple boxes it is only a matter of time before you end up with the same book. I’m sure I’ll find a good home for my spare copy soon.

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The goodies that came with this box were great. There’s a candle that smells of The Dark Side – turns out The Dark Side smells like Fruit Loops (glad the card that came with the box told me that as I’m a Brit who’s never had Fruit Loops in her life) which is an interesting scent but I like it. There’s a cool Harry Potter coaster with a quote from Draco Malfoy by BookOtter and a bar of soap inspired by Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses which smells lovely from Behind The Pages. There’s also some evil-inspired nail decals from House of Wonderland and then there’s the Animorphia notebook that I’m absolutely in love with. I’ve been thinking about getting an adult colouring book for so long but haven’t got around to yet so this is perfect, it’s a notebook but there’s beautiful animal illustrations you can colour! I honestly love it. It’s my favourite thing in the box and the fact I already have Nevernight doesn’t even bother me because this notebook more than makes up for it.

FairyLoot is a great box if you like fantasy books and related goodies and each month has a theme. It’s not too expensive but I know I just can’t keep on top of monthly subscription boxes so I’ll only get one if the theme takes my fancy.

August’s Illumicrate Box

I went to my Gran’s yesterday and my Illumicrate box was sitting there waiting for me. Illumicrate is a UK based subscription box for YA book lovers, the box is sent out every three months and you can find all the info about costs and shipping here.

I’ve had the Illumicrate box for a while now and you can check out what was in the February box and the May box – so far I’ve only read one of the books I’ve received, hopefully I’ll catch up on the books I’ve received through various subscription boxes by the end of the year.

I was really impressed with this month’s box. On social media it said it would contain two books, both of which would be pre-releases which is very cool, but I had no idea what books they’d be. The two books were Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and The Graces by Laure Eve. I’ve not read anything by Jay Kristoff before (Illuminae is currently sitting unread on my shelves) but wow Nevernight is such a beautiful hardback book I can’t really deal with it. The story sounds interesting too but really I just can’t get over how pretty this book is. The Graces is all about magic and witches and it’s not released in the UK till the beginning of next month! I like the sound of both books and I can’t wait to read them. Both books came with a signed bookplate and Nevernight also had a art card, bookmark and there’s a video from the author you can access while The Graces came with some temporary tattoos and a letter from the author.

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Now for the goodies, there’s a Gilmore Girls-inspired tote bag by Colorful Geekiness (a show I have never seen but have heard nothing but good things about), Colouring Quotes by Ashley Poston, a couple of amazing Harry Potter coasters from Taratjah Art (I love them so much!) and some Strawberry Tea from Post Tea that smells absolutely gorgeous – I’m not much of a tea drinker but I think I’ll have to make an exception and try this tea.

There’s also some extras relating to Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Unboxed by Non Pratt and A Torch Against the Night by Sabba Tahir. There was supposed to be a sampler of A Torch Against the Night in all of the subscription boxes but the publisher was unable to send enough copies so in my box that was missing, however the lovely people at Illumicrate has it all sorted out and if you’re like me and didn’t get the sampler, you can contact them with your order number and they’ll send one out to you.

I really do like Illumicrate, so far the books have all been new to me and in the case of When We Collided from May’s box, the sort of thing I wouldn’t normally pick up. It’s been nice receiving I’d never even heard of, books from new-to-me authors and from genres I don’t always read. I do get a bit worried about just getting more and more unread books and goodies that I won’t necessarily use but so far that hasn’t been the case. The next box will be sent out in November but you’ve got to be quick if you want one, they seem to always go super fast!

My first OwlCrate Box

My OwlCrate box arrived earlier this week and I can’t wait to show you what was inside. This was the first time I’d subscribed to Owl Crate, while I have tried other subscription boxes I hadn’t really thought about OwlCrate since it is a US based one so presumed it’d cost more in shipping and take a long time to get to me in the UK. I was both right and wrong. Shipping cost $20 which is roughly £15 which is a bit much for me to pay on top of the cost of the actual box, or at least it’s a bit much to spend every month. But I was really surprised by how quick it got to me – it shipped on the 15th and arrived just four days later!

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Each month there is a theme and this month’s theme was Good vs Evil and to be honest, that’s pretty much why I decided to give OwlCrate a go this month. I love a villain and this month everyone would receive the same book but you’d either receive Good themed goodies or Evil themed ones. By pure chance my box was an Evil themed one which made me really happy. (more…)

May’s Illumicrate Box

My Illumicrate box arrived over the weekend – turns out the address I gave was my Gran’s because of the whole moving house thing, so when I went to see her today it was there waiting for me which was rather exciting. Illumicrate is a UK based subscription box for YA book lovers, the box is sent out every three months and you can find all the info about costs and shipping here.

This is my second Illumicrate, the first one I bought was February’s box and you can find out what was in it and my thoughts on it here. So now onto this month’s box!

The book that came in this month’s box was When We Collided by Emery Lord. I love the cover and to be honest this book hadn’t come on to my radar at all. I’ve not read any of Emery Lord’s books before so this is the perfect opportunity to check her writing out. It seems like a contemporary romance (as you may know that’s not my go-to genre) but it seems like the sort of thing I like to read over the summer. It also came with a signed bookplate and some pretty postcards as well.

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My First Illumicrate Box

My first Illumicrate box arrived the other day which was rather exciting. It’s a quarterly subscription box for YA book lovers based in the UK. Previously I’ve had a Book Riot Quarterly Box but that ended up being quite expensive because it came from America and you had to pay a big shipping cost. (The Book Riot box is still pretty cool though and I would recommend it – you can check out my post where I talk all about my first box here.)

Anyway. Back to the Illumicrate box! The book that came in the box was Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I’ve seen this book all over social media over the past month and I have been intrigued by it. While it is a fantasy book (which I do like) it’s about witches and I have to say I can’t think of any books I read that have witches. There was the Wicca series which I devoured from my local library when I was a young teenager but I can’t think of any witch-related books I’ve read since. With Truthwitch came a signed bookplate, a postcard and a bookmark.

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The goodies in the box were really cute. I love the A Darker Scent of Magic candle made by the Simple Candle Co especially for the box. I got the Black London candle and I love the smell even though I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like – there’s definitely some lavender in there but that’s not just it.

There were a couple of cute magnetic bookmarks from BeeDoo that were all about love and shipping, three bookish quote pencil and a lovely pouch made by Elena Illustration. In the box was also a tote bag inspired by The It Girl and a couple of badges related to The Dark Days Club.

I think I will definitely get the Illumicrate box again, the books in the box is usually a new YA release and I’m someone who pretty much never gets books as soon as they come out unless it’s a series or an author I’m already into.

Have you had the Illumicrate box before or any other bookish subscription boxes? I would love to hear about what other subscription boxes are out there.