FairyLoot’s March box was titled “Myths & Monsters” and was by far my favourite since I subscribed back in November. Unboxing? Unboxing!
I have to say I was a little wary when I received this month’s FairyLoot box, because I was disappointed by the two previous ones. That’s the problem when you don’t really care about the big, popular book series everybody else raves about. When those series feature in boxes, you just don’t feel all that excited about it.
So the March box was a real breath of fresh air in that department. Almost no focus on any particular books? Sounds like heaven to me!
The book of the month
This month’s book is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. (Which I keep miswriting as ‘Stranger the Dream’ for some reason?) You probably admired its cover from afar on bookstagram, since the big metal butterfly (moth?) easily catches the eye. And I have to say, that book is massive! I was really surprised to see how big it is when I opened the box, and I know it’s not one I will have in my bag for my daily commute to work! I also love the blue edge painting on the pages, it’s such a nice detail that makes the book even more unique.
Fabulous Magazine, Sun on Sunday The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real? In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
The goodies of the month
This month’s box packs a total of five goodies in its belly:
- A scarf with a dragon scales pattern, which is definitely my favourite. I have been playing around with it a lot for pictures and I even was able to wear it this week since Spring is definitely coming to London. It’s really soft and pretty, and it makes me miss the time when I could read Eragon without wincing at the writing!
- Some unicorn fairy lights! So freaking cute, with unicorns and rainbows (and I know a thing or two about rainbows, let me tell you…). It’s a little bit on the short side, but I’m sure I’ll be able to find a way to use it in my bedroom soon enough.
- A Nephilim candle. I will admit I don’t hold CClare close to my heart (understatement), so I’m really ‘meh’ about this candle. I’m not really convinced by the smell either, which is too artificial in my opinion. That was the only little disappointment of the box, truth be told.
- A mermaid pocket mirror, because you never have enough pocket mirrors. I bought a new handbag last week, so the mirror directly went into the small pocket so I can check my makeup on the go. Those things are so useful, and how pretty is the pink mermaid in the artwork?
- Two magnetic bookmarks. The! Cutest! Things! I! Have! Ever! Seen! You’ve got one dragon and one phoenix, and they are so freaking cute I almost squee’d when I saw them. I will definitely be using them when I start my next physical book, it’s so much better than using receipts and bus tickets!
So yes, FairyLoot really did pack a punch this month, even more so knowing it was their anniversary box. I enjoy (almost) ever item I received, and I will be using them all, so that’s a plus for me. The cute factor definitely helps too! It’s boxes like this that make me glad I subscribed, and I hope I will be as happy with the next one as I was with this one.