Fairyloot’s September box was was “All That Sass.” Did it meet up the expectations of such a double-edged theme?
Sassy characters are more often than not a hit-or-miss with me, because most “sassy” characters are just plain mean at worse, or written in such a way that makes it impossible for me to connect with them. When every line coming out of a character’s mouth is sass and sarcasm, they lose some of their appeal to me and I find it very difficult to care about them. I love characters for their weaknesses and moments of vulnerability as much as I love them for their highlights, after all.
So “All That Sass”… To be honest, it was by far my least Fairyloot box ever since I started subscribing last year. It probably doesn’t help that most items were about characters and book series I don’t really give a crap about. Once again. I’m seriously sensing some pattern here that makes me wonder sometimes if I am not simply wasting my money.
The book of the month
This month, the book is Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett. I hadn’t heard of that book before, but I love the cover art and the white spine, even if it clashes pretty badly with all the black hardcovers in my bookcase! The pitch of the book sounds intriguing, with a lots of themes I particularly like: sisterly bonds, adventures, exploring and mysteries! Quite the program.
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.
But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.
The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.
The goodies of the month
This month’s box contains seven items:
- A Magnus Bane candle by In The Wick of Time. While I hate Cassie Clare with a burning passion and would challenge her to a duel to the death if I could (I’d win), I love the Shadowhunters tv show. And I love their version of Magnus as well as the great and positive bisexual representation he is, so the candle isn’t too bad to me. I’m sadly not a fan of the smell, though, so this one will remain unlit until further notice.
- A Rattle the Stars beanie by Reverie and Ink. And like, I get it, Sarah J Maas managed to get extra famous in the YA community despite writing trash books, but… Yeah, I couldn’t care less. The beanie seems to be very good quality, I will admit to that, but I won’t wear it.
- A Infernal Devices totebag by Miss Phi. See previous comments about the Magnus candle.
- A Grisha notepad by Alexis Lampley. Love the Grisha verse, don’t have that much use for a notepad on a daily basis.
- A Percy Jackson pack of hot chocolate powder by Brontie & Co. IT’S VEGAN! I’m just so happy about it because I love hot chocolate and I’m trying to go as vegan as possible (I’m about 90% of the way there), so it’s just perfect for me. Hot chocolate with almond milk seriously tastes like a warm Christmas, you need to try it!
- A Marauders magnet by Ink and Wonder. Or at least a Marauders quote with a key from the first Harry Potter book and some flowers? The design is a bit confusing, to be honest. It is pretty, but confusing.
- And two prints by Taratjah. One is of the Lunar Chronicles and the other is seriously, without a doubt, the best representation of Delilah Bard I’ve ever seen! Asian Lila, holaaaaa! I love it so much! Even if I’m an idiot who forgot to put it in the picture when I was doing the photoshoot for this article, apparently.
Over all, beside two items, it was a letdown for me. I am used to better content coming from Fairyloot, and I’m really hoping next month’s box will end on a more positive note during the unboxing. Because while I love receiving a box in the mail each month, I am slowly staring to wonder if this one is worth my money in the end…