Unboxing of June Fairyloot: Rebels in Ballgowns

This month I decided to pick back up with Fairyloot, I’ve had a couple of months break and tried out a couple of other boxes in the interim.  A couple of months was, I felt, was enough time for me to get to love them again after being bitterly disappointed with their much hyped anniversary box.  I’ve seen some unboxings over April and May and felt that the standard was improving again so took the plunge with the June box and my word was I glad I did!

Opening this months fairyloot was like opening it for the first time again last November. Pretty much every single item is a winner for me. My current favourite items are cushion covers and when it was announced that the fandoms included Legendary and that a cushion was featuring I had my fingers crossed that they would match up and they did!   The Quote is “Your future can be whatever you wish, we all have the power to choose our own destiny” The other really stand out item was the reading journal.  Set up for the next half of the year it is absolutely wonderful. I have been spending a lot of time on pinterest lately trying to decide how to convert a note book into a reading journal and now I don’t have to!  It’s got sections for noting down your reads, ratings, favourite quotes and books you want to buy, it’s all interposed with quotes by Stella Bookish Art who never disappoints.  I can’t wait to start filling this out! It also looks like this will be a bi-annual feature of the boxes so yay!!

The other items were a beautiful little sparkly masquerade mask necklace, i’m not a big jewellery wearer but it is super cute and I’m happy to have it as an option to wear out one time (if the younger playground dwellers ever let me!) The now seemingly obligatory candle is present, based on the Nevernight series by Jay Kristoff (one on my tbr to be sure) and continues the trend for fairyloot to include a Geeky Clean item in their boxes – I think April is the only month so far this year not to do so.  And why not, they are a great company with ethical and environmentally friendly goods – Strawberry and Pepper is the fragrance which isn’t as bad as it sounds! An Iron on patch from my favourite Ink and Wonder designs was included and is based on the Selection, I’m not sure if this is an item i’ll keep as it’s not a series that I want to read but it’s still beautiful none the less, and finally a set of magnetic bookmarks featuring characters from the Shatter Me series, i’m really not a fan of these books so hopefully I can pass these on to someone who is!

The featured book this month is Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart which was correctly guessed by the contributors over at Book Box Sherlocks.  The fairyloot version has some great features, firstly it’s printed in hardback and the standard UK edition is paperback only.  There’s a quote on the front of the hardcover under the dust jacket and the silhouette image on the back – it’s quite lovely! Here’s the blurb “In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive. Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace – selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman. But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything. Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?” It’s not out until next month either, so double bonus!

All in all I think that this months box represents awesome value for money (which had been a gripe previously) I know that everyone finds different things useful and this month was definitely one for me!  I’ll stick around and see what next months brings for sure 🙂

Unboxing of the Frost and Starlight Book and Nook box

Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas, the much anticipated and sadly a little maligned bridge novella in the ACOTAR series arrived this month.  Now I have seen a few things come from this release, which I personally adored – firstly a ton of hate, because people can’t read a blurb to understand that it is a BRIDGING NOVELLA and secondly, a ton of subscription boxes making a feature from it.  Whilst I would loved to have had the disposable income for the Illumicrate box, when I saw that Book and Nook were featuring a candle box that not only was ACOFAS based but also their anniversary box, I placed my order straight away!

Now, I’ve had bad times with anniversary boxes of late following the Fairyloot disappointment in March, but I have to say that Book and Nook did an amazing job! Six candles, a mug, a bracelet, 2 quote based bookmarks and a print represented pretty good value, especially as I got shipping paid for by using a rep code. You may remember I got their January Winter Wonderland box which had a fairly snowy themed candle look – but these candles are so colourful!

The Candles: These are all absolutely stunning, glittery wonders! They all smell amazing and my room now smells fabulous from getting them open to describe them.  Solstice Night: The theme of ACOFAS is the lead up to the solstice celebration in Velaris and this candle is fragranced with Raspberry, Myrrh and Cloves and is a beautiful lilac colour with vibrant purple glitter.  Wolf’s Den is an almost suede coloured candle with the most amazing glitter which looks brown at first sight but when you hold it into the light it shines with oranges and pinks – just amazing. Void & Hope refers to one of the more heartbreaking moments in the book and is frangranced with Winter Jasmine, Neroli and Ginger, this is a stunning light blue candle decorated with darker blue glitter.  In contrast Illyrian Traditions refers to one of the more light hearted sections and as the boys play in the snow, as does this with a cream coloured candle with a dusting of almost snow like glitter with a fragrance of Snow, Cyclamen and Trees. Court of Dreams is actually one of my favourite fragrances (which is strange is normally i’m not a fan of vanilla) but the mixture of Grapefruit and Pomelo citrus with it really cuts through the vanilla which I usually find sickly.  The candle is an off white with a mixture of black and silver glitter – it will also sit quite nicely with the Winter Court candle I got in the Winter Wonderland box.  Lastly is Rainbow of Velaris which references the artistic quarter where Feyre felt most at home and is scented with Blackberry, Sweat Peas and Night, it’s a beautiful pale blue candle with light purple glitter which gives the candle an almost swirly effect.  I was disappointed not to get the actual “frost and starlight” candle they designed but it doesn’t detract from the wonderful array I received.

The bookish bits: The main item in this box was a Rhysand and Feyre mug, it’s a simple design with a purple background – it’s really lovely and whilst I’ll never likely use it as a mug, it will make a lovely display piece. A gorgeous silver bracelet with the Night Court insignia (which is all the more amazing as I know they make all the bookish items themselves) and also 2 book marks and a print.  The quotes selected for the book marks are “To the blessed darkness from which we are born and to which we return” and “I love you more than my territory, more than my crown” and one of my favourite from the book adorns the print “You were born on the longest night of the year. You were meant to be at my side from the very beginning”


So there you have it!  I hope you enjoyed my unboxing for this Book and Nook box if you want to check out their candles and candle boxes for yourself then you can find their website here Their processing time is around 2 weeks but their soy candles are hand poured and worth the wait!