A quick note before I dig into the un-boxing, there's a slight problem with my blog today that's preventing some of you from adding comments. I've contacted Weebly, who host the blog, and fingers crossed they'll have this fixed soon.
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Anyway, onto more exciting news, my FairyLoot May box arrived late last night. I completely wasn't expecting it to arrive until today at the earliest, so I ditched my other half (sorry Jess!) and our plans to watch Westworld to go and take the photos for this unboxing!
This month, the theme is 'Save the Kingdom' and here's what FairyLoot told us about this box when ordering:
🏰 This box is inspired by stories that involve saving the kingdom (all in a day’s work, right?). You’ll find stunning items inspired by An Ember in the Ashes, The Winners Trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles and Throne of Glass.
🏰 The book we are featuring is a fantastic new release where the main character is a traitor with secret magic powers and has to save the kingdom. It’s the perfect blend of magic, romance and epic fantasy - we cannot wait for you to read it! It will come with a signed bookplate, a letter from the author and other goodies.
🏰 We are so thrilled to reveal that the copy we will be featuring in this box is a FairyLoot exclusive and will have special SPRAYED PAGES! This means that the pages will have a special colour (like the hardcover copy of Six of Crows and our special edition copy of Strange The Dreamer). It is seriously stunning and we are so excited for you to see it!
🏰 We are working with a variety of artists and creators this month and they have created some truly fantastic items for you guys. For now, all we are going to say is this box will have an exclusive BOOK SLEEVE! We love using book sleeves because they keep books in perfect condition, and the design on this book sleeve is divine! Stay tuned for more reveals on our social media platforms.
First impressions: Have I mentioned how gorgeous the FairyLoot boxes themselves are? They're perfect for taking unboxing photos, as there's no nasty label on the top and everything always arrives gorgeously packaged. The box arrived quickly via My Hermes, just a day after receiving my tracking number.
As always, let's start with the book!
It's another chunky (512 page) YA, fantasy hardback this month, Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett. It's the first in a series and the book is stunning. If you peel back the dust cover, the book beneath is a stunning white with black sprayed pages (I've included another pic below so that you can fully appreciate this book) which is a FairyLoot exclusive! The standard edition of this book won't feature sprayed pages, which makes it feel even more special.
This book was packaged in the customary FairyLoot bag, which I absolutely love - they're so cute and make opening the box an even bigger reveal. The book came with a signed bookplate from the author, a sticker and a gorgeous print of the two main characters from the book by Emily Haynes, which doubles as a cute introductory letter from the author.
Alongside this, is this month's issue of Fairy Scoop, a FairyLoot exclusive interview with the author.
I'm a little surprised that I haven't actually heard of this book before but it sounds intriguing and I've added it to my TBR. If you want to do the same, just click the photo above to visit Goodreads.
Up next, we have the exclusive FairyLoot book sleeve that was hinted at in the description for this month's box alongside a useful reading item inspired by Throne of Glass.
The book sleeve was created by Reverie & Ink (sadly, I couldn't find the link to the creator for this item) and features a quote from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (yet another book series I need to read!)
I've never had a book sleeve before so I really didn't know what to expect, it's actually a lot bigger than I imagined it would be, possibly that's to accommodate this month's book, as it would bury some of my smaller books. It's a nice design though and well padded, so I'll definitely be trying it out!
I've also never used page flags before. These were designed by Fictiontea Designs and are really cute - I love the wyrdmarks! I'm interested to see if these will help with my book reviews. I currently write down my notes and pages for quotes in a separate notebook, but these might make things a little easier on that front, especially if they don't damage the page.
Next up is a selection of smaller bookish items from the box including:
Finally, this box also included a few additional bookish items.
I love the gorgeous prints by Tara Spruit that come in each FairyLoot box, I've made a cute little space above my desk where all of my prints are hanging on display, and the matching bookmark, which I've made a habit of leaving inside the particular month's book.
In this box there's also a Smoke in the Sun bookmark and a really cool little Legendary tarot card! I can't wait for Legendary to come out next week and this is probably going to act as my bookmark.
Which is your favourite item from this month's FairyLoot box?
One thing I truly love about these book boxes is how many books I end up adding to my TBR at the end of the unboxing lol it's never just the featured book, but also a range of other books that the items were inspired by. My current TBR is 928 books - what's yours?
Right, I'm off to read (sadly, this isn't true, I've got to work instead 😩)!
On a parting note, you can view a slideshow of all the photos from this unboxing below. Also, don't forget that you have until midnight tonight to enter my International Book Giveaway and stay tuned for my review of Sea Witch by Sarah Henning coming soon!
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