Unboxing | Fairyloot February ‘Twisted Tales’ Box

Hello one, hello all. Today I bring you a somewhat belated but nonetheless exciting post – an unboxing! And not just any old unboxing but an unboxing of February’s Fairyloot box focused on the theme ‘Twisted Tales’.

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For those who don’t know, Fairyloot is a UK-based subscription box with a monthly theme which the products of center around. Boxes contain a new YA fantasy release and 4-6 bookish goodies and each box is so beautifully packed you won’t want to ruin the prettiness by unwrapping it! Boxes frequently feature signed bookplate and a letter from the author, as well the beautifully designed Fairyscoop newsletter – even the packing list containing details of all the products is carefully designed and curated.

I’ve received four boxes so far (and have one on the way) and I’m constantly amazed by the care and passion which seems to go into every item in every box. Everything is so carefully selected that it feels like every single small item that is included is there for a reason and there are so many products and editions exclusive to Fairyloot that the box has very quickly became one of my favourite bookish things.

To see my previous unboxings see the following: August ‘Tricksters’ Box, October ‘Villainous’ Box, November ‘Ladies That Slay’ Box, and December ‘Oh So Regal’ Box.


After skipping out on the January ‘Talk Faerie To Me’ box (since I’m not a fan of the whole fae thing and I dislike Sarah J. Maas related items), I eagerly jumped back on the Fairyloot bandwagon once the February theme of ‘Twisted Tales’ was announced. I love a good fairytale, especially if its dark and creepy as originally intended, so I had to have it when I heard this in Fairyloot’s announcement: “Once upon a time… there was a box filled with exclusive items themed around dark fairy tales and an epic and exclusive signed book! To find out how this tale ends you’ll have to wait until February 2018. The February ‘Twisted Tales’ box is perfect for fans of dark fairytales and The Grimm Fairytales! You can expect items themed on Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and Rapunzel. The book we are featuring is a very highly anticipated new release that has magic, dark fairytales, and mystery. It’s a completely mesmerising read that you are sure to love! What’s more, the edition we will include is an exclusive hardcover edition made just for FairyLoot that you won’t be able to get anywhere else (it’s stunning!) and it will also be signed by the author – that’s right, it’s actually signed!”

Now we know what kind of goodies to expect inside, let’s not waste any more time, let’s take a peek at all the bookish goodness I found inside:

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Unboxing | Fairyloot December ‘Oh So Regal’ Box

Hello one, hello all. Today I bring you a very belated but nonetheless exciting post – an unboxing! And not just any old unboxing but an unboxing of December’s Fairyloot box focused on the theme ‘Oh So Regal‘.

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For those who don’t know, Fairyloot is a UK-based subscription box with a monthly theme which the products of center around. Boxes contain a new YA fantasy release and 4-6 bookish goodies and each box is so beautifully packed you won’t want to ruin the prettiness by unwrapping it! Boxes frequently feature signed bookplate and a letter from the author, as well the beautifully designed Fairyscoop newsletter – even the packing list containing details of all the products is carefully designed and curated. I’ve received 3 boxes so far, and have purchased another 1, and I’m constantly amazed by the care and passion which seems to go into every item in every box. Everything is so carefully selected that it feels like every single small item that is included is there for a reason and there are so much many products and editions exclusive to Fairyloot that it has very quickly became one of my favourite bookish things. To see my previous unboxings see the following: August ‘Tricksters’ Box, October ‘Villainous’ Box, November ‘Ladies That Slay’ Box.

I’ve had a very, very good run of luck with Fairyloot and I basically drop everything to check out the next month’s theme when it’s announced, so when December’s ‘Oh So Regal’ theme was announced, I couldn’t say no. As Fairyloot teased in their announcement blog: “It’s time to shine those crowns and dust those royal jewels because this winter it’s going to get regal! The December ‘Oh So Regal’ box features items themed around our favourite royals. You’ll find items themed on Disney, Shakespeare, Red Queen and more! This box has such a wide variety of goodies that you’re sure to love and we have collaborated with some fantastic suppliers once again. […] Our book of the month has magic, royals, mythology and is set in a world where time is used as a currency – we loved it so much! The book will also come with a signed bookplate and letter from the author.”

Here’s a little peek at all the bookish goodness I found inside:

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Unboxing | Fairyloot November ‘Ladies That Slay’ Box

Hello one, hello all. Today I bring you a very exciting post – an unboxing! And not just any old unboxing but an unboxing of November’s Fairyloot box focused on the theme ‘Ladies That Slay’. Awesome, right?

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For those who don’t know, Fairyloot is a UK-based subscription box with a monthly theme which the products of center around. Boxes contain a new YA fantasy release and 4-6 bookish goodies and each box is so beautifully packed you won’t want to ruin the prettiness by unwrapping it! Boxes frequently feature signed bookplate and a letter from the author, as well the beautifully designed Fairyscoop newsletter – even the packing list containing details of all the products is carefully designed and curated. I’ve received 3 boxes so far, and have purchased another 1, and I’m constantly amazed by the care and passion which seems to go into every item in every box. Everything is so carefully selected that it feels like every single small item that is included is there for a reason and there are so much many products and editions exclusive to Fairyloot that it has very quickly became one of my favourite bookish things.

After an extremely successful October box centred around Villains (check out my unboxing here), when I saw that the November theme was ‘Ladies That Slay’ I was like ‘take my money now!’. Fairyloot’s release blog said it best: “Do you like leading ladies that kick butt? Ladies who fight for what they believe in and inspire you? The November ‘Ladies That Slay’ box celebrates our favourite leading ladies in YA! You’ll find items themed on Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, Blue Sargent and more.” They had me at “Hermione” to be honest! But the box also promised two books – the usual newly-released YA fantasy hardback centred around the theme and an ARC of an exciting high fantasy debut scheduled to publish May 2018. I couldn’t say no to that prospect so, of course, I snapped up a box as soon as I could… and then it was just a test of my patience until it arrived!

Here’s a little peek at all the bookish goodness I found inside:

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2017 Book Haul #6

It’s been a short while since my last book haul back in September but have I learnt and stopped buying books? Nope! This book haul includes the spoils of a trip to New York (specifically The Strand), as well as my usual ‘accidental’ book purchasing via Amazon and in Waterstones. As of late (after this book haul actually) I’ve actually been really trying to limit my book buying and to ask if I realistically will read this book anytime soon – if the answer is no, I put it back, or delete it from my basket, and move on with life. It’s a good general tactic but we’ll see how I fare once it gets into the Christmas season and the nights get colder and darker and all I want to do is buy books and curl up with my hoard of them in my living room.

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Unboxing | Fairyloot October ‘Villainous’ Box

This post marks a first for this blog – my very first unboxing post! I have a fraught relationship with the very idea of subscription boxes because, whilst I like a good bookish surprise, the thought of potentially throwing away £30 on a box which might include things I don’t like is not at all appealing. Also, most subscription boxes are US-based which means extortionate shipping fees to the UK on top of the already not inconsiderable price of the box – not exactly appealing. But, I make an exception – and that is for the UK-based YA fantasy based subscription box, Fairyloot.

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Fairyloot is a UK-based subscription box with a monthly theme which the products of center around. Boxes contain a new YA fantasy release and 4-6 bookish goodies and each box is so beautifully packed you won’t want to ruin the prettiness by unwrapping it! Boxes frequently feature signed bookplate and a letter from the author, as well the beautifully designed Fairyscoop newsletter – even the packing list containing details of all the products is carefully designed and curated. I’ve received 2 boxes so far, and have purchased another 1, and I’m constantly amazed by the care and passion which seems to go into every item in every box.

So, when I heard the October theme was ‘Villainous’ I just couldn’t say no. Fairyloot’s release blog said it best: “Oh, it’s so good to be bad, and there is no better time to be bad than in October! This box is for all the villain lovers out there because the October ‘Villainous’ box is inspired by our favourite fictional villains! Every villain is the hero of their own story, isn’t that right? There will be items inspired by The Young Elites, Harry Potter, Sherlock and much more!” Who could say no to that?! I was even on holiday in DC when they went on-sale and I had to risk a pre-planned itinerary item (the US Capitol tour) in order to get up early and grab my box before they sold out. It was well worth that stressful half-hour, though, because the box was brilliant. Here’s a little peek at all the bookish goodness I found inside:

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2017 Book Haul #5

It’s been a short while since my last book haul but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been acquiring books; in fact I’ve amassed quite the stack since Book Haul #4. However I’ve been trying to be good about buying books since I’m going on holiday and will need to save my pennies for then. As I type this I sit in departures at Heathrow, about to fly to said holiday in DC and New York. I’m bound to hit up The Strand while I’m there so expect a, hopefully short, Book Haul #6 in the not too distant future! (ETA: Future Emma here to say that Past Emma was perceptive – I bought 3 books, a t-shirt and a book tote.) But for now let’s look back at the books I’ve acquired since my last haul.


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2017 Book Haul #4

Here we are, a mere 5 weeks after from my Book Haul #3 and I have another stack of books. No one is surprised. Once again I hate myself for having bought this many books. But will I ever learn?! Probably not. So, for the foreseeable future, I will continue to haul books and hate myself inside a little. It’s fine, it’s fine, at least I have shiny new books to comfort me during my times of loathing. Let’s see the fruits of my loathing, shall we?

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2017 Book Haul #3

Guess who not-so-accidentally bought books again? (See my Book Haul #2 for proof of just how shameful this amount of book buying is!) I don’t have many excuses because not that many of these were pre-orders or new releases. I just steadily go through phases of ‘save your money’ and then ‘TREAT YO SELF’… it’s like a wave cresting up and then crashing down again and it/I can’t be stopped. (Plus I’ve watched that Parks and Rec clip way too many times for it to be healthy.)

In the end, I don’t blow my money on anything else so I think if books are my one vice, that can be excused, right? riGHT? (Can you tell I’m conflicted and have to justify it to myself all the time. I am the Ben Wyatt of this Treat Yo Self 2011 day.)

But, anyways, let’s have a gander at all the books I shamefully treated myself to… because they’re pretty and new (well, to me) and I’m excited to read them obviously, but that goes without saying…

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2017 Book Haul #2

I know what you’re thinking, am I really hauling another lot of books so soon after my first book haul of the year? Yes, in short. Amazon is the devil, it encourages me to buy books, and they make it so easy to acquire books that I just can’t say no. Their 3 for 10 paperback offer in particular is especially cruel. It’s a problem. Honest. See also: I have no impulse control. But we all know why you’re here (if you’re still here, wait, no, please, come back), so let us just get onto showcasing the shiny shiny books I have acquired lately…

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
The third book in the A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy, this is probably my most anticipated book for this year so obviously I pre-ordered it as soon as I could. I re-read the first two books prior to diving into this one and I’m so glad I did because it just made this beauty of a book all the more funny and heartbreaking all in one. I’m sure I don’t need to sing its praises since countless people have done so before me but it features a crown prince who is equal parts Jack Harkness and Prince Harry (not kidding), a magician able to travel into parallel Londons who owns a pretty damn amazing coat (yes, I want one), and a badass girl who has a touch of Jack Sparrow’s ‘now bring me that horizon’ sentiment about her.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wish you didn’t care so damn much about this merry band of misfits. Plus, I mean, just look at that cover design – it’s simply just gorgeous, right?
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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Again, The Song Rising is a third book in a series I adore, so obviously when this “collector’s edition” (i.e.  them mercifully continuing to publish editions that match the old cover design) became available to pre-order, I was all over it. Once again, I re-read the previous books before diving into this one and may I just say, as I am currently in the middle of this right now, how dare you Samantha Shannon, you’re breaking my heart here… and I love you for it. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading it, The Bone Season is the first book and it tells the story of a dystopian London in which a sort of underground community of clairvoyants exist despite the Scion-controlled government’s best efforts to wipe them out, and then the story takes a detour into the beautiful Oxford, as you’ve never seen it before. The Mime Order, the second book focuses more closely on the politics and shenanigans of the syndicates/gangs of clairvoyants within London and it’s an amazing sequel and really ups the games. So, basically what I’m saying is, if you haven’t read it, you really should.
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The Sally Lockhart Quartet by Philip Pullman
If you follow the blog closely, you may have seen my Feature post discussing the books that “made me”, the books that I read as a child and shaped who I was as a reader and as a person, to be honest. This series featured on that list as I adored Philip Pullman’s take of Victorian London via the spunky Sally Lockhart. When I recalled how fondly I used to think of this series, I knew I had to purchase it for myself. A couple of clicks on Amazon and whoops, here we are, no regrets, look at that very apt cover design, it’s wonderful!

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2017 Book Haul #1

2017haul1_b0Fellow readers, I have a problem. A problem which I feel a lot of you will empathise with – I buy too many books. And, as you might have guessed from the title of this blog post, this is a book haul displaying how many are “too many” books. So, whilst I wouldn’t say this post is to shame myself per say, I have realised whilst taking photos for this post that Jesus I’ve bought a lot of books considering it’s not even mid-February yet. Maybe I should stop buying books? Let’s be real, that’s not going to happen, but I am going to try to be more discerning with what I do buy. You heard it here first, folks.
(Mind you, I have titled this post #1 book haul of 2017 so the fact I’m expecting more numbers to follow it says it all really…)

Now I’ve addressed all that self-hating guilt for buying too many books, let’s move on to the actual gloriously shiny and lovely books themselves…

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