Unboxing | Illumicrate Magic & Mayhem

Today I bring you a rare but anticipated unboxing that I am delighted to share. I love a good book box, but I’m often hesitant to subscribe to them – I tend to opt for the ones that offer single purchase options so that I can make sure I’m likely to enjoy the theme and featured book before I buy. So I like some surprises but I also like to be reasonably confident that I’m not going to hate said surprises!

When Illumicrate announced their upcoming special box was themed around none other than V.E. Schwab and her work, I knew I had to have it because there was, frankly, no way in hell that I wouldn’t enjoy the box. I have to say, even though I was confident in Illumicrate’s curation and pretty damn sure that nothing attached to celebrating the fictional worlds of V.E. Schwab could possibly be disappointing, I was astounded by the quality of this particular box. It was well worth the anticipation, the price tag, and the wait. But let’s not tease any more, shall we? Let’s get to the unboxing of the Illumicrate: Magic & Mayhem: The V.E. Edition.

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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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TBTB Secret Santa 2017

On this fine Sunday evening I bring you my unboxing and thoughts on the 8th Annual Broke & Bookish Secret Santa. For those unaware, every year the lovely Jamie from The Broke and Bookish hosts a brilliant Secret Santa event for book bloggers everywhere. The aim of the game, obviously, is to act as someone’s Secret Santa and send them some presents based on the letter they send to their “Santa”.

Earlier this year, I saw someone talking on Twitter about #TBTBSanta and after some investigation I traced it back to Jamie and her wonderful project and decided to join in! There are 3 levels/options and I plumped for the middle one because I’m perpetually on the fence like that. I filled in Jamie’s questionnaire (the letter to my Santa, if you will) and sent it off and then eagerly awaited the announcement of who I’d be buying a gift for so I could start shopping for my Secret Santa recipient! I love the idea of Secret Santas but my workplace wasn’t doing one so I’m really glad that the Internet gave me the opportunity to participate in one this year, hence my excitement.

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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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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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