Fairyloot July Unboxing: The Power Within

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Hello book dragons! It's been a while since I uploaded a subscription box blog post, but I'm really excited to share my thoughts on the Fairyloot July box. The theme was "The Power Within," and the spoiler card artwork is probably my favorite that I've ever received. The box was full of interesting items, but left me feeling just a bit disappointed for a few reasons, which I'll detail below. Read on for a full unboxing!

Extras

Every month, there are paper extras that come with the Fairyloot box. This month, we were granted an exclusive excerpt to Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez!

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Zelie Art Print - Diana Worak

Featuring Zelie from Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi, this print is gorgeous! I just didn't love the book enough to hang this print on my wall, so we'll see what I end up doing with it...

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Ond Eldr Vinyl Sticker - Reverie and Ink

I love love this vinyl sticker! Well, I love vinyl stickers in general because I can cover my notebooks and laptop with them to add some personality. This sticker features an amazing quote from a standout book that I loved reading this year, Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.

Quidditch Pen - Fairyloot

This pen is so whimsical and cute! But let's be real, I am a pen hoarder and this one is not likely to see much practical use from me. I may use the broom-end of the pen to clean up my desk but it probably won't be one of my go-to's unless I'm scrambling for a pen. The quote reads, "Don't chase the quaffle if you see the snitch."

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Theron's Study Room Spray - Geeky Clean

This is probably my favorite item of the box! It is a lightly scented spritz. I keep it on my bookshelves in the living room, which gets a ton of foot traffic, so this vegan and cruelty-free air freshener is perfect!

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Magical Mug - Little Inkling Designs

Oh boy. This was the item that Fairyloot had teased for a while for this box and it was extremely underwhelming. I poured boiling water and as you can see, the mug does not change color all the way, which was very underwhelming. I also did not recognize the quote from Morgan Rhodes' series.To me, this is pretty much a plain, black mug that I can use when I've run out of clean dishware. Oh, and this is not microwave or dishwasher-friendly.

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Heart of Thorns, by Bree Barton & Art Print by Noverantale

The book featured this month is an exclusive edition of Heart of Thorns, which I've seen tons of buzz around! This Fairyloot-exclusive edition is absolutely gorgeous and even though the other items disappointed me, this is absolutely one of the reasons why I'll keep subscribing to Fairyloot. In addition to being signed by the author, it came with sprayed red pages.

Goodreads Summary

In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch. 

But when Mia's father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

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So readers, what do you think? I should mention that there was one more item included in the box- a tea towel featuring a quote from And I Darken by Kiersten White with art by KDP Letters- that I did not include in this blog post. The text was printed on mirrored, so it was illegible. Fairyloot messaged subscribers about this and will be sending a new tea towel out in the next month or so. In the meantime, this item, which was supposed to be another highlight of the box, is a dish rag sitting on my kitchen counter.

As you can see, I was pretty disappointed by the contents of this box because the big-ticket items just did not live up to my expectations. The theme next month is Mutinous Pirates and will feature items from some exciting fandoms, as well as an exclusively designed sampler of the upcoming King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo! I am  so looking forward to that one!

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