September Fairyloot: Starcrossed Swoons
The theme of the September 2018 Fairyloot box was Starcrossed Swoons and I waited for this box to be delivered to my doorstep with bated breath. After a few disappointments in the last few boxes, I honestly just wasn’t sure what to expect. I think they’ve definitely redeemed themselves somewhat with this box, so read on for a full unboxing!
Bella and Edward Candle - Nerd Poured Candles
Despite my dislike for this pairing, I actually really like the scent of the candle! It’s very fresh and also covered with red glitter- I’ve started to really enjoy glitter and other accents in my candles since I started receiving them in my book boxes!
This is a super unique item that I know some folks will love- however I neither wear tons of shoes with shoelaces nor live by ACOTAR pairings! I’m not sure if I’ll be holding onto these for fun events like book signings and Book Con, or try to sell them.
Constellation Notebook - Read At Midnight
This lovely spiral notebook features a quote from The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi and has blank pages throughout.There isn’t anything terribly special about the notebook aside from its beautiful cover, and you guys already know that I’m a notebook snob. Since the pages are blank, I may turn this into a smashbook of sorts but I probably won’t do any serious journaling or note-taking in it.
Dreamer Apron - Literary Life Co
This was the showstopping fabric item in the box and it was indeed gorgeous! The apron doesn’t seem to be the best quality, but the print is vibrant and gorgeous. It’s a quote from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I think it’ll be tough to read the whole quote when I actually wear the apron, but I just love how relevant the quote is to baking up new creations in the kitchen as well!
Love Rune Enamel Pin - Fictiontea Designs
This pin is lovely and so well-produced! It will look great on my new pin banner that I’ve started.
Angelic Fire candle Matches - Fictiontea Designs
Well, there’s nothing too special about this box of matches aside from the lovely box that it came in, but it’s always useful to have matches around the house.
Postcard Set - Taratjah
Next is a set of postcards featuring couples from several fandoms with exclusive art by Taratjah, the Fairyloot spoiler card artist. The couples depicted include Julian and Emma from The Dark Artifices, Rhysand and Feyre from ACOTAR, Cassian and Nesta from ACOTAR, Amar and Maya from The Star-Touched Queen, and Lazlo and Sarai from Strange the Dreamer.
Mal and Alina Shea Butter Soap
Hello random extra goodie! This was not listed in the spoiler card, but it’s pretty moisturizing and I like that it has a neutral scent.
This is the replacement tea towel from two months ago, where the print was originally reversed on the product that was sent to us. I appreciate that they actually reprinted the item and sent it to subscribers, rather than just giving us a refund or something.
Mirage - Somaiya Daud
Last but certainly not least is this exclusive edition of Mirage by Somaiya Daud! I received an ARC of this book and reviewed it over here. I’m so thrilled about this edition that Fairyloot worked with the publisher to create! The cover is a completely different color, a stunning silver instead of purple, and the pages are of course stained purple. Find the Goodreads summary below:
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.
But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.
As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.
Overall, I liked this box! My favorite items were the apron and book. But I have to start wondering if the lovely exclusive editions of books are enough to justify what I feel like are some lackluster items lately.