Unboxing Fairylootbox: Save the kingdom

Hey you all! If you follow my blog you no doubt noticed that I haven’t shared an unboxing in quite some time (I think the last one was a year ago!). I do love these bookboxes, but they are rather expensive so I don’t buy them lightly. The theme of Fairyloot’s May box, however, sounded so awesome that I had to order it haha. If you don’t want to know what was in this box, then don’t read any further!!!

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I couldn’t resist taking a photograph in my backyard as all the roses are in bloom now ❤

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I absolutely looooove the Fairyloot art <3<3<3 I still need to find some cool frames so I can display all the art prints and spoiler cards that I own.

But let’s get on with revealing what was in this box!

The first thing that caught my attention was a black pot.

20180525_111354[1] I had no clue what Dalbreck was, but the spoilercard says this item was inspired by one of the kingdoms from Mary E Pearson’s The Remnant Chronicles. I haven’t read this series yet (however it sounds very good so I put it on my wishlist) but this lipscrub smells divine!!! It smells like melons and the sugar is really fine grained, so, the scrub probably won’t damage the soft skin of your lips (good job Geeky Clean!). I know I’m going to be using this scrub as I love tropical fruits ❤

Underneath this item I found an intriguing small, white box.

20180525_111137[1] Inside was a beautiful bathbomb castle which smells like berries ❤ This item, along with a gorgeous artprint and a sticker, was inspired by the book which inspired this box. Personally, I don’t have a bath, but I love soaking my feet in the summer, so, I can use this bathbomb for that (hello multiple footbaths!). The bath bomb is created by Little Hearts Gifts and the art card by Emily Haynes.

The next item I found is probably my favourite item in this box (aside from the book of course 😉 )

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I totally fell in love with the quote and artwork on this coaster!!! It was designed by Evie Bookish, so, I’m going to check out if she made more fandom stuff because this is awesome ❤ The book that inspired this coaster is another one of those series I haven’t read yet (The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski) but I put this one on my wishlist too (yeah, it keeps growing haha)

The next thing I found were page flags.

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These page flags were inspired by Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series (haven’t read that one either haha) and created by Fictiontea Designs. I own several of these page markers now and always forget to use them because I get totally soaked up in the books I’m reading, but I nevertheless like this item because I think these page flags are beautiful and I love the text on them. So, if I do remember to flag pages in the future I will probably use these flags 😉

There were also several small items in this box that weren’t fandom related, but were theme related 🙂

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You guys and girls probably know I’m a tea-lover by now, so, I love the fact that Fairyloot sometimes includes tea in their boxes! This time they included an English breakfast tea from The Tea Leaf Co. Sadly, I’m not really fond of breakfast tea haha, I love fruit and herbal teas more, but I will try this one. There was also a tarot card with a sneak peek from one of the exclusive covers for Stephanie Garber’s Legendary and two bookmarks (one with the theme art on it, and one for Renee Ahdieh’s Smoke in the Sun).

The last item, is also the biggest.

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The booksleeve everyone knew was going to be included!!! I love that there is a quote from An Ember in the Ashes on this item ❤ (I loved this book!!!) The sleeve is truly gorgeous <3<3<3 This item was made by Reverie & Ink, another one of those companies I didn’t know, but will be checking out.

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And those were all the items in this box 🙂 I have to say that I’m really happy with this box. I love the designs of all the items and all the artwork. I was a bit sad that there was no candle in this one, as I love bookish candles, but there were enough other fun things to compensate 😉

And now, the ultimate question: which book was in this box?

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Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett!!! This was the first time I guessed the book in a box wrong, but I really don’t care that the book I thought was in this wasn’t in here because the description of this book sounds AMAZING!!!

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

The first thing that came to mind when I read this description was Kristen Britain’s Green Rider series which I adore! If this book is anything like that I’m happy as a clam. But even if it’s completely different I’m pretty sure I will enjoy reading this as it contains a lot of things I love in fantasy stories: horses, dragons (or drakes, or wyverns), magic and romance ❤ I’m really looking forward to reading this one 🙂

Happy reading you all!

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Unboxing Fairylootbox: Otherworlds

Hey you all. The last couple of days I was hesitating and wondering if I wanted to post an unboxing of this Fairylootbox. You may wonder why. Well, I didn’t really like this box and I’ve seen loads of discussions on other blogs that escalated quite rapidly when someone shared a negative opinion of a lootbox. So, I was a bit ambivalent about posting my negative opinion of this box, but since this is my blog and I bought this box with my own hard earned money I feel like I have a right to share my thoughts about it. I love Fairyloot and will no doubt order another box there, so, I’m not going to bash on the company or anything. I’m just going to reveal what was in this box and tell you why I didn’t like it. I know companies can’t please everybody every single time, but I think it’s important to give feedback be it positive or negative.

This time I don’t have a photo of the closed box because my box was picked out by customs and let’s just say that they didn’t handle the package gently. The box was really dirty and had multiple dents and scrapes on it. The contents were handled just as harshly and were thrown back in without much care, so, when I opened the box it was one big mess.

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I bought this box because of the description. It was perfect for people who loved otherworlds in fantasy books and would appeal to fans of Peter Pan, Lord of the Rings, A Court of Thorns and Roses and Game of Thrones. It didn’t take me long to make up my mind to order this box as I love discovering new fantastical worlds in books. But, as I said above the box was a bit of a let down. Now, let me reveal what was in it.

  • The first item in my box was a candle from Book and Nook. I received the Anais Witchsoul candle which is red with glitters and smells like cocoa, cardamom and fig. This was one of the items I absolutely loved. The candle is pretty and smells heavenly. I like the fact that Fairyloot includes a candle in every box as I love to read and write by candlelight.
  • The second item I came across was a sleeping mask. I really don’t like this item. According to the description the mask is made of satin, but the fabric feels really weird and the seems are really sloppy and ugly. The quote (fictional worlds fuel my dreams) on it is really cool, but it isn’t legible due to how the front of the mask was sown. So, this was really not my thing.
  • The third item I saw was a tiny box with a beautiful quote from George R.R. Martin on it. When I opened the box a tiny, silicone sword fell out. I had no idea what this was supposed to be, but the description says it’s a tea strainer. I’m a huge fan of tea, but I like the elegance of an afternoon tea and this strainer is neither elegant nor pretty to look at. It’s clunky, gray and black and I have no idea how you’re supposed to put your tea leaves in it and put it in the pot as it doesn’t have a chain or something. And if you would put it in the pot as is it will surely fall over, which means you would have to put your fingers in scorching hot water to pull it back out…
  • The fourth item was a set of two magnetic bookmarks from LotR by Paperly and Co. I received Legolas and Thranduil and I love them!!! They are so cute. I’m definitely going to use this item ❤
  • The fifth item was a thin Neverland notebook painted by TJ Lubrano. It’s a really pretty notebook and I love the quotes on and in it. As I’m a bit of a hoarder of notebooks I’m really happy with this item 🙂
  • The sixth item was an artprint and for me a huge let down. The description says that this artprint was made by Melissa Nettleship and that it represents the Northern Lights. I don’t see the nothern lights in it and I’m wondering what this print has to do with the theme Otherworlds… If I’m being completely honest I think this artprint is kind of ugly and rather childish.
  • The seventh item is a pendant necklace with a quote from A Court of Mist and Fury made by Oh Panda Eyes. This could have been such a nice item. I love the A Court of series and I love Rhys and Velaris, but the quote on this pendant is executed really poorly. Rhys’ name is spelled wrong (Rhy’s) and half of the quote didn’t seem to fit on the pendant, so, instead of a quote you have a pendant with random words on it. I’ve made quote and picture pendants myself and it is not that hard to make them, so, this seems like a rush job that was done piss-poorly. If I had owned a company I would have never accepted something like this.

 

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There were some free samplers in this box that I did like. I’m really curious about Ed McDonald’s Blackwing and I love the fairy artcard 🙂

And, now, the book that inspired this box:

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Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic! I’ve never heard about this author or this book, so, I’m really curious about it and excited to read the story. The description sounds amazing, so, hopefully I won’t be disappointed 😉 Here’s the description for you guys and girls:

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Unboxing Fairylootbox: Elementalists

Hey you all! In my bookhaul-post I mentioned that I would be sharing an unboxing with you, so, here I am to keep that promise 😉 Last month I ordered a bookbox for the first time in my life and it was so cool!!! It’s like a present to yourself mixed with a riddle you have to solve (guessing what will be in it haha). When I read the description of this box I was just as excited as last month because this box would revolve around a YA fantasy book about elemental magic ❤ If you don’t want to know what was in the box don’t read the rest of this post!

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So, let’s start unveiling what was in this box!

  • A beautiful candle from Witchwood Remedies with flowerpetals and crystals in it! I received the Thunderstorm candle and it smells divine ❤ I think the crystals in it are lapis lazuli and the flowerpetals look like marigold and cornflower. Oh a little warning: the first time you light this candle make sure you don’t put it too close to something flammable because the petals will catch fire and cause the candle to spark a bit (trust me I nearly set my book on fire while trying to take a picture of the burning candle together with the book)
  • A soapbar from Ascent Bath and Body. It’s called Clairvoyance and smells like fig and pomegranate! It smells sooooo good.
  • A lipbalm by Geeky Clean. I received the Firebender which tastes and smells like watermelon ❤ It’s a really soft and extremely moisturizing lipbalm, so, it’s perfect for the summer!
  • A bracelet by In The Moment with a Hamsa hand charm.
  • Potion sticky notes in three different colors.
  • A pillowcase by Miss Phi with a quote from Stephen King on it. I love this item! It’s so pretty ❤
  • A sampler from The Waking Land by Callie Bates. I think the samplers are one of my favorite items in these Fairylootboxes because they allow you to discover new books and authors.

 

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  • And last, but not least: the book that inspired this box!!! Roar by Cora Carmack 🙂 When I came across this book on Pinterest I added it to my to read list because the description sounded so intriguing. As I read the description of the Elementalist Fairylootbox I hoped this book would be in it, and I was right! Can’t wait to read this one. And it’s so pretty!

 

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Unboxing Fairylootbox: Warriors and Legends

Hey you guys and girls! It’s been a bit quiet on my blog, but no worries I’m still alive and blogging. It’s just been one of those months. In April and the beginning of May I needed to finish all my short stories for the historical short story collection which will feature six of my own stories. It’s been a learning process to work with strict deadlines, editorial comments and multiple rewrites. A process with a few bumps, some highs and one or two lows, but I think the result of all that labor will be amazing! And I’m really excited for the presentation of the book on the 15th of June in the National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) in Leiden!!!

Of course I haven’t been writing non-stop. Naturally I’ve been reading too 😉 And I’ve got something new for my blog! All around me I heard people talking about bookboxes and lootcrates, which got me really curious as to what these things were. So, I decided to order a bookbox from Fairyloot. Today I will share the unboxing with you! If you don’t want to know what’s in the box don’t continue reading 😉

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The theme of this box is Warriors and Legends and it features a Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan. Since I love retellings and Mulan is one of my alltime favorite Disney movies it didn’t take me long to decide to order this Fairylootbox. And I’m so glad I ordered it because everything that was in the box was awesome!!!

So, what was in it?

  • A tin with green leaf tea with lychee and jasmine. As tea-lover I’m really excited to try this one, because it smells delicious 🙂
  • A vegan soy candle in a small tin called Mist that smells like warm stone and woodsmoke. An absolutely divine scent ❤
  • A pair of socks with a celtic knot design. I’m going to put these on and snuggle up in my bed with a good book 😉
  • A metallic feather pen. This is such a funny and cute gift! Don’t know if I will write with it but it sure looks awesome as decoration on a desk.
  • A wooden bookmark with a quote from Lord of the Rings on it!!! As huge LotR fan I’m super happy with this one ❤
  • A mythology book called World Mythology in Bite-Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels. I love the fact that this box featured not one, but two books! And I love collecting myths, legends and fairytales from all over the world to use them as inspiration for my own writing, so, this book will be put to good use 😉
  • A sampler from the book Naondel: the Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff. I’m really curious what this book will be about as I’ve never heard of the author or the book 🙂
  • And last, but certainly not least the book that inspired the whole box: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh!!! When I read the description of the box before I ordered it I hoped this book would be in it and I was right! Super excited to read this one 😉