I’d had my eye on the Fairy Loot subscription boxes for a while when I finally caved and bought the July box. In case you didn’t know, Fairy Loot is a YA book subscription box based in London. I was so excited when I heard about Fairy Loot, because most of the book boxes I’d seen online were US-based and I just couldn’t afford the shipping. A single Fairy Loot box is £26.00, which I thought was respectable. With shipping, I believe my order was around £30. I thought that was kind of expensive considering I’m also based in the UK (I can’t imagine what shipping to other countries costs!) But when the box arrived, it was so amazing that I’d happily buy another one.
So this is what the box looks like! I love the logo. There’s also a quote on the side from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, which I thought was a really nice touch:
Each Fairy Loot monthly box is themed, and the theme for July was “Pirates and Power”. Fairy Loot described it as being “perfect for fans of pirates, faery tales and folklore”. I was drawn in by this because, while I haven’t read many pirate books, I did read and absolutely love The Assassin’s Curse and The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke.
You get a little “spoiler card” which tells you what’s in the box. I avoided reading this but the design was gorgeous! The packaging inside the box was really nice – it felt a little bit like Christmas digging through the sparkly paper to find all the goodies! The July Fairy Loot box was a bit different to the previous ones; there was actually a secondary theme, which was “fire and ice”. The reason for this? Well, this box actually contained two books, and the secondary theme matched one of them. But more about that later! Onto the goodies…
I love bath bombs, but I have fairly sensitive skin so not sure if I’ll use this or pass it onto a friend. I also got a Game of Thrones keyring featuring John Snow. If I’m honest, I’m not a big GoT fan, so this was probably my least favourite item. But it’s still cute and I’ll still use it (or sit it on my desk). I absolutely love the Pirate Bounty lip balm, though. I’ve been using it non-stop since receiving my box because it smells and tastes great. The bath bomb and the lip balm were both made by Geeky Clean.
More goodies! The tote bag is amazing – I use them ALL the time so I love it! It was designed by Alice in Wonderbookland. The notebook (pictured in the middle) is incredible too. It actually matches the Jules Vurne book I already own (pictured top right!) I’m travelling to Japan next week and I’m thinking of using this notebook as a travel journal. I also received a bookmark that you can colour in yourself.
The first book was an ARC of Frostblood by Elly Blake, which made me feel slightly giddy as I’ve never owned an ARC before! Frostblood isn’t released until January 2017. I’ve never heard of this book before, but it’s about a world where ‘Firebloods’ and ‘Frostbloods’ are at war with one another. I love fantasy so I’m looking forward to reading it!
The book for the July Fairy Loot box was an early edition of Inherited by Freedom Matthews. It was personally signed to me and the author also included a note to Fairy Loot subscribers introducing the book. I really loved that little touch as it’s quite unique; plus it’s always nice to get a handwritten letter. On top of this, there was a postcard and a further note from booktuber Benjamin Alderson aka Benjaminoftomes, the creator of Oftomes Publishing.
Despite my reservations about the price, I loved this box. It was well worth it – the items were really well thought out and I loved the personal touches with the notes/signed book. It arrived early in July, so I had it at the beginning of the month and didn’t have to wait very long. I’m actually thinking about buying myself the September box as a birthday treat to myself. I’m so pleased that we finally have an amazing YA book subscription box here in the UK.