I am obsessed with FairyLoot. I’ve been getting them since August 2017 and as long as they continue to be of such high quality I’m going to continue to get them. I’ve decided that once they announce their photo challenge each month I’ll do an unboxing post. This is mainly so I can wax lyrical about how epic they are!
The January theme was ‘Talk Faerie To Me’ and I think it’s my favourite box so far.
First up is a gorgeous A Court of Wings and Ruin pillowcase by Evie Bookish. I received a Court of Thorns and Roses pillowcase in a different book box ages ago and I was really happy with it. That is until I saw the quality of this. It’s stunning. It looks like it’s been painted right on to the material, which it hasn’t but it sure looks like it has. I put the two pillows side by side and there is no comparison. This is a product I would go into a shop and buy for myself and the other one is a product I expect to get in a subscription box.
I don’t tend to use magnetic bookmarks as they can be a bit cumbersome but I do love getting them. Especially as I’m now more than a little obsessed with ACOTAR so I want all the merch I can get.
There was an absolutely beautiful Faerieland Colouring Book by Michael O’Mara and this edition was made especially for FairyLoot. I haven’t participated in the adult colouring craze yet but I am more than happy to start with this.
There was also two amazing double sided prints that I’m in love with. One side is by Diana Worak and the illustrations were of Rowan and Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sara J. Mass (next on my tbr) and two illustrations of quotes by Stella’s Bookish Art on the other side.
Next up was the merch that centered around the actual book. Lovely Vegan Seelie Lip Balm from Geeky Clean. I hadn’t used any of their products before and this one is really lovely. I’m fussy about lip balm and I’ve become very fond of this one. It’s not an overpowering flavour. It tastes kind of clean? That sounds weird but I’m sticking with it.
They sent out two different types of lip balms. Seelie and Unseelie. The Seelie Court is the ‘light’ side and the Unseelie Court the ‘dark’ side. FairyLoot tend to have at least one product per box that’s a variation product so people get different ones. I really like this because sometimes there are spoilers so at least you don’t know for certain what you are getting.
My favourite product in this box was the Prince Cardan candle by Meraki Candles. FairyLoot asked the author what she thought Prince Carden smelled like and used the scents she provided for the candle. It smells amazing.
Meraki Candles has unfortunately closed and this candle is a reminder of how sad that is. I have a few of their candles and I love them and the shop will be sorely missed.
My second favourite item was the stunning print of Prince Carden which was illustrated by Merwild. I adore it!
Which leads us to the January book which was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
I had a wonderful time buddy reading this with a fellow FairyLoot subscriber and it was a really enjoyable read. I love a Fae story as I think they make for very interesting and sometimes terrifying stories. My favourite recurring theme with Fae is seeing the consequences of being ‘immortal’. Humanity can be exceptionally cruel to each other, animals and the planet. Imagine if we lived for 100’s of years? I think it would be carnage as any respect for life would be greatly diminished. Faerie stories for me are a look at what we would do to each other if humans were given the ‘gift of immortality’.
Jude was definitely my favourite character in this book and everyone else kind of has a question mark hanging over them after finishing it. Or some just have huge black marks through their names. This book feels very much like a stage setter. I think that whatever books come after will have some HUGE drama. Don’t get me wrong, this had all the drama, but I think there is some potential for everything to get crazy. Very crazy. I’m looking forward to it.
This fell between 3.5 and 4 stars for me. It was a little slow to get going. Once it got going it was wonderful but it did drag in places and I feel that it was that way in order to set us up the next book. Only one year to wait!