February’s theme was ‘Twisted Tales’ and the art for this box is probably the best I’ve received so far. Tara Spruit does all the artwork for the FairyLoot box spoiler cards and bookmarks and she is so talented. They are always stunning but this months one is just so atmospheric. I love it.
So the loot…
This months ‘big’ item was The ‘Grimm Tales’ mug designed by Aunjuli Art. This mug really is stunning. The detail is amazing and I can’t wait to use it. Mine does have flaw. A tiny little green dot on the white background. This tiny green dot could cause me to become insane but I don’t want to be dramatic or anything.
I have joint favourite items this month. Truly epic ‘The Witch & The Gingerbread House’ Socks by FairyLoot (it’s all about having socks for future #SockSundays) and a ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ Woodmark by the AMAZING Ink and Wonder. I am obsessed with Ink and Wonder and this woodmark is perhaps my favourite item of hers so far and I have a lot of items from her shop!
Next up were really cute ‘Poisonous Apple’ Bath Salts by Little Heart and I’m excited about these as we are expecting some more cold snaps soon and my back has been giving me some issues the last week so a bath is on the cards soon. 🙂
The last item is a book tie-in and it was a gorgeous ‘Hinterland’ Candle from Wick and Fable and another candle that has developed with the help of this months author. I just love this kind of thing and it really adds to the overall fun factor of the box.
February’s book was The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
So I’m a bit annoyed about this. I really loved the first 3/4 or so. It was building deliciously and it felt wonderfully dark and sinister.
I loved Alice and Ella’s relationship. I loved Audrey and I loved Finch and most of all I loved Alice. She was a total brat at times but it all fits her and we know, we just know, that there is an explanation for her behaviour that we have yet to learn.
The story was building, building, building and then…
Everything happens within the span of 40 pages and…
I’m pretty sure I got whiplash people!
It has also got all kind of purple near the end. Honestly this felt like it was written by two completely different people. The first part by someone who had vision and knew what they were doing, what they wanted and where they saw the story of The Hinterland going and the last part by someone who enjoyed purple prose and not putting a lot of thought into the outcome of a story.
I buddy read this with a fellow FairyLoot subscriber and we both agreed this needed to end when Alice met the Spinner. I HATE cliffhangers when I don’t have access to more books in the series but honestly this would have worked so well as one that even though I would have bitched and moaned I’d still be waiting impatiently for the next one.
So much potential and just really poorly executed!
Another thing that is really bothering me (but has nothing to do with the actual story) is that under the cover jacket for this book the cover is stamped and my stamp is not only crooked but also off center. See comment about the little green dot above.
In regard to the flaws, these are not things that would put me off purchasing future boxes but they are a little disheartening. It seems silly but you just want your stuff to be as perfect as everyone else’s. Overall I’m happy with this months box though and I’m delighted that I have read another book box book! I’m totally winning at it now. Buddy reading is great for this kind of thing.
In regard to the book? It sucks but you can’t love them all.