June Fairyloot Unboxing

The June FairyLoot theme was ‘Rebels in Ballgowns’.

The loot:

‘Corvere’ Candle by Geeky Clean inspired by Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I still have not read this series. I have two copies of Nevernight and two copies of Godsgrave and I know I’m going to like them but I’m doing that thing where I’m ‘saving’ them but I don’t know what I’m ‘saving’ them for.

‘Destiny’ Cushion Cover designed by Miss Phi which features a quote from Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I have absolutely no interest in reading the Caraval Series but I love this cover. I have so many cushions.  It’s becoming a real problem but I have no intention of getting rid of any and every intention of getting more.

My most favourite thing in this box is the Reading Journal. Designed by FictionTea Designs and featuring art from Stella’s Bookish Art. This is so practical and so, so handy and I love using it. I really hope that they add another one in Decembers box for January to June 2019.

‘Shatter Me’ Magnetic Bookmarks by Taratjah Art inspired by the Shatter Me Series by Tehereh Mafi. I don’t use any of my magnetic bookmarks and thinking about it I really should because I often times use sticky tabs to mark the beginning of the next chapter so I can have an idea of how long is left in the chapter I’m reading and magnetic bookmarks would be perfect for this as they wouldn’t fall out like regular bookmarks do. I also need to read this series but the reviews for the first book are kind of putting me off.

Another really cute item was the Masquerade Mask Necklace designed by Fairyloot and I kind of love it.

Lastly was an Iron-On Patch by Ink and Wonder. I love Ink and Wonder and any product by Paris is one I’m going to like. Not exactly sure what to do with this but I’ll think of something! 😀

This months books was Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

Review:

So Grace and Fury.

This book is yet ANOTHER book that started out really strong for me. It had all the markings of a 5 star read. It should have been a 5 star read.

I loved the set up and the world building. I thought it was so clever how the author unexpectedly (for me anyway as I hadn’t read the synopsis) switched Serina and Nomi’s roles and put them both in positions they weren’t fully equipped to deal with.

Seeing Nomi have to learn diplomacy and Serina learn to actually fight. I was in the story. I was lapping it up. This was going to be two girls surviving the best way they could and doing it because of the bond shared between sisters.

Until…

Until it wasn’t that anymore. Smart, clever, WOKE Nomi became the typical two dimensional heroine that I have read a million times before. She then went from the two dimensional heroine to the too stupid to live heroine. I get being fooled to a certain degree but she was a goddamn idiot and nothing about her is redeemable in my eyes. I actively hated her in the end. So much so that her being killed wouldn’t have bothered me in the slightest.

Part of me was thinking I’d continue reading this duology just to see how Serina got on but Nomi’s descent into stupidity was so contradictory to the girl we first meet that I just started to see issues all over the place. It took me too far out of the story and I really have no desire to try and get back into it.

2.5 stars. I’m getting a bit disheartened with the books in the FairyLoot boxes if I’m being honest. My plan was to keep getting them until December but I’m just not loving the books and it seems too big an investment every month for books that I don’t enjoy. I think I’ll keep going until September and then review. It’s such a shame though because I really do love getting this box but it needs to be all about the books for me and the last few have not only not done it for me they were, in my opinion, really badly written.

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