I absolutely loved the January FairyLoot box, completely obsessed! Couldn’t be more of a contrast to the other book subscription box I received in January.
FairyLoot is a bookish subscription box, if you saw my post about the December box you’ll know about it but in case you didn’t… In the box you get a book and bookish items relating to a theme. January’s theme was ‘talk faerie to me’ and the box cost £32.95 including shipping to the UK.
The first this I saw was this gorgeous cushion case designed by Evie Bookish! I know there is a lot of Sarah J Maas merchandise out there and some people are tiring of it but I’m not! (potentially because I only read all her books for the first time last year…)
Continuing the Sarah J Maas theme, there was also these gorgeous Aelin and Rowan prints by Diana Worak (I can’t find any etsy or anything to link).
I also got my first magnetic bookmarks from Dreamy and Co. These Feyre and Rhysand bookmarks are so cute! I don’t know if I’ll end up using them but they look SO adorable on my bookcase… that’s what they’re for, right?
This is the other side of the Aelin and Rowan prints. These sides were created by Stella’s Bookish Art and I definitely prefer them. I just think they’re so beautifully done and I really love the quotes chosen.
Next up was a colouring book?! A whole colouring book? It’s from Michael O’Mara and is so detailed! It contains all kinds of different mythical creatures and I genuinely can’t wait to sit down and start colouring it in!
There was also an apple scented Seelie lipbalm from Geeky Clean. You can’t really go wrong with a nice lipbalm and the fact it ties into so many different books is pretty special I think.
Finally for the bookish items, there was a Prince Cardan candle from Meraki Candles. I really love scented candles, especially ones that link into books I’ve read or am reading. I did mean to burn this candle whilst I was reading the book but I completely forgot… Maybe if/when I re-read it!
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I saw this book all over bookstagram and had been about to pick it up – so it was lucky this box arrived before I did that! Whilst I was in love with the cover (and the little print that came with the book in my box) I wasn’t initially wowed by the book itself.
The Cruel Prince follows Jude and her two sisters as they are taken into the world of Faerie. Jude is human and struggles with knowing what to do and finding her place in a world she shouldn’t be occupying in the way she is.
I found it to be another book that is setting the scene for what is to come and all the action happens in the last few chapters. Whilst I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing and it does work to an extent, I am getting tired of it.
I also found the character progression quite fast. I’m not quite sure how long the book is supposed to be set over but I felt like Jude progressed from seeming fairly childish, to making complex, difficult and relatively horrendous decisions very quickly. I don’t want to spoil anything but there is also a romantic trope that is tired in real life, let alone fiction.
Having said all these negative things though, once I settled into the book I absolutely loved it. I found the writing rich and full of details (not too much though) and this drew me into the world. When describing the various ballgowns I felt like they were there in front of me and I fell completely in love with them, though not necessarily the balls that went with them!
I really enjoyed the illustrations within the book, I loved Judes ballsy character and I NEED to know what happens next – what more can you ask for?
Have you tried a bookish subscription box? What would your favourite item out of this box have been?