14/04/2016

Unboxing the very first FairyLoot subscription box

A couple of weeks ago, I saw something interesting on my Twitter feed: the announcement of a new monthly YA subscription box. After the great success of my first OwlCrate, I was definitely excited. Especially when I saw that FairyLoot ships from the UK, which means lower shipping rates to Europe. And look at the gorgeously designed website! If this was any indication how much attention would be paid to the details, I couldn’t miss this one!

The theme of the first FairyLoot is Retelling. I was anxiously awaiting the moment my doorbell would rang. Book mail always gets me super excited, like it’s Christmas or my birthday. (Please don’t tell me that’s just me, guys.)

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And then it arrived! I couldn’t wait to open it up. I skipped the note with the information on it because I didn’t wanted to be spoiled yet.

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The first thing I saw was this Shadowhunters candle. It was specially made by for this box. How awesome! I haven’t read any of the books yet but I have to admit, the tv show has been an absolute guilty pleasure for me..

Next were these Throne of Glass bookmarks by The Sticker Galley. It was a hint on the FairyLoot Twitter that an item from The Sticker Galley would be included and I got so excited because look at how cute their products are! But I didn’t expect it to be Throne of Glass related, and since it’s no secret that I’m a massive fan, I love them!

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Then I saw this Alice in Wonderland necklace. It was wrapped in a cute purple sachet and it was attached to a playing card. I love little details like this. The necklace itself is adorable and I can’t wait to wear it.

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Also, this purple notebook with constellations on them. I think it’s great how everything in this box is matching. And I’m a Gemini and that constellation is on the front!

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And now.. time for the book. I couldn’t wait to see what it was, I hadn’t been spoiled yet and I also hadn’t guessed the book yet. Turns out, it was one I’d put on my list: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. It’s an Aladdin retelling where the jinni is a fierce female. I’ve read great things about it so I can’t wait to start it. It came with a bookmark and a signed bookplate. It’s all in the details <3

Good thing I still read the note afterwards to, because the button was hidden in the purple wrapping. Luckily I found it. There are random versions of the button in the boxes. I love mine!

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Speaking of details, another thing I really loved was this note with a hashtag on it. There are two people who share the same hashtag, so they can find each other and buddy read. For me, things like this and the way everything was wrapped definitely showed me how much love Anissa put in these boxes.

The first FairyLoot is a great success. May’s theme has been announced and it will be High Fantasy. BRB ordering right now.

29/01/2016

My first ever OwlCrate box is here!

Oh man, I love receiving some good mail. While the daily mail (not a reference to the medium where I get my celebrity intake I swear) is not all that exciting, I’m always anxiously awaiting the doorbell to ring when I’ve ordered something. Because then I know GOOD MAIL IS COMING.

Since becoming more active on Bookstagram, I kept seeing these fun subscription boxes pop up. They all looked awesome, OwlCrate in particular. I participated in Secret Santa last Christmas and I soooo enjoyed the anticipation for my package to arrive. So when it was announced that the January box of OwlCrate would be themed ‘magic’ and would contain a Funko, I knew I just had to order it this time.

OwlCrate is a monthly YA subscription box. It contains a new YA novel and some bookish goodies, all centered around the theme of the month. For an idea of whats in the box, check out an overview of the past boxes here.

It’s shipped from the US of A, so I had to wait for a bit and kept refreshing the tracking info multiple times a day. But here it is!

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So first, there’s this card with great design from OwlCrate with a list of all the items in the box. Pictured above are two great designs by Evie Seo. I’m always looking with heart-eyes at her shop, so I’m so happy she contributed to this months box! There’s a book mark with a quote from the Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and a print with one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite series by one of my favorite writers.. You get it, I lovelovelove this Throne of Glass print.

OwlCrate Jan 3

I got the Harry Potter Funko! It’s so cute. I recently bought my first Funko’s (Katniss and Khaleesi) and I love them. So now that I have Harry, I should get Ron and Hermione too of course. OH! And I read that there are new HP Funko’s in the making, with Luna <3 and Draco. Can’t wait for those. Also pictured is a Patronus lip balm from Geek Fire Labs which tastes like mint and white chocolate. It’s lovely and I like the packaging.

OwlCrate Jan 4

This months book is Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley. It’s a fiction novel about the Brontë sisters with some fantasy and magical elements. It came with a handwritten letter from the author (man I love details like this) and an old school paper doll kit. I actually don’t know that much about the Brontës. I’ve read Jane Eyre but it’s been ages and I never even read Wuthering Heights. One of my resolutions was to read more classics this year, so I want to read those before reading Worlds of Ink and Shadow.

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I really enjoyed this months OwlCrate. International shipping isn’t cheap, so that’s why I hadn’t ordered one before. But this one was as amazing as I had hoped. Not all monthly themes are really my thing, but I’m definitely keeping an eye on upcoming boxes. The anticipation and unwrapping is so much fun!

What do you think about (bookish) subscription boxes? Did you ever receive an OwlCrate? If so, what has been your favorite so far?