The Grisha Edition by Illumicrate

grisha1.jpgSo when Illumicrate announced their special Grisha Edition box to coincide with the release of The Language of Thorns, I told myself I didn’t need it. When there were only a few boxes left, I told myself that if I bought it, I’d end up with three copies of TLOT – the signed edition I’d preordered months ago from Waterstones, and the Fairyloot exclusive edition. The boxes sold out, and I saw everyone else’s unboxings. “Yeah, the items are amazing, but oh well, it’s too late now” I said. That’s when Illumicrate added extra boxes to their store – and of course, I ordered one without hesitation.
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February Fairyloot Unboxing: Emperors and Fugitives

After guessing which book would be included in this month’s Fairyloot, I knew I had to get hold of one, and luckily I managed to grab a box just before they sold out. Here is our full unboxing of the Emperors and Fugitives box – if you are waiting for your box and wanting to avoid spoilers, I’d suggest looking away now!
* Spoilers Below*
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza + signed bookplate and letter from the author

This is a book that’s been on my TBR list for a long time, so I was so excited to receive it (plus a letter from the author and a signed bookplate) in this month’s box! I can’t wait to get stuck into this book; an action packed space opera full of diverse characters!
Manon and Dorian double-sided print by Taratjah 

Who doesn’t love Manon and Dorian? This double-sided print is perfect for any fan of the ship (what would they be called? Manorian?) and I’ve already stuck mine up on my wall (with the Manon side visible, obviously!)

Rebel of the Sands Pouch by Alisse Courter

This is a lovely little pouch that could easily be used as a pencil case, a make up bag, a little purse, and more! It’s hand lettered with a quote from Rebel of the Sands, ‘The world makes things for each place’.

Kalusian Sunset Candle by Happy Piranha

This is a full-size candle with a gorgeous, sweet scent. My favourite thing about it is that the author of this month’s book, Rhoda Belleza, named this candle!

Celestial Gunpowder Bath Bomb by Bathing Beauties

This exclusive bath bomb smells of cupcakes, and I can’t wait to use it! 

Space Girl Bookmark by Till and Dill

Considering that I used to use train tickets to mark my place in a book, I now have quite a collection of bookmarks, and this is a perfect addition to that collection!

Illuminae Coaster by Read At Midnight

I haven’t read Illuminae, but I really have a thing for bookish coasters for some reason, so I was really excited to find this in this month’s box. This coaster reads ‘She is catalyst. She is chaos. I can see why he loves her.’ As with many items that Fairyloot include in their boxes, it’s a really great item despite me not having read the book that the quote is from.

Baby Groot Keychain from Funko

So, I have a confession to make…
*whispers* I don’t like Guardians of the Galaxy…
BUT, my husband soon stole this little Groot keyring off me, and I have to admit it’s dancing is quite cute!
Extras: The One Memory of Flora Banks sampler | MyBookmark Discount Code 
love Becky @

Illumicrate November Unboxing

This month I received my first ever Illumicrate box and to make things better, it arrived on my birthday so it was a surprise gift. Illumicrate is a UK-based book subscription box that is sent out every three months – this makes it handy if you can’t afford other subscription boxes every month. It features a newly release book and other bookish goodies and it’s obvious the creators put a lot of thought and effort into it. So here’s what I received in November’s box – 

| A Coffee Cosy by Sparrow + Wolf |
This was designed exclusively for this month’s box by the amazing Sparrow + Wolf (which incidentally is a name of one of my favourite songs.) This Cosy is perfect for putting on your travel mugs when you’ve got to go out in the wintery months. Unfortunately, I don’t own a travel mug and I don’t like coffee but I did put it on a normal mug so you could see the beautiful design. 
| ‘AIDAN’ Candle by Meraki Candles | 
I have been meaning to purchase a candle from this wonderful company for a while as the designs and scents look beautiful and it’s also UK-based. The one included in this box was also another exclusive for Illumicrate and is based on a character from this month’s book. It smells of bergamot, sandalwood and mercy (ooo) and my mother has already stolen it and lit it. 
| Evil Plans Notebook by House of Wonderland |
Okay, so if you know me, you know that the design of this notebook is everything I could have asked for and although I’ve got a house full of them, one can never have too many notebooks, especially for scribbling in your evil plans. This is another exclusive for Illumicrate! It has blank pages, the cover is shiny and it’s good quality and it’s a nice little size. 
| Striped Socks by Happy Socks |
As much as I love socks, I was cursed/blessed with very small feet so I was afraid they weren’t going to fit but they did and they are so comfy! A straight forward design but with bold colours, these are perfect and made from cotton so they aren’t too thick. Perfect addition to the box in this wintery weather.
| The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid |
This was the book we got in this month’s box. A newly released sci-fi novel following the story of a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager with only one task: kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. This book has been on my radar for a while but not enough for me to purchase it. I’m a huge fan of science-fiction and I love ruthless, anti-heroic characters. The book also came with a signed book plate, letter and bookmark. 
The box also included little added extras such as Wolf by Wolf stickers, an ARC snippet of The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr, a Christmas gift tag and some posters/postcards from Replica, Caraval, All the Bright Places, Holding Up the Universe and Unconventional.


Fairyloot November Unboxing: Royals and Rogues

I was so excited for November’s Fairyloot box, and it didn’t disappoint! Here’s a quick look at what I received in this month’s box (spoilers below the photo!):


+ Queen of Books mug from Read at Midnight

I’m so glad that there was a mug included in this month’s box, and I love the lettering on this one! This is an exclusive item to November’s Fairyloot box.

+ Royals & Rogues Tea from The Tea Leaf Company

So, I have a confession… I don’t actually like tea. Yes, I am British. Yes, I’m aware it makes me the worst Brit to ever exist. But anyway. Despite the fact that I won’t drink this, I love the packaging and I’m sure I can feed it to someone else on the rare occasions that I have guests round.

+ Calipha Pocket Mirror from Bookworm Boutique

I love The Wrath and the Dawn, and this Calipha mirror is so cute! I love the colours!

+ Queen of Terrasen Notepad from Alexis Lampley

The design on this mini notepad is so pretty, and I can’t wait to leave my husband notes lying around on pieces of paper with “Queen of Terrasen” in the header 😉

+ Scented Spectorium Soap Crystals from Crafty Ragamuffin

These soap crystals smell so good, and are named after an important item in the book featured in this month’s box!

+ Double-sided Red Queen Print from Lovely Owls Books & Book Otter, & Wolf by Wolf Print

I’m honestly not the biggest fan of Red Queen, but I think both sides of this print are gorgeous regardless and I’ll definitely be putting it up on my wall! The lettering side is by Lovely Owls Books, and the drawing of Mare is by Book Otter. I absolutely love the Wolf by Wolf print, as well!

+ A Court of Mist and Fury tote from Lovely Owls Books

I actually loved this quote from ACOMAF so much that I got Rhys’s mountains and stars tattooed on my arm, so this is basically the perfect tote for me. Aren’t the colours gorgeous, too?

+ Nemesis by Anna Banks & Extras

This month’s book is Nemesis by Anna Banks, and came with a bookplate signed by the author, a letter from her, a bookmark with info about the book and a little sketch of a parani, one of the creatures found in the book. I’ll be reviewing Nemesis once I’ve finished it!


August Fairyloot Unboxing

So it’s that time of the month again – time for the latest Fairyloot to be unboxed! I was so excited about this month’s box as the theme was dark deeds, and anyone knows me knows that I love villains just a little bit too much. As always, this post will contain basically all of the spoilers for this month’s box, so if you’re still waiting for your box and want the contents to be a surprise, don’t look below this photo!
Here’s what I received in August’s Fairyloot box:
The Dark Side Candle by Geeky Clean
Ok, so I could write a whole essay on how misunderstood Darth Vader is. Every time I watch any Star Wars film, I just have to point out that everything Vader did, he did for love. Yeah, Anakin was acting like a bit of a moody teenager in Revenge of the Sith, but he was still acting purely out of love! Anyway… This candle, strangely enough, has a very fruity smell – who knew that the dark side would smell so good?
Malfoy Quote Coaster by Book Otter
This coaster, with the infamous quote “you must be a Weasley” is an exclusive item in this Fairyloot box and I absolutely love it! Perfect for all Draco fans, like myself.
Rhysand Book Boyfriend Soap by Behind the Pages
I’ve been ogling these book boyfriend soaps since they were released, especially the Rhysand one, so I was so happy to receive one in this box! I haven’t used it yet, but it smells amazing inside it’s packaging.
Assassin Nail Art by House of Wonderland
These nail stickers are another exclusive item for this box, designed by the amazing House of Wonderland. I haven’t had a chance to use them yet as I can’t wear nail varnish for work (sob) but I’m looking forward to testing them out and having badass dagger-nails!
Animorphia Notebook by Michael O’Mara Books
I absolutely love this gorgeous notebook – it’s filled with all sorts of unique illustrations of animals and matches this month’s book so well! It’s also got lots of space for planning evil schemes, as the Fairyloot team pointed out.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Nevernight bookmark, art print, letter from the author and signed bookplate
This month’s book was the absolutely beautiful Nevernight by Jay Kristoff! Both Angharad and I received this book in ARC form a few months ago, but since I gave it five stars and proclaimed it one of the best books I’ve read this year, I was really happy to receive a hardback copy of it, as well as the extra goodies that were included in this month’s box. 
This is definitely one of my favourite Fairyloot boxes so far, and I’m really excited for September’s box! What did you think of it?

July Fairyloot Unboxing

Another month, another Fairyloot box and in my opinion, this months blew June’s out of the water (literally, because the theme was Pirates & Power!) Fairyloot is a UK-based book subscription box and each month contains a highly anticipated books and amazing bookish goodies. If you want to sign up, go here!
(It goes without saying but this post will contain spoilers so if you are still waiting for your box, we give you our full permission to click off this post.)

Here’s what we received this month:
+ A Pirate Bounty lip balm made by Geeky Clean.
This lip balm will transport you straight to a tropical island. It smells of delicious coconut and is totally clear so it will not add colour to your lips.
+ A colour-in bookmark from Behind the Pages.
If you’re a fan of colouring, you’ll love this bookmark that reads ‘Currently Reading.’ This is the first time these have been released and I’m so happy to have got my own. Neither of us use bookmarks but being able to colour it yourself is really tempting.
+ A bookish tote bag by Alice in Wonderbookland.
The perfect thing to carry your books in. With an illustration of a ship and the tag, ‘I Ship It,’ this fits perfectly with this month’s theme. It’s a cute little size and very minimalist. Will definitely stop me from breaking my backs carrying too many books!
+ Frostblood and Fireblood bath bomb from Geeky Clean.
As soon as I got this, I rushed to run myself a bath. Upon placing it in the water, colours burst everywhere. I felt like Daenerys Targaryen as I stepped in. These are amazing products – they left no stains on either my skin or my bath.
+ A Funko keychain.
Probably one of my favourite things in this box. We received the Daenerys Targaryen version but Jon Snow versions were sent out also seeing as they are the song of ice and fire! Which did you get?
+ An ARC copy of Frostblood by Elly Blake.
This book isn’t going to be released until 2017 but Fairyloot kindly sent out early copies – you will either receive the Fire or Frost cover. We both got Fire which fits us perfectly. We will post a full review of this book when we’ve both finished it.
+ A Treasure Island notebook by Museums & Galleries.
This beautiful gold foil notebook is the perfect notebook that you can fill with your adventures. It’s the perfect size and even looks like the book itself by the cover.
The main book we received this month is a tale of folklore and pirates. It seems like the perfect new fantasy novel and we’re excited to get into it. We also got a personalised letter and postcard from the author and each book is signed and dedicated. Definitely a book we will treasure (no pun intended.)
Next month’s theme is ‘Dark Deeds’ and is perfect for those who love an antihero. Becky has ordered this box so look forward to another unboxing in August. 

June Fairyloot Unboxing

This month, we both decided to order our first book subscription box. After looking around at our options, we opted for the Fairyloot box – the contents of the boxes are always well thought out, unique and fit with the theme, the packaging is beautiful, and they’re UK based! 

{by the way – this post will contain spoilers and photos of the contents of the June Fairyloot box. If you’re still waiting for your box and want it to be a surprise, look away now!}

Both of our Fairyloot boxes arrived at the beginning of the week, and we were so happy with what we received! This months theme was “Classic Twist”, and although classics aren’t our favourite books, the items we received in this box were still neutral enough for us to love them. 
Here’s what we got in the box: 

+ Funko POP! Vinyl from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 

The first item was a full sized Funko from the recent film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. We haven’t read the book/watched the film, but these funko’s still look pretty badass on a bookshelf. 

+ Brontë’s Secret candle from William and Joseph 

This candle was absolutely perfect for this box – it has a really nice floral scent, and is so cute and quaint that it really fits with the theme!  


+ Earrings from House of Wonderland 

These earrings are absolutely adorable! Fairyloot boxes often seem to include a gorgeous piece of jewellery from an independent or boutique store, and these swallow earrings from House of Wonderland are no exception. 


+ Pack of three bookmarks from Fable and Black 

We aren’t really users of bookmarks – I’m actually pretty sure that we’ll use anything but a bookmark to hold a page in a book. However, these three bookmarks with bookish quotes are too perfect not to use! They all feature some well known book-related quotes, whilst still linking back to the classic twist theme.


+ Pride and Prejudice print from Fairyloot

Fairyloot’s own contribution to their box was this beautiful watercolour style print, featuring a well known quote from Pride and Prejudice. We absolutely love book inspired artwork, so this was perfect for us!


+ Wristband from Chapter 5 

A little extra gift included in this month’s Fairyloot box was a wristband from Chapter 5. It’s a festival style fabric wristband reading “proud to be bookish”, a statement that we can both definitely get behind! 


+ Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Of course, the main feature of any book subscription box is the book itself! This month we got Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. This book has been described as having allusions to Pride and Prejudice, but set in prehistoric times. We’ll be putting up a full review of it once we’ve both read it!

Alongside the book, we also received a promotional bookmark, postcard, a signed bookplate and a signed letter from the author.

That’s it for this month’s Fairyloot box! We’ve also both ordered the July box, Pirates and Power, so keep an eye out for our unboxing of that next month!
Did you order June’s Fairyloot box? What did you think of the contents of it? (whether you ordered it or not!) Let us know in the comments!