Fairyloot- Book Subscription Box

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That’s right, people, I finally caved and got myself a book box subscription.

I would have shown a picture of the closed box, but unfortunately it came to me in not the best shape due to being dropped and squashed by the ‘wonderful’ people who deliver our post.

We all know the big subscription boxes like Owlcrate. I’ve been wanting one of them for months- however the cost of shipping has always put me off- and I wanted to support a UK company anyway, since, you know, I’m British.

Finally, the other month, I came across a new one based in London. I just missed their first box (leaving me heartbroken because of the bookmarks in it) but signed up for their April Box, which was themed with intrigue.

And the box turned up last week!

I opened it excited (white being watched by the people I work with.) and was not disappointed.

In the April box, I got

  • The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (I havent read her books for a few years but I loved her Vampire Academy books)
  • A bookmark and poster based around the book
  • Fake tattoos (I am 21 years old AND I WILL NEVER NOT LOVE FAKE TATTOOS)
  • A candle
  • President Snow
  • a sample of the Wrath and the Dawn (I’ve already read it but I handed it over to a customer who likes the same things I do, so thats a plus)
  • and, of course, the information about where each thing came from

Because the Box was basically ruined, I cut out the quote from the front and its now also stuck on my wall.

Oh, and the box had a handful of glitter gems in it which may or may not have gone all over the floor at work… which was entertaining.

I can’t wait to read the book, and I’m definitely getting more boxes from them

Next months theme is High Fantasy, and you can buy them here

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Currently Reading: The Raven Cycle

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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Stiefvater has been one of my favourite authors since I first picked up Shiver many many years ago.

But this series- I never got into it when the first book actually came out (way back in 2012) so I left it, thinking I didn’t need to read it.

But reading it now- four years later and only weeks before the last book comes out, I don’t understand how I didn’t like it. It’s funny and sad and full of magic and amazing.

Oh, and Ronan, the character to beat all characters.

I finished book two a few hours ago, and I am rushing on with book three (while regretting starting them so long before the last book is actually out)

This is not a book review- but it is a recommendation. If you like magic and welsh kings, and characters who believe in both, then pick up this series, you will not regret it.

When We Collided, Emery Lord

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Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.
Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.

*warning, this review may contain spoilers*

I am so conflicted about this book.

I loved the issues it dealt with, and the way it dealt with them. I loved many of the characters and the way they were written

I loved that mental illness was not skirted over the way it has been in other YA books- and not just that, I loved that it was so prominent, that it showed the way a manic episode can happen and what they mean- For Vivi, it was a hunt around town to find number sequences that, at that moment seemed important and life changing to her.

I also loved that it showed the after effect- how she could barely look at Johan, and hated that he was so forgiving when she could have hurt him. Not because of him, but because of guilt.

And then Johan’s story- A family of six who are trying to stay afloat after losing their father. Their mother can barely get up every day, so full of grief.

Thats what I love about this book, both characters do help the other, in small ways. Not only does Vivi fall for Johan, she adores his whole family and wants to help them all. She wants to live every day as much as she can, and makes sure they do too.

But then… then theres the parts that annoyed me.

I found that the grief was done completely oppositely to how well the bipolar disorder was.

Johan was in a family of six kids, and from reading it they were all pretty close to their dad. Yet in the entire book, none of them, like, talked about it, acted as if they had lost anyone. The kids ranged from 5 to adulthood- and I feel like not all six would have been…’fine’ about it?

I know everyone acts differently when grieving, but I remember being a kid and losing someone I loved, someone who I was close enough to that they were almost my family. I remember the ground being ripped from under my feet, being convinced that I could see him walking down the street sometimes- only for it to be someone else. Convinced that there would be a knock at the door and he would walk in. Then I remember the nightmares I had.

I just feel… a group of kids, no matter how much they would have tried, would not have been that well at ‘coping’ in six short months.

Then the love story- which kicked off as a love story like, three pages in from never even seeing each before. She makes so many comments about ‘fate’ and ‘being drawn to him’ and ‘hes so handsome its perfect’ and I just wanted to roll my eyes at it all? Don’t get me wrong, I loved both characters, but it was like the author couldn’t be bothered to put any real ‘interest’ into it.

(random plus, any character that makes comments about Dobby and Harry Potter is instantly loved)

I have so many mixed feelings because in one respect, I loved and adored this book, and in others, it fell flat.

But if you like books like TFioS, All the Bright Places and I’ll give you the Sun, then you really need to read this book.