I was quite excited that I could get two boxes to review this month. Not just Illumicrate, but another book box based in the UK: FairyLoot. I have been a subscriber to this box for many months now and last month I was debating if it would still be worth it to stay with them or try out something new.
So lets take a look if they managed to keep me subscribing.
August 2018 theme is Mutinous Pirates. I don’t have much with pirates, but it seems like it’s starting to follow the fairy trend we had a few years ago. I’m seeing more and more books with the theme of pirates, the sea and mermaids.
I don’t dislike the theme, but it will have to be the products and the book to sway me over to really get excited for it all. What is the booty this month?
As soon as you open the box there is one big item that pops into view immediately:
Subscribers receive an exclusive ‘Why is the rum gone?’ Water Bottle created by KDP Letters. Of course this inspired by one of the most popular movie pirates Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. I tend to use bottles like these a lot, so I’m very happy with this item.
Next item is kind of an eyebrow raiser for me; an exclusive Pirate Wax Seal created by FairyLoot themselves. I like the thought behind it and it’s pretty cool, but I’m not quite sure if I will start waxing my letters now with an exclusive seal. That is if I’m going to be writing any letters any time soon (cough, email is faster, cough). It’s good that they have a link on the description though that will show you how to use this item safely.
No box would be complete without a candle in my opinion. We aren’t disappointed with another exclusive scented candle called Prince Elian created by Nerd Poured Candles and it’s inspired by the pirate prince Elian in To Kill a Kingdom. It’s scented with ‘sea mist & musk’, it’s gorgeous and I love the gold sparkles in the candle as well.
I love the next item, which is a Pirate Magnet designed by Miss Phi. It features a quote from Daughter of the Pirate King and I decorate my refrigerator with these magnets. So it’s always nice to get another for the ever growing collection.
One of the last items we received is something for in the bath or the shower. Sweet Peat Sugar Scrub Soap by Geeky Clean is inspired by a magical botanic plant featured in the book that is featured in this months book box. I love a body scrub and this one smells lovely!
Now FairyLoot has had an issue before with items not living up to their standards. Last month one item had a mirrored print on one of the items. Unfortunately, this month another item is suffering from a tiny oopsie. The ‘Impossible’ Hanging flag is a lovely decoration, but it has a spelling error on it. FairyLoot immediately have send out emails to everyone stating they will get this item replaced as soon as possible. I can’t really blame them for this and I have to admit that they have acted super fast. Can’t fault them for that at all. Great customer service, yet again.
I am quite curious about this months book: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch. It is an epic story inspired by the Spanish Inquisition. I am always intrigued by the inquisition, so giving it a new spin by adding pirates, a great crew and magic will be really interesting to read.
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.
It is the first book in a series, so if I’m enjoying this one at least I will have others to look forward to.
Another trend I’m discovering is book boxes spraying the pages of their books. I’m not quite sure if I love it or not. It’s different, but I’m wondering if it’s getting a bit too much now. The colour is a gorgeous green so that is working in it’s favour. Good thing is that the book is also signed by the author. Now that is something I do love in a book. Of course the book is accompanied with a personal letter form the author and some goodies like a botanical plant card, some art work and a sampler/poster of King of Scars.
I am very much on the fence with this book box. I like their items and you can clearly see that they are improving the types of items we get in the box. Their customer service is great and I am always fond of their books and what they offer their subscribers. I just don’t know if I want to receive a box every month. Not because I don’t love books, but more that my TBR-pile is getting larger and larger. Or perhaps I will just have to start reading more and faster. I will stay with them for the foreseeable future I think.