September’s theme for FairyLoot was Star-crossed Swoons. I am not really one for romance novels though I do enjoy a bit of a swooning in my books. I haven’t come across a theme like this by any of the book boxes I have received in the past, so it will be interesting to see which books they use for inspiration and what items were in the box. So let’s have a look!
I love how we always seem to get some big items with our boxes now. This can range from a scarf to a pillow case, so it’s nice get surprised each month. This month we received an apron! This Dreamer Apron designed by Literary Life Co. features a quote from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylore. I guess I will have to start baking now!
Another big item we received is something I am always happy finding in any book box: stationary. FairyLoot subscribers received an exclusive Constellation Notebook featuring a quote from The Star-Touched Queen and is designed by Read at Midnight. I love getting notebooks and use them for so many things nowadays. For those of you who are uncertain as what to do with all of them, I would suggest going to YouTube and have a look at ideas other stationary fans have for their uses of notebooks.
The final big item had to be a candle! This scented candle is inspired by the Twilight-series and is a Bella and Edward candle (created by Nerd Poured Candles). I adore the artwork on the label for this candle. It gives it this little bit of extra, even if I did (personally) hate Twilight.
Of course, the swag doesn’t end here. With the big items we also received many smaller items and I love the following item: Prythian Shoelaces! These shoelaces feature all of the courts from A Court of Thorns of Roses and were designed by Fictiontea Designs. I will have to put these in my converse trainers! Even if I am a little scared of ruining them, because they are so beautiful.
There’s a lovely Love Rune Enamel Pin in the box as well. The pin is created by Fictiontea Designs and based on the Shadowhunters series. With this pin we received Angelic Fire Candle Matches also designed by Fictiontea Designs. Love- and Fire-Runes go well together in my opinion and now we can light all our candles with these long matches. Especially now that autumn is here and the days are getting shorter, I love burning candles all over the house instead of having the big lights on.
We also received some gorgeous Swoon-worthy Postcard Set which includes exclusive artwork of some of the most prominent couples in YA-books we know: Julian and Emma (The Dark Artifices), Rhysand and Feyre (ACOTAR), Cassian and Nest (ACOTAR), Amar and Maya (The Star-Touched Queen) and Lazlo and Sarai (Strange the Dreamer).
As always we got even more items like a sampler, this time from Queen of Air and Darkness, a Tempests and Slaughter Bookmark and a Muse of Nightmares postcard.
FairyLoot’s book of the months is Mirage by Somaiya Daud. This book is a Moroccan-inspired fantasy novel and I love books that give you that middle eastern-vibe. Once I have gone through my TBR list for Autumn, I will put this book first on my Winter TBR unless it has sneakily found it’s way on my current TBR.
I actually quite like the sprayed edges on this book. I sometimes get a bit worried that it won’t suit the book, but I think it’s beautiful on this one. Not only that, but the author has actually also signed our copies of the book. With the book we also received a letter form Somaiya and some beautiful artwork of the characters Amani and Idris created by Gabriella Bujdoso.
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; and she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.
But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.
As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.