Sunday, August 7, 2022

Unboxing: Fairyloot's "Trials & Retribution" (July 2022)


Another month, another Fairyloot unboxing! I am adoring Fairyloot boxes this year and I am so happy to have another one show up to unbox for you guys. I was very much looking forward to this box and I'm so happy that it didn't disappoint because I loved it! And so continues my obsession with getting Fairyloot boxes...



The first item that was included in this box was a pair of socks inspired by Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir and designed by @forensicsandflowers. I have not yet read this book but it is on my TBR and I've heard a lot of good things about it. These socks are dark and have a skull on them and I actually quite like them (especially more than the last socks they did which were very bright). I will definitely use these as they're a very subtle fandom reference and will be hidden most of the time I'm wearing them anyway. 

Up next was a pin banner inspired by Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson designed by @blanca.design. I have not yet read this duology but it is on my TBR once I finish the previous trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles. This is also quite a subtle fandom design and it could even just be looked at as a general fantasy design if you don't know the fandom. I will definitely use this as I've lately run out of space on my main pin banner and would be needing a new one soon.

Then we got a set of metal straws that have a greek pattern that design by Fairyloot themselves. We got two thinner straws and a thicker straw. I'm quite excited about this as I've actually been looking into buying some straws for smoothies for home use. The other week I was really wanting a straw and I had none, so now I'm set! I know some people didn't like this but I fully am on board with usable items like these being included.

The next item was the next in the collectible letter opener/literary weapon replicas series. This specific one was inspired by Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and designed by @jezhawk. It's definitely an interesting design with the handle but I'm not mad about it. I still think it's pretty and, honestly, the handle is probably a good thing as I'd otherwise get a papercut opening letters. However, when they announced this theme, fandoms, and this as an item, I would have bet all my money that Gideon the Ninth was the one getting the replica. 

The last item is a print album designed by @chattynora. It's a beautiful album and I'm actually quite excited about it. The design and gold foiling and spine are gorgeous. I think it's very subtle but very nice. I love useful items like this and I think it's great for storing art prints as not everyone will hang every print up. When they announced this box would have a highly anticipated item they'd never included, I did suspect it would be an album of some size (either for art prints or just tarot cards), so I'm glad to have been right. I am annoyed at myself though for buying a cheap album in May when we've now got a nice fancy one. 

The tarot cards this month were featured from Blood Scion by Deborah Faye. We have Strength, which has the character Sloane, and The Hermit, which has the character Dane. As always, these are designed by @arz28. I like these a lot and I'm definitely excited to add it to my deck. I haven't read Blood Scion and didn't get that Fairyloot box but the book is on my TBR so it's all good. As I haven't read it, I'm wondering if we're going to get more characters from this book in the next box or if we're going to only have these two (which seems to be what the last few months have been). 

The book this month is The Darkening by Sunya Mara. I knew this was the book in advance and I'm quite happy to have a nice copy of it as it just sounds so exciting. This edition has an exclusive cover, two-colour stencil sprayed edges, foil on the hardcover designed by @taratjah, artwork on the endpages by @taratjah, and is signed. The print included with this (designed also by @taratjah) is stunning! I love this edition, though I think I would have preferred them to have kept some of the original purple elements to it. Either way, I can definitely get the standard UK edition and have both the purple original cover and this stunning blue one. 





Overall, I love this box. I think all the items are beautiful and useable. I also like how Fairyloot has had some very subtle fandom items lately as it makes it easier for me to use all of them in my daily life. I'm just at the point in my life where I'm picky about decor and whatnot so subtle fandom items are a lot better for me. I also like that these items are all useable and ones I would have probably bought on my own anyway. I'm quite excited to see what they do for the next box as they've said there's another item they've never included. 



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Lauren



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Friday, August 5, 2022

July 2022 Book Haul


With another month comes another book haul. This month I got quite a few more books than I expected but I'm excited about all of them! I got a total of 10 books this month and I can't wait to incorporate them all into my shelves. Let's just dive in!



The first book I got was Dreams of Ice and Iron by Kayla Edwards. This is Kayla Edwards' debut that came out in 2021. I read her most recent book, City of Gods and Monsters, this month and it is my favorite book of the year so far. The moment I finished it, I basically one-click ordered this one. It's the first in a separate fantasy series and I'm excited to get to this eventually. There's not as much pressure to read it as soon as the sequel is on the back burner to prioritize her other series (the one I love with all my heart). But I am excited to have it on my shelves now. 

The next book I got was the signed Waterstones edition of Blade Breaker by Victoria Aveyard. I preordered this and was sick so ended up picking it up a little late but I have it now and that's all that matters. The edges on this are gorgeous and this edition looks great next to my Waterstones edition of Realm Breaker. I haven't yet read it, but I've enjoyed other books I've read by Victoria so I'm excited to see how it goes when I get to it.

Then I picked up The Host: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Mark Cotta Vaz. I love books and I love movies and TV shows so it's only natural that I love books about movies and TV shows. A good companion book to one of my favorite screen stories is automatically on my wishlist. What's nice about this one, and most movie companions for older movies, is that I can get them for 80% off list price secondhand. I got this one super cheap and basically just paid the cost of shipping. I've already read half of it and it's a super interesting look into how the movie came together.

I also got the Waterstones edition of Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan. I have the Fairyloot edition and it remains probably the prettiest edition on my entire shelf. However, this Waterstones edition is also stunning. I mainly got it because I have the sequel preordered and I want my editions to match. If I like this when I finally read it, I knew I would want the gorgeous edition and the price keeps going up the farther we get from when it was published so I wanted to get this because the price was very reasonable. 

Then I got the Fairyloot edition of The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen. This was the July Adult Book-Only pick and I am very happy with it. I've heard so many good things about this and I've seen it described as a cozy fantasy, which is a genre that I'm trying to get into soon-ish. I also just adore this edition, which is the only hardcover edition, has an exclusive cover, stenciled edges, embossing, artwork on the endpages, and is signed. Very happy to have it on my shelves.

I then impulse bought the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide published by Future Press. This is over 400 pages of information, tips, and art about New Horizons. I love this game and I think this is both a useful guide and a beautiful collector's item. It's a bit outdated as the game has gotten a couple updates (most notably the 2.0 update and new DLC), but the publisher has been putting out PDF updates every year for free that cover the updates so I'm not mad about that at all. 

Then it was announced that the Throne of Glass series are getting new covers. This is one of my all-time favorite series and I am so happy that I actually love the redesigned covers. I think it helps that I already have a set of complete covers so a redesign doesn't bother me now as much as a mid-series change. That being said, I wanted to make sure my collections of the original covers were as complete as possible so I got the UK paperback of The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas that I'd put off getting for years. I think I'll also get a couple more copies of specific hardbacks just to have a complete second set but that'll come across the next six months until publication.

I then got the Fairyloot edition of The Darkening by Sunya Mara. This was in the July YA box and I love it. It has an exclusive cover, stenciled edges, embossing, artwork on the endpages, and is signed. I do think I prefer the original cover color scheme (the image included) but I also love the blue on this change. Worst case, if I love the book, I can get the original edition and have both as they're both beautiful. I've also heard good things about this so I'm quite excited to have a copy now. 

Then I had an Amazon gift card that was given to me specifically to buy books so I got two. The first was The Mindf*ck Series: Books 1-5 bind-up by S.T. Abby. I read this entire series in July and it is a new all-time favorite (you can find my review here). I knew I would want it on my shelves and the series is only offered physically as a bind-up with a gorgeous alternate cover. But as I am obsessed with it I used my gift card to pick it up this past month and I'm so glad to have a copy on my shelves. It also is bittersweet as this is my second series by this author (who goes under two other pen names as well) but my first series I've read by her since she passed away last year. 

The last book I got (and the second on the gift card) was Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman. I had all other volumes of Heartstopper that are currently out but was missing this one. I was really excited to see it was on sale and that I could get it with my gift card because I now have all four volumes and can binge them. My love of Heartstopper has resurfaced with the show coming out recently and I've been wanting to finally catch up on all of it! 



Well, those are all the books I got in July. I anticipate August being a smaller haul month, though I also said that about July so we'll see if I actually stick with that. I do know I've got so many anticipated releases in August that I'll have to read them from the library at first because there's just too many. Overall, I'm just super excited about all of these and can't wait to read the ones I've not gotten to yet! 



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Lauren



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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

July 2022 Wrap-Up


We have blown past the halfway point in this year and are now heading into August! This year simultaneously feels like it's going so fast but also so slow. This month was an interesting one for a number of reasons: I got so sick I couldn't get out of bed/off the couch for a week, I spent hours upon hours in the library churning out my dissertation, I had some social things, and I hit my 50th book read this year! I read a total of eight books in July and I'm really happy. A lot were shorter reads but just having the desire to read this many things, even if they were short, makes me happy. I definitely would have even read more if I hadn't been spending so much time on my dissertation. Let's hope August will be as good a reading month! 


1. 
Title: City of Gods and Monsters
Author: Kayla Edwards
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

2. 
Title: Under One Roof
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
Review TK

3.
Title: Incendiary
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars
-reread-

4. 
Title: The Risk
Author: ST Abby
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

5.
Title: Sidetracked
Author: ST Abby
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

6. 
Title: Scarlet Angel
Author: ST Abby
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

7.
Title: All the Lies
Author: ST Abby
Rating: 5 // 5 stars


8.
Title: Paint It All Red
Author: ST Abby
Rating: 5 // 5 stars


Book Review: "Foul Lady Fortune" by Chloe Gong



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