Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Unboxing: Fairyloot's "Monsters Within" (January 2022)

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed January's box. I was very excited for the book but the items didn't appeal to me at first. When they arrived, however, I realized I liked them a lot more than I thought I would. I think this came from the fact I was more interested in the book than the fandoms, but I am quite glad the items are useful enough for me to enjoy otherwise. 

There were five items included in this box. The first was a trinket dish depicting James Herondale, a character from The Last Hours series by Cassandra Clare. This dish was designed by @arz28. I think this trinket dish is absolutely stunning and quite high quality. I don't currently have a use for it, though I do think in the future I will definitely use it. At the least, I will display it on my Shadowhunter shelves once I have all my books out of storage. 

The next item was a tea towel featuring a quote from These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan that was designed by @stellabookishart. I actually just read this in February and really loved it so having some merch from it is quite exciting. This tea towel is really beautiful, though I don't think I will use it as a tea towel. However, I could see myself hanging it up as a tapestry type of decoration when I have my future library all set up. 

Up next was an enamel pin inspired by Scythe by Neal Shusterman designed by @azura.arts. I haven't yet read this book but it is on my near-future TBR. This enamel pin is absolutely stunning as well and I think I would display it even if I didn't plan on reading the books just because of how beautiful it is. I do hope to get to Scythe soon, though.

The fourth item was a puzzle inspired by August Flynn from This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab, designed by @lizzart_zardonics. This is yet another book that is on my TBR so I'm not yet very connected to this character. However, I do really love puzzles and this will get used whether or not I read the book immediately. 

The last item was a metal bookmark inspired by Aaron from Only a Monster by Vanessa Len, designed by @arz28. This is inspired by the book of the month and I'm really happy that Fairyloot have gone that direction. I quite like that if I love this book that I'll have merch for it already. Plus, the bookmark is quite high quality. 

The collectible tarot cards for this month were the Page and Knight of Pentacles designed by @lizzart_zardonicz and feature two characters from Red Rising by Pierce Brown: Cassius and Sevro. This is yet another series I have on my TBR. I have mediocre feelings about the tarot card collections, if I'm being honest, as I don't have much use for them and with we'd get a different item. But the Red Rising ones are also beautiful so I think I'll use them just as mini art-prints for the series. 

The book of the month is Only a Monster by Vanessa Len which is a book I was actually quite excited for. This edition features an exclusive cover, two-colour stencil sprayed edges, artwork on the endpages designed by @arz28, foil embossing on the hardcover designed by @arz28, and is signed by the author. There was also a character art print designed by @jessdraw.s on the back of the author letter. 

Overall, I am very happy with this box. Though there are some fandom-inspired items from books I haven't yet read, they are from books that are on my TBR so I am still happy to receive them. Additionally, these items are a lot more useful to me and quite beautiful. For me, the main reason I get Fairyloot's boxes nowadays is because it's cheaper to buy the box than to buy the books secondhand afterwards. Because I used to spend more money on just the books themselves, getting the full box for cheaper than secondhand just feels like I'm getting a bunch of bonus items with my book (even though that's not really how it works). This box was a little late but I am okay with that as I felt it was all worth it. I am absolutely obsessed with this edition and I can't wait to read Only a Monster

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