Guest post | Unboxing Fairyloot April 2018

Today’s blogpost is a guest post. To get more variety in my content, I wanted to try something new. As I never post an unboxing from the biggest book boxes out there – simply because I can’t order them as it goes to waste due to my visual impairment and I can’t read physical books – I wanted to ask people to write a guest post. I put the question out there in our international book bloggers chat and Camilla @Reader In The Attic wanted to contribute to this with the unboxing of her FairyLoot box she just received a few days ago. This is the box of April 2018. Are you curious for what’s in the box? Continue reading!

Hello, bookish people! I’m Camilla (probably Laurie added it into the introduction?) and this is my first guest post ever!
Anyway, today I’m here with a FairyLoot unboxing! I was really eager to collaborate with Laurie for this one, also because she asked about it just in time. I got the box recently and all the pictures were ready.

Unboxing FairyLoot April 2018

This time the box came a little late because one of the items included arrived late at the FairyLoot base, but I got the box in no time when it was shipped. Trust me, it’s quite incredible for the postal service in my country.
The April theme is Whimsical Journey, a perfect box for who loves fantasy, romance and mythology. As usual FairyLoot didn’t disappoint. It’s probably one of the few boxes around that I never get tired of.
Also, the box posters are realized by Taratjah, exclusively for FairyLoot! And talking about exclusive things, all the items in the box were made only for it, meaning that you will not find them anywhere else.

As I wrote, the box never disappoints. First of all, I want to show the beautiful tote bag by Stella Bookish Art. I love the design! It’s catchy, bright and well realized. It’s perfect for Tolkien’s fans with the I’m going on an adventure quote.
I’m “culprit” of having read Tolkien’s books ages ago, so I don’t really remember that  much and is not even one of my favorite, but I will use the tote for sure.

The tote bag

Now, a lot of nice items were also included. I’m a bit torn about the travel mug by Ink and Wonder. It’s Narnia inspired, with a beautiful map, but for some reason Aslan’s face gives me a weird feeling ?.
One funny object that I’m probably gonna use soon is the luggage tag inspired by Fantastic Beast. It’s lovely and I like the material it’s made of. What is not so great is that the paper where you should put the name and everything else, tends to slide outside if the tag is not horizontal. But maybe it’s just mine.
Little Inklings Design made an exclusive notepad inspired by The Darkest Minds. I think that is pretty okay, but as much as I love stationary, in the end I never use it. The poster realized by Fictiontea Design didn’t really interest me that much but it’s quite cute.
Now the items I loved the most! First of all, Taratjah is not only FairyLoot’s illustrator but this time she added an enamel pin of Blackjack, Percy Jackson’s pegasus. It’s another series that I’ve never read  but anyone can sport the pin on their own.
What I loved a lot is the candle by Flick the Wick. It’s named after one of the month book’s characters and the author collaborated for the creation of the scent, a mix of spruce, fir and sandalwood. Another cool thing of the candle is the little label with the character’s ship!
I like that FairyLoot try to create more items related to the book itself. I think that is a good move as well. Plus the box included a Ace of Shades button pin.

Items FairyLoot April 2018

Now, to the great part, which means the book! For some reasons I found it on Goodreads a while ago but no one talked about it. It’s great that FairyLoot creators decided to include less known books (or at least the novel wasn’t so hyped). I wish to see more boxes like this one in the future.
Anyway, here the blurb from the novel: The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores. The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world. Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world.
With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.
Few other notes on the book: first of all, the cover has an exclusive gold foiling. Second is a sticker, the bookplate autographed thbye author and a letter by Jessica Lake. If you turn the letter, you can find a beautiful draw of the main characters. It’s a new feature that the FairyLoot team decided to add and I couldn’t be more happier. The idea that the readers can give a final face to the protagonists, also with the supervision of the author, is unique.

Book FairyLoot April 2018: Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Lake. Note by Laurie: this book is on my TBR as well.

This was the first contribution by a guest blogger on my blog. I hope you enjoyed reading Camilla’s FairyLoot unboxing. Would you like to see more guest posts on my blog in the future? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

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