May 2022 Fairyloot

Fairyloot is a Young Adult book subscription box focusing on fantasy based out of the UK. Each month you receive a new Young Adult hardback book and 5-6 bookish goodies. Like most book boxes the hardback are special editions and the items are a combination of both practical things and more decorative items. May’s theme is Cloak & Dagger.

The bookish items included this month are a Red Rising inspired bottle opener, a Stardust tea strainer, a set of scrunchies inspired by Blood and Ash, a Daughter of the Moon Goddess mug, foiled bookmarks with characters from different mythologies, and the monthly tarot cards have character art inspired by These Hollow Vows.

All Fairyloot books come with exclusive covers, signed by the author and include a letter from the author. This month the book is The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah. This edition also has sprayed edges, foil on the front and back of the hardback, and artwork on the endpapers. The Stardust Thief is a story inspired by One Thousand and One Nights weaving together the tale of a smuggler, a cowardly prince, and a quest to find a magical lamp.

June’s theme is Chosen Ones.

May 2022 Illumicrate

Illumicrate is a UK based fantasy and science fiction book box that has monthly boxes or just a monthly book only subscription. Each box also includes a selection of bookish goodies some more practical, others more decorative set around a monthly theme. May’s theme is In the Dark.

The items included in this box are a Nevernight Gravebone replica dagger, the next in the Greek mythology inspired tea cup and saucer featuring the goddess Nyx, a blackout journal inspired by Daughter of the Moon Goddess, and a Monstress metal bookmark.

Illumicrate, like other book boxes, include a new hard cover each month and most months a letter from the author. This months book is Book of Night by Holly Black which is Holly Black’s first adult novel. The story follows Charlie who lives in a world where ones shadow can be altered. But as a small time con artist she is trying to distance herself from underground but to survive she ends up in a storm of secrets and murder where everyone is trying to control the magic of the shadows. This edition also has an exclusive cover, foil on the hardback, art on the endpapers, black sprayed edges, and a bound in author letter with a digital signature.

June’s theme is Fight For Your Future.

April 2022 Illumicrate

Illumicrate is a UK based fantasy and science fiction book box that has monthly boxes or just a monthly book only subscription. Each box also includes a selection of bookish goodies some more practical, others more decorative set around a monthly theme. April’s theme is Nothing But Thieves.

The items included in this box are an Art History book pot, a Song of the Sprits Papercraft Kit, a print album, and fa Gilded Wolves Bookmark set.

Illumicrate, like other book boxes, include a new hard cover each month and most months a letter from the author. This months book is Portrait of A Thief by Grace D. Li which follows Will a senior at Harvard who is contacted by a Chinese benefactor to help steal back five Chinese sculptures. If the crew succeeds they earn fifty million dollar but it they fail they could loose everything. This edition also has sprayed edges, foiling on the hardback, and art on the reverse of the dust jacket.

May’s theme is In the Dark.

April 2022 Fairyloot

Fairyloot is a Young Adult book subscription box focusing on fantasy based out of the UK. Each month you receive a new Young Adult hardback book and 5-6 bookish goodies. Like most book boxes the hardback are special editions and the items are a combination of both practical things and more decorative items. April’s theme is Bittersweet.

The bookish items included this month are a Night Circus tray, a set of heart shaped fairy lights, a Strange the Dreamer enamel pin, a canvas basket, and the set of playing cards that was delayed from March’s box. The tarot cards include character art from Daughter of the Moon Goddess. This month there is also an extra paperback book, An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan. This book is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet with Chinese mythology.

All Fairyloot books come with exclusive covers, signed by the author and include a letter from the author. This month the book is Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye which also has blue sprayed edges, artwork on the back of the dust jacket, and art on the hardcover. Inspired by Yoruba-Nigerian mythology Blood Scion follows Sloane who who incinerate an enemy at will. She has hidden her abilities but on her fifteenth birthday she is conscripted into the army where she might be able to destroy her enemies.

May’s theme is Cloak and Dagger.

March 2022 Illumicrate

Illumicrate is a UK based fantasy and science fiction book box that has monthly boxes or just a monthly book only subscription. Each box also includes a selection of bookish goodies some more practical, others more decorative set around a monthly theme. March’s theme is A Life of Its Own.

The items included in this box are a Gideon the Ninth Mug, a Deathless inspired cushion cover, a Murderbot quote headphone case, a notepad, and a Howl’s Moving Castle motel keyring.

Illumicrate, like other book boxes, include a new hard cover each month and most months a letter from the author. This months book is Gallant by V.E. Schwab. The story follows Olivia who is sent a letter to return home to Gallant. But secrets are hiding and she ends up in a place that is Gallant but not. Olivia might find out the truth that has been plaguing the family for generations but she might not like what she finds. This edition also has foil embossing on the hardback, artwork on the endpapers, and digitally printed edges.

April’s theme is Nothing but Thieves.

March 2022 Fairyloot

Fairyloot is a Young Adult book subscription box focusing on fantasy based out of the UK. Each month you receive a new Young Adult hardback book and 5-6 bookish goodies. Like most book boxes the hardback are special editions and the items are a combination of both practical things and more decorative items. March’s theme is Threads of Fate.

The bookish items included this month are a Circe woodmark, a Raven Cycle Sticker Sheet, a Raybearer cushion cover/pillow case, and a tea tin inspired by this months book. There was also supposed to be a set of playing cards but they have been delayed in will come in the next box. The monthly tarot cards feature characters from Daughter of the Moon Goddess.

All Fairyloot books come with exclusive covers, signed by the author and include a letter from the author. This month the book is The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh. This edition also has stenciled sprayed edges, artwork on the endpapers, and foiling on the hardcover. This story is a retelling of the Korean folktale Shim Cheong.

April’s theme is Bittersweet.

February 2022 Fairyloot

Fairyloot is a Young Adult book subscription box focusing on fantasy based out of the UK. Each month you receive a new Young Adult hardback book and 5-6 bookish goodies. Like most book boxes the hardback are special editions and the items are a combination of both practical things and more decorative items. February’s theme is To the Moon and Back.

The bookish items included this month are a pair of Starless Sea socks, a Crescent City necklace, a Wicked Fox art print, a set of celestial bookends with the moon, sun, and starts, and a Daughter of the Moon Goddess tote bag. The monthly tarot cards feature character art from the Red Rising series.

All Fairyloot books come with exclusive covers, signed by the author and include a letter from the author. This month the book is Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan and also has digitally sprayed edges, artwork on the endpapers and foiling on the hardback. Inspired by the legend of Chang’e the Moon Goddess, the story follows Xingyin who has been hidden from the Celestial Emperor and raised on the moon. When her magic is discovered she flees and must leave her mother behind. In disguise she ends up training with the Emperor’s son but to rescue her mother she must challenge the Emperor and could lose all that she loves.

March’s theme is Threads of Fate.

January 2022 Fairyloot

Fairyloot is a Young Adult book subscription box focusing on fantasy based out of the UK. Each month you receive a new Young Adult hardback book and 5-6 bookish goodies. Like most book boxes the hardback are special editions and the items are a combination of both practical things and more decorative items. January’s theme is Monsters Within.

The bookish items included this month are a James Herondale Trinket dish, a Scythe enamel pin, a metal bookmark with a character from this months book on it, a These Hollow Vows tea towel, and a puzzle featuring August Flynn from This Savage Song. The monthly tarot cards have character art work form the Red Rising series.

All Fairyloot books come with exclusive covers, signed by the author and include a letter from the author. This month the book is Only a Monster by Vanessa Len which also has stencil sprayed edges, art on the endpapers, and foiling on the hardback. This is a fantasy story set in London with monsters, hidden powers, and romance where the main character might not be the hero of this story.

February’s theme is To the Moon and Back.

January 2022 Illumicrate

Illumicrate is a UK based fantasy and science fiction book box that has monthly boxes or just a monthly book only subscription. Each box also includes a selection of bookish goodies some more practical, others more decorative set around a monthly theme. January’s theme is Royal Secrets.

The items included in this box are a We Hunt the Flame Puzzle, a set of fluffy socks, a phone holder inspired by The Prison Healer, and a spinning pendant inspired by The Never-Tilting World.

Illumicrate, like other book boxes, include a new hard cover each month and most months a letter from the author. This months book is This Woven Kingdom By Tahereh Mafi which follows Alizeh, the heir to the Jinn Kingdom, who is hiding as a servant and Kamran the crown prince who is prophesized to die and doesn’t realize that a servant girl will change everything. This special edition has a exclusive naked hardcover and digitally printed edges.

This month Illumicrate also included a softback copy of The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman which has sprayed edges, an author letter, and is signed.

February’s theme is Bad Blood.

December 2021 OwlCrate

Owl Crate is a young adult book subscription box where every month you receive one new hardcover book and an assortment of bookish goodies connected to the monthly theme. Some of these items are very practical and some are better suited as décor or for a pin/bulletin board. December’s theme is Beneath the Waves.

Each box includes different bookish goodies that fit the theme of the month and are connected to other books. This months items include the reading planner that was missing in November’s box, a wooden ornament, an oversized mug that finishes the 2021 drinkware collection, a magnetic dry erase board, a necklace inspire by A Darker Shade of Magic, a cleaning cloth, and a foldable reusable shopping bag.

Every month Owl Crate has a new young adult hardback book that has an exclusive cover, is signed and comes with a letter from the author. The enamel pin that is in every box is also inspired by that months book. This months book is Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen and this edition also has art on the reverse of the dust jacket, a full color hardback, and gold gilded edges. The story follows Simi a Mami Wata, a mermaid that collects the souls of those lost at sea. However, when she saves the life a a boy thrown overboard she must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. Though there is something that wants to see her fail which could risk the fate of the world.

January’s theme is Thrill of the Hunt. Personally, I have not been that impressed with the items or book selections that Owlcrate has made lately. Because of this I have cancelled my subscription for now but I could see myself getting boxes in the future.