YOU GUYS! Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, a young, starry-eyed Aly scrolled through Google, looking at all the bookish subscription boxes she desperately wanted. They all looked amazing, with a hardback, mystery book and a bunch of other goodies. Not only did they look amazing, but they also looked really fun to open, and everyone knows there is nothing Aly loves more than layers. And the subscription boxes definitely have layers upon layers of awesomeness to get through.
But there was a sadness to the scrolling and bookmarking and wistfully-sighing: most boxes were shipped from America, and therefore the shipping was far too much for Aly’s wee pockets.
And so Aly bookmarked and scrolled through Instagram, and wished and wished and wished upon a star, until finally, one day, her wish came true. A bookish subscription box launched in the UK, and the best part? It’s all about fantasy. Everyone knows fantasy makes Aly’s heart jump with joy. FairyLoot is an awesome box, guys, and the shipping is so cheap and affordable. I’ve already bought two more boxes and can’t wait to buy more!
FairyLoot is run by the awesome Anissa, and it’s such a great box, guys. It also helps that Anissa is super fun to talk with and we love loads of the same things. I HAVE FOUND MY BOOKISH TWIN AND SHE IS GREAT.
The first box that launched was the March box, “Fairytale Retelling” and it lived up to the incredibly high expectations. The box contained a book and some amazing, amazing book-related goodies. I swear, this box was designed for me. You’ll see why.
The first thing you see when you open the box is purple. PURPLE EVERYWHERE AND IT IS GLORIOUS. The introduction sheet (is that what it’s called?) is full of spoilers but it’s a pretty snazzy sheet that tells you how and why everything in the box was picked, and the thoughtfulness that went into the March box is truly outstanding.
- Item #1
A Shadowhunter candle made by the wonderful people over at MurrayMayDesigns. Covered in gorgeous runes, it was created exclusively for the FairyLoot box, and it smells AMAZING. Is it supposed to have a scent? WHO KNOWS, BUT IT SMELLS GREAT.
- Item #2
The second item was this BEAUTIFUL Alice in Wonderland inspired necklace by the lovely Racheal Dean over at BunnyBeadsUK. It displays a popular quote, “We’re All Mad Here” and it is probably the most gorgeous piece of jewellery I own. Do you see why this box was designed for me? DO YOU SEE NOW? My preciousssssss.
- Item #3
A gorgeous set of bookmarks from the Throne of Glass series, showcasing my favourite characters EVER (from left to right: Dorian, Chaol, Celaena, Rowan) and oh my God, they are so cute, aren’t they? DO YOU SEE WHY THIS BOX WAS DESIGNED FOR ME? I squeed so hard I lost my voice for a week. SO GORGEOUS. SO UTTERLY PERFECT. These were designed by TheStickerAlley and they have some truly fabulous stickers and bookmarks in their shop!
- Item #4
A beautifully designed star constellation notebook by NewtonAndTheApple. It’s a truly stunning journal with soft, creamy pages. I keep it in the plastic wrap it came in to save it from every day wear-and-tear, because it’s too pretty to waste it!
- Item #5
A bookish button that says “Reading Addict” which I believe perfectly describes me as a human being. I have it pinned to my favourite jacket and wear it proudly wherever I go! This was designed by ButtonNook and I believe every box had a different design. How awesome is that?
- And for the final item…
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury, with a bookmark and signed bookplate! I already stuck my bookplate in the actual book, but I’m so, so, so excited to read it! Inge has already read it and told me I’ll love it, and she’s always right when it comes to me, so I can’t wait to binge-read it in June. Also, that cover? *heart-eye emoji times infinity*
The other really cool part of FairyLoot is that each person is assigned a “book buddy” with whom they can join up and read the book of the month. Your book buddy can be found on Twitter on Instagram, using the hashtag given to you in the box. For March, mine was #fairylootwitch, but unfortunately I haven’t found my buddy yet. So if you’re also #fairylootwitch, let me know! It’ll be awesome to meet you!
Do you like subscription boxes? Do you have a favourite? Have you/will you try FairyLoot? Let me know in the comments below!