Every month, I bring you an unboxing of a book box, and this month is no exception. The theme of the July 2019 Fairyloot box was “Magic in the City”. I’m not the biggest fan of urban fantasy, but the Fairyloot team always manages to come up with great items, so I was still looking forward to this box. Let’s open it up and see what’s inside!
As always, we start with the spoiler card you can see in the big image at the top of this post. Taratjah once again delivers a gorgeous piece of art that fully captures the theme. Just look at that sword!
Ceramic mug and mug rug
This box was so full that it was barely closeable. The reason for this is mainly the first item: a ceramic mug! It’s inspired by the Shadowhunters series by Cassandra Clare and designed by Taratjah. While I don’t like the Shadowhunter books, I still love this mug. The only problem is that it’s not microwave-proof, so I’ll have to think of that!
The next item goes well with this mug. It’s a mug rug, to protect your table or nightstand from spills! On the bottom side, the surface is made to prevent the mug from slipping. And on the top, it features a gorgeous nine-tailed fox, designed by Obsidiayan. A nine-tailed fox is a creature from East-Asian mythology and it is related to the featured book of the month (more on that later!).
Candle and pin flag
It’s no secret I’m a sucker for candles, so you can imagine my joy when I discovered this stunning candle created by A Court of Candles! Just look at that label and the blue colour! This candle is inspired by A Curse So Dark And Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer. “The princess of Disi” is main character Harper, who is kidnapped from the streets of Washington, D.C (Disi, get it?) to the kingdom of Emberfall. Oh, and the smell is divine! It’s a combination of cotton, cinnamon and vanilla, which creates a sweet scent with just the right amount of freshness.
The next item is inspired by the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. It’s a pin banner designed by Ink and Wonder Designs. It features the skyline of a city (I haven’t read this series, so I don’t know if it’s a specific city), clouds and stars and a pegasus! My collection of enamel pins is growing ever larger, so this banner is perfect to give them a place to shine.
Necklace and coin purse
Speaking of enamel beauties… Look at this necklace! It’s designed by Bookmark’d Tattoos and shows Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter series. Did you notice Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? And Gringotts with the dragon on the roof? I love this and I’ll definitely wear when out playing Wizards Unite!
Next up we have a coin purse, created by Nutmeg And Arlo. It’s inspired by The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey. The quote reads “When in doubt, BRAVADO. Always bravado.” I rarely use coin purses, to be honest. I tend to take my wallet with me instead. But this purse looks so cute I might actually use it!
Fortune cookie, tarot cards and more
The next item is something I’ve never seen in a book box. In fact, I’ve only seen it once in real life. It’s a fortune cookie! Yes, apparently here in Belgium (or at least in my life) they’re not as widespread as you might think. Anyway, apparently Fairyloot sent out different cookies, all containing advice from YA books. Mine reads “Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous”, which is a quote from Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse.
We’ve almost reached the bottom of this July 2019 Fairyloot box, but first we still have the tarot cards. They’re the next two cards in the Harry Potter set and feature Ron Weasley and Luna Lovegood. Luna is one of my favourite characters in this series and as a fellow Ravenclaw, I’m so excited that she was included in this set!
And finally, before revealing the featured book, we have the Fairyscoop newsletter and a bookmark with this month’s artwork.
So now it’s time to unwrap the book of the month… *drum roll*… It’s Wicked Fox, by Kat Cho! This book is about Gu Miyoung, who is half human and half nine-tailed fox who survives by consuming the energy of men. Miyoung only kills men who have committed terrible crimes. But one day, she comes across a boy being attacked by a goblin in the woods near Seoul. She reveals herself to save the boy’s life, but loses her fox bead. Without this bead, she’ll die. Her efforts to recover this precious item will force her to choose between her immortal life and the handsome boy’s. I’ve read a number of fantasy novels inspired by East Asian mythology, but I don’t think I’ve ever read one about Korean mythology. So I can’t wait to get started with this one!
This edition of Wicked Fox is signed by the author and has bright pink sprayed edges, matching the cover. Doesn’t it look amazing?! Also included is a letter from author Kat Cho, with artwork by Kavon_Kayleigh on the back.
And so we have unboxed everything that was in the July 2019 Fairyloot box! My favourite items are the ceramic mug, the candle and the Diagon Alley necklace. What are yours? Let me know in the comments!