FairyLoot: June ‘Elementalists’ Box
Okay, so if you don’t know what a book subscription box then;
- Where have you been?
- Check out my blog post about them HERE.
Let’s just jump straight into the unboxing/review.
The Introduction/Information/Spoiler card was as always easy to read and well done. Still not a fan of the art style by as I’ve said previously since it’s primary purpose is informing not decorative that’s okay.
The first thing I found in the packing worms was this candle by Witchwood Remedies. It’s visually stunning, apparently there were five different scents of these Stormheart Candles. There are apparently five ‘storm hearts’ in this months book and each candle represents one of those five. I got Thunderstorm. I might keep this candle just for the aesthetic of it but it’s a florally scent which I can’t light without getting a headache. I should probably gift it to someone but it’s so pretty! These candles were made exclusively for this box and aren’t available for purchase. But check out how GORGEOUS they are!
Up next we have this soap bar/triangle made exclusively for this box by Ascent Bath and Body. This soap is called Clairvoyance and is a white fig and pomegranate glycerin soap bar with added shea butter and activated charcoal. I’m not keen on the name – I haven’t used it yet but I’ll be adding it to my bath pile – I’m about out of soap so that’s handy. It smells okay, I’m not getting a headache or anything so that’s a plus, we’ll see how my acne prone skin reacts though.
Next up (I hate writing that, I should change how I do these posts so I don’t keep writing ‘up next’ or any other variation of that) I found this littler lip balm in the packing worms. I’m particularly excited about this one because it’s themed around Avatar: The Last Airbender and I LOVE that series! These lip balms were made by Geeky Clean and they sent out four variations of these Bending Lip Balms – I received the Waterbender one and it smells of mint and it really refreshing!
Then we have this bracelet, made by In The Moment, featuring the Hamsa Hand. The Hamsa Hand is a religious/superstitious symbol originating from the Middle East, it’s supposed to be a defence against the Evil Eye, however in my household we don’t like to have this kind of symbolism and superstition as it doesn’t fit with our Messianic beliefs or how we ‘practice’ our religion. I will probably give this to a friend of mine who enjoys this kind of thing – or just straight up throw it out.
Next up we have these potion sticky notes made by Fairyloot. I’ll probably gift these as they’re a bit too ‘hocus pocus’ for me. Purple is apparently for health, blue is for magic power (mana) and yellow is for stamina.
Then we have this Frostblood postcard.
Destroy the Throne
Kill the King
Take Your Revenge
And a sampler for The Waking Land by Callie Bates.
And finally for the last item before the book itself; this cushion cover featuring a Stephen King quite designed by Miss Phi. I don’t have a lot of space for cushions, or even a lot of cushions, but I’ll put this aside for when I have my own place and personal library room.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
And now for the book…
Roar by Cara Carmack. This is a YA Fantasy Romance featuring characters that can control storms? This is Cara Carmack’s first published fantasy and I’m intrigued by the premise… However I’m not a huge fan of the ‘hide who you are and your identity’ plots. So we’ll have to see.
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
As always it came in this little book bag to protect the book in transit and to keep the book a surprise til the end.
And I mean look at this beauty, it deserves a protection bag – the under the dust is just stunning!
As always with these boxes we’re blessed with a letter from the author and a signed book plate. I actually received two letters…
Hello dear FairyLoot Readers –
I am so excited to share ROAR with you. This book is so close to my heart. I’ve been dreaming for well over a decade of having a YA fantasy published. I have spent several of those years as a YA book blogger, gushing over favorite books and recommending them to everyone I came across. So when I set out to write ROAR, I wanted to include all the things that have always enamoured me about YA fantasy – a unique, cool premise, n amazing cast of characters to obsess over, and a romance that will keep me flipping the pages to see what happens next.
Funny story – when I signed deal with Tor Teen to write my first YA Fantasy, it was for a totally different book. But during the contracts phase, I had an idea for a world suffering under attacks from one of the world’s deadliest predators – storms. I imagined tornadoes that could track their prey, snowstorms that could strategize like commanders in battle, and rain that dreamed of revenge. And then I envisioned a crew of humans who hunted these storms to steal the magic they contain. Almost immediately I reached out to my editor and was like, “I know I’m supposed to write that other book, but can I write about MAGIC STORMS instead?” Luckily, Tor Teen is the coolest, and they were totally on board.
And thus ROAR was born. I hope you’re ready for some adventure with an extra heaping spoonful of romance. Thank you for sharing in my dream come true.
May the Skies show you mercy – Cora Carmack.
This isn’t my favorite box if I’m honest. The quality of the products is incredible, the quantity is awesome for the price and size of the box, and everything (with the exception of the cushion cover) fits well with the theme. It’s just not a box I’m a huge fan of. I can see this being many peoples favorite box because of the quality, it just wasn’t for me I guess. Like I wouldn’t be too disappointed if I hadn’t ordered it. I have ordered July’s box – and I know what the book is – the theme is Trickster’s and I don’t think there’s any spots left to order it. FairyLoot sells out FAST.
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