FairyLoot February 2018 Unboxing

FairyLoot February 2018 Unboxing

If you’re expecting super aesthetic pictures… you’ll be disappointed, I suck at taking pictures. But, this box contained some really cool stuff and I did my best to take pictures. This month’s theme was Twisted Fairytales which is right up my alley.

The first item in the box was a lovely ‘Grimm Tales’ mug (I love mugs!) which is exclusive to FairyLoot and I love it so much. It was created by Aunjuli Art and it has scenes from Hanse and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and… something with a castle? Cinderella? Maybe Snow White? I’m not sure.

Next up was a cute little candle. The scent is ‘Hinterland’ which has something to do with the book and it smells heavenly. I can’t get enough of it and I am 100% going to burn it while reading because it’s delicious. The scent is oak moss and tea leaves. The candle is from Wick and Fable and it is also exclusive to FairyLoot. Pretty much everything is exclusive to FairyLoot.



Next item is ‘Poisonous Apple’ bath salts which makes me even more sad that I haven’t got a bathtub. I hope that the next place I move to will have a bathtub because these bath salts sound amazing. The creator is Little Heart and this is also exclusive.


Next up is probably my favourite item in this box: ‘The Witch and the Gingerbread House’ socks. I hate boring socks. All my socks have to have something on them and it’s hard to commercially find cool socks. There isn’t much variety unless you buy them from Etsy or something, but then they’re expensive. So I am always delighted when I get cool socks. These were created by FairyLoot and are adorable.


Last items (besides the book itself) was this lovely exclusive Little Red Riding Hood woodmark from Ink and Wonder which I just love. I love bookmarks (even though I will frequently use random items as bookmarks) and this is a lovely addition to my collection. Also, FairyLoot includes every month a print for that month’s theme and that same image in bookmark form. I’m assuming the artist for these is FairyLoot cause I can’t find any mention of an artist.


And finally, the book for this month was The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. It’s a debut novel, I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but I have heard buzz about it and it’s a dark fairytale, so I’m excited. This edition is exclusive to FairyLoot and comes with a signed letter from the author and is also signed by the author. The cover is really beautiful and just the feel of the book is great and it smells great. I don’t know if it’s because of the candle or if it’s the paper they used, but the book itself smells great.




Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017 and Actually Read

Yesterday, I made a post about 10 books I meant to read in 2017 and didn’t get to. But I think I also deserve a bit of a pat on the back because I did read some books that had been on my list for a long time. So here’s a little self-congratulatory post. Go me.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Reneh Ahdieh

the wrath and the dawn

I had been meaning to read this since I first heard about it in 2015 and last year I finally did. Yay!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

shadow and bone

Another one that had been on my list for ages and I finally got to it. Hopefully in 2018 I’ll get to the rest of the series.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann


As with the previous two, this had been on my radar for agesss and I’m so glad I finally read it because it’s amazing!

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

dream thieves

I’m so glad that I continued with this series. I wish I’d read more than just one book in it, but at least I read one. Hopefully this year I will finish it.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

ready player one

I heard about this quite some time ago and I kept putting it off, even though I wanted to read it… but I was worried I wasn’t going to like it. I’m glad I read it though because I loved it so much.

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan


Just any Rick Riordan book really. I really want to get caught up with his book. Sadly, this is the only one I read last year, but I am current;y reading The Lost Hero and hopefully in 2018, I’ll read a few more of his books.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab


I’ve wanted to read this since first reading a V.E. Schwab book  a couple years ago and now I finally have (and loved it).

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor


Continued with this series at long last and I am so glad that I did. Hopefully, this year I will continue progressing with it.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick


Another one I’d had my eye on for a long time and had just never got around to. But I finally did and it was such an experience. I look forward to reading more of Selznick’s books in the future.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

strange the dreamer

I had my eyes on this one since it was announced and I’m glad that I got to it and read it the same year it was released.


Sequels I’ve Read in 2017

I am very bad about reading sequels. I start series and then I never finish them. I’ve talked about this before, in various posts. But I do read some sequels and I’m trying to be better about it. So this post is a sort of pat on the back to myself. I’m not going to count re-reads, because those don’t really count.

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

conjuring of light

This is one of the few series that I read the sequels straight away, or in the case of this final one, as soon as it came out. I loved it. I love the series and I loved the conclusion. So good.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

dream thieves

Another great sequel. I am excited to continue with this series hopefully soon.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass


Another series that I kept up with and pretty much read as soon as it was out because I love this series. Unfortunately, this one was probably my least favourite in the series. I still really liked it, but I had some issues with it. If you want to know more, check out my discussion.

Attack on Titan vol. 2 & 3

attack on titan 1

I read the first volume and then quickly read the next two, but they count so I’m including them!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

lord of shadows

Another series that I’m up to date with. At least I have a few that I’ve either completed or am up to date with.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff


I adore this series. I cannot wait for the next one. Another one I’m up to date with!

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor


Finally continued with this series. I read the first book in like 2015 and loved it. I’ve been meaning to continue with it ever since, and now I’ve finally read the second one. Hopefully I’ll move on with the series soon.


Top 10 Most Disappointing Books I’ve read in 2017

I actually had a pretty good reading year this year. I didn’t read many books that I really didn’t like, so a lot of the books on this list I actually enjoyed and rated quite highly, but they disappointed me because I was just expecting to enjoy them more than I did. This list is in the order in which I read the books.

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

fear the drowning deep

I gave this one 2.5/5 stars. It wasn’t bad, it was just really meh for me. I wanted more from it. I didn’t care much about the characters and the story was pretty predictable. I did really enjoy the setting, I thought that was well done. I have a full review of it if you’re interested.

Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

pale highway

This was a very weird book. I’m not even sure how to summarise my thoughts on it. It’s just… weird. I gave it 2/5 stars. I do have a review of it, where I try to explain how weird this book is without spoiling it, so you can check that out.

A Toaster on Mars by Darell Pitt

toaster on mars

This was a fun book to read. I enjoyed it. But it’s just so forgettable. I don’t remember much about it beyond a robot dog pooping silicone poop. That was the most hilarious thing to me in the whole book and it’s what stuck with me. I gave it 3/5 stars and I have a review of this one as well.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber


We all know how I feel about this book. If you don’t, I have both a spoiler free review and a spoiler-filled rant telling you how much and why I hated this book. It was just tacky and tropey and boring and stupid. I gave it 1/5 stars.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

stealing snow

The other major disappointment of the year. This was even worse than Caraval. It was so bad, it took me 6 months to finish and the only reason I finished it was so I could rant about it. Which I did. I also have a spoiler free review of it. I gave it 1/5 stars and if I could give it less, I would.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas


I did really like this book. I think I gave it 4/5 stars. However, I had huge expectations from it and it really didn’t deliver, which is why it was a disappointing read. I had some issues with some of the things that happened and with the pacing and with some other things as well. I talk about those in more detail in my spoiler free review and in my discussion posts if you’d like to know.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

shadow and bone

Another one that was really enjoyable, but after reading Six of Crows, it just really couldn’t live up to it. I think I also gave this one 4/5 stars. I have a spoiler free review of it.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

the wrath and the dawn

And yet another one that I did enjoy, but nowhere near as much as I thought I would, which landed it on this list. I really didn’t read that many books that I hated this year, what can I say. I think I’m becoming pretty good at picking books I’m going to enjoy. I believe I gave this one 3.5/5 stars. I also have a review of it.

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

good and evil

This is the one I’m the most sad for not enjoying as much as I might have, because I think the main reason this disappointed me had nothing to do with the book and everything to do with when I read it. I ended up giving it 4/5 stars, even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as a 4 star book. But I just knew that had I read it at a different time, it might even have been a 5 star read. It was fun, it was magical, it was well written… Hopefully I’ll time reading the subsequent books better and enjoy them more. Full review.

Duplicity by Sibel Hodge

Closing off with a books that really was bad. This book was one big cliche wrapped with a bow. I was so annoyed with it by the end of the book. The only reason I even completed it was because I audiobooked it, so I just listened to it while doing chores. I gave it 1.5/5 stars because of the epilogue which was slightly less predictable and boring than the rest of the book.

Series in Which I’ve Only Read the First Book #2

Part 1

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

young elites

I read this ages ago. Over two years ago. The second one hadn’t even come out. And I really enjoyed it and I’m sad that I didn’t read the second one as soon as it came out, because now I’m not sure if I’ll ever continue with the series. I would like to, because it’s good, but I just don’t feel very drawn to it.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer


Another one that I read over two years ago. No idea why I didn’t continue with it. I probably should.

The Gentlemen Bastards Series by Scott Lynch


I read the first book quite recently and I loved it and I actually have the second book and I’m about 400 pages in. The only problem is that I’ve been about 400 pages in for about 2 months. I want to finish this book so badly. This series is so good and I just got stuck because I’m busy and it’s so much easier to read things that come in bite-sized portions. Short chapters are my thing these days.

The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix


Looks like the majority of these I’ve read this year. This was a cool book, cool concept. Not the biggest fan of the writing, but I want to continue with it because it’s just a cool and unique concept.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan


My favourite Rick Riordan book to date. To be fair, I only recently read it, so I have an excuse. But I need to catch up on my Rick Riordan, man!

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

final empire

Another one of my favourites of the year. I actually own the second book. I just have to get on with reading it. But it’s just so huge and I have so little time, it intimidates me. Hopefully over the holidays, I’ll get to it.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


I didn’t love this book, but I did enjoy it and I want to continue with it.

Chronicles of St. Mary by Jodi Taylor

just one damned thing

I bought the first book randomly in an airport two years ago almost to the day because I was stuck there for 24 hours and I was stressed, so I did what I always do when I’m stressed: I bought a book. And I ended up loving it so much! It was so funny and action packed, Just One Damned Thing After Another. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to continue with the series. but the second one is my current read and I’m loving it. So I will soon be able to cross this one off the list.