To Buy Or Not To Buy? – Fairyloot December 2020 – Thick As Thieves

Hi all! Time for another To Buy or Not to Buy post! Today we’ll be looking into the Fairyloot December theme which was recently announced. It has an item that I’m very excited for, but is that enough to convince me to buy the full box? Keep reading to find out!

As usual, all of the opinions in this post are my own, so please take them with a grain of salt, and don’t be offended if my least favorite fandom is your favorite. We all have our own preferences. 🙂

SPOILER ALERT! These posts will name the included book of the month, which often isn’t announced in advance. Please don’t continue to read if you want to be surprised by the book.


The Box Details

Company: Fairyloot

Theme: Thick as Thieves

Month: December 2020

Information Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG5UZv7pzr3/

Cost: $33.90 + Shipping

Included Fandoms: The Hobbit, Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone and The Raven Boys

Anticipated Book of the Month: Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett

Special Book Features: Shimmery sprayed edges, artwork on reverse side of dust jacket, foil design on hardcover case, and signed endpages

Early Reveals: Secret Book Box by Noverantale and a 2021 Calendar with art by @dominiquewesson for multiple fandoms,


My Rationale

Ok, so I was barely interested in this box until I saw that they’re including a secret book box this month! I was actually just wondering recently when they’d include another one. If you’ve seen my Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve collected the other 3, so I’ll definitely need to add this to my collection. However, do I need the entire box to do that? Let’s consider.

Let’s start with the book. While I’m excited for shimmery sprayed edges (I hope they’re red!) I’ve found that Fairyloot’s shimmery edges will occasionally rub glitter off onto your hands. This isn’t the end of the world for me, as I tend to read arcs/e-book copies of the books I get in boxes anyway, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind. My other issue with the book is that it’s customizations this month don’t thrill me. I love exclusive covers more than anything. Art on the reverse side of the dust jacket barely interests me at all as it’s always hidden away, and unless the foil design is particularly stunning, I’m not too interested in that element either. I might as well get a standard edition copy of the book.

Since I’ve already knocked the book out of the running, all that remains is the secret box, the calendar, and our 4 fandoms. I’m not the biggest fans of these fandoms, and I assume that the items would be on the smaller side due to the box already containing a hardcover book and a book-sized secret box. I also wonder how large the calendar will be, considering the small-ish box space. I personally don’t want a calendar of bookish character art, so that would immediately go in my giveaway/sale pile.

I think it’s pretty easy to guess my final decision this time around!


Pros

  • Secret book box by @noverantale
  • Shimmery sprayed edges
  • LGBTQ+ YA Fantasy Book
  • US Based Shipping Facility

Cons

  • Not interested in the fandoms
  • Not intrigued by book customizations
  • Not interested in a bookish calendar
  • Cost

The Verdict

I will not be getting this box. There’s no way that I could justify spending around $50 (after shipping and tax) for a little book-shaped cardboard box and a bunch of items I don’t really want! I’m going to put out an early ISO for the secret book box on Facebook. I managed to get volume 1-3 for less than $20 each, so I’m sure that I’ll be able to find it again for a low cost.


Thanks for reading my ramble! Let me know in the comments what you think of the book, theme, and items! Would you get this box?


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