Unboxing & Review: Fairyloot – October 2020 – Wicked Hearts

At long last, my October Fairyloot box is here! I subscribed for this box back in September, and delays involving the exclusive customizations on the book led to the box arriving late. While I’m a bit bummed that I didn’t have the book in time for Halloween, I’m so excited to have it now. I talked about the box back in one of my first To Buy or Not to Buy posts, which also has the specifics about what was promised in the box back when it was announced!

Ready to see what was inside? Keep scrolling for photos and my thoughts about the box!


Unboxing

Kingdom of the Wicked Salt ad Pepper Shakers (Designed by @Noverantale)

Multifandom Foiled Playing Cards (Designed by @arz28)

Young Elites Enamel Pin (Designed by @alchemyandink)

Caraval Puzzle (Designed by @Sallteas)

Castlevania Socks (Designed by @jezhawk)

Kylo Ren Stickers (Designed by @_saintdri)

Crescent City Tarot Cards (Designed by @arz28)

The Book: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (Comes with art print/author letter and a bonus deleted scene in a separate booklet)



Review

After the disappointment that was the March Fairyloot box (In my opinion, at least,) I am so pleased with this box! I felt that this box was so complete with items that didn’t feel cheap at all. I’ll go over each item in this review.

Salt and Pepper Shakers: What a fun item! Given that the protagonist of KotW works in her family’s restaurant and loves cooking, this is perfect! Noverantale rocked the design on these and made something that’s perfectly elegant and could belong in any kitchen. I personally will be displaying them on my KotW shelf since we already have cute shakers downstairs, but I still love these so much.

Playing Cards: My first ever Fairyloot two years ago had a deck of Cruel Prince playing cards, and I’m so excited to have a second bookish deck! These cards have characters from The Shadows Between us, The Beautiful, Sorcery of Thorns, and Even the Darkest Stars. The stunning character art is featured on the face cards and I can appreciate them even without having read all of the books. The foiled edges are a dark metallic color, and the cards themselves feel quite sturdy and thick and likely won’t rip or bend easily. As usual, I’ll be using these more as a bookstagram prop than as actual cards!

Enamel Pin: This is so pretty! I haven’t read The Young Elites so I don’t understand the significance of the quote, but I can still appreciate how pretty this is! I don’t own many rose gold pins so this is staying in my collection.

Puzzle: Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the puzzle’s art, but as someone who’s been bored out of her mind during quarantine, I’ll gladly put together a puzzle one night!

Socks: What can I really say here? They’re socks! I’m glad that FL went with ankle socks rather than longer socks this time. The design is cute and you don’t have to be a Castlevania fan to enjoy it.

Stickers and Tarot Cards: I’m not really into Star Wars or Crescent City, so these don’t really do much for me (at the moment, at least.) Luckily the other 5 items in the box were quite substantial, so I’m fine with the stickers being included as an item. It felt more like a bonus to me, and I can easily give them off to a Star Wars loving friend.

KINGDOM OF THE WICKED: So, I may have actually gasped out loud when I saw the stenciled edges on this book. I knew that FL was going all out on the customizations, but I was thinking something more along the lines of the snake that Illumicrate did for Dark Age, something pretty but fairly simple. Nope, Fairyloot included the most detailed sprayed edges I’ve ever seen in my life! It goes perfectly with the exclusive purple cover (which lacks the obnoxious “James Patterson Presents” logo. I could go on for days about how beautiful this edition is, but I won’t. It’s the main reason I got this box in the first place, and I’m disappointed in the slightest!

All in all, I have to give this box 5 stars! It was loaded in quality items and the value was definitely there between the items and the stunning book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thanks for reading! What did you think about the box? Let me know in the comments below!


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