Hi all! Fairyloot just annnounced their February 2021 theme, which is “What the Future Holds.” I just had to jump on here and write up a quick To Buy or Not to Buy Post to help out any of you who might be considering the box! Keep scrolling to check out the details of the box and read my thoughts. As always, make sure to form your own opinions and do your own research before making a purchase!
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
Theme: What the Future Holds
Month: February 2021
Information Link: instagram.com/p/CJquBwqhTsY/
Cost: $33.90 + Shipping
Included Fandoms: Warcross, Vicious, Red Rising, The Lunar Chronicles and more
Anticipated Book of the Month: This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria
Special Book Features: Exclusive Cover, sprayed edges, art on the reverse side of the dust jacket, foil embossing on the hardcover case, and signed by author
Early Reveals so far: Soy candle from @Flickthewick
So, as usual, let’s start with the featured book of the month. After all, these are book subscription boxes and in most cases, I think that we should consider the book itself before the items or fandom choices.
The book this month is This Golden Flame, which is Emily Victoria’s debut novel. The book apparently has great asexual/aromantic representation and is a standalone, both of which are things that I love. I’m not completely drawn in to the plot yet though, and I’m hoping to see an excerpt pop up on the author’s website or newsletter soon, since I’m not sure if I’d enjoy her writing style or the general story yet. Because of this, I’m already leaning pretty hard into the “Skip” side of things. (Now, this isn’t to say that debut authors can’t be amazing! It’s just that the older I’ve gotten [and the tighter my budget has gotten!] I’ve just found myself growing more and more picky with what I read. For me, reading online excerpts is like testing out a car or touring an apartment before committing fully to a purchase. Not having one throws me off a bit!)
The book’s customizations sound great though, and I’m certain that Fairyloot is going to blow it away and make it look gorgeous! I wouldn’t be surprised if their are gold sprayed edges, or maybe orange or red. It might depend on how much they change the cover.
Moving past the book itself, our fandoms this month are definitely fun, popular ones! I’m sure that depending on the item itself, these fandoms would probably sell decently well secondhand online if you don’t like the items. Most of the fandoms are sci-fi ones, which might alienate some readers who prefer fantasy to scifi. I personally don’t mind and am excited to find out what the Lunar Chronicles item will be. It was already announced that there will be a candle in the box. Candles aren’t my favorite items to receive, since I can’t burn them where I live. They usually just end up in a box to be used as bookstagram props or left open on a bookshelf to give my room some subtle scent via the cold throw.
All-in-all, this box doesn’t seem bad. I know that some people will go wild over this box, but for me personally, it doesn’t really seem completely worth it to me. I’ll be skipping this month, which will definitely be a relief on my wallet.
- Fun exclusive book customizations
- Book as Ace (asexual) representation!
- Flick the Wick always makes amazing candles!
- US based shipping facility (affordable shipping for me)
- Fun, popular fandom choices
- The book is a standalone.
- The book doesn’t completely appeal to me (there are no excerpts available online yet.)
- Same book that Litjoy is doing in February
- The fandoms don’t seem to fit with the book very well (The book is a fantasy, but most of the fandoms (and theme art) are sci-fi. (Though the book does feature an automaton army, so I guess that there’s some sci-fi adjacent fantasy content.)
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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