Fairyloot is a book subscription box that offers you a newly released fantasy Young Adult novel along with 4 – 5 bookish goodies matching a different theme each month.
Cost: £26 monthly.
Shipping Costs: £4.30 for the UK or £10.85 for international. (more details here)
Mailed Out: between the 15th – 20th of each month.
Payment Method: Credit & Debit Cards and Paypal.
**Note: you can either purchase a single box or you have a choice of a monthly, 3-monthly or 6-monthly auto-renewing subscription**
My box was shipped on the 19th of December and arrived on the 4th of January.
The Book Lover Mystery Box is an Australian subscription box that provides you with a minimum of 2 romance novels (occasionally up to 4) – depending on the number of books in the box, bookish extras such as candles, bookmarks, jewelry, etc. may also be included.
Book Lover Mystery Box
Cost: $39.99 AUD (discounts available on longer subscriptions)
Shipping Costs: Free within Australia (varies to other countries).
Payment Method: Credit Card or Paypal.
Mailed Out: the first week of the month
Last month I reviewed December Book Lover Mystery Box – I was quite happy with that purchase and enjoyed what I received in it. Color me surprised and thrilled when BLMB reached out to offer me a complimentary January box for review!
Of course I said yes, what self-respecting sub box addict would turn that opportunity down! My box is currently on its way and I can’t wait to see what’s in it, but in the meantime, I want to highlight February’s box that is currently on sale with a theme that is close to my heart:
“This is the perfect girls night in, this box is all about Valentine’s and a fabulous new release signed book to snuggle up and fall in love with.”
I am a hopeless romantic – several of the books I’ve reviewed recently are romances, and more than a couple are LGBT romances, so this box is all about my favorite things!
If you’re interested, check out Book Lover Mystery Box (also on Facebook and Instagram). Plus you can use my discount code 4YUXRY for $10 off your bookish goodness! 😉
Title: Waiting For An Earl Like You
Author: Alexandra Hawkins
Genre: Romance (Historical/Regency Romance)
Date of Publication: 3rd January, 2017
Page Count: 352 pages (paperback)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
LOVE ISN’T ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS.
Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…
Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?
I adore the regency romance subgenre – it has a lot of my favorite tropes: the marriage of convenience, the abundance of roguish rakes thrown together with the oft-overlooked spinster/wallflower/bluestocking, the self-made American upstart seeking a prim & proper heiress, etc. etc. But my goodness, it can be rife with some really unpleasant sexist, misogynistic messages and unfortunately that prevented me from enjoying this particular story.
Title: A Wizard’s Forge
Author: A M Justice
Genre: Fantasy, Science-Fiction
Date of Publication: 19th September, 2016
Page Count: 326 pages (Kindle edition)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
On a planet far from Earth, descendants of marooned space travelers fight a decades-long war. Shy scholar Victoria knows nothing of this conflict until pirates kidnap and sell her to the sadistic tyrant behind it. He keeps her naked and locked in a tower, subjecting her to months of psychological torture. After seizing an opportunity to escape, Vic joins the fight against her former captor and begins walking a bloody path toward revenge.
As the Blade, Vic gains glory raiding her enemy’s forces, but the ordeal in his tower haunts her. Bitter memories keep her from returning the love of the kindhearted Prince Ashel, whose family has fended off the tyrant’s invading army for a generation. When enemy soldiers capture Ashel, Vic embarks on a quest to rescue him and, on the journey, discovers a source of spectacular power. With wizardry, Vic can rescue the prince, end the war, and wreak the vengeance she craves, but she might also destroy her only chance for peace.
I’ve had quite the tumultuous journey with this book – at first, I couldn’t stomach the chapters with our heroine Vic in captivity, because it made my stomach churn too much. I turned to other books and left this behind, until I felt too guilty about having this on my TBR for so long and picked it up again, determined to soldier through. Once I got into it, I was HOOKED – I stayed up til 3am in the morning and had to force myself to put my phone down before I risked dropping it on my face out of weariness! Then the following day as I was reading the second half, some of the plot threads just didn’t come together properly, other arcs were introduced that didn’t go anywhere and the tone grew rather unexpectedly dark towards the end. I’ve never had such mood whiplash with a book before!