I know, I know: I have a problem. I have a problem with subscription boxes, and if there was an addicted anonymous meeting for sub boxes, maybe I should attend. But to the best of my knowledge, there is no such meeting, so I find myself with a lovely Fairy Loot sitting in front of me.
Fairy Loot is a fairly new (see what I did there?) book subscription box based out of the UK. With me living in the United States, I weighed the options of trying this one out pretty heavily, as shipping is expensive, takes quite a while, and overall is just a giant pain in the butt. But when the May theme was announced as being “High Fantasy”, oh boy, I was in-like-Flynn. I love fantasy! Also, as an added bonus, Fairy Loot differs from other subscription boxes in that each month is purchased separately, unless you buy a three or six month subscription all at once. There is no ‘subscribe and automatically renew’ feature, so if you purchase a box and don’t like it, there is no long term commitment for you.
Unlike my OwlCrate reviews, I will try to put a price value to everything included in the box, just because with shipping added, it is more of an investment than the other book subscription boxes out there for me personally. This is in no way to discourage or prevent anyone from ordering Fairy Loot, but to just help if anyone else is on the fence about getting one, just like I was.
Without further ado, I present the May Fairy Loot box: High Fantasy!
The first thing I grabbed out of the box, was this amazing dragon bracelet created exclusively for Fairy Loot by MyClockworkCastle. It is not the sturdiest piece of jewelry I own, and it seems to be made with relatively good materials. I really love the design, it is nerdy, but not without a cool factor. My only issue with it is that even on the tightest setting it flips around a little bit. This is not any fault of the designer or Fairy Loot, honestly, I blame my extremely tiny, child-like wrists. Since this was made exclusively for the box, that does increase the value of the bracelet marginally. Bracelet listings on their website store go for 5 pounds, or $7.25, so lets round up and say this bracelet is worth $9.
The next thing that caught my attention among the purple filler was this adorable dragon pocket mirror. Made by MelissaNettleship, I think the mirror goes perfectly with the theme. It is a nice balance to have the badass dragon on my wrist, but the cute, little kawaii dragon in my purse. Seriously, this is too stinking cute. This exact mirror is listed in Melissa’s Etsy shop for $4.45, so no mystery on the value here.
Next up is a Game of Thrones mystery mini funko! (that is a mouthful!) I love these because for some reason there is always a little thrill of opening up a surprise… you think “did I waste my money? Did I get one I already own? Did I get the one I wanted?!” So much suspense! I got the mini white walker….why is he so cute?! You are supposed to be evil and ugly little white walker! Oh well. I can get this at my local Barnes and Noble for $7, so that’s the value I am attaching to this.
Also in the box is this cute Dragon Age sticker designed by SparksCrafts. I have no idea what Dragon Age is, but my boyfriend does and he thinks it is adorable. It was the first thing he commented on as a matter of fact. On SparksCrafts Etsy page, they have a set of three Dragon Age Inquisition stickers listed for $2.25, this sticker being one of the three. With that being said, the monetary value of a single sticker would be 75 cents. Now I just need to find a place for the little guy.
Coming up on the end here, is a minimalist Legolas poster created by Fairy Loot. It is pretty cool looking, but not of sturdy quality. I am sure that if this was put in a nice frame you wouldn’t be able to tell. This is a hard piece to assign a value to, but lets just guess $7. I can get a hardstock print this big for $12 on Etsy, so I think 7 is a fair number.
Finally, we have the book: Ruined by Amy Tintera. I am going to condense the synopsis for the sake of the length of this post: Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped. But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.
Okay, stop here this book sounds legit! I seriously cannot wait to read it. And did I just read somewhere that this is going to be a trilogy? Be still my heart!
In addition to the book, the box also included a signed book plate by the author (which is just a sticker, but I promptly put it in my book), a Ruined bookmark, a letter from the author (love this), and an art print! DANG!
While this book retails for $18, I can get it on Amazon for $12. But, the bonus goodies certainly up the value. So, for sake of assigning a monetary number to this, let’s say $20, and I think that is more than generous.
To do a little math here, I paid $37.51 for the box, plus $14.20 for shipping, so $51.71 total. Overall, I believe this box has a value of about $48.20. That’s really not bad! The value of the box is higher than what I paid, and I consider this a win! The shipping was kind of annoying, it took a while and was expensive, but I really liked the experience of receiving this box and I think it was worth it.
I have already ordered the July box, which I have heard rumors is going to be AH-MAZING. July is already sold out, but if you want to sign up for their August box, it is going on sale soon, so you can visit them here. Thanks Fairy Loot, keep doing your thang.