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FairyLoot June 2020 Unboxing

The year has flown by! Rachael’s FairyLoot June box arrived a couple of weeks ago, and the photo challenge just finished on Instagram last week. We participated in the photo challenge, so be sure to check out the pictures on our Instagram as well. The theme for June’s box was A Different Kind of Magic. Currently, FairyLoot is on a waitlist for extra August (theme is Let the Games Begin) and September (theme is Under the Sea) boxes. You can join the waitlist by clicking here if you live in the US and here if you live in the UK.

The Items

Included in this month’s box were:

  • A The Starless Sea inspired patch, designed by @dustandpages
  • Elemental coasters inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender, designed by @noverantale
  • The Bone Season inspired socks, designed by the FairyLoot team
  • A tea strainer inspired by Alice in Wonderland, designed by the FairyLoot Team
  • A Blood Heir print, created by @arz28
  • A pin inspired by The Shadows Between Us, designed by @jezhawk

The Books

FairyLoot included two (yes TWO!) books in this month’s box! The main book was Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee. The second book was an early paperback release of The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. A summary for each book can be found below. Each book’s description was taken from

Forest of Souls has an exclusive cover, artwork under the dust jacket, and was signed by Lori M. Lee.
Summary: Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training, she plans on challenging her rival for the position of the queen’s next royal spy, but she’s forced to abandon her plan when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.
And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.
With her mysterious ability uncovered, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King—the only person powerful enough to control the haunted Dead Wood that separates the kingdoms and, ultimately, enforces peace. But the Spider King’s hold of the Dead Wood is weakening, and he needs Sirscha to use her newly awakened powers to obliterate the bloodthirsty forest. As war looms on the horizon, it’s up to Sirscha to learn what she can do and who she can trust before time runs out.

The Gilded Ones has an exclusive cover and blue sprayed edges. It will be released on February 9, 2021.
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.
Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.
Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.

Did you receive this box? What did you think of the box? Let us know in the comments below! Rachael really liked this box and is excited to read The Gilded Ones. She received an e-arc through NetGalley a while ago but hasn’t had a chance to read it yet. The tea strainer and socks will be very useful for her as well.

Published by Always, Bookish Lovers

We’re a sister duo and a best friend from Virginia, USA who absolutely love books! We all met while Danielle and Skyler were in college. Danielle and Skyler are teachers and Rachael is aspiring to be a librarian. As well as having a bookstagram, we co-run a blog together where we review books, post unboxings of other subscription boxes, and offer reading resources for parents and educators.

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