Fairyloot January 2021 Greek Mythology Unboxing
*Spoilers for January 2021 Greek Mythology Fairyloot Box*
Hello everyone! Today I'm here with another Fairyloot unboxing for you guys. The January box theme was greek mythology which I'm always intrigued by. My box was a little late this month having been originally scheduled to ship in January but ending up arriving a few days ago. I can't complain too much though because I know that I'll always get the box I paid for from FairyLoot, unlike some other companies. Overall this box was pretty great and I can't wait to show you guys as we jump into the unboxing.
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Lore by Alexandra Bracken
The theme for the Fairyloot January 2021 box was Greek Mythology which I think was a perfect way to kick off the new year. I've always enjoyed books centered around similar lore so it was easy to decide to get this box. Usually, it takes me a little bit longer to reach a decision of whether I want to skip or not but I was sold on this box from the minute they announced it. I also may have spoiled myself for the book and knew it sounded amazing already.
Lore by Alexandra Bracken is a new young adult fantasy book centered around greek mythology. It sounds like a pretty interesting read with a competitive spirit at its heart. It takes ancient mythology and sets it right in the middle of modern-day New York City. The book has a Goodreads rating of 4.05 which is definitely one of the more favorable on the site. I don't primarily go off Goodreads ratings but it can give me some indication of if I'll like a book or not, though sometimes I'm surprised by a read for better or worse.
The Fairyloot edition of Lore by Alexandra Bracken has an exclusive cover, sprayed & stenciled edges, artwork on the reverse dust jacket, foil embossing on the front and back case, customer endpapers, and a printed signature. The sprayed edges are gold with a black snake winding up the side, a definite favorite of mine that they've ever done. I'm honestly not a huge fan of the cover change so that's something to think about. Artwork on the reverse dust jacket is by @lizzart_zardonicz and on the author letter is by @runningquill_art .
Description: Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family's sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt's promises of eternal glory. For years she's pushed away any thought of revenge against the man--now a god--responsible for their deaths.
Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.
The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore's decision to bind her fate to Athena's and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost--and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.
Eros & Psyche Trinket Dish
The box features a trinket dish inspired by the love story of Eros and Psyche. An illustration by @taratjah decorates the surface. It is a seriously stunning item with a matte black background, the design, and then a gold-like rim around the edge. I've gotten a few trinket dishes in other boxes but this one is the most elaborate I've seen. It's a small useful item and incredibly well thought out. I think this will be appealing to most people in some way, even if it's not a wow item by itself. You can see it pictured to the right along with the wooden spatula.
Lovely War Wooden Spatula
The next item is a wooden spatula, above, with a quote from Lovely War by Julie Berry. The quote reads, "Did you know food is infinitely more scrumptious when you're in love". The design is by @kdpletters on Instagram. I'm unfamiliar with the source book and quote but I thought this was a cute item included that can be used in everyday life. I will personally enjoy having something bookish for my kitchen, a vastly underserved room when it comes to bookish merch of any kind.
Circe Book Sleeve
Fairyloot book sleeves are some of my favorite from any shop. They're big with a lot of space inside and have the added bonus of a zipper. They're really the only book sleeves I use at this point because they're so out of this world good - not that with covid I'm going as many places to need a book sleeve. This particular book sleeve is inspired by Circe by Madeline Miller. The design was created by @chattynoravon Instagram. It has a quote that reads, "But in a solitary life there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours as stars once a year brush the earth".
Athena Enamel Bookmark
I've received my fair share of bookmarks in FairyLoot boxes in my time as a subscriber but this is the first enamel bookmark I've gotten. I don't think they're as common but I am so glad that they decided to change up a classic book box item. I personally really love this bookmark because of the way it looks with the enamel and then the illustration engraved across it. The art is maybe one of my favorite pieces in the entire box without a doubt. This bookmark was designed by @monolimeart on Instagram. It depicts Athena the goddess of war and wisdom which is the most true to form for the greek mythology monthly theme.
Medusa Iron-on Patch
In the January box, there was an iron-on patch inspired by the monthly book, Lore by Alexandra Bracken. I really enjoy it when they include an item inspired by the book of the month so you already have a piece of merch for it. The patch features an illustration of Medusa by @alysesasworld on Instagram. It is an item you have to add to your wardrobe which can be a hassle but it's super cool looking, pictured above. For me, though, it will probably be an item stuck in my drawers because I can't be bothered with it.
Art Print and Monthly Tarot Cards
Fairyloot boxes always include the monthly tarot cards and usually include some kind of art print. The tarot cards this month are the three and four of wands. They are based on The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh which is an author I've been a massive fan of since her series The Beautiful. We also have the art print inspired by Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. Both were designed by @arz28 on Instagram who I know has done a few items for their boxes which are absolutely stunning. You can see each item pictured to the right from my bookstagram.
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