Hello everyone! My unboxing for the March 2021 Frozen Fables Fairyloot box is admittedly a little late. I kind of got strep throat in the middle of the week and didn't end up posting like usual on Wednesday. Meaning here we are with the planned unboxing on Saturday instead. Pardon the delay and please enjoy me obsessing over this box, much like every other FairyLoot unboxing I do on my blog and socials.
*Spoilers for March 2021 Frozen Fables Fairyloot Box*
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The Bright & The Pale by Jessie Rubinkowski
When I heard of the March 2021 Fairyloot Frozen Fables box I was immediately sold on the concept. As spring approaches, I've been clinging to the last shreds of frost and snow which made this theme in particular a thrilling idea. I am a winter child at heart and always swoon at anything pertaining to the season no matter what time of year it is. It also has the best aesthetic bar none, if you disagree fight me, and I was sold from the announcement with the stunning art onward.
The Bright & The Pale by Jessica Rubinkowski is a YA fantasy based on Russian folklore. It takes place in a winter wonderland of sorts with a more grim reality. It is filled with lore and everything that makes a great story from love to heartbreak. The book has a 3.89 on Goodreads which I've noticed is lower than the usual rating for their choices. It is also said to be the first in a duology with the second book supposedly titled Wrath & Mercy.
The Fairyloot edition of The Bright & The Pale features an exclusive cover, sprayed edges, foiled embossing, and signed endpapers with an author letter. In my opinion, the cover change is pretty minor so if you're expecting something sweeping and grand this probably isn't for you. The sprayed edges however are some of my favorites that they've ever done before with a pale blue shimmer to them. Artwork on the reverse dust jacket was designed by @/gabsternaut on Instagram who also did the author letter artwork.
Description: eventeen-year-old Valeria is one of the only survivors of the freeze, a dark magical hold Knnot Mountain unleashed over her village. Everyone, including her family, is trapped in an unbreakable sheet of ice. Ever since, she’s been on the run from the Czar, who is determined to imprison any who managed to escape. Valeria finds refuge with the Thieves Guild, doing odd jobs with her best friend Alik, the only piece of home she has left.
That is, until he is brutally murdered.
A year later, she discovers Alik is alive and being held against his will. To buy his freedom, she must lead a group of cutthroats and thieves on a perilous expedition to the very mountain that claimed her family. Only something sinister slumbers in the heart of Knnot.
And it has waited years for release.
CW: death of a family member, discrimination, childhood trauma, work camps
Winternight Trilogy Ceramic Mug
Any time Fairyloot includes a ceramic mug is good fortune for me. Their mugs are the absolute best no matter the fandom displayed, even one I don't really know about in this case. The March 2021 mug is based on the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. It features artwork by @/monolimeart on Instagram which is so eye-catching along with a little snowflake at the bottom as an extra little detail. I don't honestly drink a lot of mug-requiring beverages but that won't stop me from pouring orange juice into it to get some use.
Winterwood Phone Ring Holder
In the continuing saga of books I haven't read but love by bookstagram association, we have Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw. The phone ring holder is based off of Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw with a design by @/ironandinkdesigns on Instagram. It says "Be Your Own Light" on the front in an adorable script. It has a little magnetic back that is super handy. I can't complain about this item even if it's not something I will personally use. I do really like that they did something a little different with this item.
Even The Darkest Stars Socks
I have quite a few pairs of cute FairyLoot ankle socks and I will never complain about them. If there's an item I use from boxes most it is definitely socks. I have a whole collection at this point. It lets me be low-key bookish without going full-blown book nerd. These are inspired by Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett. They are designed by @/jezhawk on Instagram. The color scheme for the pair is so on theme and honestly, I'm here for it.
Something Dark and Holy Headband
Headbands are the most useful item for me to get in a box which is why I'm always happy to receive them. I'm perpetually having a bad hair day so I usually end up wearing one anyways. This headband has such a cute pattern inspired by Something Dark and Holy by Emily A. Duncan. It was designed by @/catarinabookdesigns .
Wintersong Foiled Notebook
I've been using notebooks a lot more lately so I'm actually pretty excited about the one included in the March box. They’re especially helpful when planning out my bookstagram and blog commitments, which honestly I need all the help I can get tbh. It is so stunning in beautiful winter colors of blue and white with foiling for the quote It is designed with Winter Song by S. Jae-Jones in mind and done by @/taratjah. The quote reads, “A candle unused is nothing but wax and wick. I would rather light the flame, knowing it will go out than sit forever in darkness.”
Monthly Tarot Cards
Ace and Two of Wands designed by @/arz28 and inspired by The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden.
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