*Spoilers for November 2020 Enemies to Lovers Fairyloot Box*
Hello everyone! I'm here with a very late unboxing of the Fairyloot November 2020 Enemies to Lovers box. My Wifi has been out for about a week now so I haven't had the chance to get on my laptop. A technician finally came out today, the day I'm typing this, and got everything back to working order. I was starting to go through internet withdraws and I'm certainly glad to be back to blogging after my unplanned mini-hiatus.
I did the unboxing on my Instagram stories ages ago so some people who follow me there might already have seen it. My cat made quite a few interruptions during it so you'll have seen her hovering around. Usually, I like to do the Instagram story unboxing, instagram feed post, and blog unboxing pretty close together but sadly that couldn't happen this time. Let's just hope that I have better luck with the January box, which sounds amazing I might add.
I'm so relieved to finally be able to share this SPOILER filled unboxing with you guys.
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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
I wasn't sure if I was going to get the November box or not but when I found out what the book would be I knew definitively I would. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong is a book that the bookish community has been raving about for a while now. I had a bit of a difficult time initially figuring out what everyone was referring to when they abbreviated it to TVD because the tv lover in me could only see The Vampire Diaries. Thankfully, I finally figured out what everyone was talking about and I also joined in on the excitement.
The story is supposed to be a Romeo & Juliet retelling set in Shanghai. I will be the first to admit I never enjoyed Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare but I've always loved retellings of it. I'm not sure what gets found in translation because usually the retellings are more enjoyable for me than the original. I have no regrets about this as I continue to enjoy currently published retellings that are superior to the original in every way.
Fairyloot's edition of These Violent Delights has an exclusive cover, stunning pink sprayed edges, artwork on the reverse dust jacket by @monolimeart, a printed signature on the title page, and a signed bookplate. There was also an exclusive annotated chapter to go along with it. The author letter features art by @lauregalart.
Description: The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.
A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.
But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
Jude & Cardan Tote Bag
Included in the box is a tote bag inspired by The Folk of The Air series by Holly Black. It features the main characters from the books Jude and Cardan who are definitely favorites in the bookish community. The design is by @rosiethorns88 who Fairyloot showcases pretty often. I'm always super excited for anything in a box she helps with even if, like in this case, I'm not a part of the specific fandom. Tote Bags are also one of my favorite items generally so I'm positive I'll get some use out of it even if I'm clueless about the books it's based on.
Shatter Me Literary Scrunchie
The literary scrunchie is an item I was really happy with as it's really usable for a lot of people. It is based off of the Shatter Me series Tehereh Mafi which as we all know is a series that has a massive hold over the bookish world. I'm a person with long hair so I'm always looking for a scrunchie to contain the wildness. Saying that, I'll add a disclaimer that not everyone may be thrilled with this item as I've seen some people say in Facebook book box groups - where I get most of my early information if I'm honest.
The Wrath and The Dawn Bag Hanger
Next in the box is a bag hanger for totes and purses. It is inspired by The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh - an author I've loved recently because of her newest series, The Beautiful. @taratjah did the beautiful design on the surface of the bag hanger. It hooks to most flat surfaces for ease of use anywhere. Truthfully, it is a gadget that took me a minute to figure out. I spent way too long staring at it in confusion like it was a Rubik's Cube. Not my finest moment that I'm deciding was a brief lapse in my critical thinking skills.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Bookish Scarf
There is also a bookish scarf inspired by A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. The beautiful design is by @jezhawk on Instagram with a quote that says, "Come and gather. A story is about to begin." Fairyloot includes bookish scarves fairly often in their boxes, which I love, and this one is gorgeous. I use them mainly in my bookstagram photos so I seriously can't wait to include this one in my usual setups. I also think others who actually wear scarves will find the one in this box to be super cute, no doubt also excited to show some bookish rep.
The box included foiled bookmarks featuring a variety of books and characters. They were designed by @rukasu.art on Instagram. Included are the fandoms of Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, A Court of Thorns and Roses by SJ Maas, The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, and the book of the month - These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. The characters, respectively, were Lou & Reid, Feyre & Rhysand, Meghan & Ash, and Juliette & Roma. I'm really only familiar with Serpent & Dove but, even as someone who hasn't read the others, they are all stunning.
Phone Screen Cleaner
I've decided the phone screen cleaner is such an innovative idea for a book box item. I've never received one in a box which, in the oversaturated market, is extraordinary. The design is inspired by Angelfall by Susan Ee. It was created by @taratjah on Instagram who designs quite a few items monthly. I've tried out the phone screen cleaner and really enjoy it. Certainly, it is a smaller, less flashy item but I think it was such a good addition by the FairyLoot team. I'll definitely be keeping it handy in the future.