Last August, I stumbled upon Fairyloot as I was browsing through my Instagram account. There is this particular book reviewer and blogger that I follow, and as I was checking out her IG account, I saw Fairyloot in her Highlights. I got curious so I clicked…
…and I was never the same.
“Fairyloot is a box of bookish treasure stolen from a fairy’s lair”
As most close to me know, I love to read and I’ve always been drawn to stories centered on fantasy, adventure and magic. All things found mostly (but not solely) with Young Adult Fiction.
I don’t know where I’ve been, but after learning the existence of a YA-centered subscription box and after watching quite a number of unboxing videos from their subscribers, it just got me giddy to get my hands on their boxes.
And I did.
My first box arrived last September 22nd here in Qatar. FYI, there are basically three subscription plans to choose from (monthly, 3-month and 6-month) and I opted to try their 3-month plan. Usually, first-timers would choose the first option, which is a monthly plan, just to see if it would be to their satisfaction. However, that’s not how I roll. And by the number of unboxings I’ve watched, I know this isn’t going to be a one-time thing.
So the theme for September is called “Starcrossed Swoons”.And the month’s featured book is a Moroccan-inspired fantasy novel called MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud.
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.
But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.
As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.Let me just say that I am excited to read this book. I don’t think I’ve read anything quite similar to it just yet. Can I just mention how I find it coincidental that the color theme for my first Fairyloot box is purple? You can check my Instagram account for the full unboxing of my Fairyloot box. ❤