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July Fairyloot Box – Pirates and Power Unboxing!

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Fairyloot box this month – I knew I had to have it when it was announced (and there’s *two* books in this one!).

The theme this month was:

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Obviously this will be spoiler-ific, so if you haven’t received your box yet, look away now!

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So this month’s box included:

  • I didn’t receive a guide to the box (I think it might have fallen out!) so sorry in advance for not being able to source these items!
  • Jon Snow Funko Pop! Keyring – two of these were available, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen i.e. A Song of Ice and Fire. I love Game of Thrones (and Jon Snow!) so I was excited to get this figure!
  • Treasure Island notebook – this is such a cool addition, a gorgeous gold notebook based on the cover of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It even has a map inside!
  • Tropical Fruit bathbomb from Geeky Clean – repackaged as Frostblood and Fireblood bath bomb by Fairyloot. I LOVED THIS – it smelled so great and turned the bath the most gorgeous midnight blue. The repackaging fits in with the second book in this box.
  • Pirate Bounty lip balm by Geekyclean. Another cool addition – this smells of coconuts and has such cute packaging.
  • Currently Reading colour-in bookmark by Behind The Pages – I’ll definitely be using this one and colouring it in! Really cute and useful.
  • ‘I Ship It’ tote bag – afraid I don’t know where this one is from! Will come in useful at YALC.

And onto the books…

  • Inherited by Freedom Matthews – this book came signed (and dedicated) by the author, with a letter from the author, a signed letter from the publisher Benjamin of Tomes, and a book postcard.

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If saying ‘I love you’ meant death, would you still say it?

The Wilted Rose, of faery-tale and folklore, is a pirate ship filled with unfortunate souls-each forbidden to love. One such soul is Valencia ‘Lennie’ Roux. Raised in a brothel and an heir to a curse; Lennie never expected to pique the interest of any man. Yet with the arrival of vivid-eyed Nathaniel, she is torn between wanting to know him better and fearing what that knowledge would mean.

With Nathaniel bringing the crew’s total to six, the Wilted Rose sets off in search of the remaining two heirs. They hope that in reuniting, they will convince the faery Sorceress responsible for the curse, to end it. However lurking beneath the water is a long standing enemy of the Wilted Rose; who is determined to thwart their quest and bring down its leaders.

Together the eight heirs fight for survival, friendship and love.

  • The second book was an ARC of Frostblood by Elly Blake. There were two ARCs available this month – the same book but two different covers, the Frostblood and Fireblood editions.

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Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon. All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.

I’m so excited to start these two books!

Another absolutely fantastic book box from Fairyloot this month – they always deliver something special! I’ll definitely be purchasing again!

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My Most Anticipated Movies: July-Sep 2016

After last week’s round-up of my most anticipated movies (Apr-Jun) here, I thought I’d post again, but this time (for the much more movie heavy summer season).

Again, if you think there should be movies on here which don’t appear, feel free to tweet me on twitter (@annalisebooks) or comment below!

July 2016

Now You See Me 2

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.  

Now You See Me (1) was a surprise 2013 summer hit, which I loved. It was clever, funny and mind-boggling brilliant. Now You See Me 2 (unfortunately not called ‘Now You Don’t) appears to follow up well (although Isla Fisher (who I love) has been replaced with Lizzy Caplan (who I also love)). Daniel Radcliffe also adds to the star-studded cast, in perhaps his second most famous foray into magic 😉

Released: 4 July 2016 (UK)

Ghostbusters

30 years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today.  

Now I love Ghostbusters (1 & 2) and so I was naturally excited to hear about a reboot (but this time with women scientists! Yay!), and this looks good. Except for the part where the black woman in the quartet is all ‘street’ and doesn’t know about the ‘science stuff’. It would have been so much cooler if she was a scientist too! The cast looks good, but interestingly it has 4x as many downvotes on YouTube as upvotes.

Released: 15 July 2016

August 2016

Suicide Squad

A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

I’ve been excited about Suicide Squad for a while – the trailer is seriously amazing. Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) looks set to dominate this movie, which is impressive considering it has a squad of brilliant actors playing interesting, dark characters. The premise is new and exciting (bad guys doing good) and it looks to take the superhero industry by storm.

Released: 5 August 2016

September 2016

Bridget Jones’ Baby

The continuing adventures of British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s.

No trailer for this one yet – if you haven’t watched the first two films, go watch them pronto (they’re seriously very very good). This film won’t be following the plot of Helen Fielding’s third novel (Mad About the Boy) where (spoilers ahead) Mark Darcy had devastatingly perished before the book picks up. Mr Darcy will be alive and kicking in this film, with Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) missing and replaced by a McDreamy Patrick Dempsey. One trailer I can’t wait for!

Released: 16 September 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

I haven’t read Miss Peregrine (and I kind of don’t want to) but this trailer really hooked me in. I love Tim Burton movies, and this was filmed quite close to where I live. This movie looks so interesting and detailed, I can’t wait to see what future trailers will bring.

Released: 30 September 2016

That’s it from me – I may update this post later when release dates have been moved around/trailers have been released.

Comment below or tweet me at @annalisebooks!

Annalise x