After the August box I decided to unsubscribe, but trust Fairyloot to pull me back in. The January theme was just perfect for me so I couldn’t pass on it. Although I decided I didn’t like getting a box every month, I will still get the occasional one when the theme and book is right up my street.
Fairyloot is a UK-based YA fantasy subscription box. If you subscribe, you get a box a month which includes a hardback book and 5-6 exclusive goodies around a theme.
The theme for January was ‘Greek Mythology’! Let’s see what was inside…
Publishing Info: October 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing
Star Rating: 4/5
Back Cover Summary:
Bestselling and award-winning author Trista Mateer takes an imaginative
approach to self-care in this new poetry and prose collection, Aphrodite Made Me Do It. In this empowering retelling, she uses the
mythology of the goddess to weave a common thread through the past and present.
By the end of this book, Aphrodite make you believe in the possibility of your
you so much to Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley for the eARC of this
sure what to expect from this book, or how much I would enjoy it, as I don’t
often read poetry. In fact, I didn’t enjoy much poetry when I did my English
Literature degree, but I’ve come to realise that I don’t hate poetry, it’s just a matter of finding the words that sing to you.
book has a varied style, with some written in more poetic form and other
sections written in more of a prose style. The mixture makes it more
accessible, and although I personally would have enjoyed more of the fragmented
poetry sections, I think this does give it appeal to a wider audience. You don’t
have to like poetry to like this book.
topics covered are very relatable, put in simple terms that everyone can
understand, but those words are put together in a beautifully lyrical way. Subject
matter such as body image, assault, love, coming out, abuse and family are all
explored in a very honest way. Using mythology as a way to tell the story and
explore the themes of the book was an interesting and effective choice. It does
help that I’ve always had an interest in mythology. Aphrodite is given a voice
and the book gives an interesting perspective on how the love goddess is
represented in literature and culture.