Book Box Club December Winter FairyTales Unboxing

Its time for my December unboxing of Book Box Club December Winter FairyTales.

This book was the perfect gift to myself that arrived just before Christmas.

Item 1: 

TJ Lubrano again has designed a beautiful notebook, the notebook is based on Cinderella Fairy Godmother. This notebook is great for place to write all are wishes for 2018.

Item 2:

I love scarves, so I was so exited when a pulled the festive forest Scarf by Hazel & Pip. It beautiful and soft, perfect really for all year round.

Item 3:

Is a beautiful Baba Yaga’s wishing bracelet by Charmed Delight Co. The bracelet has a Matryoshka doll which is from Russian Fairytale. Wear the bracelet and when the string breaks your wish will come true. I haven’t worn mine yet as I can’t decide on my wish.

Item 4: 

I love that Book Box club has food items in their boxes, and gingerbread marshmallows made by BonBoosh. Perfect complement for Hot Chocolate and reading session.

The Books

This month the box contained book 1 and 2 in a new series with a FairyTale angle.

The books are by Katherine Arden and the series is called Winternight Trilogy.

Book 1: The Bear and the Nightingale

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales 

Book 2: The Girl in the Tower 

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

Thanks for reading

Gem x

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