A Medically-Induced Hiatus
At the end of December I took a temporary break from posting so I could pre-write my posts for the new year & get ahead of schedule to lower my stress levels; I’m doing another break for the same reason, but also because I’ve been really unwell the last week & I’m having a small surgical procedure tomorrow afternoon. For just over the last week, I’ve had a really bad cold, but because of my other illnesses a simple cold is never just a simple cold; my pain has been a lot worse & I’ve had serious brain fog… because of this, I haven’t done much reading or writing for what feels like a long time so I need to take time out to recharge my batteries. Although I won’t be posting I will still be writing, with the hope of being able to get ahead of schedule by a few weeks when I’m back up & running.
As April 1st is a Sunday (this coming Sunday) I will definitely be posting a Sum-Up Sunday post about March, but right now I can’t say how active my blog will be over that following week, or when things will be totally back to normal… it all depends on how much I manage to write during my recovery from this vile cold & my medical procedure. The medical procedure I’m having is to do with my interstitial cystitis which you can read about here (the post also includes an explanation of the procedure I’m having repeated tomorrow) – I also have a guest-post going up on Utopia-State-Of-Mind.com today about disability representation in literature so make sure you head over there to check out the series that Lili has set up for her blog’s 2nd birthday!
Book 1 of the Waterfire Saga
Serafina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation – and burden – that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother’s hopes.
The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin’s arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina’s darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.
Down The TBR Hole is a meme set up by Lia at LostInAStory & involves deciding whether to keep or remove certain books from your TBR list. The meme works by going to your GoodReads to-read shelf, selecting “ascending” on date added, taking the first 5 (or how many you would like) books, reading their synopsis & then deciding whether to keep them on your TBR or to get rid of them. I’ll be doing this meme using my to-buy list, as my to-read list only includes books that I already own; after Down the TBR Hole #1 I was left with 257 books on my to-buy list & it’s now gone up to 264 *cries into pillow at my hopelessness*… lets see if I can shift some more books than last time!
The lovely Dora over at Berries & Books posted her response to this tag back in January; Dora did an open tag for this post & as I liked the questions I thought I’d give it a go! Dora is part of the Street Team for Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, & this tag was created by her & colleagues Min & Katie. You can read Dora’s answers here.
If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me asking for people to write guest posts for a mini-series on friendship I liked to do for Medical Mondays… my illnesses have affected almost every friendship I’ve had since I was 17, with some very long friendships ending because I got sick; but until now I’ve been too scared to talk about it online. That’s where you come in – if you have an illness of any kind that you feel has affected the friendships in your life please email me at Lucy-Maygr@mail.com or contact me on Twitter. I’d like to get as many people to write about the impact being sick has on having friends, whether it’s a positive or negative impact, & then to end the mini-series with my own post on the topic. This is something really important to me & I’d love for you to be involved.
This is, without a doubt, going to be the hardest review I have ever written – why? Because this book was phenomenal. The Beast Player has now joined Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott in the space of my favourite ever book, & I didn’t think that anything would ever measure up to Shadows on the Moon. The Beast Player was everything I could ever have wanted from a book & I cannot wait for the rest of the series to be printed in English.
I was sent an ARC of this book by Pushkin Press in return for an honest review.
This book includes mild gore, racism toward fictional races & the abuse of fictional animals.
‘I was four when I killed my baby brother’. Two decades on and Rose is still haunted by the death of her brother. Her father grieved for the baby and for her, but her mother shuddered even at the sound of her name. Rose took a vow of silence and nothing has broken through.
Down The TBR Hole is a meme set up by Lia at LostInAStory & involves deciding whether to keep or remove certain books from your TBR list. The meme works by going to your GoodReads to-read shelf, selecting “ascending” on date added, taking the first 5 (or how many you would like) books, reading their synopsis & then deciding whether to keep them on your TBR or to get rid of them. I’ll be doing this meme using my to-buy list, as my to-read list only includes books that I already own; my to-buy list recently went over 200 again so it’s definitely time for a clear out…
A while ago I saw Lauren from TheBookishFairy do a post on the book series she’s started but hasn’t finished yet & I decided to do it as a tag & name her as the creator (although she got the idea from some booktubers)! You can see Lauren’s post on the series she hasn’t finished here!
So, very recently I asked Twitter whether I should start posting Doctor Who novel reviews on my blog; the main response was yes so here we are, my first Doctor Who review. When I heard about The Missy Chronicles I was super excited because, hello, anti-villain! The book is made up of six short stories, each written by a different author & overall I gave it a rating of 3.85 – here’s why…
This review contains major spoilers for
Doctor Who: Season 8 onward.