Week in Review – 4 June 2017

I’ve had a bad week this week, the dark cloud of depression has knocked me for six and a few things have made me doubt blogging. I had an author ask me to change my rating on their review which hurt more than I thought it would when I’d heard other people talking about similar encounters. I obviously said no, I think it’s safe to say as bloggers we all value our integrity and to do something like this undervalues all of our reviews not just that one.

My infection didn’t shift with the antibiotics so I’ve been given another, longer course of antibiotics which will run into my operation next week, it always makes me really angry and moody which is not helping my depressive mood or my reaction to negative situations any! I also ended up in hospital again on Friday with suspected Lithium Toxicity (which is a kind of blood poisoning) so I’m starting to feel like a real frequent flier in that place at the moment! All being well, my operation is next week, I have posts scheduled to go live while I’m away but I will likely be AWOL for a few days at least. So please don’t take it personally if I don’t visit you or don’t reply to any messages. I will be back!

Then there is my ongoing drama of trying to get a ticket to BristolCon a fantasy/sci-fi convention in October. On their website they say they offer an unwaged “membership” (their form of a ticket). I’ve been trying to get one for about 3 weeks now and it’s impossible. Last year I couldn’t go because I couldn’t afford it, this life on benefits is hard but I’ve tightened my belt a lot and have a bit to spare so could afford the early bird unwaged membership and with Jen Williams one of their guests I was well chuffed to go.

You can’t change the ticket option on the website so I tweeted them and sent an email to the address on the ticket page, after a few days I put a message up on my facebook page as I know a few people who go every year and know the people who run it and asked them if they could help me out with a contact. A few days later I got a reply on Twitter with a different email address and a promise someone would reply. I sent the email and nothing, nada, nil. And on June 1 the prices went up so I guess I won’t be going after all, which sucks! I have to say though they shouldn’t offer alternative prices if they aren’t going to honour them…that is really, truly, crap! I also won’t be trying to go again, even once I’m back in work and can afford full ticket price, I’ll go elsewhere.

Finally, in more positive news I’m taking part in Walking out of Darkness at the end of the month, it’s a mental health awareness event, walking ten miles in Weston super Mare. I’m taking part with my Brother and a mutual friend of ours and we are raising money for Bipolar UK. We have a fundraising page where you can donate if you feel so inclined or details of our text to donate are in the sidebar. We are grateful for anything you can spare for this amazing charity. Although as it’s just a couple of weeks after my operation I may be biting off more than I can chew! HAHA!

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Book of the Month

I swear I only did this last week! How has it come around so quickly?!

Red Sister - Mark LawrenceI had a few books that were in the running this month with 5* reviews but only one stood out hands and feet ahead of them all and that was this one.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence 

Red Sister was the kind of read that glues you to the page from the first word to the last. It was enthralling and fantasy writing at it’s very best. If this doesn’t become a classic in the genre then I will eat my fluffy hat.

“I ended up spending the last hundred pages or so with my breath held, toes clenched,  and grinding my teeth, there was just so much tension.”

For the full review click here.

To Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | BookDepositorySpeedyHen

Most Viewed In May

the-last-days-of-magicIn contrast my most viewed page in May was Mark Tompkins The Last Days of Magic, this was actually one of my Books of the Month for May. But I found out on Friday by chance that Mark is actually running a sponsored post on Facebook using my review which I’m both very flattered about and grateful for aswell.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

Giveaway Wins



This week I’ve reviewed My Beautiful Disaster Part 2 and The Modern Girls Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitz for Smoke and Mirrors, When Smoke Rains Down, Lone Wolf and Damned Either Way. a blog tour for The Velvet Chair, my new feature TBR Topple, and on The Bookshelf was the very lovely Louise Rose-Innes.


  • Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box (Intl winner would get eBook prizes) (Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $30 Amazon gift card & ebook copy of The Velvet Chair / 4x ebook copies of The Velvet Chair (International tour-wide giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $100 Amazon gift card / A set of signed copies of the A Breed MC series (International Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter

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I'm BrizzleLass, I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. This is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me. I enjoy walking, PlayStation, reading, heavy metal, and spending time with my Niece.

25 thoughts on “Week in Review – 4 June 2017”

  1. Sorry to hear you are having such a rubbish time health wise Claire, and yes you’re right about an author wanting you to change your ⭐️Rating, your reviews are always honest and constructive and that’s the way it should be. Take care Claire and good luck with the op 😘😘😘

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  2. Sorry things aren’t going well right now 😢 I hope that June is the most amazing month ever!!! You actually had an author contact you and ask you to change your review……… WHAT?!?! I started at the screen when I read that trying to wrap my head around it. I understand that they want good reviews but that takes some serious guts to ask someone to actually change their rating! I would have flipped on them. They need to be prepared for both good and bad reviews – not everyone will have the same thoughts on a book. Just insane!

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      1. Ok now I’m really confused! 😂 if it wasn’t a bad review what was their problem. Did they want you to rate it lower?? Lol or do they just want everything to be 5 stars? Either way I just can’t believe that happened to you!

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      2. Seriously?! Wow that’s just petty. 3 Stars doesn’t mean it’s bad! I don’t know why people would think that. Now if it was 1-2 stars that’s on the negative side. But I’m thrown off that an author can ask that of a reader. Sad

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  3. What a rough week…. best wishes on feeling better and the operation next week. Will miss interacting with you, but looking forward to your return. And hopefully with positive news and your ticket situation fixed. The universe owes you that much after this ordeal.

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  4. You have my whole heart right now. What a seriously rough way to go. Honestly, you are a real trooper. How often are they drawing labs for the Lithium? That is so scary. I really hope you can kick the infection in time for the surgery ❤

    I feel you on doubting blogging. I had a hell of a week as well. I was even informed on a few occasions that I am doing it wrong! I should have stood up for myself better, but I did not. Partly my own fault for allowing people to continue bullying when I should stop being nice and tell them they crossed the line from having an opinion to being a total a$$.
    I cannot believe someone would actually request a rating change. That is very unprofessional! 😦

    Hang in there my dear friend. You have much ahead to look forward to! Sending love.

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    1. The Lithium levels are checked quarterly, although after this it may go back to monthly for a while. They are being done today as to get accurate readings they have to be run in the morning and at the hospital they were run late in the evening so it’s a safety measure. One of the drawbacks of the medication is potential poisoning!

      I’m fairly sure most of us doubt the blogging from time to time, right now I just wish I wasn’t committed to so much so I could just be a bit more relaxed and take a break!

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      1. Maybe you just need to send out some emails explaining and take a break? We all need one at times. You have been through a ton. I cannot see how anyone would want you to over exert yourself at this point ❤ I am glad you shared this because I just realized I have not had lab work since my old specialist retired and am on increased seizure meds. Time to look into that!

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      2. I will think on that! I have everything for this week scheduled in now so can take my foot off the peddle a bit.
        Good idea to check on your lab work! They would forget mine so I keep it in my diary! 😂

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