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The Mer Queen's Mer Book Blog

An introduction...

Welcome, merfriends!

If you have found yourselves in my sunken shipwreck of a blog, I hope it’s because you swam here on purpose. If you happened upon it by accident, I hope you’ll stay.

Let me introduce myself.

I’m Aleera Anaya Ceres

Queen of the Mer.

(Look, it's me in Mer form with my shell crown!)

That sounds pretentious, I know, but I promise I didn’t give myself this moniker. It was given to me by my readers, whom I love and care for deeply. It was given to me because, as you probably have guessed by now, I am obsessed with mer, and anything sea related. The same way Ariel was obsessed with humans? That’s me with mer. Like Melody craved Atlantis, I crave the sea.

Seriously, I love writing mer stories. I love pushing my boundaries, discovering new ways to create sea-people, each more creative than the last.

I also love reading about them, which is why I’ve created this blog.

The purpose of this blog is not only to keep track of my thoughts as an author, mom, etc, like my "Let's Talk About..." section, but also to talk about all the mer themed books I read and love. People are constantly asking me for mermaid, merman, merdick, mercock (hehe) recommendations, and I like to talk. So if you’re looking for new books to consume, please keep an eye out as I try and deliver to ease your cravings.

Below, you’ll find a small guide on how I will review books, what I will include in each blog post and how I choose my next reads. That being said, sit on my anemone couch and enjoy your stay. I promise the ship isn’t haunted…much. I hope you find books here you can add to your TBR pile, or even give me recs if you’re so inclined.


The Mer Queen.

How I review mer themed books:

I have a journal specifically for these books. In them I glue down a picture of the cover and write out whatever thoughts fit onto the page as well as doodle. (I can always snap pictures of the pages if anyone wants to see my creative process later!) But for this blog, I will be doing something different.

Each blog post will contain the book cover, book title, author, series, series number, and a link. I will mention what tropes and themes are within the books, what POV it was written in, trigger or content warnings, genre, and an inclusivity/diversity list. As in, if the book has any or not.

I will always do my best to read inclusively and give priority to diverse authors as best as I can.

My posts will give a very brief, non spoilery summary at the beginning. I will talk about all my favorite things in the book and try to be as spoiler free as possible. I will add my favorite quotes, what stood out to me the most, my favorite characters, scenes, etc. If a book is spicy, I will add how many spicy scenes you can find inside and my personal spice level.

In my personal journal, I like to add what my least favorite things about certain books are, but I will not be doing that here, nor will I be adding starfish ratings. Ratings are different for everyone, and everyone rates things differently anyway so it doesn’t really matter what my rating is.

That being said, stay tuned, merfriends.

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