January 30, 2014

The Migraine Mafia

Author Maia Sepp dedicated The Migraine Mafia to John (Bringer of the ice packs). Likewise, I dedicate this review to my Chickadee (Bringer of the ice packs).

"I was diagnosed with migraine by five, an icepack connoisseur by eight." ~ pg. 12

Viive (pronounced Vee-veh) juggles being a wife and working in a fast-paced technical field all while suffering from a migraine. She has her good days, then not-so-good days. She is close to a promotion until her bosses politely force a leave of absence. Frustrated and from advice of a doctor, she joins a support group called the Migraine Mafia. Viive realizes the room full of strangers may change how she views her chronic illness.

"Of course, one of the very worst things about migraine is that it makes the future a complete unknown." ~ pg. 63

This is my first novel read by author Maia Sepp. As a migraineur, I am very critical and sensitive when it comes to books about this debilitating illness. Unfortunately, I know all too well the restrictions migraines put on a person's life—socially and professionally. Well, Maia Sepp nailed it. I knew from the details of main character Viive's attacks that this was no amateur writer who googled migraine symptoms. No, this author experienced symptoms firsthand. There were so many moments in the book where I literally said aloud, "This is me!" and "Shut the fridge door! Me too!" The mini-migraine rescue drawer, the medication mumbo-jumbo, triggers and triptans were all too familiar and gave the writer credibility. Many kudos for delivering a hilarious, truthful-in-a-fiction-way novel about a small group of migraineurs.

I recommend this novel to my fellow migraineurs. If you are familiar with someone who suffers from a chronic illness or a nervous system disorder, this may give you some light-hearted insight. Keep in mind The Migraine Mafia is a work of fiction and not to be taken as factual medical advice or as a depiction of migraine sufferers as a whole. Regardless, still read it! The Migraine Mafia is only $2.99 for the eBook (less than the price of an icepack). Download now!

Now excuse me while I go search for a migraine support group.

DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: The Migraine Mafia
Author: Maia Sepp
Published: December 2013
Pages: 187
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


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