Wyvernfriend Reads

I read a lot of books, I like fantasy, romance and some non-fiction

I work as a librarian, I'm an avid knitter. I collect Dragons, fountain pens, notebooks and filofaxes. And Yarn, lots and lots of yarn.

Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 292 pages.

What are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-being and Lightness of Soul - Deepak Chopra

Ayurveda without any of the 3 Doshas? It isn't a one size fits all philosophy like it's depicted by him.  He seems to have a one size fits all mentality. if it works for him it has to work for everyone. Nope.


Emmaline Drake is the step-daughter of a bank robber and the daughter of a former prostitute. She's currently working as a barmaid when she meets Hunter Jameson and she knows that he's trouble.  This is proved when he kidnaps her to exchange her for his step-brother's life.  She eventually escapes back to the brothel where she was born determined to forge a better life for herself and her step-sisters. The only commodity she has is her virginity which she decides to auction off, not expecting that Hunter will be her highest bidder.  Can they overcome the roadblocks on the way to love?


Interesting but somehow underwhelming.

Reading progress update: I've read 26 out of 292 pages.

What are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-being and Lightness of Soul - Deepak Chopra

"Already a nondrinker, I also eliminated fermented foods like cheese." (p 4)

...okay, as I back away slowly from the person who apparently has no vices. Also sorry to tell you Depak, fermented foods are actually good for you.

Neither fish nor fowl

The Tea Lords - Hella S. Haasse,  Ina Rilke (Translator)

This is a fiction book based on fact and is in fact less fiction than many non-fiction books I've read over time (many of them extrapolate conversations etc). It's a pretty mundane life of a man from the Netherlands who becomes a tea and quinine planter in Indonesia.  His life is full of ups and downs and things become complicated when family, business and politics are mixed.  Overall I was fairly underwhelmed and had to almost force myself to go back to it.  I mean it was interesting to a degree but not really my bag.

Entertaining Regency Read

The Duke's Unexpected Bride - Lara Temple

While this could have been any historical period, it also kept me reading and enjoying the read.


Sophie Trevelyan has been enjoying her visit to London, granted her Aunt Minnie is eccentric and has driven away most of the rest of her family.  Now she's determined to get her Aunt's pug, Marmaduke aka Duke to walk, he needs exercise and she wants an excuse to get out of the house for a break. The impromptu leash she has isn't quite successful and she ends up bumping into Max, the Duke of Harcourt (there is a funny moment when the Duke nickname has implications). Sophie is a person who needs to talk to people but she has a low filter, Max is attracted but doesn't want to but finds that she makes his life a better place.


I liked the story, found it vastly entertaining and want more from this author.

The Fifth Ward: First Watch - Dale Lucas

Dark Fantasy meets The Guards in Ankh Morpork. With a lot of grit and moments of savagery this is an interesting, gritty, quite realistic view of policing in a fantasy world where everything is made more complicated by all the complex relationship with the different races.


Rem is running from the life everyone else wants for him but his money is running out.  A brawl lands him in jail and his option is more time in jail or joining the watch.  He does assigned to the experienced dwarf Torval.  During their first day they discover why his partner didn't turn up and the body of a wealthy young woman that starts to lead to a murky conspiracy and complex politics.


There's a lot of groins being abused here, the fights aren't clean or easy, but overall it's interesting and I enjoyed it and want more, maybe a little less graphic fights but the world is satisfying and complex.

Claiming His Defiant Miss (Wallflowers to Wives) - Bronwyn Scott

In trying to reduce the stash of Mills and Boon Historicals beside my desk I may have burnt out my patience for the tropes for the moment.  This one isn't bad, not too much cliche.  However the Hero's name... I'm sorry, it took me 3 minutes to establish that Casek was a Czech surname, very not Irish. Casey, Cassidy, are the two surnames close enough to work and it just kept breaking my suspension of disbelief. The story would have been probably 4 star if not for this jarring a-historic misnomer. 


And he could have been immigrant Czech, he was from poverty and there were a lot of immigrants in London from all sorts of places, but a great deal was made of his Irishness, plus his first name was Liam. (If you want weird stories about movement of nationalities try this one http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/ordic-rebels-%E2%80%93-the-swede-and-finn-who-fought-in-the-gpo-1916-1230007-Dec2013/ where a Finn and a Swede fought in Ireland's 1916 Rising!)  People moved around yes, but surnames are important.


I liked her, May Worth is determined to be herself no matter what. She's helping a friend to navigate the complex moment of being pregnant outside of wedlock and you have to admire her for that. She wants to be more than her strict societal demands make it for her.  I would like to see more stories with her ilk.

Hidden Figures - Margot Shetterly

The film felt a lot more cohesive, this was interesting but quite bitty, one minute I was following one life and the next another and it just didn't flow for me.  It was enjoyable but somehow unsatisfying, the lives were fascinating, what they had to endure and go through to get where they were was amazing.  The book could also have done with some illustrations, I do better with factual books where I can visualise the people involved.  Still it was interesting and kept me reading well past my bedtime.

The Fall of the Dagger (The Forsaken Lands) - Glenda Larke

Well that's an interesting end to the series, scope to return to the world (which was satisfyingly complex for me) and I enjoyed how people had different motivations and purposes and things were not simple for the chosen ones.


Oh man, that was a series that caught me and kept me interested.  Magic and evil and a complex society that wasn't predictable, all good, my kind of read.

Shadowdance (Darkest London) - Kristen Callihan

The story of Mary Chase and Jack Talent who love to hate each other, hiding their feelings under a layer of disgust and sparking off each other all the time, they now have to work together and it's proving interesting. 


It's pretty predictable for the romance but the adventure kept me on the edge of my seat.  However there were times when my interest waned.

Reading progress update: I've read 224 out of 368 pages.

Claiming His Defiant Miss (Wallflowers to Wives) - Bronwyn Scott

It took me all of 2 minutes to find that most people with the surname Casek are in the Czech Republic, no, not Ireland.  Cassidy, Casey, Casement yes, Casek, nope. it's pulling me out of the story every single time. Nowadays it possibly appears, but not in the 1800's.


Your research needs more work, dear author.

Miss Bradshaw's Bought Betrothal - Virginia Heath

Loved this, the characters sparked off each other and I could see the romance building, even as they both tried to resist it.


Evelyn Bradshaw has a plan, get engaged to a guy who wants money, spend some time finding a suitable home, forever leave toxic step-mother and step-sisters to their own devices and have a life, what she doesn't expect is that her fiance will abandon her to his twin brother and that she would start to have feelings for him.


He never believed that he would find another romance after his wife's tragic death, but Evelyn seems to be blowing a fresh breeze through his life and he's not sure he wants to let her go.


I loved it, it caught my attention and wouldn't let go.

Scout Is Born - Stuart J. Levy, Naoko Takeuchi

Badly written to the point where there is probably much better fanfic out there.  I was curious about this series as many people I know rave about it, but this would put me off forever, vapid main character, Serena and sometimes I just wanted to ground the lot of them and tell them to learn something from somewhere.


Please tell me the TV show is better...

Cinderella And The Duke (The Beauchamp Betrothals) - Janice Preston

Rosalind Allen has given up her hopes of a marriage and concentrated on getting good matches for most of her siblings, when she meets Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton who is travelling incognito to evade matchmaking women, when he meets Rosalind she intrigues him and he wants to know more, can he convince her that he's a good match?


He's overhbearing, she needs more backbone. At least she started to lay down the law near the end but overall it was readable but underwhelming.

Sacred Trees of Ireland - Christine Zucchelli

Fascinating look at historical trees of Ireland that have meaning and often sacred history around at least the site if not the tree, she delves into myth, legend and fact and the whole thing has sumptuous photographs.

Mistaken for a Lady - Carol Townend

How did he think she'd feel when he made her run from her father's funeral to a castle where his mistress was the de facto head of the household? Really, it wasn't fair of her to be upset at this all?  It would have been a four star book if the hero wasn't completely clueless.

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