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.

Satisfying

A rake to the rescue - Elizabeth Beacon

While the framing murder mystery is a bit lacking the romance appealed to me and felt quite well done. Also, to me, Magnus Haile didn't come across as very rakish, but he did come across as a good character and solid romantic lead. Hetta Champion is a widow and her unhappy marriage left her with only one thing she's glad of, her son (some of the interaction between them does come across as somewhat modern) and while her father investigates a murder she hides in plain site with Magnus, who isn't reluctant. But can he overcome her reluctance to be dependant again.

Interesting and fun read.

Meh

A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1) - John Gwynne

I read this over the weekend and honestly it didn't really make much of an impression on me. I honestly feel no urge to read further in this series, don't get me wrong I wouldn't refuse to read more in this series, I just feel no real urge to keep reading here. I don't really remember much about the book.
A race of warrior Angels defeated a demon horde. Now the demons, with their human allies, are looking to break free from their magical prison and take over. The story follows several parties all of whom are being set up in this story for something later, all of whom have secrets which I'm sure will eb pivotal later.

I didn't really connect with any of the characters and while I was curious to know what was going on I didn't really care what happened to any of the characters. It was possibly just the mood I was in while reading it but it was not really my thing.

Needs better relationships

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan
Minor nitpick: How is this bookshop staying open? The current economic climate has booksellers internationally at quite tight margins!
This story features suicide by hanging.
Lydia Smith used to have a different name but she achieved notoriety as the survivor of a serial killer attack (Nora Roberts has used this trope a few times). She works in a bookshop (that seems almost like a library) and tries to keep her life going. Sometimes almost going through the motions. She hasn't talked to her father in several years.
When one of the men who use the bookshop as a refuge (they call them bookfrogs after the frog in the Wind in the Willows) hangs himself in the bookshop he leaves Lydia all his treasures and she follows some clues he leaves into her past and the mystery of the murder at the centre of her life. He uses books to send her a message but it's complicated and messy. It will change her life and her attitude to everything.
Thinking back I don't recall a single functional relationship that involved sex in the story. It's not a bad read but it just felt like a lot of effort for not a lot of gain.

A bridging novel

Raising Fire - James  Bennett

Many years ago man and the magical creatures that share the world came to a pact, that a select group would stay on earth and the rest would sleep. Most of humanity has forgotten and the magical creatures hide out. Ben Garston is one of those magical creatures, a dragon and really all he wants to do is drink and forget the past and the girlfriend he had to leave but no, the folks who enforce the pact have plans and one of them includes killing him.
He has to work with other magical creatures who have their own agenda. The fate of the world is in their hands but how to save it is a problem.

It's interesting with modern world and mythology clashing and characters trying to do their own thing. It's also a bridging novel so I think a lot of it is involved in setting up what will come. Interesting but needs the prequel.

Snakes and Ladders update

 

  

Spaces:

 

1. Author is a woman - A Rogue of Her own by Grace Burrows and I rolled a 2

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century Mangle Street Murders  square completed so getting to 51 and then rolling a 4

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long - Liz Tyner's To Win a Wallflower is 360 pages, I roll a 2.

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago - so something late 60s or earlier, just older than me... and I failed with this too so 1d6 and I rolled a four.

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red - now that's going to be an interesting challenge, let's see if I manage that. Nope, the cover of City of Broken Magic is Blue mostly.  1d6 gives me 3.

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow - well there is yellow in the edition I have but it's only about 1/3 of the cover so 1d6 gives me 4

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover - now this might be interesting.

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

Reflects the TV series

Murder Games (Instinct #1) - James Patterson

I really enjoyed this but I also enjoyed the TV series and the book and the TV series are quite close. I loved how they introduced Dylan's Partner.
Dylan Reinhart is a brilliant professor and ex-CIA spook who lives with his partner in Manhattan and when his book is found beside a dead body and it looks like the killer is taunting him Elizabeth Needham, the detective in charge of the case, uses him to try to get into the murderer's head.
It kept me at the edge of my seat and wondering what was going to happen next. It does follow the storyline in the series quite well but I liked some of the twists and turns it took.
Light entertaining and engaging read.

some ambivalence about this

City of Broken Magic - Mirah Bolender

So there's this alternative world where some Magi did something with a weapon that went completely wrong and bad and now people mostly live in walled cities to save themselves from these creatures, magical entities that absorb people and places.  Things have been working smoothly in Amicae, so smoothly that people have become complacent and the team of Sweepers, the people who defuse and dispose of infestations before they spread too far, are down to two.  When they work for the wife of an important industrialist they discover another potential team member and rescue him from slavery.

 

There's so much jargon that sounds like something it could be and then isn't and honestly I'd prefer if they called the Rabbit a Smeerp here (see: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CallARabbitASmeerp) so I could distinguish between things that truly reflected this world and the things that didn't.  I really wanted to like it but it just felt like it juddered from scene to scene and while there were parts that felt quite original and different in other parts it felt like the author was trying too hard to be different.

 

Not a bad read and it would be interesting to see what the author does next.

Lists

I'm starting to think I should have lists of Authors who are "not me" rather than authors that I like.  Authors that I like I remember, I don't always remember why I want to avoid authors because I think my brain is trying to help me by forgetting them!

 

You?

Snakes and Ladders update

 

  

Spaces:

 

1. Author is a woman - A Rogue of Her own by Grace Burrows and I rolled a 2

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century Mangle Street Murders  square completed so getting to 51 and then rolling a 4

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long - Liz Tyner's To Win a Wallflower is 360 pages, I roll a 2.

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago - so something late 60s or earlier, just older than me... and I failed with this too so 1d6 and I rolled a four.

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red - now that's going to be an interesting challenge, let's see if I manage that.

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

 

 

I'm not the market for this

Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire (Betty Church Mystery #1) - M.R.C. Kasasian

This is the second M. R. C. Kasasian book and I'm pretty much done.This is everything I dislike in "comedy" shows and nothing I enjoy.  If you're a fan of unpleasant people being obnoxious and showing up other people who are more obnoxious then this is for you.  Betty herself is not a bad character and some of the people she holds close are interesting, however the twins and Dodo are unpleasant at best and I held a hope that they were either (minor spoiler)

the Murderers or going to be murdered, but alas, no

(show spoiler)

This is set just as World War II is breaking out and I'm also not sure how long the events were going on for and by the end I really didn't care.

I'm not going to yuck on someone elses yum but this isn't my thing, not my yum and I'm going to leave this author for others.

Snakes and Ladders update

 

  

Spaces:

 

1. Author is a woman - A Rogue of Her own by Grace Burrows and I rolled a 2

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century Mangle Street Murders  square completed so getting to 51 and then rolling a 4

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long - Liz Tyner's To Win a Wallflower is 360 pages, I roll a 2.

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago - so something late 60s or earlier, just older than me...

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

 

 

So 3 books down and I'm at 57 already, almost feel like I'm cheating.

Could do better

To win a wallflower - Liz Tyner

I'm fairly sure this is a Regency romance but it could be an early Victorian just as easily. The setup is flimsy and the crazy in his life stretched my suspension of disbelief. The two main characters worked well together but overall the whole thing felt bitty and I wanted more.

He inveigles his way into her house and her life and then behaves like a spoilt child until he grows up a bit and has to adult hard. A man who can outsmart most in business should be able to think his way through his troubles without too much effort. Entertaining to a degree it gained points for her backbone.

The Detective is an ass

The Mangle Street Murders - M.R.C. Kasasian

Yes I get it he's smart and he knows stuff but he's also an unbearable supercilious ass, so much so that I really didn't understand at the end that the heroine stayed anywhere near him. And she was way too innocent for her back story.  

 

The story is set in 1882 and March Middleton comes to the door of Sidney Grice's house to stay there as his ward (now yes, she has to stay until she's of age but I then started the series that follows this and she's still in that house having stayed there). When she was a little younger she was with her father in India and there are suggestions that a love affair went horribly wrong (the temptation to capitalise the H and W there were great).  She's smart but Sidney is smarter and he never explains himself or tells people why his conclusions are right, which puts March in danger more than once.  The crime is twisty and messy and the outcome features some deus ex machina.  I was left feeling unsatisfied and wanting more.

Smart heroine falls for smart man

A Rogue of Her Own (Windham Brides #4) - Grace Burrowes

I did quite enjoy this and could see that the characters involved could exist.  Miss Charlotte Windham is looking for just a little scandal.  Not as much as happened to her sister or any of the other unfortunates she helps, but just enough to give her some breathing space from some of the suitors.  Lucas Sherbourne is distracting her and offering her a marriage, he might be a commoner but he is wealthy and getting ahead in the world.

 

The two of them find that they suit, after some work and the relationship is quite fun.  They both bring out the best in each other.

 

I did enjoy the read and hope to read more by the author.

Snakes and Ladders

 

 

 

Spaces:

 

1. Author is a woman

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

 

So my first book (that I'm counting) is A Rogue of Her Own by Grace Burrowes. And I roll 2.  So a book set in the 20th Century.  Seeing as how I have two that I'm reading at the moment that aren't set in the 20th Century (though the Victorian one is marginal) I wonder if I have a Maisie Dobbs or a Daisy Dalrymple on loan yet.

Interesting retelling of Beauty and the Beast

A Curse So Dark and Lonely - Brigid Kemmerer

It was not what she was expecting when she went to an unconscious woman's aid, to end up in a world with no technology, in a castle with two men and worrying about her sick mother and what had happened to the brother she was supposed to be keeping watch for.
For Harper her life had never been easy, her father had lost all their money, her mother has cancer and her brother has got himself involved in some very murky dealings, to add to it she has Cerebral Palsy, not that that has every got in the way of her doing what she wants (except where she had to do ballet and would have prefered more horse-riding, but the doctors insisted)
Prince Rhen is repeating his 18th Autumn over and over again and he can't break the curse that causes him to turn into a ravening beast mid-way through the month, where he has killed people. Harper is different and is making different demands from him that he's starting to actually think and try to work around his problems, but the Witch who cursed him has plans and his survival isn't one of them.
I liked it, though the ending with the obvious sequel bait felt a little added on. The characters had determination and gumption and I'm curious to see what happens next.

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