Book Review: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead @shanannigans81 @CharlieLaidlaw

Book Title: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead Book Cover

Book Author: Charlie Laidlaw

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Humor

Publication Date: January 26, 2017

Rating: 4 Dragon Paws 4

This was a hard book to read, rate, and review. It was also a long book to read and you may not be able to finish it in one sitting. The main character didn’t have luck with men, with jobs, and or even best friends. She wasn’t a perfect heroine which made it an interesting read, although, sometimes I couldn’t connect with her. Her thoughts were hard to follow.

What I loved about this book was the idea of Heaven – it was different. I loved the other characters, they were chill and indifferent. It was a pleasure reading scenes that were happening in Heaven.

The book raises a lot of issues and questions which stay with you even after you finish reading. A good book does that.

For readers 18+. I recommend to those who like books that think outside the box.

Book Review: Delightfully Witchy (Witches of the Lazuli Birthrights Book 1)

Book Title:  Delightfully Witchy (Witches of the Lazuli Birthrights Book 1)abook1

Book Author: Acacia K. Parker

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Look at that gorgeous cover! Very beautiful and it’s crafted by the author!

This is a paranormal mystery/romance with a hint of trouble. There is a fantastic chemistry between Emmie and Lincoln which makes this a great read.

Good Points

  • It’s hard to put down
  • There’s a lot of character growth, more so for Emmie than Lincoln but that’s understandble
  • There’s a really cool bad guy…and he’s also handsome
  • This book is filled with beautiful men and cocky attitudes
  • One of my favorite characters is Lincoln’s aunt. She’s certainly a fun one
  • A perfect ending to the mystery and loved the descriptions. Could be a cool movie to watch

Bad Points

  • Typos! Kidding. Those were fixed.

It’s for 18+ readers. I recommend this book to those who like reading about witches, magic, and romance.

Happily, by Chauncey Rogers @ChaunceyRogers @shanannigans81

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Book Title: Happily Happily Book Cover - Recommended

Book Author: Chauncey Rogers

Genre: Adventure, Fairytales, Humor, Juvenile Fiction

Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018

Source: Provided by the author

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws


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If the shoe fits, wear it.

If it doesn’t, make it.

Laure is a street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests., if she can only manage to hoodwink the royal family and live to tell the tale.

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Thank you Angelina! It’s wonderful to be here today.

I just wanted to do a quick post on where Happily came from. For those who received the very first Review Copies of Happily, they already know the story, as it was originally included in an introduction that I removed from the later editions.

For those who have read my previous novels, Happily may have been a bit of a surprise. I jumped from horror/thriller to a fairly light-hearted fairytale retelling. It is, I’m sure, not the greatest genre leap ever, but it was a bit of one.

The chief reason for the jump was my daughter, Ellie. When I had been working on my previous novel, Cleaving Souls, she would often ask me to read some of it to her. It wasn’t exactly age appropriate for a three-year-old girl, so I told her I’d read the next story to her. When she asked what it would be about, but I hadn’t decided yet. So I asked what I should write it about, and she quickly said, “Cinderella.”

I might have expected as much. Unfortunately, Cinderella is perhaps the most retold of all fairy tales. But I decided to think about it a bit and see what ideas floated to the surface.

The more I thought about Cinderella stories, the more I wanted to address some of the aspects that didn’t make sense to me, such as why the shoe didn’t fit, or why the prince couldn’t recognize the face of his true love and had to rely on a shoe-fitting contest.

I mixed those ideas with the thought that somebody ought to have tried—as in really tried—to dupe the prince. From those ideas, I got enough to start working on Happily. It took a while longer until I had the outline for a good story, but those were the essential pieces that I needed to address.

And as for Ellie, we actually just recently started reading the story to her. While I’m not sure how much of the plot she’s actually following, I am happy to at least say that she’s enjoying it.

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I have to admit, it took a while for me to finish the book. Mainly because of the bandits. Yes, this book has bandits. But, overall, I would give this book 5 stars. The author did a terrific job of telling the story that was happening while Cinderella was choosing her pumpkin and dealing with fairy godmothers. It was a story that could possibly be true if Cinderella existed.

I loved Laure and Luc- they were a good match together and balanced each other out- especially when they were dealing with sticky situations. I loved the twists that were added about the royal family, especially Carl’s reason for not knowing more about Cinderella. It was perfect.

I would highly recommend this book to teens and older. It’s for those who believe into fairy tales, romance, adventure, witty characters, and characters who aren’t afraid to stay memorable in the eyes of royalty. If I say anymore, it would it give it away!



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Chauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.

You can follow him on his blog: Chauncey Rogers to see what else he has been up to.



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Book Review: Envious Obsession

Book Title: Envious Obsession envious

Book Author: Katie Keller-Nieman

Source: K.U.

Rating: 3 Dragon Paws paw

This is book 2 in the series by Keller-Nieman. You can find my review of book 1 here.

Book 2 focuses more on Cassandra’s cousin – his past, present (somewhat warped thanks to an event) and the obsession by Aurora. I wasn’t a big fan of book 1, but when I saw that book 2 was on K.U., I thought to give it another chance, especially to see what happens to Cassandra and if her visions were really real or due to something else together.

Todd. Todd is a messed type of guy. His life is hell with a bad mother. What good gets attached to him, doesn’t really stick which makes me a little sad because he was better with good influences around him.

It’s hard book to read because one gets inside the head of a drug addict. It’s not my usual cup of tea so I hated it and found it intriguing at the same time. The author did a good job bringing out all of the elements of an addict, though so people who have similar problems could maybe relate to Todd. The book could have a littler shorter, it’s a long read if it’s not your usual genre, but it came a finish that I may want to pick up in book 3. I’m not sure yet.

This book is recommended for readers who like soulmates, challenges, past lives, magic, and romance. Also, readers should be okay with reading about alcohol and drug consumption, violence, and sex.

Book Review: Remy: The Brotherhood Files

Book Title: Remy: The Brotherhood Files remy

Book Author: Isaiyan Morrison

Source: Received it as a gift.

Rating: 3.5 Dragon Paws 4

This is an interesting and well written novel about Dorvo vampires and Deamhan, who are in a sense vampires.

It’s about a young spoiled young man who gets sired by a Deamhan, a man of class and business. He goes through centuries being naive to the past events that made his sire hate the woman and her kind that he became infatuated with.

I would say that the book is mellow until it’s not and can be read in two sittings. The book is well detailed and I can tell that the author did a lot of research for it which is why it will be a success. I just didn’t like the main character. However, I may want to read book two, one never knows. 😉

For readers 18+.

Book Review: Chevalier

Book Title: Chevalier chevalier

Book Author: Bree M. Lewandowski

Source: Received it as a gift ^_^

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Look at that gorgeous cover! Very beautiful.

This is a fantasy romance novella about two people- one is damaged due his past and the other is disabled. It has interesting turns and twists and the way they got together was imaginative and romantic. Doesn’t that grip your attention yet?

Bree writes in an interesting style, different from the current other books that I’ve read this year. For a novella, there is a lot of description about interesting lands and lots going on.

You will gripping at your reading device or the paperback reading the ending. I promise you. 😉

I recommend this book to readers who like reading romance and adventure.

It’s for 18+ readers.

Book Review: Immortal Flame

Book Title: Immortal Flame immortal flame

Book Author: J. F. Holland

Source: K.U.

Rating: 4 Dragon Paws 4

Considering that vampires don’t turn into bats in this novel, I found the cover to be a little funny. hehe

The first couple of chapters are a little rough and I would say that it needs another proofread but the story is funny. How can it be funny if it’s about vampires? Well, because it involves a supernatural dating website and a female human who gets under the skin of a certain vampire.

Even though this is book one a series, the characters appear in the author’s other series. I only learned that after reading till the end, so be prepared that if you liked the characters to check out the author’s other series. ^_^

I recommend this books to those who like reading about vampire romance and want a laugh.

Book Review: Witch Hunt

Book Title: Witch Huntwitch hunt

Book Author:  J.R. White

Source: Bought from Amazon

Rating: 4.5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

I found this book through the author after asking around questions about werewolves and mates. It’s a great find, though I’m not a fan of the cover. It doesn’t scream out to me. The guy looks more like a vampire. But, don’t let the cover stop you from enjoying it.

The book is interesting because it’s different from the other books that I read about witches. The main character is running from blood witches and invokes the Wild Hunt which ends up with her finding out that she has a mate. The characters are well developed and I liked reading about how the wolves run.

I recommend this book to readers who like reading about werewolves and witches. It’s for 18+ readers.


The Shadow Girl Book Tour #Review @MistyAMount @shanannigans81



The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount SG Digital Cover

Genre: YA/ Fantasy/ Coming of Age

Publication Date: December 28, 2017

Source: Provided by the author

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws


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Shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia has always known she was different. Most teenagers feel unnoticed and unseen, but for Zylia, it’s something much worse. She’s disappearing from this world and doesn’t know how to stop it. At times, she’s not sure she wants to. Until she stumbles across a family mystery surrounding the disappearance of her great-aunt Angelica years earlier. During her quest to unravel the mystery, Zylia discovers she’s able to cross the boundary and enter the “in between” world. Now, it’s up to Zylia to save herself before she’s trapped “in between” forever.

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Warning: This is an emotional story that makes you think about own identity.

First of all, I would like to say thank you the Shannon and Misty for the book. It was a real pleasure to read it and a great way to start my 2018, this being my second book of the year.

Second of all, I would like to say that I was pleasantly surprised. When I was considering to read the book, I came in reading with an assumption- that it was going to be really emo and another over-exaggerated tale about a teenager who thought that their life was depressing. Oh my goodness, you have no idea how good it felt to find it not so.

This is a great book with deep characters and a thorough story line where everything fits like a good puzzle. I like the message that this books sends and how I can think about it a month later after reading it.

Well done.

Recommended to teens and older.



Misty Mount

Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a caregiver, wife and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist. She resides in Wichita, Kansas.







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Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Book Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay fantastic

Book Author: J. K. Rowling

Source: Bought at Barnes and Noble

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

Oh my stars!

I finally finished the book and it took me, what? Several months? I read the book after seeing the movie and then continued reading long after. The actors in my head were playing the characters depicted in the book script. I was thankful for some insights that we could have missed in the movie- like the secret thoughts or the emotions that we should have felt during a couple of scenes were present in the screenplay.

I was confused in the movie about some facial expressions so I was happy that Rowling addressed those in the book and I apologize but I can’t remember those scenes at the moment. I haven’t seen the movie in a while and I only had seen it once.

Anyway, my favorite character is Newt! (the actor did him justice).

I recommend this book/screenplay to Harry Potter fans and to those who like fire birds and other fantastic beasts.