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I was so excited to read this novel.  I was first introduced to Kiki's writing with The Sorcerer's Song,  which I absolutely loved,  and she brought the same brilliance to her first full length novel in Torn Asunder.

Aubrey Griffen was sent to live with her cousins,  Lord and Lady Sanderly,  to learn her magic.  When she meets Edmund Bryant,  the Marquess of Dalysbury,  a love blooms beyond anyone's belief.  Edmund's mother has other intentions for him though,  arranging for him to marry The Lady Elizabeth Ward,  daughter of the Duke.

Edmund continually defies his mother's wishes and sneaks off to secretly be with his true love.  It is when his mother threatens Aubrey,  forcing her to leave London to give Edmund the chance to marry who is best suited for his social status,  that Edmund realizes he cannot live without her.  Giving her money and the threat to expose her family for what they are,  witches,  Aubrey agrees and flees to the island Triaill Brimuir,  a place her ancestors once inhabited.

Edmund leaves in search for his love,  finding his way to the island.  Out of fear for her family,  Aubrey uses her magic to transform Edmund into a beast,  willing him to return to his homeland with no success.  To both of their surprise,  Edmund carries a secret of his own.  Fearful and angry,  Aubrey tries to ignore the love that her and Edmund share,  feeling that Edmund purposefully kept this information from her.  Only after much plea and convincing,  does she return to London to face Edmund's mother.

Learning of his true Father,  the plot only thickens as Edmund fights to save his true love from the man he never knew,  and figure out who he truly is.  Will white magic and true love be enough to conquer the dark forces that so blatantly try to tear them apart?

I was so blown away at Howell's imagination.  I was drawn into this novel from the first chapter,  and as I neared the end the action picked up so much,   forcing me to read it until I knew what the outcome would be. I greatly enjoyed this read and would recommend this to anyone that loves a good romance with a fantasy twist.  If it weren't for the steamy sex scenes,  I would even recommend this to a younger audience.  It's that great that anyone would enjoy it,  but because of the sex,  it must be for 18 and above.

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The first thing I noticed and liked about this book was that it had a thank you for reading page; I stopped to read it and liked the book a little bit more because the writers had acknowledge the reader. 

The first story, about two boys, take the reader back to the schooldays.  The two main characters are Brandon, a boy with a bad home life, and Eric, Brandon's supposed best friend who receives regular beatings from Brandon.   The author makes the situation so much more real than just an event occurring in a book, the phrase "home grown ass whoppin'" is used, the nasty expressions on the bullies' (Brandon and his father) faces, and the hurt and terror reflected in Eric's actions and facial expressions/emotions. 

The second story concerns a boy named Meech and the bully that encouraged him to end his life much too soon.  Meech was potentially gay-at least that's what the students believe.  The bullying occurred mainly at school, from being shoved into a vat of sour cream to having tobacco spit on Meech's clothing.  The very sad part of the short story occurs when the bully acknowledges Meech's kindness in welcoming the bully to the school, his hopeful eyes,  and how Meech gathered up the bully's homework when he was home sick.  The trouble lies in Meech and the bully kissing, as much as the bully enjoyed the kissing, he couldn't handle the potential affects it would have on his life. The author creates this story by allowing the reader to see into the bully's head and experience as well as potentially understand what happened. 

 In the next short story, an innocent sleepover goes very wrong.  Greer, the main character, hated his nickname in school "Greer the Queer", his main desire in life is to fit in.  During the sleepover, Greer comforts a boy named Randy who was picked on to the point of tears.  Greer wakes up with his head on Randy's chest and his hand in Randy's hand as well as to cell phone cameras flashing and the jeering of the other teens.  As Greer shoves away from Randy, Randy is badly hurt (physically as well as probably emotionally).  A few horrible pictures later, Randy brings a gun to school to hurt his tormentors.  The author show one possible consequence of bullying vividly and effectively.

The anthology continues, accentuating the results of bullying from suicide to re-bullying to violence at school.  The characters in each anthology vary from their viewpoints, some are friends of the bully or the bullies themselves while others are the victims.  No detail is spared, the emotions of the main characters are high intensity and the characters themselves become very real to the reader.  I would recommend this book to teens/young adults/adults in general, everyone should be educated about the effects and harm of bullying. 

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Snowflake A Christmas Gift by Robert Wheiler is an excellent childrens book.

Momma gives birth to five puppies.  After a few months the puppies must be sold.  The last pup the kids get to keep.

Snowflake is the one they wanted all along.  She's the cutest puppy always tripping over her big ears and that's the pup that is not picked.  The kids are ecstatic.

One day Snowflake gets lost in the forest and is desperate to get back to her human family.  A skunk befriends her,  helping her to find her way home.  Leading her to a hotel thinking it was a house that could be hers,  Snowflake gets a warm bed and a meal from the owner.  The next day the grandparents just happen to stop at this hotel and realize that Snowflake is there.  They bring Snowflake home to her family once again and the kids are so happy to have her back.

Wheiler did a great job with this title and I truly enjoyed it.  I would highly recommend this book for any child.  I give Snowflake A Christmas Gift 5 Latte's. ~ Daniel Dietz,  Children's Book Reviewer.



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A Walk in the Snark by Rachel Thompson was Omg Funny!  I had not met Rachel prior to reading this book,  but if you want to read some crazy topics on men vs women,  then this is your book.  Rachel talks about the Man Code and Chick Speak,  giving us her insight to these two creatures that couldn't be more different from each other.  Her analogy is Men are from Seinfeld and Woman are from Friends.  I loved it!

Let me just tell you that Rachel holds nothing back in this fantastic read!  Very fast paced and she will have you rolling on the floor laughing with some of the crazy things she talks about.  If your easily offended maybe this book won't be for you,  but I will say that she gives enough insight for both men and women to enjoy it.

I couldn't help but wonder the entire time I was reading this,  What would she be like to hang out with?  I bet I'd be going home with sore cheeks and abs from laughing so hard.  Don't miss out on this marvelous laugh out loud read.  You won't be sorry I promise.  Don't forget to check Rachel out at www.rachelintheoc.com for more laughs and to stay up to date.

I give A Walk in the Snark 5 Latte's. ~BK Walker

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Beloved of the Fallen by Savannah Kline was an enthralling read.  From murder to holy restoration this one is a definite page turner.

Valentin thought he could protect his charge,  a Destined,  by defying God's Will.  Saving Amaris from committing suicide,  God's Will is strong and Satan is stronger.  She faces a torturous death and Valentin is mortified.

Sent to join the rest of the Fallen,  Valentin finds himself deformed and stripped of his angelic beauty,  and a broken wing incarcerating him to Hell.

A new Destined has risen,  and Lucifer has big plans for her.  Valentin is forced to take on a new charge,  and though he feels his actions constitute eternity in Hell,  he is sent to Earth where he meets Kira Castlemaine.

Kira is mourning her father's death.  All in the plan of the 'Light House' members,  Kira is convinced to take her father's seat and become the next Congresswoman,  as "it's what her father would want."  Lucifer needs her in this position in order for his plans,  to create his own heaven,  to be effective.  He needs souls to stay strong,  and WWIII is just the way to obtain that power.

Valentin must keep a watchful eye over Kira,  and make sure plans go as intended.  He joins the campaign and helps Kira win the votes to make it as Congresswoman.  What he never expected was to fall in love with her.

Knowing that God's Will is the only way to be happy,  he decides to help Kira overcome the Fallen's plans and hopes to feel God's love once again.  Kira is a very intelligent woman though,  and she will figure out that there is an evil at work.  Can Valentin prove to Kira that his love is pure and find himself in God's good graces,  or will Lucifer prove to be more powerful creating his own heaven on Earth damning the souls of every human?

Kline did a fantastic job keeping the suspense alive.  I couldn't put this book down until I knew what happened in the end,  which was a very surprising ending.  It's a fast paced read with enough action to keep you turning the pages.  I absolutely loved Valentin,  feeling his struggles from beginning to end.  I loved this book!

I give Beloved of the Fallen 5 Latte's.  If you love angels,  with a suspenseful plot,  you will love this book.  ~BK Walker

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Interview With Love by Lisa Watson was FAB-U-LOUS!  I loved everything about this book!

Sienna Lambert is a Consumer Psychologist.  When she lands a deal with a huge client,  she never expected that she would be interviewing more than the prospective clientele.  

On a company outing,  she finds herself thrown into a baseball game,  knocked unconscious,  waking up to an Adonis before her.  Shaking it off she heads for the showers.  On her way out,  after dressing of course,  she is surprised to see the Adonis sitting in wait with her best friend Vivian.  Vaughn,  the man who plowed her over at third base introduces himself and they converse over tea and cheesecake.  Not only do they share so many things in common,  they are both working for the same Company.  Vaughn is great,  he helps his best friend raise his daughter,  he is sincere,  not to mention hot enough to make your blood boil on a cold winter night.  What more could a girl ask for?

Vaughn runs his ad campaigns by her only to be shot down.  Offended,  he storms off.  Now it becomes his mission to apologize for making a fool of himself with his brashness,  and to make this beautiful psychologist his.

Let the 'Rules' begin.  Sienna is constantly making up rules to live by.  I absolutely loved this character and found her rules endearing and at times humorous.  

We watch this couple grow,  and fall apart only to grow some more.  Vaughn is the perfect man any girl would want,  Sienna is the perfect woman any man would want.  Well maybe not,  even though she's a psychologist,  she still has her issues.  Needless to say,  their romance is so enthralling and it was fantastic to watch this couple grow in each other as well as themselves.  

Sienna has a secret though?  Can their relationship withstand all the ups and downs or will Vaughn end up being just another notch in Sienna's lipstick case?

During this entire book I found myself laughing,  talking to myself when something crazy happened,  and falling in love with these characters.  The entire book I pictured as a movie playing out in my head.  I so could see Wanda Sykes as Vivian.  It was her voice I heard every time Vivian spoke.  This would be a great movie!

Watson did a phenomenal job!  I love her writing style,  her character development was right on key,  and I cannot wait to read the next book in this Interview Series,  Interview With Danger.  I loved the sneak peek excerpt - already loving it.

I give Interview With Love (6) Latte's.  Loved it!  Highly recommended.  ~BK Walker  


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