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The Traitor’s Pawn

Title: The Traitor’s Pawn
Author: Lisa Harris
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2917-2

“I just … I need you to forgive me, Aubrey,” the policewoman is told in Lisa Harris’s novel, The Traitor’s Pawn.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-thirty-three-page paperback targets those who enjoy crime suspense with Christian undertones and light romance. Containing no profanity, the topics of kidnapping, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book ends with the first chapter of the writer’s next novel, author’s biography, and advertisements for other Revell books.

Set in Corpus Christi, Texas, Jack and Aubrey used to be best friends as teenagers, but their relationship abruptly ended, with one fearful of divulging true feelings. When FBI agent Jack happens to be in the area hunting down an American involved in a Chinese spy ring, Aubrey, a policewoman, is kidnapped. As their paths cross unexpectedly, they race to catch the traitor before more are injured or killed.

~ Why ~
This is a fast read that packs plenty of action and tension between two past friends who must work together to solve who is selling government secrets. I like the sensitivity of Jack and how he deals with his past decisions. Aubrey’s character shows how trusting God helps her deal with heartache, disappointments, and life-threatening situations.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the calling on God for His protection. Others may not care for a story of a woman dealing with forgiveness of those she loves. The reader may feel frustrated that Jack appeared unaware of all the turmoil in Aubrey’s family life if they were once close friends.

~ Wish ~
While I liked the relationship between the two protagonists and how they both were scared to move forward, I found the persistent interruptions too obvious every time they tried to discuss the future. I prefer all pronouns of God to be capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are into spy stories involving the FBI and police, this is a quick read that caters to those who like re-establishing relationships, forgiveness, and trusting in God.

Thanks to Revell Reads for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be found at https://amzn.to/2yr27I1

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Zaowuren Cool Mist Humidifier

COMPACT PORTABLE DIFFUSER

What ~
Made of durable white plastic, this electrical unit is an aromatic diffuser, humidifier, and air purifier that can emit a stream of cool mist for 4 hours simultaneously and 8 hours intermittently, turning off automatically when it runs out of water. Measuring approximately 8 inches long and 2 inches wide, it can be put into a cup, jar, or bottle of water and soluble essential oils can be added. Included in the box are the unit, 2 cotton swabs, USB adapter, and instructions.

~ Why ~
I love diffusers and use one nightly in our family room. I like the size of this one and that I can take it anywhere and plug it in with its USB adaptor. One of the best features is its portability as it is so compact. It is easy to use with its short or long swab that is placed in a small or large container of water. The glowing light can also be used as a nightlight in a baby or child’s room. It barely makes a noise when in use.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like cool, moist air being issued into a room, but it is healthy and offers a way to fill a room with a scent. Others may not care for the humidifier’s small-sized dimensions. Some may prefer other diffusers that are more interesting with wood-designs or unique shapes.

~ Wish ~
With including the USB cable, I wish the set added the electrical AC 2-prong adapter..

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a portable humidifier that is small and can be put in a cup, bottle, or container full of water, this is a great option.

Thanks for Zaowuren for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsoredbywang #Zaowuren #CoolMistHumidifier

This product can be found at https://amzn.to/33QvlvO

 

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Amor Easter Bunny Basket

BLUE SEQUINED RABBIT BASKET

~ What ~
Made of natural jute with a polyester cotton lining, this Easter basket has a sequined rabbit in blue with a white pompom. Measuring 14 by 14 by 8 inches, there is a wide, deep opening, 1” strap, and round bottom. It arrives in a flat cellophane bag, ready for gifting.

~ Why ~
I am not into the Easter egg hunt for our grandchildren, but I love that this cute basket is the perfect size to hold quite a few eggs, toys, art supplies, or other items. The bunny’s coat can be brushed back and forth, changing hues of sparkly blue.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not realize that is this basket is deep and large. Others may wish they were in more color choices.

~ Wish ~
I wish the bunny design was on both sides of the bag instead of just on one side.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bunny basket for Easter, decorating, or storing, this is a cute choice that could be used for many other things.

Thanks to Amor for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbySally #Amor #EasterBasket #SequinedBunnyBasket

This item can be found at https://amzn.to/3bpD46A


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1, 2, 3, AMINALS!

Title: 1, 2, 3, Animals!
Author: Bethany Lake
Illustrator: Sarah Rebar
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-580-8

“The animals are on their way,
as happy as can be.
Where are they going?
How many are there?
Let’s all count and see!”
Bethany Lake begins her children’s book, 1, 2, 3, Animals! A First Counting Book for Toddlers.

~ What ~
This forty-eight-page book targets infants to three-years-old who like to look at animals while learning to count. With no scary scenes, it would be best read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Expressive, colorful illustrations cover the pages with the story often in rhyme. While the beginning has a note to caregivers and teachers, the ending has the author and illustrator’s biographies.

In this educational read with a circus theme, three separate sections teach young ones how to count forward and backward to ten and visualize the numbers in several ways. The first part begins with adding animals one at a time to ten as they get ready for the circus, while the second section counts from ten to one of what the animals do at the circus. The final part has two opened pages of the number written as a numeral and then icons on fingers, dice, charts, sticks, dominos, and playing cards.

~ Why ~
This is a fun book, especially for wee ones who know their animals and have been to a circus. I like that there are three different ways to count so the sections relate to each other while being unique. I appreciate that the wording encourages the reader to look for something in each illustration.

Some of the cute numbers are:
Four kangaroos bring four snack carts to feed a hungry crowd.
Eight tigers carry eight balloons, in time to take their place.
Ten toucans shine the spotlights. Nine apes make quite a sight.
Three elephants stomp to the beat. Two silly dogs poke fun.

~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words. However, it is aimed at toddlers, who generally do not know how to read.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were more numbered or alphabet books like this that have more than one story within it.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an engaging book that will keep your young one entertained while learning, this is an excellent one about numbers, animals, and the circus.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Callisto #BethanyLake #123Animals #CountingBookforToddlers

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2U4GFkt

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Togethor Magic Eraser Sponges

30 MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANING ERASERS

~ What ~
Made of a foam-like material, this pack includes 30 individual sponges that can clean quickly and efficiently with only adding water. Each all-white sponge measures 3.9 by 2.4 by 0.8 inches and can be used on tile, granite, porcelain, wood, and more. They arrive in a cellophane bag with no instructions.

~ Why ~
I am always picking up magic sponges at the Dollar Store as I use them for everything. I like how this pack has an ample supply of them at a lower cost. I am amazed by how they clean hard water spots, toilet stains, tile grout, and wood cabinets without scratching, marring, or damaging the surfaces.

~ Why Not ~
The sponges degrade quickly, but with 30 in the pack, they last a long time if you use one or two per project.

~ Wish ~
I wish they were thicker, but they are the standard size compared to those on the market.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to clean, I strongly recommend these erasers as they work great!

Thanks to Togethor for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsore byAmberSalome #Togethor #MagicEraserSponges #CleaningSpongePack

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Netac 32GB Micro SDHC Memory Card

LOTS OF LOOPING MEMORY

~ What ~
This microSD memory card holds up to 32GB with a read speed of 90MB/s and full HD video with a FAT32 file system that can be used with most SD card electronics. It arrives sealed into a clamshell card, ready for use.

~ Why ~
Having used several different sizes of memory cards, this is one that has an ample amount of space for my security camera. I like that it is small, yet it can hold so much space.

~ Why Not ~
Some may find these discs too small and fear they will be lost or damaged. Others may want a larger disc that holds double the amount of space such as the 64GB, which Netac also carries, as well as other smaller or larger sizes and in multiples.

~ Wish ~
I wish the memory card came with a SD adapter in a plastic storage space.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive SD card that is similar in performance to popular brands, this is at a lower price.

Thanks to Netac for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyLIAODAN #Netac #32GBMicroSDCard

This item can be found at https://amzn.to/39SvG33

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Blaze of Light

Title: Blaze of Light
Author: Marcus Brotherton
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 978-0-525-65378-3

“To really live, you must almost die. To those who fight for it, life has a meaning the protected will never know,” Gary is told in Marcus Brotherton’s biography, Blaze of Light: The Inspiring True Story of Green Beret Medic Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor Recipient.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-seventy-two-page book is based on the true story of Gary Beikirch, a Medal of Honor recipient who was a Green Beret medic during the Vietnam War. Targeted toward those who like real-life accounts of dealing with the fog of war and overcoming the emotional distraught of it, topics of alcohol/drug use, dying, death, and war may not be appropriate for immature readers.

In this factual tale based in the 1970s, twenty-two-year-old Gary finds himself in Dak Seang, Vietnam, protecting the Montagnards, who he has come to value and love, from the NVC who surprisingly attack their village of indigenous fighters, women, and children. Even after being seriously wounded, he arduously tries to save the injured until he is helicoptered to a nearby hospital to heal. When he arrives back in the States, his emotional state is fractured and broken more than his body, and his only redemption is resolved when he turns to the Almighty.

~ Why ~
This is a hard read of the sacrifice and suffering a soldier makes for his country, especially when he returns back to America, only to be mocked and ridiculed. I appreciate Gary and any other serviceman who went to Vietnam and am greatly thankful for their commitment. Gary’s life story is full of confusion, disappointment, and tragedy, yet it shows how God’s hand was always there, protecting him and keeping him safe.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate the read that confirms God is the answer. Some may not like reading about the surgical procedures, detailed destruction, injuries, or deaths that are sad and heartbreaking.

~ Wish ~
Since I received an uncorrected proof of this book, I hope photographs of Gary and his family are included in the final print. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you enjoy stories about the physical survival during war and emotional and spiritual redemption, this would be a great book to read or pass on to someone struggling with their purpose in life and how God is in control.

Thanks to the Waterbrook & Multnomah Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#BlazeofLight #GaryBeikirch #MarcusBrotherton #WaterbrookMultnomah

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Okostein Eyelash Growth Serum

NATURAL QUICK GROWTH EYELASH BOOSTER

~ What ~
This small 0.17 ounce (5 ml) bottle of serum is for lengthening and thickening eyelashes and brows in 2 to 8 weeks. Made in Germany and FDA approved, its first 5 ingredients are Water, Propylene Glycol, Olive Glycerides, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, and Ferulic Acid. The long, thin tube has a small brush and arrives in a gift box with hair measurer and instructions, ready for giving. The box is stamped Lot # 20200108 and expires 01/07/2023.

~ Why ~
Since I do not like wearing false eyelashes, I do use products that make my lashes and eyebrows thicker. In testing this booster serum, it is a clear watery liquid with a light chemical smell. I like that it is easy to put on my eyelashes and eyebrows by painting the existing hairs. Including the lash measurer is thoughtful.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not want or need to have longer eye or brow lashes. Others may not have a steady hand to apply the thin paintbrush to their hairs. A few may not find it to work as it does take several weeks for any noticeable lengthening.

~ Wish ~
I wish it were available in a “mascara brush” format as it would be easier to apply.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for eyelash serum to lengthen lashes, this may work well if you apply it daily and routinely over 2 to 8 weeks. I will report back if any update after using it repeatedly.

Thanks to Okostein and Softsub for this product that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be bought at https://amzn.to/2Wjt4nH

 

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Smarki 16 Mini Animal Cookie Cutters

18-PIECE METAL SMALL ANIMAL CUT-OUTS

~ What ~
Made of food-grade 460 stainless steel, this set includes 16 various cookie cutters in the shapes of the animals plus 2 hand/finger pressing guards. The animals are a bird, cat, dog, penguin, duck, cow, whale, fish, bunny, mouse, turtle, mouse, butterfly, elephant, horse, and octopus. The small cut-outs measure from approximately 1 inch in diameter. No care or cleaning instructions are included, and they arrive in a clear plastic box.

~ Why ~
Having 4 grandchildren under age 6 years old, I love doing crafts with them, so this is a fun one that can be enjoyed throughout the year. They are small enough for using on soft bread, fruit slices, cheese, and some cookie doughs and should work well with fondant. I like that they are made of metal and not cheap plastic and come with the finger guards for protection. They were easy to use with swiss cheese.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like how small these cut-outs are at under 1 inch in size, but their tinyness is mentioned online. It is hard to determine the animal sometimes.

~ Wish ~
I wish the animals were a little bit bigger so easier to handle for kids.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of quality-made stainless steel tiny cookie cutters shaped in various animals, this would be a good choice if you do not mind their small size

Thanks to Smarki for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsoredbyjianhongliu #Smarki #MiniAnimalCookieCutters

This item can be found at https://amzn.to/2uSJ87O

 

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KNDDYY Women’s Toiletry Travel Bag

GOLDILOCKS-SIZED MAKEUP BAG

~ What ~
Made of a waterproof nylon fabric, this compact women’s travel bag has 3-sided outer double zippers that encases its rectangular lightly padded case. Measuring 8 by 6.5 by 3 inches, the inside has 2 pockets and a detachable pouch with flap that includes 2 elastic areas. A deep open area is added along with a carrying handle. It is ideal for storing toiletries, makeup, prescriptions, or small items when taking a trip.

~ Why ~
I have been on a search for the perfect makeup travel bag, usually finding them too small or too large. However, this one is the perfect size. I appreciate how large yet compact this case is for storing in a suitcase. It opens so that it easily makes all contents visible and readily available. Its casing is soft so it can adjust to being put in a cramped carry-on. Being able to remove the divider makes it ideal for use in or out of the case.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do little traveling may not see the value of this item. Others may feel it is still too small to hold everything such as a hair blower or curling iron, but it is roomy enough to call smaller travel accessories.

~ Wish ~
With only 2 color choices, it would be ideal more colors were available.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for the perfect “Goldilocks” sized, high-quality travel accessory bag that will last a long time and is well designed, this is a great option.

Thanks to KNDDYY for this discounted item that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsoredbyjeoly #KNDDYY #LargeMakeupBag #ZipperedTravelBag

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/32aCtlO

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