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Don't Fail Me Now
Don't Fail Me Now
by Una LaMarche
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.64

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The storyline is full of holes, May 18, 2015
This review is from: Don't Fail Me Now (Hardcover)
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I really wanted to give this a higher rating because the story is interesting and well written; however, it's just far too implausible. After meeting the step-brother of her half-sister, a teenager, Michelle, decides to drive her two younger siblings from Maryland to California to visit a dying father they haven't seen since they were very young. She asks the step-brother, Tim, and half-sister, Leah, to join them and they just leave school and hop in the car without having any money or clothing or telling their parents.

The probability of these five children driving across the country without being stopped by the police, even when an Amber Alert is put out on them, is slim, but it happens. If you can get past the fantasy aspect of the book, it's not a bad read. I just couldn't help thinking that in real life there would have been a bit more planning involved ahead of time. Like packing a suitcase and making sure they had enough money to see them through.

The ending is a bit of a let-down. Although in real life what we expect and what we get are often two different things, We tend to expect something more to happen in a book.

Three stars for solid writing, but the premise is a miss.


Impressions 500 Thread Count 100% Cotton, Single Ply, 4-Piece Queen Bed Sheet Set, Solid, White
Impressions 500 Thread Count 100% Cotton, Single Ply, 4-Piece Queen Bed Sheet Set, Solid, White
Price: $82.05
2 used & new from $76.99

4.0 out of 5 stars High quality, but wrinkle in dryer., May 18, 2015
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These sheets are very thick and of a high quality cotton. The only thing about them that I do no like is that they wrinkle really badly. I ironed the pillow cases, but most of the wrinkles smooth out on the sheets when they're placed on the bed. The thick edging on the top sheet and pillow cases tend to fold over in the dryer, so it's necessary to iron them out otherwise they'll never lay flat. If you continue to wash without ironing the folds flat, they eventually get a permanent crease that won't wash or iron out.


Scott-Vincent Borba Anti-Fatigue Foundation/Contour Brush and Line Smoothing Micro-Exfoliation Tool
Scott-Vincent Borba Anti-Fatigue Foundation/Contour Brush and Line Smoothing Micro-Exfoliation Tool
Price: $38.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Stiff, but soft brush for all make-up., May 18, 2015
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This is a nice stiff brush that you can use for base make-up as well as powder blush.

I brushed around my eyes before applying make-up to exfoliate. Although it doesn't seem like it's doing much, the bristles are stiff enough to exfoliate the top layer of the delicate eye skin.

When applying the base make-up I rotated the brush in a circular motion, which leaves the skin looking very smooth. After brushing off the make-up onto a paper towel, I swirled the brush into powder blusher and brushed from the apples of my cheeks upward toward the hair line. It gives just a hint of color, which is how I like to wear my make-up.

It really is a brush that can be used for more than one type of make-up. It would be a good companion for a travel case, since you would only need the one brush.


Gumchucks 269905 Adult Pro-Floss Starter Kit
Gumchucks 269905 Adult Pro-Floss Starter Kit
Price: $9.95
2 used & new from $9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neat idea, but design needs improvement., April 29, 2015
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These do make flossing much easier than a long strand of floss. However, the piece of floss is only large enough for one tooth. I had to rinse it off between each tooth.

I kept thinking each tip must hold a longer length of floss inside to pull out as you go. But nope. Just the one short piece per pair of tips.

The refills come in 60 tip packs. Since you us 2 tips for each floss, that's 30 days of flossing. The price for the refills is over $10. That's a very expensive way to floss.

There are no directions. I had trouble opening the box. It slides out. Also, it took some time to figure out how to remove the spent tips. Press down on the soft top and pull the other gumchuck until it comes out


Seville Classics Foldable Storage Cube/Ottoman/Foot Stool
Seville Classics Foldable Storage Cube/Ottoman/Foot Stool
Price: $24.99
3 used & new from $24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but heavy., April 28, 2015
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This is an extremely sturdy foot stool. It comes knocked down. Set-up is super simple. The base unfolds, pop in the bottom, and put the top on.

He stool does not glide on carpet. And, it's kind of heavy even without anything stored inside. I have to pick it up from the sides to move it. Cut out handles on the side would make moving it easier. Difficulty in moving is what gives this 4 instead of 5 stars.

The height is a good one for resting your tired legs; however, because the padding on the lid does not wrap around the stiff sides it begins to dig in after a while. I find it more comfortable to place a pillow on top to rest my legs on. Plus it is sturdy enough to sit on in a pinch.

The fabric it's covered in is neutral enough to go with most decors.

Great for kid's rooms or college dorms. Or, anywhere you might need a foot stool.


The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig
The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig
by Emer Stamp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $9.18
42 used & new from $4.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Wins award for worst grammar in child's book., April 23, 2015
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This book is very hard to read due to extremely poor grammar. It's actually exhausting to read because of the awful grammar. I can't imagine giving this book to a child who is still learning proper English. The premise seems silly and fun, but it gets boring fast because it just repeats everything. Plus it talks about farting and pooping on every page.

Droll.


Hershey's Nuggets Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds, 60 Ounce
Hershey's Nuggets Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds, 60 Ounce
Offered by XpW
Price: $34.65

5.0 out of 5 stars That's a lot of Chocolate and Nugget crunch., April 14, 2015
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At 3 and 3/4 pounds, I'm not sure it's even legal to have this much chocolate on hand. Store it in the trunk of your car if you're driving because you could go into a sugar coma and get pulled over for driving under the influence.

These are bite sized candy bars of chocolate with toffee nugget crunchy bits inside. If you've never tasted one, what are you waiting for?

This bag is made to share. Having a party? This will fill up all the candy dishes that are sitting unused in your cabinets. You know the ones - the glass door cabinets with all the pretty china you got as a wedding gift. Well, pull them out and fill er up because you'll never be able to eat this entire bag alone. And, if you can, maybe you shouldn't.

Is there a Chocolate Monster? If not, maybe the Muppet folks should design one, because only a chocolate monster could eat all the chocolate bars in this bag.


Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, 66.7 Ounce
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, 66.7 Ounce
Price: $29.90
3 used & new from $29.90

5.0 out of 5 stars It's party time!, April 14, 2015
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This is 4 and a quarter pounds of sweet, sweet goodness. You only order this bag if you're having a party, giving out candy for Halloween, or have a massive sweet tooth, like my 5' tall, 88 lb college roommate, who had a Hershey's Kiss fetish.

The only reason not to have ever tasted a Reese's peanut butter cup is if you have a peanut allergy, chocolate allergy, diabetes or live in North Korea. Other than that, I'm sure I don't need to tell you how yummy this candy is. You can't get a better peanut butter/chocolate combo in anything else.

With this bag you get a whole lot of bite sized yummilicious goodness in your mouth. But, be prepared to share because this is a lot of sugar.


BIC Pencil Xtra Fun, #2 HB, 18-Count
BIC Pencil Xtra Fun, #2 HB, 18-Count
Price: $5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Graphite lead in a colorful wood wrapping., April 8, 2015
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These colorful pencils are No. 2/HB graphite and not colored pencils. The wood is thinner than a regular yellow pencil and felt like I could snap it in two if I pressed too hard.

You need a light touch on the lead in order to erase it using the white eraser tips. A dark mark would need to be erased several times before erasing completely.

Fun colors, but not sturdy.


The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
by Rinker Buck
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a trip., April 8, 2015
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I’ve been intrigued with westward travel by the covered wagon since I learned about the Donnor Party in grade school. In the 1960s and 1970s, America was obsessed with the wild west as there were western TV shows on all the channels. However, I never really learned much about the pioneers and their travels across the planes to the Northwest coast. This book is about a personal goal to drive the first covered wagon across the Oregon Trial in more than a century, amidst a history lesson about the first pioneers.

The author, Rinker Buck, takes the reader along on his covered wagon expedition on the Oregon Trail with his brother, Nick, in 2011. The two couldn’t be more different and this leads to some of the funniest passages in the book. Interspersed between the chapters of their odyssey, we learn all about what the early pioneers went through on their travels in the 1840s and 1850s. There’s a chapter on the mule, one on the cover wagon, and even a chapter on the first woman to travel the trail. We learn about the piles of waste left by travelers, storms, and deaths along the route. We also learn about the businesses that popped up just to service the thousands of people making the trip. But, mostly what we learn by reading this entertaining account of the Buck brother’s trip is how much affection Americans still have for the trail, the original pioneers and the present day travelers. It’s quite touching how ranchers all along the trail offered shelter, food, showers and knowledge to help the Bucks and their family of mules complete their mission.

Honestly, I can’t recommend this book enough. I was sorry when it ended. There’s so much research that went into this novel, but it’s not dry and school-bookish. Rinker’s self-effacing humor had me laughing in bed late at night. I have a renewed appreciation for what thousands of people went through to get to the west coast.


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