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Design Toscano Blessings from Heaven Angel Gutter Guardian Downspout Statue
Design Toscano Blessings from Heaven Angel Gutter Guardian Downspout Statue
Offered by Design Toscano
Price: $30.90
3 used & new from $30.90

2.0 out of 5 stars Even angels need undies, May 26, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Seen from the front, this little statue isn't so bad. The details are a bit shoddy, but really, who's going to get their face down close enough to see that the paint isn't quite right on the eyes, and that the fingernails are oddly deep.

The problem, see, is that this little angel is not wearing any clothes, and is crouched on the stump with its posterior up in the air. And should you place the statue where that's visible, it may uh, let's see how to say this... it may start some conversations. And if you have any gutter-minded (pun intended, of course) people around, they will be delighted.


Rubbermaid Fasten Go Sandwich Kit, Marsala
Rubbermaid Fasten Go Sandwich Kit, Marsala
Offered by Products iLove
Price: $25.43
4 used & new from $14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A great little lunch kit, but the lids are a bit snug for small hands, May 26, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I got this originally intending to let my school age kid use it to bring lunch to school. However, the lids, both to the individual containers and the 'marsala'-colored lid that keeps the whole thing together, are really quite a challenge to remove. This is great, of course, because it means if you have wet or damp foods they won't dribble all over everything. But bringing a lunch to school isn't much good if the lunch remains sealed in plastic despite the child's every effort.

Instead, this will be used for the adults in the house when they pack a lunch, and the kid's back to random piecemeal containers in a lunch bag.


The Last Unicorn Womens Tee
The Last Unicorn Womens Tee
Offered by FLYCLOTHING, LLC
Price: $19.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Soft, comfortable, and always gets a laugh, May 25, 2016
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I have zero complaints about this shirt. It's soft and comfortable, the image has stayed saturated and shiny through several washer/dryer runs, and, well, it's funny.

(I purchased the size i normally wear, and it fits fine.)


League of Dragons (Temeraire)
League of Dragons (Temeraire)
by Naomi Novik
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I waited ten years for this?!, May 24, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I ordered His Majesty's Dragon from amazon in March, 2006, shortly after it was published. Since then, i've followed along with the series through high and low. Some of the books were, well, pretty bad, but the series itself was good enough that i powered through those to get to the next (which was often much better).

I was both sad and delighted to get my hands on this, the final Temeraire novel. Loath though i was to say goodbye to the series, i was also eager to see to what all the bloodshed and turmoil led.

I've been about halfway through this book for weeks now. I'm not just uninterested, i'm actively disinterested. Temeraire and Lawrence are mopier than they were in Australia. Iskierka has gone from strong-and-sassy to outright obnoxious. And a new character has been introduced, one who despite having a name of their own is only Scrappy Doo to me.

As they are written in this book, there is not a single character i care about. Lawrence just flops around bemoaning the change in station that began way back in book one. He very nearly fails my Sandwich Test (viz: if you replaced the character with a sandwich, would the story change). Temeraire just flops around wishing Dragons had it better, but he at least DOES things sometimes. These, the grand heroes of the series, reduced to this.

I'm not going to throw away my copy. I'm going to put it on the shelf and come back to it, maybe in six months, maybe a year. I can't give up on the series. But i really, really don't like this book.


Dark Road Home: A Gin Sullivan Mystery
Dark Road Home: A Gin Sullivan Mystery
by Anna Carlisle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.22

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliché soup with big gristly chunks of exposition, May 21, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
So. Let's review our cast of characters as of page 41.

Main Character: woman with a dark past who ran away from it and became a respected specialist in something crime-related.
Main Character's Boyfriend: gorgeous, smart, friendly, considerate, etc etc, but she doesn't really feel anything for him and doesn't know why
Main Character's high school sweetheart: ruggedly handsome, still back and home living under the shadow of that which Main Character ran away, and gosh isn't he so sexy?

So they find the body of her sister, and of course Main Character is exactly the right kind of crime-related-specialist to help crack the case, and of course even though the police totes don't want to compromise the investigation in any way, we already know they'll let her do her own sister's autopsy.

Nope.

About the only thing that sets it apart from shelves and shelves of other books is that the dead teenager is her sister and not her bestie or ex, and that she's a pathologist instead of some other kind of crime-related-specialist.

Really stellar writing could have saved this. I mean, this is why there are 84 or 85 of this exactly sub-genre of story in any bookstore. But it's lumpy, it's uneven, and...well, really really just a string of clichés and awkward exposition.
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The Girl Before
The Girl Before
by Rena Olsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast, disturbing read, May 21, 2016
This review is from: The Girl Before (Paperback)
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This may be obvious, but for readers with any unpleasant memories of abuse or violence, this book may be difficult.

The structure is a bit of a challenge at first, interleaving 'then' and 'now', usually no more than a few pages of each at a time. The 'now' sections are chronological, starting when the masked gunmen burst into Clara's home. The 'then' sections wander from her earliest childhood memories to mere moments before the gunmen appeared. However, the author does a brilliant job of interleaving these, so I never lost track of the story that 'then' was building even though it was non-chronological.

If you want to nitpick, there are some issues and a few. But for a book that can be a one-sitting read, they won't distract you too much.


Spontaneous
Spontaneous
by Aaron Starmer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, fun, forgettable, May 20, 2016
This review is from: Spontaneous (Hardcover)
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
In a way, this book is the opposite of We All Looked Up, which was slow, thoughtful, and still sticks with me now a year or so after I read it. This one? Nope. Fast, snarky, and while I enjoyed reading it, what little punch it had didn't leave a mark. It tries, as it goes, to delve into Mara's psyche a little deeper with each plot development, but other than being snarky, she didn't have much psyche to delve into.

Also, I could have done without the sex scene, but I'm a prude. It wasn't graphic or anything.

So. Definitely a good beach/airplane read.


DII Kitchen Millennium, 4-Piece, Heat Resistant, Seamless, Non Stick, Dishwasher Safe, BPA Free, Silicone Kitchen Baking Set, Includes 2 Baking Mats, 1 Oven Gripper & 1 Basting Brush- Purple
DII Kitchen Millennium, 4-Piece, Heat Resistant, Seamless, Non Stick, Dishwasher Safe, BPA Free, Silicone Kitchen Baking Set, Includes 2 Baking Mats, 1 Oven Gripper & 1 Basting Brush- Purple
Price: $21.99
2 used & new from $21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I love silicone baking sheets! The mitt is pretty useless though, May 19, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I'm trying to get more into using reusable baking sheets instead of foil or parchment, and not only are these reusable, they're purple. Everything is better when it's purple. The sheets are easy to use, easy to clean. Same with the brush.

However, the mitt has left the kitchen and become a puppet for the little ones to play with, as it doesn't have enough insulating power to be of much use. It's plenty for moving things from a relatively low-heat oven to a nearby cooling rack, but don't expect to be able to take anything out of a 400F oven and walk more than a few steps. (However, if you stick two googly-eyes on it, it's a great hand puppet.)


Miracle-Gro Liquafeed Tree & Shrub Food Refills (2 Pack)
Miracle-Gro Liquafeed Tree & Shrub Food Refills (2 Pack)
Price: $8.58
9 used & new from $8.23

4.0 out of 5 stars You can also just dribble some around the drip-line of the plants and then water normally, May 19, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
If you don't feel like buying special equipment to use this product, just dribble it around the plants and then water thoroughly (or dribble it around right before a nice good rainstorm).


Spark 44 Count Electronic LCD Screen Cleaning Wipes
Spark 44 Count Electronic LCD Screen Cleaning Wipes
Price: $6.71
7 used & new from $6.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Takes grimy fingerprints off your monitor in seconds, May 19, 2016
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My kids are getting the hang of using the computer, which means every day there's a new layer of grimy fingerprints on the screen. (I try not to think about it too much.) These wipes cut right through it. One is enough for a large-ish monitor or a medium-ish TV screen. No scratches, no residue, not sudden attack of dust motes.


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