Books · Honest Reviews

Book Review: The Saboteur

Are you looking for a WWII nonfiction book to read this winter that doesn’t fit into the typical “mold” of WWII nonfiction? Maybe a book about someone on the side of the US’s allies vs. a US soldier? Paul Kix’s The Saboteur is just the ticket.

The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando is an adventure like no other. Harper Collins released it this past December. It starts out setting the scene of what dove Robert de Rochefoucauld into action: Watching his family home get taken over by the Nazis at the start of Europe’s involvement in WWII, all the while knowing that the enemy held his father captive elsewhere. He couldn’t sit idly by and let these things continue. What follows is a chronological account of his becoming involved with the French Resistance.

Starting off by being trained by Churchill-approved British Special Operations Executive, Rochefoucauld learns the ins and outs of spy tactics, survival training, and skill sets. He returns to France to join forces with the Resistance. His letters and diaries are expertly picked apart by the author and a very probable play-by-play of Rochefoucauld’s adventures ensue.

Starting off slowly with minute details of the subject’s draw into the war effort, the book quickly escalates into hold-your-breath action sequences, daring feats, and extremely narrow escapes. It is truly a side of the war I have never read anything much about other than a broad covering by overall history texts. I love reading about the personal adventures of one person, since the war involved many just like him. The willingness to forsake and leave behind all of the comforts of his aristocratic background in order to serve the greater good was amazing to me. The Saboteur truly showed that it was the combined efforts of many others like Rochefoucauld that helped the Allies win this conflict in the end.

You can order The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando from Amazon (in both hardback and softcover) or wherever books are sold. Digital copies also available, of course.

Disclaimer: Muse Reviews was provided with this item at no cost in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are exclusively my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Epic! Reading App Review

I’m super excited to share with you today our take on a well-stocked app full of popular, fun, and educational books for kids ages 12 and under! The app is called Epic! and you can download it via their website to a variety of devices, or you can access it and use its full features via their webpage after logging in. Either way you choose to subscribe, just $7.99 per month gives your child(ren) access to over 25,000 well-known and high quality book titles in a variety of formats.

The first step is to set up a parental or educator account. After that’s done, you can add children’s names/profiles as desired. Epic! keeps track of each child’s progress and sends weekly update emails to the parent or educator’s email inbox. Each child can create a customized profile by selecting colors and a fun profile avatar. (Select features and colors can be unlocked by completing more books and receiving more award badges.)

Once logged into his or her profile, your child can search for books by title, author, or keyword. Once a list of available titles appears, your child can further narrow down the selections by limiting them by age or reading level, as well as format (read alone, read-to-me, audiobooks, or educational videos).

Curated lists (such as this one, “Not So Spooky Books for Kids”) are available for exploration.

One of my favorite features is the “Library” tab (on the left side or the top, depending on the device you’re using). It allows your child to add his/her favorite books to the library for safekeeping and easy access, as well as add books they would like to read next.

Logged into the parent or educator profile, several options unfold. One, you can add books to the library and assign them to one or more children. The next time your child logs in, he or she will see these books in his/her “Mailbox” and will know you desire those books be read. There are also quizzes that your child can take after reading a book to ensure comprehension and solidify what he or she just read.

A large number of Spanish book titles are available on Epic!, as well.

Here is a video review where we show you Epic! in action!

Look like fun? Try Epic! for one month free and see if it’s a good fit for your family or classroom! I’m thrilled that high-quality, comprehensive apps such as this are available to get more books into the hands of our children! Bravo, Epic!

 

 

Disclaimer: Muse Reviews was provided with a 6 month subscription to Epic! in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are exclusively my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

 

Books · Honest Reviews

Do you feel loved? Do you feel ADORED?

One of the things many people would say is lacking in our world today is LOVE.

It’s something we all probably try to do more of: Love others. But how can you truly and effectively do that if you’ve never really felt loved and valued yourself?

I was approached about reviewing a new devotional book by Zondervan for young women called Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women. The first thing that caught my eye when I opened the box was the gorgeous color. Dark navy blue, white, and light blue floral designs with gold leaf accents? Old-fashioned and beautiful. Just holding it in my hands made me feel it was a special book!

Inside I found exactly what it promised: A devotional for each and every day of the year. Each numbered day has its own page, and is announced with a whimsical blue bird that carries the banner showing the day. (There are no dates….just days numbering 1 to 365….so you can start at any time of the year….no need to wait until January 1st!)

A relevant Bible verse starts out the reading, and it’s followed by a real, honest, practical devotional excerpt to read, think about and ponder as you go about your day. At the close of each page is a handful of blank lines for you to jot down your thoughts or a simple prayer. The pages are thick and will hold up to inks.

Want to see a sample set of pages from Adored? Simply click this link and see it for yourself in an interactive format. You can even print the sample out.

This devotional will speak to young women relating to several different subjects: Dating, friendships, bullying, fear, freedom, self-esteem, and most of all, realizing how much you are loved and adored by your Heavenly Father.

I can’t think of anything that would make this devotional better other than maybe a ribbon attached to the spine to serve as a bookmark. (Those are always handy for me, at least!)

You can purchase Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women  from a variety of retailers:

Barnes & Noble
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Parable
Lifeway
Zondervan

It retails for just $14.99.

 

Disclaimer: Muse Reviews was provided with a free product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are exclusively my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

 

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