Ramplo's Reviews

Book reviews from pre-releases and whatever I decide to pick up.

The Secret to Living Your Life Fully: Lessons on Mindfulness - Jennifer Brooks **4/5**

Quick & Dirty:

  • Background guide as well as how-to, I would not recommend this book to anyone who is not looking for/willing to read through the background information.
  • Solid introduction without being a long and daunting read.
  • The authors writing style made the reading a bit awkward at times.

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77 Ways to Find New Readers! - Laura Pepper Wu *5/5*

77 Ways to Find New Readers for Your Self-Published Book!

Quick & Dirty:

  • Concise, practical, and relevant.
  • Simple and straightforward advice.
  • Useful advice for everyone, whether you’re a techie or afraid of a keyboard.

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Gamers - Thomas Carpenter *3/5*

Gamers

Quick & Dirty:

  • Interesting story about life turning into a large computer game.
  • With the wide variety of YA dystopian novels available now this one falls in the middle of the pack.
  • A few annoying bits of…’borrowed’ slang don’t destroy the book but aren’t an asset.

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The Problem is YOU - John Burke

The Problem is YOU: How to Get Out of Your&

Quick & Dirty:

  • If I was basing my review solely on how the book is marketed, I’d give this book a 2 at best. HOWEVER if you ignore the title and view this as a reference book it’d deserve closer to a 4.  I’m meeting half way and saying 3.
  • Advice sections are very small and scattered for a self-help book.
  • There is a lot of information provided about many facets of self-defeating behavior…Important to avoid “medical school syndrome” when reading it.

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Clutter be Gone! - Kimberly Wilson

Clutter Be Gone! De-clutter and Simplify&

Quick & Dirty:

  • Perfect for someone who is taking the first steps to cleaning up their lives.  I would not suggest this book to anyone who has been struggling to get their things in order for a long time.
  • Good basic advice.
  • Comprehensive, covers everything from your bedroom to your computer.

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Broken - Kimberley Reeves

Broken

Quick & Dirty:

  • DRM ENABLED – Kindle readers only (unless you like computer screens…)
  • Quick and simple read
  • Don’t read if you need a story that rides on more than a relationship

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A Modern Witch - Debora Geary

A Modern Witch (A Modern Witch, #1)

Quick & Dirty:

  • Non-Kindle users - DRM FREE!  Can easily be converted!
  • Very enjoyable book, not an “edge of your seat” thriller but still wonderful.
  • I was fully entranced by this story, it will be difficult to find people who don’t like it…I’ve provided a list below of who I think should stay away…it’s pretty short.

Long & Wordy:


Fair warning: this is a book review, where I will talk about the book.  That means you may find some of this could be classified as a “spoiler”.  Proceed at your own risk.

FIRST OF ALL

This book was a refreshing way to end a long week at work. The first few pages tripped me up, three words of advice JUST KEEP READING, you can thank me later. This story was filled with characters you could relate to, some strange but well handled moments, and plenty of fun.  The first few pages of this book actually made me put the book down.  

This is what is going on:

They are writing a computer program, basically it’s a super search engine that will bounce around the internet looking at YOU the user to see if you’re a witch.  IF you’re a witch THEN it’s supposed to pull you into a chat room…A CHAT ROOM not websites.  Later on they use this same chat room feature so I want to make sure you understand they are typing, not standing around inside a website, that only happens on the first page of the book.  And yeah, I know chat rooms aren’t that modern.  Deal.
The story then bounces to a real estate agent in a completely different part of the country (which is why the internet is so awesome, and key to the story)  The story does bounce around a little between characters and until you know them all it seems a bit confusing but I promise, it cleans itself up quick and is worth the effort.


This book won’t be for everyone though, I suggest you DON’T READ IT IF:
1. You need a story where the plot revolves around good vs evil and the apocalypse just around the corner.
2. You’re from a town that still holds regular witch hunts and you approve.
3. You’re fighting an addiction to Ben & Jerry’s.  


Does this picture make you run for your freezer?



This book won’t have you on the edge of your seat, but laying back and enjoying yourself. And probably wanting to catch up with your family. Really, I just want my family to be that close…then again…


Just go read it: Amazon

5/5 

***I received this book as an ARC.  This in no way effected my review.***

Chameleon - Cidney Swanson

Chameleon by Cidney Swanson

Quick & Dirty:

  • Just as good as the first.
  • Don’t read if you are looking for a romance.
  • Totally worth the money!

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Parallel Spirits - T.S. Welti

Parallel Spirits

Quick and Dirty:

  • Good pace, easily get caught up in the story.
  • Interesting characters and interactions - love quadrangle…of sorts.
  • HORRIBLE ending, not like “oh I didn’t like how it ended”, more like the author took a butchers cleaver and said I want to end it….HERE and added in a few sentences at the cut off just so it HAD an ending.

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Fledge: J.A. Huss

Fledge (I Am Just Junco, #2)

Quick and Dirty:

  • Mix of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game on the Avian…ship?
  • No DRM, can be converted to any format.
  • Not worth the price.

Long and Wordy:

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