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K. April Holgate

Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

Moosic, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Bad Traffick: Leine Basso, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By D. V. Berkom
    • Narrated By Kristi Alsip
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn't commit, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier. Leine finds she has her hands full trying to protect the head-strong celebrity, while at the same time fighting her desire for Detective Santiago Jensen; a game she knows she can't win.

    A. Mosa says: "Action Packed"
    "A real nail-bitter!!!"
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    Wow!! What a great second book, really involved story line. Warning: There is a very raw scene of a rape. It is a tough bit to read.

    Again, there is a bit going on in the story other than the main plot of the sex traffickers. That main plot is actually a fantastic plotline. There are plenty of different angle coming at Leine. Good thing she has all that experience from her old life. Too bad that past is catching up with her too.

    The narrative is mixed going from several points of view. It is a terrific device for letting the reader in on all the intricacies of the plot. The switches are very well done and always clear when a new narrator is driving the tale. It is in large chunks, which keeps things from getting jumpy.

    There is a bit more smexy time with Leine and yummy Santiago. A fair amount of detail to make a gal hot! Not as much as an erotic romance, but no where near closed bedroom door. While the love seems rather quick, I am willing to follow the lust and attraction between them. I can believe love later on in the series.

    I really liked the supporting cast and all the dynamics between them. I can not say I was surprised by any of the turns in the plot. Sometimes that doesn't matter in a great story. I was riveted from beginning to end. I fell in love with shallow actor Miles, especially as he grew and found depth. It is really easy to feel for him and Mara the young runaway. You even feel for Selena, she isn't bad, just doing what she has to in order to survive.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kristi Alsip, who was fantastic. I was very happy with the change of narrator. She has a swift pace that adds energy to the read at key moments. I loved her voices and the consistency in them. She had great accents and choices to keep the voices distinct. I really hope she stays with the series. Her tone is slightly raspy and hold all the jaded world weariness of the lead character.

    Overall, I was thrilled with this book. I did not want it to end. I was on the edge of my seat at the end of the book! Seriously a nailbitter! I hope there are more books to come!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Serial Date: Leine Basso, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By D. V. Berkom
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show - an ex-con billed as a serial killer - but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure. When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is.

    Brian says: "Great Satirical Suspense Novel"
    "Great gritty suspense"
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    What a wonderfully engaging surprise this book was. Well written perfectly paced mystery. Leine is a real kick a$$ chick!! Plenty of wonderful twists to keep you on your toes. I love the book from beginning to end!! High suspense!!I would love to read more from this author!

    The book is fast paced with a mixed narrative coming from several POV. Mostly it comes from Leine, who has a whole different sort of perspective! She is a tough as nails kind of gal, which is awesome!!! She really has a lot to work out from her past and the details of that past are handed out piece mail throughout the story. I really hoped for more info sooner.

    The supporting cast is really great. A yummy homicide cop, a snarky daughter and a crazy serial killer. There are several dramas going on here other than the main plot, it is tricky to follow which intrigue is happening. lots of possible suspects along the way as well. It gets to be a bit much every now and again.

    There is a bit of smexy action that is definitely open bedroom door!! Not full on erotic romance detail, but enough to get a gal hot 'n bothered. I could have done with a bit more of that action. It is a little early for the feeling though.

    I would have liked more about this reality show. It has serious potential for chaos. There was also so much going on with Pete and the Senator. That probably could have been tabled to another book. It was distracting from the main plot of the serial killer. More with his crazy thought process and a bit of show on the taking/killing of the girls. It was pretty much all tell and no show.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by James Killavey, who I heard in other books. I enjoyed his read, but his bad guys sound very similar. Great pace that keeps the movement of the story, especially at points where things are slower. While I did not hate this read, it wasn't my favorite.

    Overall, this was a great read and I am eager to see what happens next in the series. There is a whole lot of potential here. I can not wait to see how everything pans out in the next book.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Winning the Legend: The Blue Eyes Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By B. Kristin McMichael
    • Narrated By Caprisha Page
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Arianna has gathered the outside clans to decide her fate in marriage. A tournament will be held, and she is the prize, whether she wants to be or not. The only thing for her to do is watch the clan leaders fight over her, or is it? Thanks to her team's well-made plans, Arianna has other strategies in place. Hopefully one of those plans will earn her freedom. As the contestants gather and she learns more about the night human world, there are new allies to keep close and more enemies to keep even closer.

    Brandy Blackerby says: "Still Good!"
    "Great finish to the series!"
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    A really thrilling end to the series. I love the whole tournament and everything Ari puts in place. She is finally taking the reigns and owning her title as head of 4 houses! She gets to deliver a few set downs along the way, I was like "You go Girl!"

    I was a touch annoyed at all the guys loving and wanting her immediately. Thankfully it was explained later and made me less annoyed. I really wish there were more time spent on all the different races and their traits. That part was fascinating and really could have been expanded. Great world building though.

    There are a lot of characters to track this time around. Almost too many with the contenders and their retainers on top of her keepers that we already knew. I felt like I needed a character sheet to really be able to follow everybody. At one point in the tournament I was totally confused who a character was and where he came from.

    The mixed narrative is still chopping with lines here and there of a supporting POV. Maybe it is different in print, but in audio is is a bit jarring. I prefer only one POV or set sections of one character at a time. That is what works best for me as a reader. Still not a biggie, just an annoyance.

    I found the conclusion really interesting and hope to check out the spin off! That should be awesome and I expect much banter!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Caprisha Page, who does a fantastic job. She has a very youthful quality to her voice that really works for Ari and her friends, she is also able to do the older voices justice. Whoa, that is a brisk read, I like to fast but others may want to slow it down a touch. Great energy throughout the read really adds to the action and suspense. I hope she does the spin-off audiobooks as well!!

    I am sad the series is over but there is much that can happen with Nessa and Devin. I am eager to see them com out in audio too!!! This was a very intriguing series and a whole other take on vampires and supernaturals in general! Definitely a great read for any young adult interested in the genre!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Becoming a Legend: The Blue Eyes Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By B. Kristin McMichael
    • Narrated By Caprisha Page
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Arianna Grace is about to turn 17, and her life has been very complicated lately. She is the leader of four clans of night humans: dearg-dul, baku, tengu, and lycan. While the four clans seem to get along better with one another, there is internal conflict on both sides of her family, not to mention the three boys vying for her attention. Devin is set on keeping her safe above all else. Turner's goal is to make her happy. And Andrew wants her for himself. At some point Arianna will have to choose between them, but first she needs to survive the plots against her.

    Alycee says: "I don't want to stop reading!"
    "Great second book in the series"
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    Why does every YA series have to have a love triangle? It is like a prerequisite for the genre, teenage girls must be fraught with the decision to choose between two boys. Sigh. Alright, rant over.

    Ari is getting more into her world, although a year after the last book left off she seems just as in the dark as before. I get annoyed because somethings are really clear and she doesn't pick up on them. Thankfully this book starts to give us more detail and gets more into the legend. So much world building is going into things it almost makes the head spin. There is a lot of information to absorb.

    The narrative is still mostly Ari, with a few stray thoughts of others thrown in. This is still a bit jarring, it takes you out of the moment to have somebody else's POV popped in for just a sentence of two. I need more stability than that in my narrative. Still not enough to put me off reading, just a minor annoyance.

    The whole love triangle is typical of this genre, although it feels like it might take an unexpected turn later on in the series. I am really enjoying her choice in Keepers and was thrilled about her Dearg-dul pick. Exactly what I felt it should have been!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Caprisha Page, who rocks!! I love her choices in the voices for the guys. She makes some very smart decisions with accent and tone to keep them distinct. She has a very swift pace, I almost didn't need to speed it up for listening. Her energy really feeds into the movement of the story and keeps it popping! I am a huge fan of her read for this series! She is definitely well suited to YA reads!

    The book leaves of not so much at a cliffhanger but not a real ending. As I suspected the trilogy relies heavily on the books being read in succession. It is an engaging read and I am really hoping everything will be revealed in the third book. Ari is just starting to come in to her true power and gain confidence in that strength. I can not wait to see her after a bit of training taking on all challenges.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Working It Out

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rachael Anderson
    • Narrated By Laura Princiotta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    A chance encounter… Grace Warren's life is safe and predictable - exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle - a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon. A chance for love… Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace's rehab clinic post-surgery, he's every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered.

    K. April Holgate says: "Sweet read"
    "Sweet read"
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    This is a really sweet romance. Closed bedroom door and minimal heat. Sometimes a girl just wants a PG love story and this fits the bill.

    Grace is a wound a bit tight, but that is one of the fun things about her. She is sassy and steadfast. I love the way she defines people by their names. Seth is the perfect match for her with his playful attitude and fly by the seat of his pants plans. They have a great dynamic.

    The book is a mixed POV, you get the narrative from both leads. The swaps go smoothly and are more chapter to chapter. It is great getting into both their heads. It sells the feelings of the romance.

    While I enjoyed this book more time was spent on the build than the actual times as a couple. That gets glossed over and relegated to a tell and not show. I would have liked more time with them together rather than just the last few chapters.

    I love the supporting cast and the side romance, again more detail there would have been nice.I liked this story and it was a very easy read, but I did want a little more story in the end.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Laura Princiotta, who was lovely. She had just the right notes to her voice to make the characters come to life. Fantastic pace kept up with the movement of the story and added energy to the key moments. The voices were consistent and easy to follow when dialogue was snappy. She gives good ears!

    Overall, this was a delightful story that was a safe read. Great depth to the romance and fun banter. I always enjoy this author's sweet reads!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody's Lover: The Jackson Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jasmine Haynes
    • Narrated By Shana Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    A family torn apart by tragedy…Widowed three-years-ago and the mother of two, Taylor Jackson is starting to feel that life as a woman is passing her by. Always somebody's daughter-in-law, somebody's mother, or somebody's sister-in-law, Taylor longs to be somebody's secret lover. Taylor was his brother's wife, and now his brother's widow, untouchable yet irresistible to Jace Jackson. When he discovers her fantasies, Jace swears he'll be the one to make them reality. But can his family ever accept another man in Taylor's life, let alone the black sheep of the family?

    K. April Holgate says: "Super hot little read!"
    "Super hot little read!"
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    Whoa, this is a seriously hot little number!!! I am talking a pantie scorcher here! Lord have mercy!!

    The story is a mixed narrative going between Taylor and Jace for the POV. It is a terrific device for really exploring everything they are feeling. There is a fair amount of drama in this read. But that is to be expected with the plotline.

    There is so much chemistry here, it burns the ears! The bedroom door is wide open, and the kitchen, and the bathroom, and well...you get the point! Deliciously smexy with a fair amount of dirty talk!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Shana Savage, who steams things up with her voice!! She does a fabulous job with the hot scenes, really great energy! Swift pace in the read adds to the movement of the story.

    Overall, this was a terrific read. I can not wait to see what happens with the other two brothers. We get hints of their coming stories in this one. I anticipate much more drama before everything settles and healing occurs for everybody.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Yoga Journal for Beginners: An Introduction to the Types of Yoga

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Julian B. Scott
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    One popular type of yoga today is Korean Yoga. Yoga is a several-thousand-year-old tradition that has pervaded multiple countries and cultures, evolving and branching into numerous subgroups and styles. Although the roots of the practice are in South Asia, mainly inside of India, there are major schools of yoga across the globe. One very divergent method of practicing yoga is the Korean technique. Avoiding most of the traditional poses inherent in Indian Hatha yoga, Korean yoga more closely resembles Zumba and Tai-Chi in certain aspects.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great book for selecting a type of yoga"
    "Great book for selecting a type of yoga"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Yoga Journal for Beginners to be better than the print version?

    I think they are on a pretty even level. The audiobook is a great compliment to the print material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed learning about all the different types of yoga and the benefits of each.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was a quick and interesting listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the narration by Caroline Miller. She took this generally dry material and made it very engaging. Her pace was perfect for the material. I don't listen to a lot of non-fiction but what I have heard narrated by her as been a pleasure.

    She always has a fabulous read. I love the relaxing quality to her voice. It is smooth and keeps the read dynamic from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10-Day Green Smoothie Detox Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Cathy Simpson
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Everything you need to know about using green smoothies for weight loss, from how to clean your greens to why sleep is so important, can be found inside these pages. On each day of this 10-day guide, you’ll find three delicious smoothie recipes to try, along with helpful tips about how to integrate green smoothies into your life.

    K. April Holgate says: "Interesting material"
    "Interesting material"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am often up and down with diets. I get on a kick every now and again. While I do not think this would be a good one for me, it could compliment a healthy eating system.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really enjoyed the narration by Caroline Miller. She took this generally dry material and made it very engaging. Her pace was perfect for the material. I don't listen to a lot of non-fiction but what I have heard narrated by her as been a pleasure.


    Was 10-Day Green Smoothie Detox Plan worth the listening time?

    If you are interested in a different type of diet this could be a winner for you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of the Blue Eyes: Blue Eyes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By B. Kristin McMichael
    • Narrated By Caprisha Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Arianna Grace liked her boring, Midwestern, teenage life where she ignored the many unanswered questions of her childhood. Why were her parents dead? Why did she not have family? Where was she raised until she was five? When someone offers to explain it all, Arianna thinks she's just getting answers. Instead, she is thrown into a world of night humans who drink blood. On Arianna's 16th birthday, her world is thrown upside down when she changes into a vampire.

    Brandy Blackerby says: "EXCELLENT BOOK!!?"
    "Intriguing plot, great characters"
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    This is a really interesting series. I liked the main character Ari straight off. She is not an overly angsty teen, yeah! Although, she takes things much calmer than I might in the same situation!

    She is thrown into a strange new world pretty quickly. One of the things that annoys me in this book is that she gets to learn about what she is but the reader does not. You hear about her studies but there is very little detail given back about what she learned. It is something that really bothered me, I wanted to understand all the nuances of her new world and felt cheated when I was left out of the details.

    The narrative is mostly from Ari's POV, but there are a few times when others chine in. Those moments were a bit confusing because they were only a sentence here and there in the middle of the existing narration. I would say either stick top one POV or make it mixed with whole sections of the other character's thoughts. Otherwise it is jarring and too jumpy.

    The world is really rich and interesting. A lot comes at you in a short time and there are many supporting characters to keep track of. I love her friends and her keepers. It will be interesting to see the whole story evolve. I am still eager to hear what the entire legend is about her!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Caprisha Page, who is terrific. I love the energy she puts into the read and her swift pace. Her voices are consistent and help to relieve some of the confusion when another character takes on the narrative. She has a sweet and sassy quality to her read that fits the character perfectly. I hope she stays with the whole series!

    Overall, this book was intriguing. There is still so much to learn about the characters and the legend. It definitely ends with many loose threads. This trilogy is most likely best read in order and without any waiting.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts. opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • The Corny Myers Series: The Corny Myers, Books 1-4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sharon Kleve
    • Narrated By Christy Williamson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Quirky pet detective, Corny Myers, can talk to animals to solve cases, but will this help her pull together her love life? Klutzy Love: Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an over-sized rubber band. She's still a hot chick, but her boss is dead. Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis.

    K. April Holgate says: "Quirky concept but really immature at times"
    "Quirky concept but really immature at times"
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    KLUTZY LOVE
    I loved the concept of this book and there were some parts that really tickled me. Unfortunately there is a lot that needs to be improved. I really wanted to love this series but the flaws outweighed the delight.

    Most of the time Corny is a fun quirky character who is a walking calamity. I liked her and loved her sassy remarks. The problem was the dialogue did not quite reach the maturity level her age warranted. She often spouts dialogue more appropriate to a Disney Channel show.

    Steve is a yummy cop and I mostly loved him. He is a bit overbearing at times and ridiculous in his reasons for not wanting her to be a pet detective. Not really a job that makes me think there will be loads of danger.

    This has a mixed narrative, you get both Corny and Steve in the POV. Again, not really living up to their age in thought or word. It feels more YA or New Adult, with bedroom scenes included.

    I did not like the work stuff. Everything with the Ralph was a bit convoluted. It really wasn't needed for the overall plot and distracted from the romance and mystery. The possibility of a murder plot on her old boss is completely waved over.

    Here are the things I loved an wish had been more a part of the plotline:
    1. The whole pet psychic angle, that was super interesting and held huge potential.
    2. Naughty ferret Pete, he was a riot!!
    3. Corny's quirky klutzy moments. The speed dating was hilarious.

    FLAMINGO BLUES
    This was super short and had very little in the story department.

    The youthful dialogue tends to make the smexy scenes feel awkward.

    I wish this had been more about the pet psychic story.

    Corny and Steve are cute together but very one dimensional. I would love to see them grow and gain more depth.

    BE MINE
    Book three in the series gets better. I loved the pet psychic story this time. We got more into that part of Corny's life. I love her quirky friends and assistant, could really use the back story on that.

    The dialogue is still immature, but I think I am getting used to it. I am very interested in seeing how the next book will go, this one was rather short.

    LOVE CRAZED
    This is the fourth book in the series and by far the most developed. There are still issues with a very immature dialogue, but the characters grow on you over the series.

    The story feels more like a CW show and has some very cheesy moments. I have grown to love Corny and her friends, despite my complaints. This book gets a bit more into her business and her relationship with Steve. I was hoping for a bit more drama with the ex. That was solved way too quickly for my way of thinking.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Christy Williamson, who is not the right fit for this book. She has a very youthful voice that would be better suited for YA reads. While she has great energy, it only adds to the overall feel of immaturity in the story. This just wasn't the right pairing, it only served to highlight flaws. I would love to hear her on a younger read where her voice would be a real credit to the material.

    It would be interesting to see this series revisited after the author has been around a bit longer. I can imagine it being expanded and improved greatly. She has great potential, a terrific concept and some really funny moments. I can see her work growing as she writes more. With all my complaints, I was still entertained and had a chuckle of two along the way.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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