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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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  • Whiskey Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Liliana Hart
    • Narrated By Connie Ventress
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiancé left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got notice that my apartment building was going to be condemned, or even when I was desperate enough to strip to my unmentionables to earn some extra cash. The truth is that I'm pretty much used to disasters following me around on a daily basis.

    Cheryl says: "Very disappointed"
    "Great start to a promising series"
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    The book starts off right in the middle of things and then jumps back a bit to catch the reader up on events. It is definitely a great way to hook the audience from the get go.

    Addison is a bit like Stephanie Plum, she falls into detective work and lucks into solving things. She is far more inept and scatterbrained to actually be a detective in my mind. She is not as bright as one would hope a history teacher would be, many clues get dropped but she misses them. Still she manages to be charismatic and engaging.

    The mystery is all over the place, much like the heroine. There are many red herrings to take things off course. The mind spins at moments, maybe a few too many cases going on at one time. It tends to muddy things up for the main mystery. I had a bead on the culprit but the tricky twist through me off for a second. Definitely keeps you on your toes.

    The romance is a nice diversion, Addison and Nick have a great chemistry. Things are more sexual tension than full on bedroom action. Things get into heavy petting and hot kisses but the bedroom stays empty. Sigh, such a tease, but I figure things will spice up in the next book.

    This is first person, it is easier to handle in audio than straight reading. Addison has a very interesting POV, she really is flighty. Her quirkiness adds to the fun feel of the read, nothing too heavy. Her ice cream obsession is delightful!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Connie Ventress, she does a wonderful job. As the main character is Southern she has a think accent. The accent is great, reminds me of my youth in the south. It really enhances the story and makes it sing. She has a fantastic pace in the read, it moves along, flowing beautifully. I can not wait to hear more of her in this series and elsewhere.

    Overall, this is a fun read that keeps you enthralled from beginning to the end. It isn't perfect but it is always entertaining. I am definitely intrigued by where this series is headed. I am ready to jump straight into the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Crazed: The Corny Myers Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Sharon Kleve
    • Narrated By Christy Williamson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Corny's excitement over serving on jury duty is squashed when she hears news of Steve's ex girlfriend relocating to Seattle. Steve's an aggressive, tough, Seattle narcotics cop who thinks Celeste could do no wrong. Celeste is back in town and has set her sights on rekindling her relationship with Steve. Being an FBI agent, she's used to getting what she wants, no matter what the cost. Corny is trying to keep her relationship from falling apart, while rescuing pets, and her friend from a loan shark.

    K. April Holgate says: "Getting better"
    "Getting better"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Be Mine: The Corny Myers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Sharon Kleve
    • Narrated By Christy Williamson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Corny has a unique psychic ability to communicate with animals, but can she come up with five days of perfect Valentines gifts for her tough-as-nails Seattle cop boyfriend? Time is running out and Brutus - the horny Labrador, Molly - the hussy French Poodle, Hernando Lamberto - the prized Pekinese, Harry - the Penguin, Buddy the Butt Head - Iguana, and three raccoons all need Corny's attention. Can she pull it all together for the perfect Valentine's Day celebration?

    K. April Holgate says: "Very short read"
    "Very short read"
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    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.

    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.

    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
  • Flamingo Blues: The Corny Myers Series

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Sharon Kleve
    • Narrated By Christy Williamson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In the pursuit of the perfect Christmas getaway in Victoria, BC, Corny steals a tour bus; returns a flock of stolen Flamingos to their favorite lake; buys Steve, her tough-as-nails Seattle cop boyfriend, front row seats to the Cirque du Soleil; and she gets a bright and shiny new key.

    K. April Holgate says: "Very short"
    "Very short"
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    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.

    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.


    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

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