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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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  • Forbidden Peak: The Carnal Games, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Angelica Boone, Hayden Voss
    • Narrated By Marascha Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Riley may be one of the top female mountain climbers in the world, but when testing her abilities by scaling the forbidden mountain, she encounters an adventure completely out of her control. The mountain is forbidden for a reason, and when she finds herself in unknown territory, surrounded by a mountain tribe she never knew existed, her stubbornness thrusts her further into a ritual she knows very little about. She becomes a prize in The Carnal Games - and she's not so sure she wants to be in that position, but she has no choice.

    K. April Holgate says: "Interesting first part of the story"
    "Interesting first part of the story"
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    If you could sum up Forbidden Peak in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, descriptive, short


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forbidden Peak?

    There are many elements to this book that are memorable. The whole idea of finding Shangrala and being trapped there is interesting. There are also many groups to meet throughout the story. While I generally liked the lead character Riley, I was confused by the way she interacted with the others. Not sure I would have been so friendly. I loved the moment she has at the end. Total Girl Power!!


    What does Marascha Black bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Really fantastic tone and delicious pace in the smexy scene. She really added action to the book with her voice. She had quite a few accents to tackle, great job keeping them distinct and consistent. I hope she stays with the books and we get to hear more of her great characterizations!


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

    It is a very short read and terrific for listening in one sitting. You could also break it up if you wanted to. Maybe take a break after the uber smexy scene at the waterfall!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is mostly story with a few erotic scenes in the mix. I would not classify it as a romance at this point, no real feeling have been displayed. It also ends abruptly. It seems to be part of one book broken into a series of sections, not my favorite style. I like to get the whole story in one shot, I suck at waiting for the next book. Still it is a solid listen and I am curious to know what the games entail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diner Tales: A Contemporary Canterbury Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Andy Bunch
    • Narrated By Fred Wolinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Published in Middle English near the end of the 14th century, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, became an important part of literature and history because it captured the people and the stories of an era. Author Andy R. Bunch has compiled a modern equivalent of his own tales. Like the original, this is an opus and destined to meld with the fabric of history and literature.

    K. April Holgate says: "A very interesting read"
    "A very interesting read"
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    What a cool retelling of some of my favorite classic literature. Way to spice up the old tales with modern twists. This could be a wonderful supplement for teens reading the Canterbury Tales for school. Might make some of those Old English themes make more sense.

    I listened to the audio book narrated by Fred Wolinsky, who a new voice to me. I loved his pace and the slight rasp to his voice. At times there is a bit of a sloppy feel to his read, the only way I can describe it is an abundance of saliva. He tends to hit a few consonants a little too hard. Overall it was an enjoyable read even with the other issues. I would be interested to see how he progresses and grows with more reads under his mic.

    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
  • Coming Home for Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jenny Hale
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
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    Christmas is a time for family... isn't it? Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate - which includes organizing the Marley family festivities - she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be? As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out... Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas.

    med c says: "A christmas story"
    "Not a romance for me"
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    ZZZZZZ...oh hey thanks for waking me up for the review. This book could have been so interesting, but it gets lost in the drawn out story and confusing romance.

    Here is why I say the romance is confusing. You have no idea which brother to route for. Allie starts off crushing on Robert, then later meets Kip, has a flirtation with hims and kind of dating , definitely kissing, the whole time thinking about Robert. This kind of thing does not fly for me in romances. I like one clear couple, no kissy-face of thinking about somebody else. It just smacks of cheating to me.

    This would have been better as a simple fiction about the family and the internal struggle about selling the house. There were too many plot points to pick-up and it was very slow going.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Teri Schnaubelt, who to her credit kept me listening long after I was bored with the story. She has a terrific pace, she picks up the speed of the story as best she can. It was because of her I kept listening, even though I no longer cared what happened with these people. He voices were distinct and consistent throughout.

    If you are looking for a holiday romance, this isn't it, but it might fit the bill as a fiction.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnished: Wolf Gatherings, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Becca Jameson
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Wolf shifter Mackenzie Davis has no interest in mating with another wolf. A horrific experience in her past has hardened her to this resolve. She loves her life as is, with the perfect job, the perfect friends, and the perfect boyfriend - a human one. Nevertheless, her mother implores her to attend this year’s Wolf Gathering. Reluctantly dragging her feet, she agrees to one day only.

    K. April Holgate says: "Entertaining but kind of slow"
    "Entertaining but kind of slow"
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    This was a good read, it just took too long revealing details. There was a drag to the story after the initial hook-up.

    I liked Kenzie, I just could not connect with her, She was too trapped in the past, which was very vague until the end. I hate it when characters talk about a traumatic event that shaped them, but take forever to elaborate. She also tends to wallow and get angsty. Ugh!! Save me from eh angst!

    Drake is yummy and uber patient with his mate. Seriously with hormones riding him he is willing to let her call the shots. Still he has the Alpha feel.

    The narrative is mixed between the two, letting you into those deepest thoughts. Not such a great thing for her, but so sweet for him!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Meghan Kelly, who is always wonderful. She has a great way of making Kenzie's angst bearable. Her pace is fantastic and helps move the story over the slower parts.I really liked her energy throughout the read. I love her tone, it fits the characters perfectly.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book, it was just slow and drawn out. I would be interested to see what happens with supporting characters from this book. Siblings deserve HEA too!

    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
  • Superheroes in Prose: Welcome to Prose

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Sevan Paris
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    "Imagine you have the power to fly. Pretty awesome, right? Imagine you have the power to levitate or crush something the size of a Winnebago. Equally awesome. Now ... here's the catch: having the power means you are bonded irreversibly to a smartass, sociopathic alien life form. Not so awesome. So, what would you do with all of that power? The way I figured it, I had one of two options: Option #1) Use it to commit crime or Option #2) Use it to fight crime. My name is Gabe Garrison and I chose Option #2."

    A. Kessel says: "Supers are...SUPER!"
    "Interesting read"
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    I wasn't really sure what to expect with this read. It is kind of a comic book disguised as fiction. It is a really short read, which hurts it in the world building. It does set-up the series, or I expect it will be a series because it ends in a cliffhanger.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Bryan Reid, who does a nice job. I liked most of the narration, but the alien voice was a bit grating. Most of the banter between the two voices is easy to follow who is speaking. It has a nice steady pace and great energy in the fight sequences.

    It will be interesting to see where this series is headed. I am not huge into this genre, but it was interesting and has me wondering "what next"?

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desire for Three: Winning Back Jesse: More Desire, Oklahoma, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Leah Brooke
    • Narrated By Audrey Lusk
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Living in Desire, Oklahoma, and married to two incredible men, Jesse Erickson felt her world was perfect, until she walks through the door of her home one day and has her world turned upside down. Shocked to the core, and with her world crumbling around her, she runs, too shaken to cope. Clay and Rio Erickson hate keeping secrets from Jesse, but didn't have a choice. They certainly hadn't expected their wife to assume the worst and run.

    K. April Holgate says: "I feel like the story was going backwards"
    "I feel like the story was going backwards"
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    Sigh, I love this series, I really do, and Jesse's book was one of my favs. So, I was super excited about this little revisit. It was a bit time letdown.

    Jesse, Clay and Rio are still having the same problems that I thought were resolved at the end of her book! I think they need to have a serious sit down talk not spankings and sex! I know, I usually love spankings and sex, but clearly they have issues to work out.

    I like the mixed narrative, it helps getting the POV for each of the leads. This is key to understanding where each character is coming from in this complex relationship.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Audrey Lusk, who is fantastic. She definitely delivers with the energy and feel of the smutty read. Her characters are consistent and distinct throughout the short read. She does great men's voices. not too deep but just masculine enough to keep it hawt!

    I really like this series, but I am ready to move forward. This book was a step backwards and a big tease. Give me the next couple!! Please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Candy Leonard
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    Beatleness explains how the band became a source of emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual nurturance in fans’ lives, creating a relationship that was historically unique. Looking at that relationship against the backdrop of the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War, political assassinations, and other events of those tumultuous years, the audiobook critically examines the often-heard assertion that the Beatles changed everything.

    K. April Holgate says: "Love the Beatles!!!"
    "Love the Beatles!!!"
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    If you could sum up Beatleness in three words, what would they be?

    Beatlemania
    FANtastic
    Beatles


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ringo has always been my favorite. I root for the underdog! LOL I will admit to a crush on Paul and loving John's humor and the quiet wit of George. But Ringo just captured my heart with his awkwardness.


    What does Tamara Marston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a great voice for audiobooks. I love that little rasp and would love to hear her on a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy read. She has a terrific pace that keeps you listening, even when the material gets slower.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Beatles and it was fascinating reading about their rise to fame through the eyes of their fans. I wasn't around at the time, so it was great to hear all the little things people thought and felt in the moment. Being a child of the technology age, it was eye-opening to see how they took the world by storm in a time when there was no internet or viral content to launch artists to stardom. It was a history lesson while finding out new information about one of my favorite bands. Definitely a must for any Beatles fan!

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Margaret Windsor
    • Narrated By Andrea Emmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    When the sirens blare at Cayla's school, she knows that someone has crossed the Lucretias, and the crime family is there to take their vengeance. Huddled with her classmates, she waits for the inevitable to pass. Except when the Lucretias knock down the door to her own classroom, Jon Lucretia, heir to the dark dynasty, catches sight of Cayla - and decides to claim her as his own. Taken as a prisoner into their opulent and guarded estate, Cayla must decide how to fight for her life, and her heart.

    Karen says: "Couldn't Stop Listening!!"
    "Great story, might be a little slow for YA"
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    This is not your typical YA or Dystopian read. It was so different from others I have read in the genre. It doesn't focus on a romance. It is more about surviving in a tenuous situation. Poor Cayla has to gather her wits and make the best of a very unpleasant situation. I love characters who are not waiting around to be saved. She is spunky but smart, finding just the right way to live another day.

    The world this is set in is very interesting. Governments fall only to be replaced by Crime Families. I would have liked more about the history of this change and how the Crime families are outside the home. I also would have loved more on the Rebellion. Perhaps we are most limited because it is all from Kayla's POV, and she really isn't in the know.

    While I felt this was a terrific read, it moves rather slowly for the target audience. Most YA is fast paced and constantly engaging. This story has more of a slow build. Blew my mind when they story flips about halfway through. I did not see that coming, at all.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Andrea Emmes, who is well suited to the genre. Her voicing was wonderful and engaging. She keeps a steady pace that keeps you listening, even when things get a little dull in the first half. I loved the wealth of knowledge she was able to instill in Cayla by the end of the book. She was on a journey and grew from it, her voice reflects her gained strength.

    I wasn't sure whey to expect coming into this read. I definitely was surprised and delighted to see such an interesting YA tale. I would love to find more of this author in audio, with the same narrator!

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Geeks Rule: A Collection of Five Action Packed Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Basil Sands
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Geeks Rule: Computer nerd Lewis Puller seemed like an easy target, but when a gang of skinheads come after him they get more than they bargained for...much more. For Mommy: A father and his young son heading to the forest, trying to recover from the loss of the beloved wife and mother killed in a DUI accident, stumble across a chance to set things right.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great collection of short stories"
    "Great collection of short stories"
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    This is such a little collection of short stories. They are quick, but hold a nice punch!

    Really descriptive and engaging. My favorite was the first story "Geeks Rule". It really sets the tone for the collection. Wonderful story telling all around. Each story has its own little twist to keep the reader on their toes.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Basil Sands, who is also the author. I am not usually for authors reading their own books, unless it is a biography. This is an exception, because the author just happens to be a talented narrator as well. Who better to understand the voices and emotions of his characters. He has a great pace and solid energy throughout. A few voices get a little too high, but that is me nit-picking. I would definitely look for more of his work!

    Overall this is a great collection and I hope Mr Sands finds time to create more short stories.

    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 Soulkeepers: The Soulkeepers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By G. P. Ching
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. Made a ward of his uncle and thousands of miles from home, a beautiful and mysterious neighbor, Dr. Abigail Silva, offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. In exchange, she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a gifted warrior charged with protecting human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother's disappearance.

    med c says: "It's Incredible !!!"
    "Great narration, not really my type of story"
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    Such an interesting read. Not your typical YA, this has many religious elements to the story. It does have the Urban Fantasy feel with Christian undertones.

    The story moves rather slowly at times. It is almost all from Jacob's POV, with a couple snippets of others. It keeps the reader in the dark about what others are thinking or their motivations. Many times the supporting characters do not give enough hints into what they think and feel.

    The romance is light, this is definitely a more male oriented YA read. Not really flowery or girly. There are also plenty of battle type scenes.It is definitely about the battle between good and evil.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jeffrey Kafer, is wonderful! He has a great deep voice that carries you through the story. He is one of the reasons I stuck with the story, even after it was clear it wasn't exactly to my taste. I loved his read and would really like to try something that is in my wheel house. His pace was terrific and he had an engaging energy in the read.

    Overall, this wasn't a read for me, but I can see many audiences it would appeal to, very much. It is more of a Christian YA theme more geared to male readers.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Logan

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sherry D. Ficklin
    • Narrated By Tara Millette
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
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    Normally, finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn't irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he's dead. As the only person he can make contact with, he convinces Zoe to help him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra-popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the crosshairs of Logan's suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind - each of whom had a reason to want him dead.

    med c says: "A very unique ghost story"
    "Love this book to pieces!!!"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I was vaguely aware when I started reading that is is a YA. I didn't really know what was coming. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! What a great read!! I wish there were more like this in the genre!

    There is a romance, cause it is YA and of course there has to be a romance. It is a little unconventional though. I was wondering how things would turn out in a story where the girl seemed to be falling for a ghost. I was very happy with the outcome. The author is clever enough to easy you into a transition that makes everyone happy. There are some tricky moments. but I really felt that was the best ending all around.

    This whole book is from Zoe's POV, which limits you in how you see things. You only get her side of the story with what happened with Logan when they were younger. I am curious to know his side of things. You only get to know what she knows, which isn't a lot at first.

    I loved her snarky humor. She is sassy and awesome and gets even better as she lets people in, no longer using that wit to push others away. She is still snarky and sarcastic, but gentler as well. It was a joy seeing her grow and build relationships with others.

    The supporting cast here is fantastic. She has a fabulous gay BFF Carlos, who is diva-licious at times! Her mom is super supportive and a touch protective. And the love interest is beyond sweet and endearing. I wanted to date him myself! Oh, yeah, she has her own personal undead stalker as well.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tara Millette, who is wonderful. This is my first read from her and I promise not my last. She has the snark down and infuses such emotion into the read. This is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in a while. Her energy throughout the read and terrific pace only add to the joy of listening. Definitely a narrator to stalk...um watch!

    Overall this was a great read. There is the mystery of finding out what happened to Logan, that was a little obvious after hearing the first few clues. Then again, I watch a lot of crime dramas, so what I thought was obvious, others might not see right away. Even with knowing who did it the story telling was engaging and dynamic.

    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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