Friday, December 17, 2010

Quick Update - and Bon Jovi 2010

I am sorry that I haven't been around much the last month or so ... so many things happening and just not enough hours in the day. And now with Christmas just about on us, there probably won't be alot of posts done between now and then. Believe it or not, I haven't really had much time to read these last couple of weeks.

FINALLY ... got to see Bon Jovi in Melbourne at the Rod Laver Arena on Friday Dec 10th. It was the most amazing concert ... but for me, all Bon Jovi concerts are amazing!
We had really good seats which is always an added bonus.
The video posted above ... says it's the first 10 minutes of the Rod Laver show ... it's not - the band opened with LAST MAN STANDING with Jon on a small stage at the back of the floor ... but thought that I'd share this with you anyway. Just brilliant!

We were meant to go on the Saturday night as well, but unforseen circumstances stopped us ... not happy about it, but am already saving for the next tour ... whenever that will be.

Her Bodyguard by Mallory Kane

MILLS AND BOON ... Intrigue Series
First Published in 2010

Always stubborn and independent, Angela Grayson thought she could take care of herself. Lucas Delancey knew better. Someone was stalking his best friend's little sister, and Lucas wasn't going to leave her side until he knew she was safe. Even though that meant he'd spend torturous hours resisting the curve of her lips.

Angela didn't want a bodyguard. Especially one who'd rejected her after one soul-melting kiss a lifetime ago. But she was in over her head. And she knew she could trust Lucas to protect her. She just didn't know if she trusted him not to break her heart again....

Okay - so I have been disappointed with the last few books I've read, so thought that I would try a totally different genre ...omg what was I thinking????
This book didn't have much to keep me reading except that I hate to say that I couldn't make it right through to the end of the book. Predictable - in a nutshell ... right down to when this couple would make it in to bed, and how they would end up together. Throw in a dodgy wannabe criminal trying to prove himself to daddy dearest who is on trial - need I say more?

Now I know why I stopped reading these books years ago.

RATING : 4/10

Blood Heat by Maria Lima

First Published in 2010
by Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster

Paperback : 351 pages

ISBN : 978 - 1 - 4391 - 6777 - 9

The summer heat wave that’s hit Rio Seco, Texas, has even the vampires complaining, but now that Keira–the Kelly Heir–is home from Vancouver, the weather isn’t the only thing too hot to handle.

Keira should be setting up her court and planning the big reception at which she and her consort, vampire ruler Adam Walker, will receive the magical leaders from the local area, but pomp and circumstance just aren’t Keira’s thing, especially not with trouble smoldering in her domain.

A werewolf couple has mysteriously gone missing from a local pack, and when Keira is asked by their leader to investigate, she finds that some dissatisfied neighbors may have been taking, well, strong action against the wer community–action that could be repeated and could involve Keira and those she loves.
With the reception looming and danger fast blazing out of control, the pressure is on Keira to keep Texas safe for supernaturals. Sometimes, it’s just not that great to be Heir….

I was soooooo looking forward to this book coming out ... when I read the other 3 in the series, I loved every minute of them. The story line had me hooked from the beginning, and through every page right to the end.

With this new installment, I kept turning the page thinking maybe something interesting would happen and captivate me ... but to be honest it didn't. It was only at the end, when they finally got to the reception and began to meet the supernaturals that attended, and then whammo ... something that I didn't see coming - pity there wasn't a few more pages to really wet my appetite.

Personally I think there were way too many 'mind' conversations, long glimpses into thoughts and over length explanations about the history of some of the characters in the book.

I can only hope that when the 5th installment is finally out and I buy it, that I am not disappointed like I was this one.

RATING : 5/10

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

First Published in 2010
by Harper Collins

Paperback : 340 pages

ISBN : 978 - 0 - 00 - 736273 - 8

Hunger for nourishment.

Hunger for touch.

Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.

Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

Okay - I am going to be short and sweet with this ... I didn't like it at all ... I don't mind there being more than 2 or 3 characters that are integral to the story line, but to totally deviate away from the central characters from the other 3 books ... well, let's say I got bored with it. I tried, I really did, but have to say that I wouldn't read it again.

RATING : 4/10

(and I don't care if it is a best seller)

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

First Published in 2009
by Harper Collins

Paperback : 389 pages

ISBN : 13 - 978 - 0 - 00 - 726721 - 7

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

I enjoyed this book ... the devotion of Seth, to do anything to spend eternity with the love of his life Aislinn, who is the Summer Faery Queen. And to watch Keenan watch her suffer, knowing where Seth is, in the hope that she will fall for him and forget about Seth, and make their union an untouchable force in the Faery Kingdom .... well, it happens in real life doesn't it?

I loved the story between Seth and the Faery Queen ... how she takes him under her wing and looks on him as the son she never had.

The downside, well I felt that the story had drifted from the other 2 books ... and was a little disappointed in that aspect of it.