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Warning, this review is littered with lots of spoilers.

I have what some might describe as an irrational hatred towards J.W. McKenna’s book, Darkest Hour, and have had for a few years now.

This book is part of the reason why I started blogging in the first place. I hated it so much, I needed an outlet to rant about it, and in those days, criticism of an author’s book on a group list (especially within the e-pub lists) were tantamount to flaming.

Anyway, I realised when I was doing my Pet Peeves list the other day, that I’ve never actually sat down and tried to review this book. Well today, I’m going to attempt to correct that particular imbalance.

Here’s the official blurb for the book from Amazon: (more…)

Risk by Ann Christopher.

Risk is the first book by Ms Christopher that I’ve read, and I was very eager to read it because the premise of the story intrigued me very much. Unfortunately, this was one of those cases in which my personal baggage interfered severely with my potential enjoyment of the novel.

A spark of desire

Fine and fearless, Justus Robinson doesn’t hesitate to hit on gorgeous law student Angela Dennis at his brother’s wedding, even though she’s the bride’s sister. That night the two share an unforgettably sexy dance, but nothing more–until ten years later, when a tragedy reunites them.

A test of love

Angela has barely healed from a breakup when her sister and brother-in-law are killed in an accident. Sharing their grief, Justus and Angela discover they are still attracted to each other. But when they find themselves competing to adopt their orphaned young niece, their rekindled passion is sorely tested. Justus is determined to raise the child even if it means alienating the woman he’s never stopped wanting. Reeling from loss and tormented by her desire for Justus, Angela makes a drastic move—one that will change the lives of everyone involved.

As usual, the blurb has more than a few things wrong: Angela gets dumped on a Friday evening, her sister and brother in law die in a car accident that same weekend—how much healing can she have done? I’ll say pretty much zero. As for the ‘rekindled passion’ bit… *put upon sigh* (more…)

Oh How Wonderful…

Thursday, July 10, 2008
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A 12-year-old panda, evacuated from the earthquake-stricken Wolong panda research centre in China’s Sichuan province, has given birth to two cubs.

The cubs were the first pandas to be born in 2008.

The first baby, born on Sunday morning, was taken away by staff members for measurements and other tests. The baby was said to weigh 170grams.

The second baby was born around 30 minutes later and was carried around by Guo Guo in her mouth.

The happy occasion took place in Ya’an, Sichuan province, where Guo Guo was transferred from the quake-stricken Wolong panda reserve.

Guo Guo had been frightened by the May 12 quake and had escaped from the centre but staff found her a day later and brought her back to the reserve

Gosh, they are just miracles aren’t they?