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Review: Any Given Doomsday, Lori Handeland

Elizabeth Phoenix has always had special powers that she has never wanted.  These powers lost her a job in the police force, caused the death of her partner, and made her realize that her first love cheated on her with another woman.  When a beloved friend dies, Elizabeth discovers that she must embrace her powers and even acquire new ones to save the world.

Nothing wrong with that premise.  I thought that there were many problems with this book, though.  I did not like Elizabeth.  It seemed to me that all she wanted was to have sex, over and over again, and not even exclusive sex.  There were far too many scenes of this caliber in this book; roughly half of it seemed to be about Elizabeth’s desire and the fulfillment, or not, of said desire.  I don’t know about you, but that’s not usually what I look for in a book; one or two is fine, but this was just too much.  I get the feeling that she doesn’t actually care about anyone; she seems to interpret lust as love.

The rest of the book is spent learning about various types of magical creatures, both good and bad.  There are way too many of them for one short book.  It’s overwhelming and it’s difficult to be entertained when Elizabeth discovers something new constantly and the reader has to remember all that she’s learned, which isn’t made easy here.

For these reasons, I think this book is meant to be largely set-up for the rest of the series.  It introduces many of Elizabeth’s enemies and her relationships with these two men, but it doesn’t go very far.  It’s a quick read, but I spent a lot of it skimming past the sex and trying to figure out why what I was being told was important.  I don’t think I’d recommend this one, and I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series, either.

Still interested?  Check this book out on Amazon.


6 comments to Review: Any Given Doomsday, Lori Handeland

  • Hahahah…I don’t think you meant to be funny, but you really made me laugh! Needless to say, I won’t be picking up this book anytime soon.

  • Meghan

    I think it was the whole saving the world by having sex bit that really told me this was a series I didn’t want to continue …

  • If the world could be saved by people ahving sex, the world would just be a better and better place.
    I was not one of the 1000 to get this book (wow…what a number) from ER, but it is amazing the variety of opinion on it. I have not checked recently but for awhile there it was pretty even between the
    love/hate votes.

  • I read this one, too. (I’ll be posting my review soon.) It was my first urban fantasy book and probably my last (unless someone has a suggestion of a must-read in this genre). I felt the same about the sex. I just didn’t enjoy this book at all.

  • I read this book and it was not the greatest by any means. I was just looking around to see what others thought of it also. I won’t be reading the rest of the series.

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