Friday, November 7, 2008
I've never had the pleasure of reading any of Lori Handeland's novels until I entered to win an advance readers copy of her new series the Phoenix Chronicles. I also signed up to read her short story In the Beginning which is a story of the heroine, Elizabeth Phoenix's, life before the first book Any Given Doomsday. I have read this first book in the series and will be reviewing it too but I wanted to say that you should really signed up and get the short story before you read the book Any Given Doomsday because it would help you understand Elizabeth Phoenix so much better. Here is the direct link to where you can sign up to receive a digital copy of short story In the Beginning. I read it before I read the first book and I have to say that it was very good and helped me get to know Elizabeth Phoenix more as a character and it gave me insight into her personality before getting into the really book about her life.
Now on to my review of Any Given Doomsday which like I said is my first novel by Lori Handeland but it definitely won't be my last because she has got me hooked! Elizabeth Phoenix is one complexed character that had my complete attention since the beginning in the short story and in the first book. I felt like I understood her more as I began the novel and I knew more about her past as the novel got more interesting and very informative. I also love to read paranormal romances because they are full of all these historical myths and legends that have always made me wonder if they were actually real. It is so interesting how each paranormal romance author that I've read has such a different view on all these mythical and legendary creatures that may or may not be real. There is so much mystery and suspense in this novel as Liz gets more involved into the supernatural world that has been apart of her entire life but something she has never really wanted to believe in.
The death of her beloved foster mother was the thing that has sent her on the new path to what she was meant to be her entire life. Her first love Jimmy is part of this new life but she isn't all that happy with him because he broke and tore her heart from her chest long ago. He is also suspect in the murder of Ruthie her foster mother but she doesn't believe that Jimmy would kill Ruthie because he loved her just as much as she did. Jimmy opens Liz's eyes to a supernatural war that has raged since the dawn of time in which innocent people are hunted by malevolent beings disguised as humans. This has totally blown her mind and she has a hard time accepting it but then things start to happen that show that this is real and it is happening. Only a chosen few have the ability to fight their evil, and Jimmy believes Liz is among them and now with her senses heightened, new feelings are rising within Liz—ones that re-ignite her dangerous attraction to Jimmy.
This attraction could be very deadly to Liz because Jimmy has a secret that will rock Liz to her core…and put the survival of the human race in peril. Now doesn't that capture your attention and make you want this novel so much more than you thought possible? Well if not it should because you would be missing out on a wonderful series that gets only better with each novel in the series. The second book in the series called Doomsday Can Wait comes out in May 2009 which is not that long of a wait and the third book in the series Apocalypse Happens comes out in the Fall of 2009. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
ANY GIVEN DOOMSDAY $ 6.99 (Book 1)(343 Pages)
Darkness will summon her…
Elizabeth Phoenix once used her unique skills as a psychic to help in the Milwaukee Police Department's fight against injustice. But when Liz's foster mother is found viciously murdered—and Liz is discovered unconscious at the scene—her only memory of the crime comes in the form of terrifying dreams...of creatures more horrific than anything Liz has seen in real life. What do these visions mean? And what in the world do they have to do with her former lover, Jimmy Sanducci?
To places she's never been before…
While the police question Jimmy in the murder, Jimmy opens Liz's eyes to a supernatural war that has raged since the dawn of time in which innocent people are hunted by malevolent beings disguised as humans. Only a chosen few have the ability to fight their evil, and Jimmy believes Liz is among them. Now, with her senses heightened, new feelings are rising within Liz—ones that re-ignite her dangerous attraction to Jimmy. But Jimmy has a secret that will rock Liz to her core…and put the survival of the human race in peril.…

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