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Any Given Doomsday
The Phoenix Chronicles, Book 1

Lori Handeland















St. Martin's Paperbacks

Release Date:
November 4, 2008

Paranormal Romance


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Reviewed by
Jennifer Ray

Review Posted:
October 2008


Upon the death of her foster mother, a mysterious and ancient power is passed to Elizabeth Phoenix.  She’s always been psychic, but now her powers have grown and she learns she is now the leader of a secret force that fights against an evil supernatural force who would destroy mankind.  Oh, and her warriors just happen to be supernatural too.

Not only that, but now she must work closely with her childhood friend and ex-lover, Jimmy Sanducci – a man she would be happy to never lay eyes on again.

Now that she has, she can’t deny the effect the man still has on her libido, curse him.  His supernatural senses let him sense just how much, too.

But which side is Jimmy really on?  Is he really fighting for the good side or will the secrets in his past threaten them all?  Can Elizabeth master her new abilities quickly enough to save the world?

I have never read Lori Handeland before, but with just one book, I’m a fan!  ANY GIVEN DOOMSDAY is an auspicious start to a very promising new series, and I cannot wait to read the next installment of THE PHOENIX CHRONICLES.

With Elizabeth Phoenix, we have one kick-butt heroine – the kind that is full of good but with enough foibles she feels real to the reader.  Yeah, she’s a decent person who wants the best for everyone, but she isn’t without her own issues. 

Written in first person, the tale is told entirely from Elizabeth’s perspective, and is very much her story.  That would make sense, given the series name, I suppose.  LOL  While some readers may shy away from books written in first person, that viewpoint works very well for this book, as you are really immersed fully in Elizabeth’s head, experiencing every event along with her.  The lack of omniscient view keeps the suspense high, and kept me turning the pages as quickly as I could read.

Although the book is Elizabeth’s story, her relationship with Jimmy figures greatly in the plot.  The chemistry between these two is palpable, and no matter what happens between them, you find yourself hoping they can work it out in the end.

In the style of series books like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry saga, Elizabeth Phoenix’s story is an ongoing one that will be continued in the next book.  While ANY GIVEN DOOMSDAY wraps up some mysteries, there is very definitely an ongoing storyline that I expect will not be completed for several books.  I will definitely be coming back for more when the next edition of this addictive paranormal series releases!



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