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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland

Posted by Irish in Review0 Comments

Publisher: St. Martin’s
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN: 0312949197
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 352

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

I received this book as part of LibraryThing’s early reviewer program and brought it with me on a recent trip to New Mexico to see my sister. I didn’t get to read it while in NM but I did pull it out on the plan ride home. Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland is the first book in the Phoenix Chronicles starring Elizabeth Phoenix. A psychic who becomes the ‘home base’ so to speak of all the worlds do-gooders in the fight against evil. With the murder of her kindly foster mother she becomes the front person to stop Doomsday from happening. To do so she has to pair up with her ex-boyfriend who she claims to hate. However at the first opportunity she falls right into bed with him…and then keeps falling into bed with him and others.

This review will have spoilers so don’t read on if you don’t want to know.

While I don’t mind sex in a story…I am not a prude…there comes a point where it becomes too much when the book in question isn’t a romance novel. Although there are times when I think even the most devote romance readers would think its too much. The over the top sex was a bit of a turn off. It does nothing to bring the story forward and only served to make me roll my eyes and say ‘oh good lord not again’ when Elizabeth started to peel off her clothes. And its only going to get worse. Because our dear heroine can actually absorb the powers of others through sex. Yeah. That’s right. Way to empower a female heroine there Handeland. Instead I think you set women’s lib back a bit and turn your ‘wants to be tough’ heroine into a cheap slut.

The character of Elizabeth is pretty one dimensional. She hides in a shell that she doesn’t want to break out of. Others….well the two main men in her life…have to force her to accept her so called destiny. And both of which are more than willing to sleep with her in order to “help” her achieve her full potential. Oh please!

The plot is pretty meandering and key points are often explained over and over and over again. Um yeah…I got it the first time but thanks for the 15 replays. Couldn’t have figured it out otherwise. And speaking of figuring out….the main mystery isn’t all that difficult. In fact its down right obvious almost from the very beginning. The only redeeming quality of this book is that it was a quick read. Since there wasn’t much substance and the writing was pretty third grade it was easy to fly through it. Though it was a quick read I think that this will be the first and last book of this series….and quite possibly any other book by Lori Handeland that I ever read. Definitely not a book to buy….only read this if you can get it for free. And even then I wouldn’t rush to read it for there are far better books out there.

Hmm…before I started to right this review I rated the book 3 stars…and then down graded to 2. Now that I am done and read over what I’ve written I think that another downgrade is in order.