Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Any Given Doomsday Review

Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland

(from shelfari.com) 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? 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.

This is a fast, light read but I was unimpressed. I felt it was just fair. There was nothing really special about it. There were some graphic sex scenes that I could have done without but being a romance I shouldn’t have been surprised. I would have preferred more doomsday in the book though. There was a plethora of creatures, beings, monsters and powers introduced in the story, one following right after the other and though I understand the desire to have all sorts of cool powers and monsters I don’t know that the story was strong enough to support them all. They were all just introduced without being explored. Maybe that will happen in the following books but this book doesn’t make me want to bother to find out. There was a lot of talk about doomsday and people dying but it seemed most of it took place somewhere else when we weren’t looking. Phoenix did have to battle a few bad guys but a lot of the time she was locked up in a building while the mayhem was happening outside and we missed it all. I never had a feeling that the world was in trouble or that the bad guy was as menacing as he should have been to be worthy of all the hype he got. The book never made me believe in any of the danger so I never really got involved in the story.

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