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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Finally : A Paranormal That Leaves The Whine Out

Lori opens the new Series "The Phoenix Chronicles" by introducing us to Elizabeth Phoenix; ex-Milwaukee cop, psychic and as we soon find out so, so much more. Elizabeth is very much like you and me, ( paraphrased from back cover) "she's lost her partner, job, a man - bu...
Lori opens the new Series "The Phoenix Chronicles" by introducing us to Elizabeth Phoenix; ex-Milwaukee cop, psychic and as we soon find out so, so much more. Elizabeth is very much like you and me, ( paraphrased from back cover) "she's lost her partner, job, a man - but she keeps going on." And that say just about everything that you'll need to know about this book. "She keeps going on."
We soon find out that the end of the world as we know it is soon coming; and through a variety of things that happen to Elizabeth, she will be the only one to stop it. Lori has set up this world wonderfully, her characters are vividly drawn and perfect, you either sympathize with them, love them , dislike them, or even hate them...Lori knew what she was doing when she wrote them.

A fast paced read, filled with many questions. But unlike some authors, Lori actually take the time to give us enough answers that we never feel frustrated or cheated and leaves just enough unanswered questions to keep us wanting more. Though the characters could certainly bemoan the hand that fate has dealt them, they don't. This makes for a very refreshing read, and may I also mention that Elizabeth is reminiscent to Jessie McQuade, the female lead from "Blue Moon". She's tough, sharp, wise cracking, and funny as hell.

Ms Handeland makes a point of mentioning Laurell K Hamilton and wanting to write urban fantasy. Well I'm here to tell you that Lori has outdone herself, let me explain: When Liz gained a new power from sex magic (yes that's how she gains new powers), she does get a bit upset with the new status quo. She had never wanted any power to start with and had hoped there was a way to get rid of it...(sound familiar to you yet? Does Ms Hamilton's character Richard come to mind?) but this from her mentor/sex magic partner Sawyer, brought it into context for her - "Did it occur to you that if you don't follow your destiny, if you become the normal woman you think you wish to be, the world you wish to be normal in will no longer exist?" And with this one simple deep thought and phrase Liz accepts who and what she is. I wish Ms Hamilton would take a page from Ms Handleland and realize that her characters need to learn this lesson.

I encourage you to read this first book in this new and exciting series. I know I will be waiting with bated breath for the next installment "Doomsday Can Wait", to be released in May of 2009.

posted by Dianne57 on October 25, 2008

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Any Given Doomsday -- Not what it's cracked up to be

I received this book as an early reviewer. I wanted to like it but after the first two chapters I wanted to throw it away. If you like fantasy, vampires or any other creatures of this genre then I cannot recommend this book. I won't spend any time writing a synopsis ...
I received this book as an early reviewer. I wanted to like it but after the first two chapters I wanted to throw it away. If you like fantasy, vampires or any other creatures of this genre then I cannot recommend this book. I won't spend any time writing a synopsis as others have already done a fabulous job. I will say the book was shallow and juvenile (but certainly NOT suited for teen reading). Full of soap opera scripted language that was tiring to read. The sex/rape scenes were long and cheapened the plot. The parade of vacuous characters became almost pitiful. You could have deleted 3/4ths of the book and not missed a thing.

posted by Anonymous on September 25, 2008

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    New urban fantasy

    Fast,easy read. Interesting characters and plot. Graphic sex is used as a major plot mover. Some of the minor characters and background plot were underdeveloped. It seemed to be quickly plotted and I wished I knew more about Phoenix and her world. But all in all I am looking forward to the sequel.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Solid, original paranormal story

    This was a good start to what will hopefully be an exciting and original new series. There are a lot of urban fantasy series out there right now, but Handeland manages to put a new spin on the conventions of the genre. The characters are the strongest part of this book--both the main and supporting characters are original, complex and carefully drawn. The world-building is very well done and the premise is intriguing and has a lot of potential for sequels, while at the same time pointing to a series arc that should have a definite end point. The weakness is the plotting; while the story is exciting and moves along at a good pace, if often requires the characters to accept extraordinary circumstances far too quickly and the pacing often feels off. Also, a warning: Handeland is probably best known for romance, but while there are the usual romantic entanglements and trysts with supernatural men founds in these types of novels, anyone looking for a happy romantic ending will be disappointed.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    Mixed bag of nuts

    I¿m not really sure how I feel about this book. I found it extremely entertaining, never once did I get bored with it but towards the end it started to get a bit cheesy. Lizzy Phoenix is an ex-cop who has the survival of the human race on her shoulders. She is a seer who has been gifted w/ empathic abilities. Her foster mom sacrificed herself so Lizzy could inherit her powers and become even more powerful. Lizzy is forced to deal w/ new revelations about the paranormal while simultaneously juggling fighting the Nephilim and also the man that stole her heart. This book does have quite a bit of action, lots of sex (not all of it was necessary) and lots of mythical, as well as mystical creatures. I don¿t know why authors seem to follow the same format of having the protagonist not know about the paranormal community, but they have special powers that they aren¿t really sure what to do w/, something happens to them and now they believe¿¿anyway despite these issues I am still looking forward to reading book two.

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

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    Readable urban fantasy

    I enjoyed this book. It's not great literature, but it is a fun paranormal romp. I thought the world building was interesting. The magic is similar to other stories (let's face it, there are only so many ways to describe demons and shapeshifters and the like) but Handeland came up with enough twists to keep things entertaining. I'm looking forward to her next installment.

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  • Posted November 29, 2008

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    Any Given Doomsday

    Elizabeth Phoenix knows she is psychic. It's one of the reasons she lost her job as a police officer. However there is much Elizabeth does not know, which she only starts to suspect when she rushes to the home of her foster mother, only to find the woman who raised her bleeding and dying on the floor. Everything in Elizabeth's life is about to change. When a werewolf pays her a threatening visit one night, she begins to realize just how much it's going to change. Now Elizabeth Phoenix is human-kind's best chance at survival and all she needs to do is find out how to use her powers to save the world and the man she loves.<BR/><BR/>This paranormal romance starts off solidly, easily keeping the reader's interest with a plot that reads more like an urban fantasy than a romance - except of course for the cookie-cutter tough-chick protagonist and hottie bad-boy love interest. Even the first love scene plays nicely into the supernatural atmosphere and seems an integral part of the story. However, once the author reveals that our heroine needs to "sleep" her way into her powers, the plot swiftly turns into nothing more than a flimsy vehicle to just make sure our protagonist ends up in a lot of beds through the course of the series. Taken as a whole this was just an OK read for me.

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