Sunday, September 21, 2008

"Any Given Doomsday" Wonderful, Sexy, and Funny Fantasy Ride!

Synopis From B&N.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.



From the very first page, Any Given Doomsday grabbed my attention and pulled me head-long into the story, into the action and adventure and passion going on everywhere. And it didn't let go of me until the very last page, leaving me wanting more, craving the next book in Haneland's newest series, The Phoenix Chronicles. And when I found out it won't be available for another 5 or more months, I was upset-- I can't wait that long to find out what happens to Jimmy and Lizzy! But I guess I'll just have to wait... *SIGH*

This book has everything-- adventure, action, suspense, paranormal *tons of it!*, humor, and of course, hot, wicked sex scenes. Some reviewers said that the latter was too explicit and made the book's over all rating go down, but in my opinion, I thought it was perfectly fine, and it was a part of the book. I mean, yes, it is labeled as an 'urban fantasy' book, but most people know that many of the urban fantasy book written now days are also partially romance books, and depending on the author, you can expect anything from tame love scenes that almost bore you to death to hot and heavy ones, borderline 'erotica' at times. This book falls in the second category, but I thought that Handeland wrote it nicely, giving the reader a nice little subplot of love from the past (That is, Jimmy and Lizzy were hot and heavy, both in love and in sex, when they were teenagers, but something happened, so they split up. Of course, when he returns to town, the fire between them is quickly re-kindled.) If you can't stand the sex, then yeah, maybe this book isn't right for you. But if you like it, or can at least deal with it *even if that means skipping over some of it* then I would suggest this book in a heartbeat.

Lizzy's story is very interesting, almost addicting, and whenever the story twists and turns, you follow right along, hungry for whatever will happen next. She's the only one who can help to save the world from total destruction--and, oh, by the way, all the creatures you had nightmares about as a child, ones that go bump in the night, really do exist. Werewolves? Check. Shapeshifters? Check. Vampires? Check. Various magical and maybe even slightly demonic creatures? Check, check, and check. And they plan on taking over the world in the name of Satan. Bad news for human kind, right? That's where Lizzy comes in. Unfortunately, she just learned all of this, so she has absolutely no idea how to fix any of this. So jump right in, and enjoy the ride as she learns as she goes.

I'd really like to read the next book, because I want to see if Jimmy and Lizzy's complicated relationship can be fixed, if it can, somehow, end up like a regular romance "And they lived happily ever after." Doubtful, at least not without many twists and turns and road blocks along the way, but I can still hope, right? I really want to believe that their love can be completely rebuilt, but you just can't know for sure-- it seems like it could go either way.

And what role will Sawyer play in the future? What's his story? He's a very.. unique character, full of unknown power and ability, and you never know what he'll do next, what he'll say. He hinted to a previous love, but he never says anything past that. I'd really like to know though, and I hope he plays as big of a part in the next book(s), if not bigger. He's sly, but sexy and mysterious, and it makes the reader curious to know more about his story.

4.5/5 stars! A wonderfully written fantasy/romance novel, with action and humor, love and sex...and plenty of paranormal creatures (Though they're almost all evil, instead of sexy like in all the romance books I read...Oh well, I guess you just can't always have it your way, right?!). Honestly, what more could you ask for? Makes me want to go and pick up her other books from her previous paranormal series even more!

~TBQ~

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