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    I wanted to like this book, I really did And for the first 40 pages, I thought I was looking at one type of novel, when it suddenly turned into something else The improbably named Elizabeth Phoenix is a psychic ex cop, working a dead end job out of guilt for getting her partner killed when she suddenly she finds out her foster mother and mentor has been murdered I thought this would be a mystery, trying to find out who killed Ruthie, the foster mother.See all the info about her being an ex co I wanted to like this book, I really did And for the first 40 pages, I thought I was looking at one type of novel, when it suddenly turned into something else The improbably named Elizabeth Phoenix is a psychic ex cop, working a dead end job out of guilt for getting her partner killed when she suddenly she finds out her foster mother and mentor has been murdered I thought this would be a mystery, trying to find out who killed Ruthie, the foster mother.See all the info about her being an ex cop et al Just forget all about it, because Elizabeth certainly does Not once after this beginning does she exhibit any behavior remotely cop like and indeed she borders on the too stupid to live heroine who constantly insists she can take care of herself, yet her actions lead her intoanddanger.I suppose the author intends to portray Elizabeth as ...


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    I was really hoping to enjoy this book Considering the books I normally read, this seemed a perfect fit to me Unfortunately, it falls a little short of my expectations for a good urban fantasy read I don t expect great literature, but I do want believable characters, fast paced action, and scary monsters.I couldn t relate to the protagonist, Elizabeth Phoenix, a psychic ex cop turned bartender I also didn t care about the relationship between her and her childhood love, Jimmy Sarducci I wi I was really hoping to enjoy this book Considering the books I normally read, this seemed a perfect fit to me Unfortunately, it falls a little short of my expectations for a good urban fantasy read I don t expect great literature, but I do want believable characters, fast paced action, and scary monsters.I couldn t relate to the protagonist, Elizabeth Phoenix, a psychic ex cop turned bartender I also didn t care about the relationship between her and her childhood love, Jimmy Sarducci I will not be going into my problems with the names I know he is supposed to be the bad boy type, but really, he s just not like able and I couldn t understand or believe the attraction.The mystery starts off right at the beginning when Elizabeth s friend and former guardian is found murdered She discovers that Ruthie was a seer that helped demon killers find their prey and somehow passed her gifts on to Liz The middle was a little slow while Elizabeth com...


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    Any Given Doomsday starts out great Psychic Elizabeth Phoenix is working her bartender job when her instincts tell her to get out And something pulls her home To find the woman who raised her had been murdered.This is where the book loses me Elizabeth discovers that people aren t what they seem Including Ruthie, and two men from her past Jimmy Sawyer She is informed that the classic battle of good vs evil is being waged right in front of her she never knew it But with Ruthie Any Given Doomsday starts out great Psychic Elizabeth Phoenix is working her bartender job when her instincts tell her to get out And something pulls her home To find the woman who raised her had been murdered.This is where the book loses me Elizabeth discovers that people aren t what they seem Including Ruthie, and two men from her past Jimmy Sawyer She is informed that the classic battle of good vs evil is being waged right in front of her she never knew it But with Ruthie s death, she must step up to the plate lead the warriors to victory.Good vs Evil Sounds pretty basic, right The numerous mythical creatures lost me And I didn t really care enough...


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    Any Given Doomsday is about Elizabeth Phoenix and her introduction to the war between good an evil Elizabeth has been psychic as long as she can remember If she touches something she gets visions or glimpses about whatever it is she s touching She tried joining the police force to put her abilities to good use However, in the end her gift caused her to leave the force after the death of her partner One day changes her life forever when she visits Ruthie, the woman who took her off the stree Any Given Doomsday is about Elizabeth Phoenix and her introduction to the war between good an evil Elizabeth has been psychic as long as she can remember If she touches something she gets visions or glimpses about whatever it is she s touching She tried joining the police force to put her abilities to good use However, in the end her gift caused her to leave the force after the death of her partner One day changes her life forever when she visits Ruthie, the woman who took her off the streets as a chil...


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    This book disappointed me terribly Not because it was lousy, but because it started out strong, then hit one of my triggers and couldn t seem to redeem itself after that The story is very fast paced, and the heroine is appealing, with a sassy yet self deprecating manner Elizabeth Phoenix has always been psychic, but when her foster mother dies, she becomes somethinga seer able to detect the true forms and human faces of the monsters that plague our world With her in this fight again This book disappointed me terribly Not because it was lousy, but because it started out strong, then hit one of my triggers and couldn t seem to redeem itself after that The story is very fast paced, and the heroine is appealing, with a sassy yet self deprecating manner Elizabeth Phoenix has always been psychic, but when her foster mother dies, she becomes somethinga seer able to detect the true forms and human faces of the monsters that plague our world With her in this fight ...


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    I love paranormal fiction, but the genre is littered with poorly executed stories Any Given Doomsday is one of them I don t like giving bad reviews, but because this was a free advance reading copy I feel like I have to write something about it The basic premise is great powerful evil bad guys of various forms trying to take over the world and a federation of good guys with unusual abilities led by seers trying to save humanity The author took this premise and added a strong heroine, a li I love paranormal fiction, but the genre is littered with poorly executed stories Any ...


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    I had limited expectations for this book after reading Handeland s Nightcreature series While I enjoyed the werewolf books, they were simple romances at their core, late night snacks rather than five course meals I picked up Any Given Doomsday largely on a whim I didn t even intend to read the book that night, but then I couldn t stop The book just moves that fast.In Doomsday Handeland stretches her wings to craft a fuller tale, consisting of two chief elements the romance and the thriller I had limited expectations for this book after reading Handeland s Nightcreature series While I enjoyed the werewolf books, they were simple romances at their core, late night snacks rather than five course meals I picked up Any Given Doomsday largely on a whim I didn t even intend to read the book that night, but then I couldn t stop The book just moves that fast.In Doomsday Handeland stretches her wings to craft a fuller tale, consisting of two chief elements the romance and the thriller I would say she satisfies on both counts First, in the character Elizabeth Pho...


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    I had much higher hopes for this book than what were met I enjoy the odd paranormal thriller, mystery, etc., but this book simply did not deliver The premise of this book is that Elizabeth Phoenix discovers upon the death of her foster mother that she is now responsible for leading the worldwide fight against evils of all sorts Vampires, demons, berserkers, they re all here Theoretically, these might be the elements of a good story, but those elements are never actually drawn together into a I had much higher hopes for this book than what were met I enjoy the odd paranormal thriller, mystery, etc., but this book simply did not deliver The premise of this book is that Elizabeth Phoenix discovers upon the death of her foster mother that she is now responsible for leading the worldwide fight against evils of all sorts Vampires, demons, ber...


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    Quite a number of today s urban fantasy books toy with the vampire myths and werewolf stories to modernize them and make themrelevant When I started reading this novel, I new I had to suspend disbelief Elizabeth Phoenix is the heroine who grew up in foster care and grew into a tough young woman and cop According to the short story, In the Beginning, Elizabeth is well known in her department as partially psychic she has the ability to touch items and see what happened to the owners of Quite a number of today s urban fantasy books toy with the vampire myths and werewolf stories to modernize them and make themrelevant When I started reading this novel, I new I had to suspend disbelief Elizabeth Phoenix is the heroine who grew up in foster care and grew into a tough young woman and cop According to the short story, In the Beginning, Elizabeth is well known in h...


  10. says:

    This was an Early Reviewer book from LibraryThing.I suspected I might be in trouble when I read the author s note on the back of the book, citing Laurel K Hamilton as her biggest influence I don t mind some romance thrown in with my paranormal action adventure, but Hamilton has never really struck me as the world s greatest wordsmith Still, since I was asked to review the book, I thought I d give it a go I m sorry to say I didn t like it much.The characters are very one dimensional they are This was an Early Reviewer book f...


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Any Given Doomsday (Phoenix Chronicles, #1) 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 Dreamsof Creatures 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.