Book #98 was Any Given Doomsday, the first book in Lori Handeland’s Phoenix Chronicles. The back of the book reads:
Elizabeth Phoenix once used her unique skills as a psychic to help in the Milwaukee Police Departmentâ€™s fight against injustice. But when Lizâ€™s foster mother is found viciously murderedâ€”and Liz is discovered unconscious at the sceneâ€”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 Lizâ€™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 Lizâ€”ones that re-ignite her dangerous attraction to Jimmy. But Jimmy has a secret that will rock Liz to her coreâ€¦and put the survival of the human race in peril.
I received this through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer’s Group, which had an extremely large batch of 1500 books to give away. As the reviews started trickling in from other users, I got a little concerned… they were all bad! But now that I’ve read this, I think that most of those reviews were from people who don’t read much paranormal fiction, if any at all, and aren’t familiar with the genre. I didn’t think this was that bad… I liked the premise of the ultimate struggle between good and evil, between different groups of fallen angels. It was a new spin on your typical vampire/werewolf/other-bitey-scary-thing storyline. The story moved pretty well for most of the book, and while there was a good amount of sex (which was one of the complaints I saw a lot), I thought it fit into the story and wasn’t particularly gratuitous.
It did have some problems. I would have liked to have learned more about Liz’s time as a cop because I found myself forgetting that she had that background and was probably more capable than your average female being thrown into these circumstances. And unfortunately, the ending was pretty weak. The story started to fall apart as the conclusion nears, and the crucial final events end up coming off as rushed. But overall, I liked it enough that I would read the next book in the series.
I somehow ended up with two advanced reader copies of this book, so stay tuned — I plan to give them away very soon!
Page count: 352 | Approximate word count: 96,800