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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Doomsday Can Wait (Phoenix Chronicles, Bk 2) by Lori Handeland

A few days ago I said that I was having trouble finishing Doomsday Can Wait. After finally finishing it, I'm ready to talk about it.

The problem with Doomsday can Wait is not the plot, or the characters, or the world building. All of those things are well done.

The problem with this book is pacing. I think. The characters just kind of wander around without a plan. Other books have their characters do that, too, so that by itself isn't a bad thing. But it doesn't work in this book.

Before I begin talking about specific things, I should give you the official blurb:

It took the near annihilation of humanity for Liz Phoenix to understand the true meaning of her premonitions. Liz is one of the sacred few on earth who has the psychic powers to fight the malevolent forces that have tried to wipe out the human race since the beginning of time. She battled these beings once, thwarting Doomsday but losing most of her soldiers in the massacre. Now she must replenish her troops quickly—because the supernatural war isn’t over yet.

As the new leader of the federation, Liz is marked for death by a Navajo witch with a link to her past. To survive, she must rely on her few remaining allies—her mentor, a shaman with too many secrets, as well as ex-lover, Jimmy Sanducci. Bringing Jimmy into the mix is a dangerous move, for Liz’s darkest desires are razor-sharp—and her longing for Jimmy is at a fever pitch. But can Liz afford to give into the cravings that burn inside her, with the next shot at Doomsday just around the corner? This time, if evil wins, chaos will reign—and the world as we know it will be lost forever…

The big question right now is whether I will read the next book, Apocalypse Happens, when it is released in November. The answer is that I don't know. I will leave it on my Anxiously Awaiting list for now, but I'm not sure if I'll read the next book or not.

I gave the first book in this series an 8 of 10. I'm going to have to give this book a 4 of 10, and the series a 5 of 10.

Book Rating: 4 of 10
Series Rating: 5 of 10

1. Any Given Doomsday
2. Doomsday Can Wait
3. Apocalypse Happens
4. Chaos Bites


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