Review: It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton

July 15, 2016 Review 0

Review: It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughtonIt Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton
Published by Pyr on July 12, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
Source: Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

Can her magic save the world — before his curse destroys it?

Magic is real. Only a handful of natural-born sorcerers can wield its arcane power against demons, foul creatures, and the forces of darkness. These protectors of the powerless are descendants of an elite order. The best magic-users in the world.

Unfortunately, Dru isn’t one of them.

Sure, she’s got a smidge of magical potential. She can use crystals to see enchantments or brew up an occasional potion. And she can research practically anything in the library of dusty leather-bound tomes she keeps stacked in the back of her little store. There, sandwiched between a pawn shop and a 24-hour liquor mart, she sells enough crystals, incense, and magic charms to scrape by. But everything changes the day a handsome mechanic pulls up in a possessed black muscle car, his eyes glowing red.

Just being near Greyson raises Dru’s magical powers to dizzying heights. But he’s been cursed to transform into a demonic creature that could bring about the end of the world.

Then she discovers that the Harbingers, seven fallen sorcerers, want to wipe the planet clean of humans and install themselves as new lords of an unfettered magical realm. And when they unearth the Apocalypse Scroll, the possibility of a fiery cosmic do-over suddenly becomes very real.

There’s only one chance to break Greyson’s curse and save the world from a fiery Doomsday – and it’s about to fall into Dru’s magically inexperienced hands...

IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY is without a doubt light, quirky, and entertaining urban fantasy. A quick read, IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY has a heroine more comfortable surrounded by books than doing magic, and a hero (anti-hero?) who drives a muscle car. It is not your typical urban fantasy, and that's one of the things I loved about it!

My one big complaint about IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY was the insta-something between Dru and Greyson. She discovers early on that being near him amplifies her magical powers, and this leads to some soul-searching regarding what she wants out of life (sorry to be vague, I'm trying to avoid any kind of spoilers!).

Dru is amazing. She is perfectly human - she sometimes doubts her abilities, but still powers through and goes for it when necessary. The supporting characters of Rane and Opal are amusing, but their seeming inability to focus on anything but Dru's love life, despite the fact that Dru is in the middle of stopping the literal apocalypse, is annoying, and doesn't show much in terms of facets of their characters. Greyson is interesting, a car mechanic who gets wrapped up in a curse, and not familiar with the magical world. His coming to terms with what is happening to him would almost be funny, if you didn't feel so bad for him.

World-building in IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY was light, with many things unexplained, like who knows about magic? It seems out in the open but some of the characters in the book seem totally clueless. The book was definitely a fast read, and I feel like the plot was the focus, and the world-building suffered as a result.

Despite my complaints, IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY was some good urban fantasy - full of action and life or death stakes, it sped by at an enjoyable clip. Dru was an excellent protagonist, with a heart of gold and will of steel, she carried a lot of the book on her merits alone. Overall, a different type of urban fantasy than I normally read, but I liked it regardless.

**Note: I can't find any kind of confirmation on the internet that this is a series, but just to warn you, the ending was a little ambiguous.

Series Titles:

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More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • For another book by the same author, try A CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS.
  • For more urban fantasy with a heroine who likes to consult books, try NIGHT OWLS by Lauren M. Roy.
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