Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery #1)
My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.
Madison's prom was killer--literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper--yeah, that kind of reaper; intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the jo...more
Possibly Harrison's biggest faux pas is assuming anyone who picks this book up has automatically read the short story she wrote for Prom Nights From Hell. Even though I have, it was a long time ago and the book just threw me in the deep end. It reads like the third book in a series instead of the first. Not fun.
Also, Harrison really, really sucks at teen-speak. What American teenage boy refers to ...more
The writing was very juvenile. Harrison wrote this ...more
Madison dies her prom night, but she steals an amulet off her killer, which somehow keeps her halfway alive. The amulet gives her a body. The Reaper she stole the amulet off of is now after her. Throw in a semi-love interest, a guardian angel, a dark reaper, a light reaper, timekeepers, etc. and you've got what would seem to be an interesting story. And the story is okay, but there is a disconnect (imo) with this author's writing. It's really matter of fact ...more
There once was a girl, Madison was her name,
After she got scythed back she came.
To change the world; and reapers and keepers of time
And blurr the lines between good and evil and sublime...
Still finding her way and how to do what's right
She's not succeded yet, but trying with all her might...
Imagine you wake up in a morgue and know you have died and you are only around as a solid, non breathing being (albeit without heartbeat) thanks to having stolen an amulet from the guy who s ...more
Madison, who died in a scene that is only referred to but never actually depicted, is the stereotypical, clueless heroine whose biggest concern is in balancing an unwanted angelic ...more
Kim Harrison is the author of the very popular adult paranormal fiction series known as "The Hollows" (it starts with "Dead Witch Walking" and the most recent addition is "The Outlaw Demon Wails") She's trying her funny charm and fiendish imagination on the teenage crowd now, still dealing with what I at least would call paranormal beings--angels. It's a very complex world full of Time Keepers (humans who can ...more
It's got an interesting/different sort of plot going with the Reaper thing, but it starts out in a fairly confusing manner. You sort of get dropped into the story midway through, which is normally a pretty good way to get my attention, but for some reason it didn't work for me with this book. By the time I figured out what was going on, the story was basically over.
Also, I didn't realize this was a YA book. That's my fault, however. Note to self: READ THE BLURB
I'm not trying to trash th ...more
It had a neat type of 'magic' for lack of a better term. No vampires & werewolves, but a heavenly war between predestination & free will. An interesting subject in t ...more
Don't get me wrong, I am intrigued with her writing... it's really ...more
Madison is death. Yep, we get that. Not going to give much details but she was murdered by a dark timekeeper. But instead going to live her life in the afterlife she stole his amulet. With this amulet she ha ...more
I'm not sure why I wasn't as enamored with "Once Dead, Twice Shy", which is the first no ...more
Madison Avery is dead and has been for a while. She managed to snag an artifact from the reaper who killed her that keeps most people from noticing—including her dad. Her main motivation throughout the book is to get her body back, though she's not really clear what she'd do with it once she gets it. Josh Daniels is a truly nice guy that manages to get caught up in Madison's afterlife.
The dynamic between Madison and Josh is ...more
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There are some books in this world which you already know its a waste of time and money to buy or read them, you don't even mark them 'to-read' on goodreads but somehow or the other you get that book, through friends, though library in a most unexpected way and then you are like, "Pfft! Lets just over with you now."
Yup, thats exactly what happened me.
When I got this from my friend, I ...more
I liked Madison's attitude from the very beginning and was glad she remained strong all the way to the end.
I loved the fact that she seemed to embrace all her differences and didn't try to fit in with the in crowd.
I found her a little whinny at times but then what 17 year old isn't.
Grace remineded me so much of Jenks but I will always prefer Jenks.
The story was faced paced, straight in there from ...more
The characters were likable and I enjoyed the concept of light and dark soul reapers. Some of the dialog felt flat and came off short, but not enough to overly annoy.
All in all, Once Dead, Twice Shy was a quick and cute read, enough to get your fil ...more
The thing I found most annoying about this book was how it zoomed through scenes that were VERY important ...more
Anyway, back to the review. This book became one of my favorites but it did have its share of problems. I admired Harrison's writing from start to finish. It was consistently exciting and unexpected throughout the whole book. And although her writing was continually original, I was confused after forty pages. I didn't realize that the short story Harrison wrote-Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper-was connected. It was t ...more
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