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Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery #2)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  4,112 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Seventeen, dead, and in charge of heaven's dark angelsall itching to kill someone.

Madison Avery's dreams of ever fitting in at her new school died when she did. Especially since she was able to maintain the illusion of a body, deal with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, bring the reaper who killed her to his untimely end. Not exactly in-crowd material. It's amazing that
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published September 3rd 2009)
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Sarah Snyder
Sadly, this is the only Kim Harrison series I have read, so I have nothing to compare it to, but Harrison is spot on with the Madison Avery books. I love the concept behind these books - the argument between which is right choice or fate? The characters are also fabulous and entirely unforgettable. Madison - the protagonist is the Dark Time Keeper, who just happens to be dead. She is in control of the dark reapers and Barnabas, who has gone rouge. Her entourage is simply hilarious, I love when N ...more
Good sequel!
Enjoyed it as much as the first.
Not much to say since it just continued from where the last one left off.
It was obvious that Madisons and Josh's relationship was going to develop! And I've grown to love Nikita she would be an awesome and very loyal trustworthy friend and I found myself sympathising for her more and more as I grew to know her better.
This series is fresh and has some kick ass twists!
When we last left our heroine, Madison Avery had just discovered that she is the new dark timekeeper in charge of an army of Seraphim, angels of death charged to reap souls before they can sin enough to be sent to hell. Madison is convinced that she can intervene before the fateful moment, saving lives and giving people a choice to change for the better. Together with a dark reaper, a grim reaper, and her own messenger cherub, Madison fights to prove herself as the new dark timekeeper, all while ...more
Heather G Gentle
I really like the concept and the story but for some reason with these books I am having a hard time connecting with the characters. Unusual for me for a Kim Harrison book because the Rachel Morgan books are some of my all time favorites...
But... still really enjoyed it! Would probably give 3.5
Miss Clara
This was a very short read for me. I felt like a kid but I knew I shouldn't think as such because the topic here involves greater things than dolls and toy trucks.

Here's Madison, still dead. Trying to save the whole world. Well, she's only on one mission in this book. I've forgotten all about the previous story since it was a long time ago. But I remember it was pretty good.

Anyway, what I love about this one is the conflicting ideas between saving a life and saving a soul. Apparently, if you're
This is completely off the radar for most people, and I think that is just plain wrong.
So I'm here to tell you! yes you, reading this, that you must give this series a shot!
It really surprised me how much I really got into this and entertained by it.

It's such a simple plot really, and I mean that actually because I swear these books only take place around one event, and then despite this, the characters, the rhythm, the creativity, just everything fit so nicely and made it come together so well
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Madison just learned that she is the dark timekeeper and that she is in charge of all the dark reapers who all follow the guidelines of fate. But Madison doesn't believe in fate; she believes in choice and she think that its time for a major change. You see, the dark reapers reap the souls of those who will do very bad things in the future. But Madison thinks that if she can convince them to make the right choice, they could save th
2nd in the "Madison Avery" series - and the last one I'll read. The characters are downright unlikable. Madison is a little miss know it all and dumb as a lamp post. She wants to change the way dark reapers and light repears do things but she can't even keep Nakita and Barnabas from arguing or manage one reap without making a huge mess of things because she acts first and thinks later. And most of the book is made up of them - Madison, Barnabas, Nakita and Grace - arguing. About every single, si ...more
I realized after I started on it that this is clearly not the first book in the story. I liked a lot of the characters, but thought the boyfriend, Josh, was a complete throwaway. As in, way too much time was devoted to talking about someone so irrelevant. Lots more potential with Barnabas and Paul.

As for the story itself, it took a little while to figure out what was going on, but I thought the premise was interesting. There was a bit of fridge logic, though, with the fact that most of the story
Well... It starts out with inconsistencies. I really do NOT like those. However, the story is tight and the characters likable - even the bad ones have something to like, just as they do in real life, and even the good ones have bad sides. Again: as in real life. I love the mythology Harrison has created here and I enjoy reading about Madison and all the people around her. I look forward to getting the next instalment, too. :)
I am done with this series now. I thought the first was very sub par, this book being a make or break for me. Really the only good thing that I can say about it, is that with only a little over 200 pages it is a fast read, but I was bored while reading it. I would have gave it up but I honestly thought it would get better, sadly it didn't happen for me.
Tiana Lamb
The book early to death early to rise by Kim Harrison is a great book. There is action,humor,world building,strong female characters,true friendship,and a bit of realistic romance. So what the book is about this girl named Madison and she is a dark timekeeper and she needs to keep a guy from sending a virus Out and killing everybody in a hospital but she got the wrong person. I picked up this book because it had death in it and it looked interesting .I recommend this book to supernatural action ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I finished this is one sitting and was only pleased with it. Nothing was wrong with the writing and plot, I guess I just expected more to happen. The plot was really only 1 day in Madison's life. Overall it was fairly good and entertaining at points. I just wished it could've been longer.
N.L. Riviezzo
Madison is growing on me. I wasn't sure about her in the prior book but I appreciated the growth she made through out this novel. She is really coming into her own. I liked this installment of the series more so than the last and look forward to the next book.
It is not good as what I had expected. That sounds sad to me. Everything went too perfect and that what I DISLIKED the most. For me, this is too much drama.
Short, quick read especially since I figured out a couple chapters in that I'd read it before awhile ago.
Feb 01, 2012 Marsha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adults
(3.5 out of 5 stars) "Early to Death, Early to Rise" was a slightly b etter read than the first book in the series. I have a better handle of what is troubling me about the writing and what things I enjoy about the story line.

Madison is trying her best to adjust to life as the new Timekeeper. The other timekeeper, Ron is training his apprentice, Paul and he has a disdain like his master for Madison. Meanwhile, Nakita and Barnabas are trying to fit into Allison's life by acting as exchange studen
A couple of pages in I realized that this was in fact the second book in a series and if I wasn't so focused on trying to read my own books right now I would have gone back and tried to interlibrary loan the first one, however a couple more pages in and I realized that they really did fill you in on everything you needed to know and it was going to be quite easy to figure out what was going on.

Madison is the new Dark Time Keeper. Typically Dark Time Keepers send someone to scythe someone before
Brandi ;)
Some reason I really liked the first book. I liked Madison and thought the story was a unique one and a bit different than a lot of others I've read. It felt like this could possibly go somewhere....I was eager to read this second book to the series. My eagerness quickly dissipated after the second chapter. I had forgotten a lot of the 1st book, not something that normally happens, and I found the timekeeper/angel/grimreaper thing to be a bit too much this time. I kept getting confused and felt ...more
More like 3.5. I liked this one more than the first :)

This is the second book in the Madison Avery Trilogy and it does not disappoint! The story picks up with Madison learning how to handle her responsibilities as the new dark timekeeper, while finding a way to change a system that has been the same for thousands of years. Change like that does not happen easily, and Madison and Co. are in for quite an adventure!

This book deals with an ultimate dilemma: Fate or Choice. The seraphs give Madison a
E.J. Stevens
Don't fear the Reaper? Madison Avery may be dead but that doesn't stop her from trying to do the right thing. Accompanied by her angel and reaper friends, Madison tries to change a system she doesn't believe in while struggling to learn her new timekeeper powers and stay out of detention. As an insanely huge fan of Kim Harrison's The Hollows urban fantasy series I had high expectations for her new Madison Avery series. Harrison doesn't disappoint. While this series is young adult it has all the ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

A fabulous sequel to Once Dead, Twice Shy! An exciting story from beginning to end that had me glued to the book until I was finished. Once again Kim Harrison finished off with a nice, neat, satisfactory ending without the use of a cliffhanger, though leaving the loose threads and plot direction for the next and what may be the last book of a trilogy. All the characters from book one return so that even though we've had to wait a whole year for this book, t
D.C. Menard
Ahh another tale of Madison Avery, dead and in charge of dark reapers, a situation she never saw herself in, not only because she never believed in reapers before her death, but also because she doesn't believe in fate (which is her job as a dark timekeeper, to ensure fate is followed by scything a soul before it is sullied).

In this book Madison discovers that just because she doesn't believe in fate, doesn't mean that she can't do her job. She works to save, not only the soul of a mark, but als
I absolutely loved Early to Death, Early to Rise. And I don’t know if you know it already, but I’m a huge fan of this series. HUGE. So after reading the first book Once Dead, Twice Shy I could not believe I had to wait till 2011 to read the sequel. And yes I do admit that I did a happy dance when the sequel arrived at my doorstep.

Madison, oh Madison, what can I tell you about her. A kick ass heroine, who’s considerate and at times very hilarious. All of the characters in this story are fantastic
K. Bird
***Review based on Advanced Reader Copy***

I'm a big fan of Harrison's early Rachel Morgan Witch Series, so it was with high expectations that I opened this second in a new YA series about Madison, a teen killed and brought back as The Dark Timekeeper, or the "boss" of angels dispatched to kill (and thus save the soul) of humans who are about to commit some grave crime.

The writing was competent, the characters full of potential (especially the Dark Angel Nakita and her nemesis, former light Angel
This my second attempt with this series I really liked the idea and I’m a fan of writer Harrison’s adult series but I just couldn’t get into ETDETR. Which is a shame because I really, really wanted to like this series. Reading the synopsis it pumps you and you can’t wait to read what happens. The premise I liked the whole good and evil power struggle and the twist our protagonist is the dark time-keeper. The dynamic of her as the new boss coming in and trying to change the system for the better. ...more
Madison is the new Dark timekeeping. Much to her disliking I might add. Trying to change the way the heavens have been doing things since the beginning of time isn't as easy as she might think. Especially while she is constantly finding herself in the middle of Nakita, a dark angel, and Barnabus, a once light angel gone grim. The three of them working together is next to impossible. Determined not to give into a fate Madison doesn't believe in, she is out to prove there is another way. That ever ...more
Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison is the sequel to Once Dead, Twice Shy. The narrator is a teenage girl named Madison who suddenly has the fate of sinners in her hands. It's a lot of responsibility, and she doesn't agree with how she is supposed to deal with them.

"Now it's my responsibility to send a dark reaper to end a person's earthy existence. The idea is to save their soul at the cost of their life. Fate, the seraphs would say. But I don't believe in fate; I believe in choice, w
Madison is now the official Dark Timekeeper, but the rules already set in stone don’t quite cut it for her and she is determined to change things. While still trying to find her body, she will work with Barnabas, former Light reaper and Nakita Dark reaper to try change the fate of those meant to do terrible things, and save their lives – and souls – in the process. Impossible task made even harder by Paul, rising Light Timekeeper, and his mentor Ron who are mind-set to ruin Madison’s attempts.

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I'd rather not beat around the bush with this one. It was such a thin book but it took me FOREVER to finish. I found myself struggling to pay attention and forcing myself to continue on. In the first book in this series Once Dead Twice Shy I was completely enthralled the whole time. Not only was there a full plot, but there were also sub plots that kept the story going. I honesty can not say the same thing for this one. Even the main character Madison, was watered down this time ar
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