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Early to Death, Early to Rise

(Madison Avery #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  5,126 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Seventeen, dead, and in charge of heaven's dark angels—all 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 tha
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published September 3rd 2009)
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Sarah Gonzalez
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!
Heather G Gentle
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Heather Codename: ♕Duchess♕
This book doesn't even rate one star. It was bad.

I don't know what it is about Harrison, but she just cannot write female leads to save her own damn soul. Madison is literally a 17 year old version of Rachel.
Just as obnoxious.
Just as stupid.
Just as naive.

This book started out as a really dumb, quick, beach read. You know, those books that you don't give a second thought to after you finish reading them because they do nothing for you but kill a few hours. After the third chapter, this turned
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanian-books
Why I gave this book 1 Star:
C1 son of a dead puppy
CH 5 being dead sucked dish water
Ch 8 where The devil am i ?
Ch 10 you are an ass , you fricking hit me
Ch12 very caution of my bare feet and my purple hair , exhaling a breath I probably took 5 minutes ago
Ch 13 puppies from Hades
Miss Clara
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Tiana Lamb
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: wobble-sibil
In this book I liked the same things I liked in the first: Madison is quite a good heroine, Barnabas is a cool guy and the swear words are fun ( I love original imprecations!). I liked also that this one is a YA without angst, it's a thing that I really appreciated. But I would have liked to see more Josh around, and I was expecting something more. It's not bad and I've really enjoyed the reading but it doesn't happen so much in there and it's a trilogy so I think that the last one would not be ...more
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. :)
Jan 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, ghosts, ya
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.
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.
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.
Mar 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, series
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.
Eating Between
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOVED just like i love Everything Kim Harrison writes. Perfect amount of darkness snark and kick ass heroine!
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Short, quick read especially since I figured out a couple chapters in that I'd read it before awhile ago.
Chanel Earl
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
A book. Stuff happens and it means things. I like the theme of fate vs choice, but I think it would resonate better if I were a teenager.
Sarah Mangan
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This is the first book in this series that I have read, but I'm a fan of Harrison's Hollows series. While not quite on par with the Hollows series, this was a good read. It's still the same writing style and storytelling, it's just not as fleshed out as the Hollows series. But I feel that's more bc it's aimed at a younger audience than the Hollows. I would recommend reading the first book first as Harrison doesn't do quite as good of a job at covering the basic info of the relevant high points f ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Madison is the dark timekeeper, but determined fate will not decide over choice. She's given a chance to prove that, but how can she convince Barnabas and Nakita? Barnabas has switched sides and isn't exactly comfortable. Nakita is loyal but has more feelings than most dark reapers.

Madison is trying to figure out how best to use her powers, if she can access them at all. Shoe and Ace are her first trial. Will she follow her gut or let what she thinks lead her?

This is a great continuation. Josh d
Jenni V.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
You MUST read the first book (Once Dead, Twice Shy) before reading this because there is no recap and the story jumps right in where we left off. I'm glad I read the first one recently and will look into getting the third one ASAP.

I lose myself quickly so it's a great distraction but that doesn't mean I loved it. It relied too much on what I call the "Dan Brown effect" looks like a character is backed into a corner but turn the page and a brand-new character conveniently shows up to save th
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya
I kinda want to give this 3 stars, because there were some things that frustrated me--mainly pacing--but ultimately I really enjoyed how everything resolved, I just had to work at keeping my focus on the story. Kim Harrison's creative cursing was always great fun in her Hollows series; Madison's alternative swearing is kind of meh, but the reapers' insults to each other are a lot of fun!
Lyndsi Mckay
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The plot to this one was a bit better than the first one, so I'm glad I gave the first book the halfsies. I'm going to finish the last one, if it's a mediocre ending I will be disappointed like I was with the Endgame novels! :)
Rebecca Lien
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: wheel-of-fortune
This book was very entertaining and had a great sense of humor. It was not what I expected to read but it was a good read. It had more romance than I expected.

TArot Card- Sasuraibito Deck- Wheel of Fortune- Fate takes a hand and you just have to roll with it.
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Kim Harrison is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, but she has written more than urban fantasy and has published over two-dozen books spanning the gamut from young adult, thriller, several anthologies, and has scripted two original graphic novels. She has also published traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook. Kim is currently working on a new Hollo ...more

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