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Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  10,574 Ratings  ·  892 Reviews

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 job, M

Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published May 22nd 2009)
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Aug 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the worst books I have read in a long, long time. And that is really saying something.

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
Rain Misoa
Feb 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Younger teens and people wanting a short read
Recommended to Rain by: Library
I really hate to do this to Kim Harrison's book because I am not one to give out one star ratings that much. But this book was just terrible. It took me a few days to finish because I was just not feeling this book. It was very hard to get into and a bit confusing since I didn't read Harrion's short story that's in Prom Nights from Hell. I don't know if it would have made a difference or not but seeing as how this book was written, I doubt that.

The writing was very juvenile. Harrison wrote this
Mar 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By page two, it's clear the author would rather mutter/complain/protest than use the word said.

"Don't be so scared of said," I exclaimed at that point, and then closed the book.
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not impressed.

Spoiler's ahead.....

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
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really disappointed with this book. I'm a hollow series fans, and this book didn't do justice towards Kim.

The storyline actually unique but confusing. About a light reaper and dark reaper, turns out it is about 'choice' or 'fate'. And above that there's a time keeper in earth to maintain all the circumstances on about die or not. Well confusing riiiiight.

Madison have a similarities with Rachel, and this is the big disappointment, different book different story different audiences but still h
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. In general we have certain expectations of "good and evil". A light reaper and dark reaper would fall into their respective categories right? the story unfolds you find that not everything is as it appears at first glance. Just like in real life, there are shades of gray that the characters have to wrestle with when choosing which side their allegiance falls.
It saddens me to throw this one into the DNF graveyard, especially considering how much I love Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking series. Unfortunately this book opened up right before an action sequence without providing much motivation for giving a crap about the characters or their intentions. By page 60 (out of 232) there still wasn't much to keep my interest. Writing, characters, world building ~ wasn't up to par with Kim Harrison's abilities. I considered sticking it out until Madison was g ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great read:

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
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I give this novel two stars, with indulgence. Contrary to all the good I've heard about Harrison's fiction, this attempt just doesn't quite rise to the task. The narrative is confusing and lacking in any sort of pacing, the characters aren't very engaging and the moral of the story is too convoluted to be interesting.

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
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: 6hrs and 3mins
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: eh.
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 1.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 5
Characters: 4
World Building: 3
Flow: 4
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 5
Ending: 4

Total: 4

In Dept

Best Part:
It ended!
Worst Part: "Spin off" not explained well.
Thoughts Had: What?!; I'm so lost.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: no.

Short Review: So i really should have re
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Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. She's currently working on a variety of projects to see what finds a home first, and when not at her desk, is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, or in the garden.
Kim reaches out to her audience at Facebook https://www.facebook
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