Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison {Review}

Title: Once Dead, Twice Shy
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: Madison Avery Trilogy #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date: May 26th 2009
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780061718168
Source: bought
Purchase: Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, Book 1)


Summary from Goodreads:

Once Dead, Twice Shy

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, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.
Now she’s stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn’t know why the dark reaper is after her, but she’s not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.

With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison’s ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.

Well, if she believed in that stuff.

My Thoughts:

While I love YA Teen books, this one confused me a little bit. I figured that since we knew Madison was dead, just from reading the blurb; that we would get a little more detail, or even a chapter out of what really happened that lead up to her being dead and walking around “alive”. But really, you just get little flash backs and a few paragraphs after 3 or so chapters.
Once I understood what all was going on, it was easy-ish to get into the story. Madison, our main character, is dead, but not really dead. See she snagged what she thought was a Dark Reapers amulet and has been trying to learn to use it with the help of her Light Reaper. Now, confusing as that was, I kinda got it.. Dark Reapers are reapers who scythe the living before it is their time, and Light Reapers are there to stop them usually. All the power of the reapers; both light and dark; comes from the amulets that they wear, which contains their power and scythe (sword).
There are also Light and Dark timekeepers (which are humans), they make the amulets for the reapers. Light for light and Dark for dark… When Madison stole what she thought was a reapers amulet what she actually did was snag the Dark Timekeeper’s (Kairos) amulet.
So, when Ron; the Light Timekeeper and Barnabas; Madison’s Light Reaper; figure out that what she actually has is the Dark Timekeeper amulet, they disappear to talk with the seraphs leaving Madison in the care of a first-sphere guardian angel. Madison and Josh ( prom date the night she died) along with “Grace” the guardian angel, barely make it through two days without Ron or Barnabas….
The ending was kinda hard to believe, but then again, I know nothing of angels as I don’t normally read any books about them ( just the Fallen ones!), but I am looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy to see what happens.

My Rating:


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