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“Harrison injects her young adult debut with style and originality. Rocking good fun, packed full of twists and turns.” (Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of The Summoning)
“With a Kim Harrison novel, I expect action, humour, worldbuilding, strong female characters, true friendships, and a bit of realistic romance. I found it all right here.” (Melissa Marr, New York Times Bestselling author of Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange)
“Abounds with originality and introduces us to rich characters…is sure to introduce [Harrison] to a whole new generation of readers.” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
“An amusing and entertaining jaunt of an urban fantasy.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After, and The Undead Pool, plus the short story collection Into the Woods, The Hollows Insider and graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Madison is dead. After she leaves her school prom with a mysterious guy she ends up in a car crash. She manages to survive this event but is unfortunate in that she's struck down by said guy's magic sword -- now Madison is walking around seemingly alive; but not alive. Confused? All this is chronicled in the Prom Nights From Hell anthology, where Kim Harrison wrote the short story of Madison's prom. You don't need to have read this short story to understand Once Dead, Twice Shy but it certainly would help matters. This book picks up a month or so later during the summer holidays where Madison is being taught metaphysical skills by her long suffering mentor Barnabas. People can still see Madison and she goes on with her life as normal, all the while actually being dead. Heh. It sounds much weirder than it is!
As well as being dead (only not) Madison is a 17 year old hormonal teenager with a bad attitude and purple hair. Harrison excels at characterisation and I was not disappointed here. I really liked Madison's voice and thought her interactions with Barnabas (her light reaper guide) were quite funny. Barnabas is a mysterious character. He's somewhat grumpy and serious, not to mention a little tactless with people's feelings -- which amused me.
This book is very much a short introduction into Madison's world of dark wings, time keepers and reapers. It was nice to read a book that isn't chock full of vampires; it gave the Madisonverse a fresher feel. There are some interesting themes going on here as well -- the nature of fate and free will.Read more ›
See, there was this dark reaper who scythed her, for reasons she still hasn't figured out, and technically she should be long gone. But when he came back to destroy her soul as well as her body, she was able to steal an amulet from him that's allowed her to keep walking around and breathing (even though she doesn't really need to), and appearing alive to anyone who doesn't know any better.
Unfortunately, the owner of that amulet wants it back - badly. And the light reaper assigned to help Madison adjust to her new pseudo-life may not be able to protect her from him.
As Madison struggles to hold onto her life and to save those she cares about who end up targeted as well, she discovers there's a whole lot about this life and death thing she doesn't know, and uncovering those secrets may be the only way she can hope to survive.
ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY is a fast-paced and engaging read from start to finish. Madison makes an enjoyable narrator, stubborn and sarcastic but with a lot of heart, and enough smarts to get her through some very sticky situations. Harrison has created a fascinating and unique world of reapers and other afterlife figures, though at times readers may find all the information a little hard to follow.
With plenty of suspense and humor and a little romance, this book will appeal to paranormal fans of all ages.
Reviewed by: Lynn Crow
In retro-spect even though i am 17 i feel that this book is aimed at a slightly younger age group and may be part of the reason why i found it hard to get through.
Saying this i found the most enjoyable part of the book to be the last 3-5 chapters so its not all bad =]
About halfway through, the book picks up dramatically and by the end, I was thinking that I might even read the next one in the series. Aside from a slow start, the only real problem that I found was that I really didn't like the heroine much. She is one of those heroines who blames herself for everything that goes wrong and apologizes incessantly. She also rushes headlong into obviously dangerous situations even after being warned about them repeatedly, but she survives because she always either gets lucky or is saved by someone. Kind of annoying. That said, the action at the end of the book is well paced and the story gets interesting enough that you continue reading it.
This is "light-weight", without the rich tapestry of a richly characterized interweaving story. The plot development is there in these three books, but it is much simpler.
I would recommend Madison as "festive fare", especially for the younger generation. Given sufficient suspension in their belief of our material world, the readers will find the books a "good read"!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting read, good for Kim Harrison readers and any fans of the Supernatural.Published 26 days ago by Emzzzz
A little teen-age oriented, perhaps a little too saccharine rich. But an enjoyable quick read to see how Kim Harrison's body of work self compares.Published 10 months ago by cog
Not Kim Harrison's best work but it fills a hole while you're waiting for the next rachel Morgan instalment. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John O'sullivan
brilliant book, well written but still an easy read that engages you. I would recommend all her series.Published 22 months ago by mac
Madison Avery is dead. She was “reaped” at her prom, but grabbed the dark reaper's amulet, which stopped her moving on. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Susan Stepney
I read Prom Nights From Hell where we are first introduced to Madison Avery and loved the story I was so glad to find Kim had made a full length trilogy of it. Then I was worried. Read morePublished on 12 May 2014 by mummy
This is the first book in Kim Harrison's YA trilogy. I'm a fan of Kim's The Hollows series, so when I won this on her giveaway I thought I'd give it a go. Read morePublished on 20 May 2012 by Becki Weston
I read this very quickly - partly because it wasn't a big book, but also because I enjoyed it.
Its the first book of the series, and is a good introduction. Read more