Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review: Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery #1)

Title: Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery #1)
Author: Kim Harrison
Genre: Young Adult (Urban Fantasy, Supernatural - angels)
Rating: 4/5
Page Count: 232 (paperback)
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2009

Plot: (from Goodreads)
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

I picked this book up for, basically, three (four) reasons: it reminded me of the show Dead Like Me, I'd heard good things about the authors other series, and I adored the covers (it also didn't hurt it was only like $2 on BookOutlet). Mainly - the part where it reminded me of Dead Like Me, which has been over for years at this point, but that was one of my favorite shows when it was airing (it still kind of is).

This book did remind me of it at parts, besides the basic plot, but this book was also much different then what I was expecting (and then that show). It had depths I didn't expect and was much more complicated, the world, then the synopsis brought me to believe. Basically, it surprised me, but in a really good way.

Overall - this book was good, even really good. It had great characters, who I was interested in, and sprinklings of humor through out. And it was a really fast read, and it's not a long book by any means, but it was a definite page turner - I wanted to know what was going on and what was going to happen next.

I've seen other reviews of saying they left like they were missing details because they hadn't read the noevella in Prom Nights From Hell (an anthology about, you guessed it, bad prom nights) which apparently has the full story of the night where Madison's life flipped upside down - and I could see where it would of been helpful to read, but they did explain what happened, it wasn't just left blank, so I didn't feel like it was necessary to read or like I missing anything.

Before I ramble on more - I'd definitely recommend this book. It's a quick, pretty light read about a girl who technically dead. And who doesn't love books about people who are technically dead?

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