Sunday, August 1, 2010

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

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.


Released: May 22nd, 2009
Published by: HarperCollins
Series: Madison Avery, Book 1
Page Amount: 232

Plot 10/10
Likable Characters 9/10
Problem Development 9/10
Solution Effectiveness 8/10
Writing Style 7/10
Character Development 9/10
Cover 9/10
Setting 6/10
Ending 10/10
Beginning 7/10

Harrison has crafted a truly amazing novel. I have never read anything like this before.

The plot for this novel is unlike anything that I have ever read before. The idea for this novel is so unique, the idea of being dead but not gone is a scenario that I have never read about before.

Harrison’s characters were very likable. Madison is a character that I can see some people not connecting to, but at one point in my life I did want to be like Madison. Funky hair, dyed hair tips, skull and cross bones earrings. The whole bit. So I really did connect with Madison Avery.

The problem development in this book flowed nicely through out the book. The problem was introduced right in the beginning, and then flowed at the right time through out the rest of the book.

I found that the solution was less effective than it could have been. I am not going to go into detail, because it will get into spoilers, and I do not want to give way some of the book, because I hate it when other people give spoilers to me.

Harrison’s writing style was not amazing. I found that at times I sometimes did not know what was happening, and I hate it when a writer does that. I find it seriously annoying, and I did find at times that Harrison’s writing style annoyed me to no end.

Madison’s character development through out this book was pretty good, but something about her development kept me from giving her a ten out of ten.

The cover of this book is beautiful. Even though it is simple, and it just has Madison on the cover, I do think that it is really beautiful. The only thing about it that kept me from giving it a ten is that Madison did not has purple tips in her hair.

The setting of this book was never really given a name. The only thing about it that was mentioned that it was a small town. So the setting was never really described as much as I think it could have been.

The ending of this book was very good. I think I enjoyed how Madison’s story ended, and I can not wait for Early to Death, Early to Rise.

The beginning of this book I was not a big fan of. I wasn’t being sucked into the book at all, although I was wondering what was happening, I wasn’t compelled to continue reading to see what happened, if that made sense.

This book was pretty good, defiantly one of the better ones that I have read recently, so I defiantly recommend it for all of you guys to read.

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