Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, Book 1) by Kim Harrison
Hardcover: 240 pages
Released: May 26, 2009
Got my copy from: The Library
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.
Things I liked:
-I loved this whole book, it was a little confusing at times because it was a new concept and it's not all explained at once but I actually kind of liked that. It kept me guessing. It may have been less confusing had I read the intro short story in the 'Prom Dates From Hell' collection.
-Barnabas..lets just say he is my new literary crush..can we say hottie angel..I've always had a thing for wings. Reaper is another name for angel basically, in this book anyways. (I think he may win out over Patch from Hush, Hush for me, I'm half way through that and I still like Barnabas better)
-Nakita, while she is technically a "bad guy" she's hard not to like, I love a strong female character that kicks ass.
-The reapers use these colored swords, and the whole colored swords thing reminded me of star wars..and it did kind of have that kind of that feel to it minus being in space.
-Madison, I loved reading from her POV. Anyone who knows me well knows that I prefer reading in 3rd person, but reading from Madison's POV was quite enjoyable for me.
-I loved that this book was about choice vs. fate..I don't really want to say what this means in relation to the book because it will kind of give it away but it was a refreshing to read about something new.
-I read a few reviews that said the writing in this book was dumbed down, but I didn't feel like that at all, I liked the writing style and the dialog etc.
Things I Disliked:
-I was a little annoyed by the character Grace, but I kind of warmed up to her near the end.
Overall this was a really fun read, action, adventure, sword fights, martial arts, hot angels, a twist at the end..what more could you ask for? I've never really gotten into Kim Harrison adult novels, but this was a solid book for her break through into the YA genre and I look forward to a sequel.
I give this 5 out of 5