Once Dead, Twice Shy

Once Dead, Twice Shy

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Spunky teen Madison, though technically dead, uses a stolen amulet to retain the illusion of a body and help her in the struggle between Light and Dark reapers.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010.
ISBN: 9780061718205
0061718203
9780061718168
0061718165
9780061441684
0061441686
Characteristics: ix, 232 p. ;,21 cm.

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VampiGrl Jun 09, 2013

Josh was a little predictable. Ron is a jerk and I want to see the new light time keeper. Imagine it's some one Madison knows or hates?

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m_th
Apr 06, 2012

This book has a lot of potential, but it felt towards the end that the main character was a little Mary Sue-ish.

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mzaid
Nov 03, 2011

The story in this novel was really weak and there was no climax, the ending just kind of fizzled. Although the writing style by Kim Harrsion/Dawn Cook keeps you reading and the fantasy aspect of it is well explained, it really was not enough to save the storyline. I felt that the story was really short and did not have much of a climax.
I will not read any further in this series.
If you want something much better to read, try "Decoy Princess" by Dawn Cook (same author, just a pseudonym).

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13ites
Oct 16, 2011

Wonderful book!! It had to do with all the themes I liked, angels demons and grim reapers! Amazing amazing amazing! It's a must read!!!

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Ubalstecha
Sep 15, 2011

Madison Avery will never forget her prom. She was killed by her date, who turned out to be a supernatural powered being. Then he stole her body! Madison has been able to stick around thanks to the intervention of a light reaper, a fallen angel. Now she has to figure out where her body is and how she can get her soul back into it before her date returns to finish her off.

Kim Harrison is already a best selling author with her Hollows series. This book marks the beginning of her YA series. And once again, Harrison has built a group of characters to populate this book that are funny and compelling. And enjoyable romp that is also an interesting exploration of choice vs. fate.

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lysar
Feb 12, 2010

Within the first few chapters I was hooked, I loved the Dark and Light Reapers and Angels universe that Harrison created. Unfortunately mid-way through the book the plot got a bit dull and chaotic, thankfully by the end Harrison re-found her plot and perked my interest again.

The plot itself was good, not great; but I've got a feeling that this book sets up for the rest of the series. Hopefully with the coming books we'll get more character development and a slightly less choppy book. I think if she'd found a way to give us less action and more character growth and history I would've enjoyed this far more. Especially since she is making this a series, some of the stuff could've been left hanging and then wrapped up in the next book.

That leads me to my biggest problem with this book. I never felt myself attached to the lead, Madison Avery. I was often more intrigued by Barnabas and what caused him to become who he was. I loved the weight that he carried around and when he was up dealing with time keeping politics I found that I got a bit bored. I want more of him and less of other characters.

The friendship/relationship between Madison and Josh felt off and while I felt like I'm suppose to be cheering these two on I'm not. Never found myself wanting these two to have more time together and really... I felt like Josh was a predictable character. I wanted motive for him helping Madison out, for not being the 'jock' that originally we were lead to believe. What caused Madison to feel for him. None of this was given and due to that I never fell for him.

All in all, I didn't love and I didn't hate. I will probably pick up the second book in the series Early to Death, Early to Rise, which comes out May 25, 2010, and decide then if I'll continue to read. Though, I'm sure those that love Harrison will enjoy her dive into the YA genre.

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Neko_Ninja
Jan 14, 2010

really good :)
good 4 ages 13 and up

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mzaid
Nov 03, 2011

mzaid thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and under

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