Once dead, Twice Shy – Kim Harrison

“Everyone does it. Dies, I mean. I found this out for myself on my seventeenth birthday when I was killed in a freak car accident on my prom night. But it was no accident. It was a carefully planned scything, just a small moment in the battle between light reapers and dark, heaven and hell, choice and fate.”
Madison Avery was murdered on her prom night. Following her killing she stole an amulet from her murderer, and she’s stuck on earth, dead but still around. She’s also part of a war, a dark reaper is after her and she enlists the help of a light reaper, her cute new friend and a guardian angel with attitude to help her out a bit. With their help Madison is ready to kick ass and change her destiny.

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I didn’t know what to expect with Once Dead, Twice Shy. I knew it was about a girl who’d died and was stuck on earth but the whole battle between angels thing? It came as a shock but a good shock, I was suitably impressed!
The story was interesting but I found it a little confusing at the beginning, I realised after I finished that there is a short story which is about Madison dying and I haven’t read it. I was a little confused but it only took me a few chapters to catch up and jump into the story. I loved the idea between good and bad angels and the battle between them; I loved Madison’s part in it and loved how the story unfolded.
The characters were awesome, I loved Madison, she’s obviously a social outcast and Josh is in with the in crowd but still wants to give her a chance. I loved Josh and thought he was really sweet. Madison was just the type of kick ass main character I loved, she was cool but flawed and wasn’t ashamed of showing her true colours a lot of the time, she was going through a lot of crap but that didn’t quite stop her from carrying on and getting through it. Nakita and Barnabas were really interesting characters and I loved how they grew throughout the book. My favourite character had to be Grace though, she was a great and really funny, she was the type of guardian angel I would want!
The writing was a bit of a struggle for me to be honest, I think if it wasn’t for the brilliant characters I would have struggled more than I did. I felt a bit like it dragged a little in some places yet in others it went really quick and things got glossed over and I felt like things were missed.
I did enjoy Once Dead, Twice Shy but I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read the short story that came before it. I think I might try and read the short story then carry onto the next book in the series, I definitely think this one got a lot better towards the end so hopefully the next one will be better. I really liked the characters and want to know what happens to them next!
Once Dead, Twice Shy is the first novel in the Madison Avery series, following on from a short story that featured in the anthology “Prom Nights from Hell” by Kim Harrison. It was published in the US by Harperteen in April 2010. My copy was a gift.
  • I love the synopsis for this, I think I’ll definitely be giving it a try but I shall learn from your experience and read the short story first.

  • This sounds alright, but it’s a pity you didn’t really like it so much!

  • I have read some of Kim Harrison’s adult series, so I am intrigued by this one.

  • This one sounds really quite intriguing, great review 🙂