Once Dead, Twice Shy

Once Dead, Twice Shy : A Novel

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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. Now, thanks to a mysterious amulet, she's stuck on Earth: dead but not gone. She has no idea why the dark reaper who did her in was after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course. With a little skilled light-bending, 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 15mm | 200g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061441686
  • 9780061441684
  • 121,928

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"Harrison injects her young adult debut with style and originality. Rocking good fun, packed full of twists and turns." Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of The Summoning
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"Harrison injects her young adult debut with style and originality. Rocking good fun, packed full of twists and turns." -- Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of The Summoning "With a Kim Harrison novel, I expect action, humour, worldbuilding, strong female characters, true friendships, and a bit of realistic romance. I found it all right here." -- Melissa Marr, New York Times Bestselling author of Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange "Abounds with originality and introduces us to rich characters...is sure to introduce [Harrison] to a whole new generation of readers." -- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "An amusing and entertaining jaunt of an urban fantasy." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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About Kim Harrison

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After, and The Undead Pool, plus the short story collection Into the Woods, The Hollows Insider and graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.
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Rating details

10,860 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 20% (2,198)
4 30% (3,226)
3 34% (3,742)
2 12% (1,300)
1 4% (394)

Our customer reviews

Madison's dead. Well, sort of. See, there was this dark reaper who scythed her, for reasons she still hasn't figured out, and technically she should be long gone. But when he came back to destroy her soul as well as her body, she was able to steal an amulet from him that's allowed her to keep walking around and breathing (even though she doesn't really need to), and appearing alive to anyone who doesn't know any better. Unfortunately, the owner of that amulet wants it back - badly. And the light reaper assigned to help Madison adjust to her new pseudo-life may not be able to protect her from him. As Madison struggles to hold onto her life and to save those she cares about who end up targeted as well, she discovers there's a whole lot about this life and death thing she doesn't know, and uncovering those secrets may be the only way she can hope to survive. ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY is a fast-paced and engaging read from start to finish. Madison makes an enjoyable narrator, stubborn and sarcastic but with a lot of heart, and enough smarts to get her through some very sticky situations. Harrison has created a fascinating and unique world of reapers and other afterlife figures, though at times readers may find all the information a little hard to follow. With plenty of suspense and humor and a little romance, this book will appeal to paranormal fans of all ages.show more
by TeensReadToo
I'm a major fan of Kim Harrison's The Hollows series. In fact, I think she is one of the top Urban Fantasy writers out there. I was very much looking forward to her new YA series about a dead girl whose afterlife turns utterly complicated. I think I might be a tad spoiled due to my love for KH's other books, that I was left a bit unsatisfied with the first book in this series. You really jumped right into Madison's afterlife without really finding out a ton about the world she now lives in. And once you learn more, it doesn't really seem very interesting at the moment, in my opinion. I hope the plot and the world gets flushed out more later on. I read that there is a short story in the Prom Nights from Hell anthology that gives the background on Madison, so it might make sense to read it first. I don't feel very attached to Madison, at this point. I do like her, but I don't feel like she's a very significant person in her own series...yet. She is spunky though, and doesn't sit around, waiting for afterlife to just take care of itself. She is a fighter (albeit a very scared one!), curious and a problem solver. Oh, and she has purple tips on her hair, which is uber cute. I also loved the "when I hit ctrl + alt + del" line." That is definitely something a young person would say today. I must say I do love Grace. She is definitely the equal to Jenks' character in The Hollows. While not as snarky as Jenks, Grace provides some comic relief and I grew to really like her. Again though, no real connection to anyone else. I think Nakita and Barnabus' relationship is going to prove to be entertaining though. Conclusion: 3/5 stars. I liked it, but it wasn't a book that had me sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation, or daydreaming about it. I will continue the series because of my love for KH. I just hope things pick up, make more sense, become more substantial, etc. I do like the themes of fate / free will, light / dark, fallen angels, etc. I'm still a bit confused as to who is good and who is evil, but that is some of the fun of the book.show more
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