Review: Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery #1) Kim HarrisonOnce Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery #1) by Kim Harrison

Publication Date: May 26th 2009
Details: Hardcover, 232 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780061718168
Source: I bought it

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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. 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.


I’m just going to start this by saying that Once Dead, Twice Shy is probably a two star book. The story to me was just okay. The reason I bumped it up to three stars is because Kim Harrison has some of the funniest characters. It is one of the things I love most about her adult series. It is one of the only good things about this book. Though I’m not going to lie, I love me some Grace.

I’m not exactly sure what it is that didn’t do it for me, but I just didn’t love it. Maybe I just went into it expecting too much. She is one of my favorite authors and has been for years, so I was expecting this to be amazing. So perhaps it was my fault.

I will be continuing on with this trilogy, but I’m not super excited to do so.

3 out of 5 stars

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