Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, Book 1)
by Kim Harrison
Cover Artist: Gustavo Marx / MergeLeft Reps, Inc.
Review by Gayle Surrette
HarperCollins Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061441684
Date: 01 May 2010 List Price $8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
[NOTE: We're re-running our review of Once Dead, Twice Shy from our June 2009 issue]
Madison Avery had been sent by her mother to live with her father in Three Rivers, the college town he worked in. Madison had been getting into a lot of trouble and her mother couldn't handle her anymore. Her father was trying to make the transition to a new town and school easier, and hoped that going to the prom would help her fit in. Unfortunately, finding out that her father had arranged her date didn't help her temper, and then she was killed by the boy who'd offered to take her home. Luckily, she managed to steal his amulet and while she was now dead, she had the appearance of life. She didn't have her body but it looked like she did. This half-life sucked, not because she was a vamp or anything weird like that, but because she now had an angel trying to teach her how to communicate mind-to-mind, while the other angels tried to figure out what to do with her. Madison didn't like other people telling her what to do or how to do it. Nope, she's gong to do things her way...From official release/information:
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.