Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery, Book 2)
by Kim Harrison
Cover Artist: Gustavo Marx / MergeLeft Reps, Inc.
Review by Gayle Surrette
HarperCollins Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061718175
Date: 01 June 2010 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
As if being dead wasn't bad enough, Madison is the Dark Timekeeper in charge of the reapers who kill humans that are fated to go bad before they can soil their souls. She's also getting ready to start a new school year. To top it all off she's being watched by the seraphs because, Madison doesn't believe in fate and thinks people should be given a chance to redeem themselves, only that's the bailiwick of the Light Timekeepers. She's got to find a way to make it work while avoiding the Light Timekeeper and getting decent grades so her parents don't flip and, oh yeah, find her body which is hidden somewhere between then and now. Not a bad job description for a seventeen-year-old. From official release/information:
Product Description: Seventeen, dead, and in charge of heaven's dark angels—all itching to kill someone. Madison Avery's dreams of ever fitting in at her new school died when she did. Especially since she was able to maintain the illusion of a body, deal with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, bring the reaper who killed her to his untimely end. Not exactly in-crowd material. It's amazing that her crush, Josh, doesn't think she's totally nuts.
Now Madison has learned that she's the dark timekeeper, in charge of angels who follow the murky guidelines of fate. Never one to abide by the rules, she decides it's time for a major change to the system. With the help of some unlikely allies, Madison forms a rogue group of reapers who definitely don't adhere to the rules of the heavens.
But as she grapples with the terrifying new skills that come with being a timekeeper, Madison realizes she may not be prepared for what lies ahead—unless she gets some seriously divine intervention.