Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, Book 1)
by Kim Harrison
Cover Artist: Gustavo Marx / MergeLeft Reps, Inc.
Review by Gayle Surrette
HarperCollins Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061718168
Date: 01 June 2009 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
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 hoped 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'll 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. 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.