Review: Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery Series #1) by Kim Harrison: Book CoverOnce Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison 

  • Pub. Date: April 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback , 232pp
  • Source: Purchased
  • Age Range: Young Adult


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.

My Thoughts:

First, I am going to say that I am a huge fan of Kim Harrison’s Hollow Series but until recently I had missed that she had a YA series.  How?  I really don’t know but when I was in Lansing for her The Hollow Insider signing in October,  I picked these books up and got them signed.  My hope was that I would enjoy them as much as I do the Hollows.  Luck for me, I really enjoyed this first book.

Madison is a 17 year old who was murdered at her prom by a “dark reaper” named  Kairos, but somehow in the process she stole his amulet which means she saved her soul.  Madison begins to work on a plan to save her body, Karios has hidden, with the help of a “light reaper”, named Barnabas and her guardian angel, that she names Grace.  This pushes Madison outside of her comfort zone , she has always has been content with being an unique being, with bright colored hair and such.  She learns quickly that she is going to have to build trust with these new being if she is going to be able to get her body back.  She is going to have to learn to believe in trust in fate even though she never has.  There appears to be a battle of good and evil.  

Kim Harrison does a wonderful job with paranormal and this is much different than any of the adult novels she has written.  It was a quick simple read and seemed like the pages just few by.     I was pleased with the story flow and found the writing to have a similar flow to Harrison’s previous book but just at an age appropriate reading level.  Overall, if you enjoy a semi-light paranormal book, check this one out!

 My Rating:

4 thoughts on “Review: Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

  1. I haven’t read this series..but like you I am a huge fan of the Hollows. I am going to pick this up..thanks 🙂

  2. oOoOoh! This sounds fantabulous!! I must check this out asap! Thanks for the great review!

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  3. Sadly I have never read any book by this author but I’m thinking I need to change that very soon since I love both adult and young adult books.

    Thanks for the great review, this one is going on my wish list! 🙂

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