Once Dead, Twice Shy: A Novel (Madison Avery #1) (Paperback)
Summer 2009 Kids' List
“Madison Avery's prom night killed her -- literally. So, now she's dead, sort of. Because she snatched the amulet of power away from the dark reaper who killed her, stole her body, and tried to collect her soul, she has the illusion of life and a body, but she has absolutely no idea what is going on. Kim Harrison's witty paranormal thriller has that perfect balance of humor, danger, and romance.”
— Karen Keyte, Books Etc., Falmouth, ME
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.
“Harrison injects her young adult debut with style and originality. Rocking good fun, packed full of twists and turns.”
“With a Kim Harrison novel, I expect action, humour, worldbuilding, strong female characters, true friendships, and a bit of realistic romance. I found it all right here.”
“Abounds with originality and introduces us to rich characters…is sure to introduce [Harrison] to a whole new generation of readers.”
“An amusing and entertaining jaunt of an urban fantasy.”