Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

I just read two boy point-of-view books in a row, so why not two reaper books in a row? Let's break the first one down...

Once Dead, Twice Shy
By Kim Harrison
2009, HarperCollins, 240 pages

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.

— description

So Madison's dead, but not really? I guess she died, but then awoke in a morgue and stole an "amulet" (power source?) from something called a "dark reaper" that is now giving her the illusion of a body when she wears it around her neck. With the help of a "light reaper," a guardian angel and her 100 percent human crush, she's got something...I like, save people?

Yeah, well, on the downside: Listen, I know this doesn't make much sense, and it's not just because I'm explaining it poorly. That's really how I felt most of this book. I'm all for characters "changing roles midseason," as a friend of mine puts it. But when a good guy turns bad so quickly and without any explorations of his motivations, all you're really left with is a major case of whiplash. I found myself skipping through large portions of the text, and a lot of the resolutions just seemed all too convenient.

But listen, on the plus side: It was still a fun read. I really read it in one evening. And the main character's a strong girl with plenty of spunk. I can't knock that!

Also...there was a guardian angel who was like a saucy version of Tinkerbell.
Everyone loves a Tinkerbell.

Moral of the story: Don't fear the reaper?

If you are interested, just for a quick paranormal read, check out the sequel, Early to Death, Early to Rise.

Anna Reads young adult book blog


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