Madison is dead. After she fled her prom with a mysterious guy and ended up in a crashed car—only to survive and then be struck down by this guy’s magical sword—she has existed in a curious state of purgatory. She still walks around, interacts with others, eats, and sleeps, only now she does so in the company of Barnabas, a light reaper—a kind of angel who fights off dark reapers trying to harvest the souls of people about to make fate-altering decisions. There are also timekeepers, dark wings, guardian angels, seraphs, and magical amulets. If you’re already clutching your head in despair, you won’t be alone: the architecture of Harrison’s world is confusing even after several explanations. However, for ardent fans of the good-looking undead, this has plenty of verve, an enjoyable role reversal (Madison is constantly rescuing the good-guy hunk), and is quite fun when the supernatural characters are placed within a regular high-school milieu. Like it or not, a sequel is rising from the underworld as we speak. Grades 8-11. --Daniel Kraus

Madison Avery reading order:
  1. Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper (prequel found in the Prom Night From Hell anthology)
  2. Once Dead, Twice Shy

    Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

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

May 1, 2009
Available: May 26, 2009
ISBN #0061718165
EAN #9780061718168
240 pages
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Kim Harrison

A Perfect Blood
Pale Demon
Early to Death, Early to Rise
Black Magic Sanction
White Witch, Black Curse
Hotter Than Hell
The Outlaw Demon Wails
Holidays Are Hell
Prom Nights from Hell
For a Few Demons More
A Fistful of Charms
Dates From Hell
Every Which Way But Dead
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
Dead Witch Walking

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