Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery Series #2)

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Seventeen, dead, and in charge of heaven's dark angels—all itching to kill someone.

Madison Avery's dreams of fitting in at school died when she did. Especially since she'd maintained the illusion of a body, dealt with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, brought the reaper who killed her to his untimely end. Not exactly in-crowd material.

Now Madison has learned that she's inherited the job of dark timekeeper and is in charge of angels who ...

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Overview

Seventeen, dead, and in charge of heaven's dark angels—all itching to kill someone.

Madison Avery's dreams of fitting in at school died when she did. Especially since she'd maintained the illusion of a body, dealt with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, brought the reaper who killed her to his untimely end. Not exactly in-crowd material.

Now Madison has learned that she's inherited the job of dark timekeeper and is in charge of angels who protect fate, whatever that means. Never one to abide by the system, Madison forms a group of rogue angels who definitely don't heed the rules of the heavens. But as she grapples with terrifying new powers, Madison may not be prepared for what lies ahead—unless she gets some seriously divine intervention.

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Editorial Reviews

Kelley Armstrong
“Harrison injects her young adult debut with style and originality. Rocking good fun, packed full of twists and turns.”
Melissa Marr
“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.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“An amusing and entertaining jaunt of an urban fantasy.”
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
“Abounds with originality and introduces us to rich characters…is sure to introduce [Harrison] to a whole new generation of readers.”
Melanie Hundley
Madison Avery is back in the sequel to Once Dead, Twice Shy and is still struggling to figure out how her powers work, what her relationship with Josh will be, and how to keep her father from learning that she is actually dead. Barnabus and Nakita have worked out a tentative truce as they try to teach Madison how to do her job as Dark Time Keeper. Madison, Barnabus, and Nakita try to prevent a deadly computer virus from being released. You would think that knowing what is going to happen in the future and who is going to do it would help you prevent it. However, Madison and her cohorts discover that changing someone's fate is not an easy task. They are sabotaged in their efforts by another Time Keeper and his protege. Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to Once Dead, Twice Shy (HarperCollins, 2009), purple-haired Goth Madison is adjusting to life at her new high school—and to the fact that she is recently dead. She is the newest dark timekeeper put in charge of reapers of death. Her ideals clash with tradition—she believes in choice over fate: people with the potential to do evil might still be able to change in time to save their souls. Madison and her two reapers, (mostly) light Barnabas and dark Nakita, set out to alter the fate of a teen with a computer virus set to wreak havoc on the local hospital and cause several deaths. Madison's adversarial light timekeeper, Ron, and his apprentice are positioned to prevent them from succeeding. Amulets with hidden forces and an occasional visit from a limerick-spouting guardian angel add to the complex hierarchy of fate and supernatural power. Sharp-dressed Nakita, who can "scythe" (kill) mortals is still concerned with fitting in at school and is an engaging sidekick to Madison, yet other characters are portrayed sketchily at best. This fast-paced tale delivers some uniquely amusing moments but does not stand alone. Fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen (Delacorte, 2009) and those who enjoyed the first book may be drawn into Harrison's world of heaven and earth, but new readers will be left confused by undeveloped characters and overly complex rules and guidelines.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Madison Avery is still trying to come to terms with her death and her role as the dark timekeeper (Once Dead, Twice Shy, 2009). With dark reaper Nakita and her mostly light counterpart Barnabas at her side, Madison is determined to prove that, given the choice, those who might be doomed in the afterlife due to their bad choices can in fact be convinced to see the error of their ways in time to save their souls. Her test case involves two teen boys and a computer virus that she knows will be responsible for deaths in a hospital. As she races against time and her nemesis, Ron, she develops new, frightening powers. The complexities of Madison's supernatural world are not very well explained here, so readers would do best to start with this book's predecessor. Harrison builds an interesting world rife with politics and tradition, but Madison does a poor job of clarifying the roles she and her co-workers play in moving people from life to the afterlife. (Paranormal. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061441691
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Series: Madison Avery Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 298,411
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Harrison

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon; A Perfect Blood; Ever After; and The Undead Pool, plus the short-story collection Into the Woods, The Hollows Insider, and the graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.

Biography

Bestselling paranormal fantasy author Kim Harrison went all the way through school with nary a thought of becoming a writer. A biology major in college, she took only the required English courses needed to graduate. So when the writing bug hit her later in life, she found herself at a real disadvantage with grammar, spelling, and other basic weapons in the scribbler's arsenal. However, her love of books was her saving grace. Always a voracious reader, Harrison instinctively recognized the role of plot, pacing, and character development in good storytelling. She set about writing with great enthusiasm and plugged away for the better part of decade, until she was able to bring her skills up to par.

Harrison's debut novel grew out of frustration with a growing pile of rejection notices. In an attempt to get publishers' attention, she set out to craft something deliberately weird and edgy. She conceived a motley cast of vampires, werewolves, pixies, and witches, including a sexy bounty hunter named Rachel Morgan, and threw them together in a short story. Then, her agent introduced her to editor Diana Gill, and together they refined and expanded Harrison's idea into a full length novel.

Published in 2004, Dead Witch Walking became a bestseller, launched a blockbuster series, and catapulted Harrison into a pantheon of paranormal superstars that includes Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Christine Feehan, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. As if to validate her inclusion in these ranks, Harrison's stories have also been included in several bestselling paranormal collections.

Good To Know

  • Harrison claims that her muse exists in music. In our exclusive interview, she explained, "Music moves society more than most people realize. In my opinion, it's a soft manipulator of influence and change. I love the power of the musician who composes and performs. I envy their ability to put a nugget of truth in three minutes of sweat and emotional outpouring, colored entirely from their thoughts. And I'll admit that if I can, I'll steal that nugget of truth, study it, facet it, polish it, and place it in my writing."

  • On her MySpace page, Kim lists the following as her heroes: "My parents. Anyone who pursues their dreams when no one believes they can reach them. Single moms and dads."

  • Rachel Morgan and her otherworldly cohorts exist in and around an alternate version of Cincinnati, Ohio -- a "little big city" Harrison was familiar with from her Midwestern youth. She always tries to incorporate "Cincy" sights into her series novels, so readers are likely to find allusions to Eden Park, the Cincinnati Zoo, and other local neighborhoods and landmarks.

  • As a tribute to one of her favorite actor/directors, Harrison has given some of her Rachel Morgan novels titles that play on well-known Clint Eastwood films: For a Few Demons More, Every Which Way but Dead, The Outlaw Demon Wails, etc.

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    • Posted June 5, 2010

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      Better than the first

      I enjoyed this one better than the first. This is because the first has to crame in the understanding of what is happening with Madison along with a small love story. This book picks up right where the first one left off which was great. It does not have a love story, which can be a bummer especially for those who read the first. I would suggest reading the first so that this one is more enjoyable!!

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    • Posted May 26, 2012

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      Can't put it down! Brought to you by OBS reviewer Annabell Mad

      Can't put it down!

      Brought to you by OBS reviewer Annabell

      Madison and her gang of Heaven outcasts returns. Madison is determined to change the way Heaven runs. She believes humans should be allowed to maintain their souls and given a chance to change by the choices they make. She sets out on a mission to prove to Heaven and accomplish the goal of saving human souls for Heaven by helping them to make better choices on their life on Earth. But just as Madison is assigned a new case and a chance to prove that choice works, she discovers that Ron had lied to her. She had originally thought she was the new light time keeper but in reality she is the new dark time keeper. But Madison won’t stick to her dark time keeper duties, which turns everything topsy- turvy for Heaven and the humans she’s supposed to be protecting.

      Madison is still as loveable and hilarious as she was when she was first introduced in Once Dead, Twice Shy. I love that Madison makes mistakes which creates even more trouble for her. I love that she is strong but not overly prideful. She is such a charming heroine. I really love reading from her point of view. Barnabus is still exquisitely delicious, Nakita is still kicking up and taking names but she also has more of a vulnerability to her this time around because of what happened at the end of Once Dead, Twice Shy, and Josh is still the best boyfriend a girl could ask for. Grace is also continuing to poke fun at Madison through her rhyming limericks and adding lightness to the twisted plot. Paul is a new character introduced into the story as the rising light time keeper in training. He adds to the list of hot male characters in the series and enters with a bang, managing to go toe to toe with Nakita!

      The pacing was a little slower in my opinion than the first book. Takes a bit more time to get into the flow of the novel but the plot is full of twists and shocking revelations, like the first novel. The characters are growing and still as wonderful. The dialogue, humor, and descriptions are just as wonderful as the first time around. The book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger which was nice but still leaves room for the series to continue forward.

      Early to Death, Early to Rise is a book worth staying up into the wee hours of morning to read! If you have yet to jump into the series, I urge you to go to the nearest book store and buy all three books in the Madison Avery Series. You will NOT regret it!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 25, 2011

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      I have read the first 20 pages and im already addicted!!!!! Thanks Kim Harrison for writing an awesome book!!

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    • Posted October 28, 2011

      highly recommend

      this is looking like another great series from kim harrison.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 23, 2014

      Very good

      It neads more then 5stars it neads 20stars

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    • Posted November 19, 2012

      Excellent Story - Suspense & mystery all rolled up in one It

      Excellent Story - Suspense & mystery all rolled up in one
      It is worth the effort to go back and read the First book in the series first! This novel continues a terrific story line. Kim Harrison seems to have the knack of working her characters into 'impossible' situations and then allowing them to escape in a way that I just 'didn't see coming'...

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 4, 2012

      Gotta love a good book

      Especially this one!

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    • Posted January 28, 2011

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      Reviewed by Breia "The Brain" Brickey for Teens Read Too

      Fans of Kim Harrison won't be disappointed by this second title featuring Madison Avery. They will be pulled right along as Madison tries to figure out how to be a dark timekeeper, a position that she didn't want to begin with and would just as soon give back if she was able. Madison tries her best to keep people from being killed for crimes they have yet to commit, but it may just be out of her hands. With help from Dark Reaper Nakita and Neutral Reaper Barnabas, she tries her best to help people see the path they are walking before it becomes too late to act. I think this book was actually better than the first one, mainly because we are offered more time to get to know everyone. More questions are raised as Madison tries to figure out exactly where she fits in and how to do her "job" properly. Awesome storyline and I liked how it centered around one reap. I loved getting to know the characters and their take on the situations, although in the end the choices aren't always clear. EARLY TO DEATH, EARLY TO RISE contains interesting characters and relationships that I believe only make the story that much better. This is 5-star reading material that will keep you coming back for more.

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    • Posted August 16, 2010

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      Early to Death, Early to Rise is in a way the third book in the series. The first was in Prom Nights from Hell and the second book was Once Dead, Twice Shy. In this book, Madison is finally doing her job as the dark timekeeper with help from two reapers, Nakita and Barnabas, her boyfriend, Josh, and her guardian angel, Grace. Madison wants to change the rules so that the dark reapers don't kill their marks but change their fate and she only has one chance to prove that thousands of years of tradition need to change. Also she has to keep an eye out for the other timekeeper and his apprentice.

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    • Posted July 9, 2010

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      Like Nonfat frozen yogurt

      I was first hooked onto this series when I read the short story by Kim Harrison in Prom Nights from Hell. When I finished the short story my first thought was, Gosh I wish this was a full lengthed novel. And imagine my happiness when I discovered there was a full lengthed novel out there. The first book was great. I thought it was a fun mixture with a quirky heroine and fun characters. The last chapter of the 1st book, ends exactly where the second (Early to Death Early to Rise) begins. But I must say that the last chapter of the first book was way better than the entire second book. I found the second book to lack forward motion, mostly because of the repetitive narrative by the main character. In my opinion (for what it is worth) there are only so many times one can state the same problem. I sure hope there is a third book if only so this story can get its spark back.

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