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

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

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by Kim Harrison
     
 

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

Madison Avery's dreams of ever fitting in at her new school died when she did. Especially since she was able to maintain the illusion of a body, deal with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, bring the reaper who killed her to

Overview

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

Madison Avery's dreams of ever fitting in at her new school died when she did. Especially since she was able to maintain the illusion of a body, deal with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, bring the reaper who killed her to his untimely end. Not exactly in-crowd material. It's amazing that her crush, Josh, doesn't think she's totally nuts.

Now Madison has learned that she's the dark timekeeper, in charge of angels who follow the murky guidelines of fate. Never one to abide by the rules, she decides it's time for a major change to the system. With the help of some unlikely allies, Madison forms a rogue group of reapers who definitely don't adhere to the rules of the heavens.

But as she grapples with the terrifying new skills that come with being a timekeeper, Madison realizes she may not be prepared for what lies ahead—unless she gets some seriously divine intervention.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061995897
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/25/2010
Series:
Madison Avery Series , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
59,205
File size:
382 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

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.”
Kelley Armstrong
“Harrison injects her young adult debut with style and originality. Rocking good fun, packed full of twists and turns.”

Meet the Author

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 graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.

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Early to Death, Early to Rise 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Heather_Lynn More than 1 year ago
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!!
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
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! This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the first 20 pages and im already addicted!!!!! Thanks Kim Harrison for writing an awesome book!!
LUMBERMAN More than 1 year ago
this is looking like another great series from kim harrison.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison is a true 5* read. The characters and plots introduced in book 1 have developed into a wonderful web of treachery. Madison wants to change things, and it is really fun to watch the other characters come to terms with her changes. She is, afterall, the timekeeper. I love where this is headed and can see the trails of this entangle spider web.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It neads more then 5stars it neads 20stars
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Doug-from-Alaska More than 1 year ago
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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Especially this one!
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