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

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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061441691
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Series: Madison Avery Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 472,934
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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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“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.”

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

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Early to Death, Early to Rise 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 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.
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book better than the first, but I'm still not a fan of this series. I love Harrison's The Hollows, but this one just doesn't have the same charm. The characters are a little flat and I just don't care about them very much. The plot in this one is cleaner than the first, with less angst and sleeplessness.
mesmericrevelation on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me awhile to get into this one, just like it did the first one. It's a good book so I'm not sure why I had such a hard time getting into it. Though once I got about halfway through it, I really started to enjoy it. I had the same problem with the first book. I honestly have no idea why that is. It is written well, Kim Harrison is one of my favorite authors, it has a decent plot, good characters, but for some reason I just didn't like it as much as I thought I would.This book is hard for me to review because I did like it, but I didn't. I know that doesn't make sense.
lg4154 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I won an autographed copy from the author and I was thrilled about this. I really liked this one better than the first one. It has a lot more action and picks up strongly in the beginning and carries through the novel. It is your basic light versus dark, good versus evil, still with the same strong characters as in the first one. I love how Madison is somewhat of a rebel and like the banter with her nemesis, Nakita. The ending does not disappoint and makes me hunger for more works by this author.
thediaryofabookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Early to Death, Early to Rise, Madison gets her first chance at seeing if she can change how the Dark versus Light save souls. Barnabas, Nakita and Grace are on board to help but convincing them to change centuries old practices will take skill and subtlety. Will Madison be able to pull it off while Ron and his apprentice attempt to stop her and the Seraphs watch to see if she can be successful? So the story is coming together a bit more for me now. I¿ve largely sorted out the basic working of this whole light versus dark timekeeper, light versus dark reaper business. Mostly. Of course I¿m still finding that Kim Harrison occasionally launches the reader into these fast paced scenes that end up being confusing rather than nail biting. For a veteran writer I feel like her writing should be far more fluid than it is, it¿s been hard for me to pinpoint but I think Madison¿s first person thoughts on the matter are part of what confuse these scenes. If i'm only as knowledgable as her, than by golly she's pretty lost!And Great and Merciful God! If she uses one more of her ¿Son of a Puppy¿ or ¿Puppy accidents on the Carpet¿ 1001 variations one more time I¿ll start to scream. Seriously, it felt like she used one of them half a dozen times each chapter, and it was awkward and annoying every single time! Considering she used Crap on several occasions I didn¿t get the impression she was trying to avoid swearing, but honestly, whatever her intention with it, I have sincerely wished (for 240 pages) her editor had put her foot down at some point about it.In its favour? The story really is shaping up better than the first; I found the story arc of this book way more compelling than the Once Dead, Twice Shy. I¿m still finding it hard to get into the characters, and the jokes (I think they're jokes) are falling flat for me. Would I keep reading this series? Borrowed probably, but I certainly won¿t be chasing it down. I¿m curious where Kim Harrison is going, but I can¿t say I¿m enjoying the journey enough to recommend to others or to pursue it financially.
GirlonaMission on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd rather not beat around the bush with this one. It was such a thin book but it took me FOREVER to finish. I found myself struggling to pay attention and forcing myself to continue on. In the first book in this series Once Dead Twice Shy I was completely enthralled the whole time. Not only was there a full plot, but there were also sub plots that kept the story going. I honesty can not say the same thing for this one. Even the main character Madison, was watered down this time around. She wasn't as funny and charismatic as she was in the first one.I was pretty disappointed. The whole gist of it was that Madison was trying to prove that there's no such thing as fate. She figured that even though someone could be on the wrong path, if they knew that they could possibly die from it, they might change their attitude. The whole book was spent trying to convince the seraphs of this. I wish there were more examples of her trying this theory out. As far as the romance aspect, it was pretty much nonexistent. Madison and her crush Josh had something special in Book One but it was ice cold this round. We hardly heard anything from him at all. He may have had one line in the whole book if that. Was it badly written? Nope. It just needed more going on to keep us readers interested. It made the whole fate argument seem so drawn out being that that was all it was about.
marcelrochester on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Somewhat boring at first because it¿s not clear what they¿re about, but a lot better when the protagonist learns what her powers are.
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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