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Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery, Book 2) Hardcover – May 25, 2010

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Grade 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
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Fans of Once Dead, Twice Shy (2009) won’t be disappointed by this more-of-the-same sequel, which follows Madison—the newly minted dark timekeeper of the afterworld—as she tries to stave off unnecessary reaper scythings. The plot this time revolves around a dangerous computer virus, but the story’s primary concerns are the rocky relationships between the rogue’s gallery of supernatural characters (and a few human ones, too). Harrison’s afterworld rules remain rather exhausting, but her theme of fate versus choice is more finely tuned here than in the first book. If this is your kind of thing, you already have it on order. Grades 8-11. --Daniel Kraus

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061718173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061718175
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling Kim Harrison was born in Detroit and has lived most of her life within an easy drive of it. When not at work on her latest project, she spends her time landscaping her new/old Victorian home or out on the links with her mom. Her current vices include good chocolate, and exquisite sushi. Her bestselling 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; and The Witch With No Name.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on May 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Madison is dead, her body is no where to be found and officially she's the new Dark Timekeeper. Always by her side are the Dark Reaper Nakita and The Light (actually neutral) Reaper Barnabas. She doesn't believe in fate though as the Dark Timekeeper she is suppose to, yet she doesn't believe that all these 'marks' will make the right decision on their own, they need some intervention. Naturally this is throwing off the order of everything, and no one Reaper or Seraph knows what to do with her. The sad fact is that as a young senior in high school, she's flying by instinct alone and isn't sure what she's doing either.

This is the second installment of the Madison Avery series and I personally think is better than the first one. The first book Once Dead, Twice Shy threw the reader into a world of marks, Reapers, Timekeepers, amulets, Seraphs, guardian angels, exc. In this book we already have a feel for Madison's world and understand a bit more how reaps work. Madison is working so hard to try to find a balance between being the Timekeeper of fate, yet herself believing in free choice. This whole book is about one reap and the everyone connected to it.

The only reason it didn't get five stars was because I believe it was too short, in hardcover, and needed more storyline. The plot was fantastic, but simple and only involved one reap. Madison didn't even learn any new skills or train with Barnabas. There also wasn't that much action. I love how the story unfolds and where the plot is going though and that makes it a worthy read. Light on action, but thick in characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darkfallen on March 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Madison is the new Dark timekeeping. Much to her disliking I might add. Trying to change the way the heavens have been doing things since the beginning of time isn't as easy as she might think. Especially while she is constantly finding herself in the middle of Nakita, a dark angel, and Barnabus, a once light angel gone grim. The three of them working together is next to impossible. Determined not to give into a fate Madison doesn't believe in, she is out to prove there is another way. That everyone has a choice, but she begins to question herself after spending a little time inside her marks head. Will Madison be able to change the rules of the divine? Or will Nakita get frustrated and scythe him? In the end the big question is will Madison be able to hang on to her beliefs?

After reading the first book in this series I was left intrigued by the whole concept of light and dark timekeepers.
Fate vs. Choice

While I did come to understand the concept a little better something about it just isn't setting right with me. I still found myself a bit confused from time to time, as I often did in the first book. I'm also sad to report that it just didn't seem to keep me interested. My mind kept wondering to other stories I've read recently. I will say that I am happy to see Madison has grown up some and Grace is still talking in riddles. At times her riddles were funny, but at others they fell flat.

I was also sad to see that Josh, Madison's love interest, didn't have much of a roll in this book. I would have liked to see more from him and I will admit that when he was in the picture, the book had my attention. When he wasn't my mind started to wander. Can you tell I'm a sucker for teen agnsty tension??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on October 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Early to Death, Early to Rise (2010) is the second Fantasy novel in the Madison Avery series, following Once Dead, Twice Shy. In the previous volume, Seth tried to give Madison a final death, but Nakita intervened and killed the dark timekeeper. A seraph then confirmed that Madison was the new dark timekeeper, but Madison still believes in Choice rather than Fate.

Madison decided to try to talk the marks into saving their souls by changing their ways. The seraphs allowed her to try and gave her Barnabas and Nakita to support the effort. Grace was also assigned to Madison.

In this novel, Madison Avery is dead, but appears alive due to Seth's amulet. Although she is now the dark timekeeper, she knows very little about the role. Her reapers are trying to help her, but Nakita is only sure that Madison is boss. Everything else is subject to debate.

Josh Daniels is the son of a coworker of Madison's father. He had witnessed the death of Madison. His memories of the incident were wiped, but now he remembers again.

Barnabas was a light reaper. He is now a grim reaper, neither dark nor light. He is Madison's principal supporter in the project, but even he is not convinced that intervention will work.

Nakita is a dark reaper. She is still puzzled by the situation, but tries her best. Still, this doesn't mean that she has stopped arguing with Baranbas.

Charon is the light timekeeper. Ron had been Barnabas's boss, but is now just a pain in the neck. He believes in Choice, but tends to lie to Madison and Barnabas.
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