Review: Early to Death, Early to Rise

Aug •  19 •  2010
Review: Early to Death, Early to RiseEarly To Death, Early To Rise by Kim Harrison
Published by HarperCollins on May 25th 2010
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: Bought
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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 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."

This is the second installment to the Madion Avery series. The first book had me hooked but this one, I am not to sure.
The book picks off right were it left off. Madison has chosen choice. In which she believes everyone has a choice and you can choose your future, not in fate. Madison is once again trying to save someone by giving them a chance to choose. In between it all, Madison is joined with the struggle of the both Light and Dark, and the very annoying Grace. Not to mention Josh, who has grown into a great love interest.
This book was a fast and easy read. It was short so it did not take me a long time to read it. While the writing and plot was good, I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I felt like the book was missing something. Like words were missing in detailing something or maybe the drama could of played out a different way. I just felt as if this book lost it spark. It did hold my interest, but just not in a great way.
I did however enjoy the ever increasing chemistry between Josh and Madison. I was glad to see them finally crossing that line. I also enjoyed Grace and her annoying singing. If one thing puts a smile on my face it was Grace. Her little songs are just hilarious. Plus I love her humor in it all.
If you have not read the first book, Once Dead, Twice Shy, you should before you read this one. It will confuse you since if starts off where the first one left off.
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!



  1. Theresa
    Aug 19, 2010

    I felt the exact same way about the book like it was missing something. Is there going to be a thrid book? I feel like the way the author left it off there definitely will be and if so I think a love triangle is brewing.

  2. Savannah
    Aug 19, 2010

    I’m not sure if there is a third book, although I am postive there it. I will pick up that book. I am definitly interested in the love triangle!

  3. Melissa
    Aug 19, 2010

    Sounds like a good book. I didn’t realize this was by Kim Harrison.

    Btw, have an award for you:

  4. Melissa
    Aug 19, 2010

    Great review! I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this book, but I think I might give it a go because it’s a quick and easy read 🙂

  5. Smash Attack!
    Aug 19, 2010

    I wasn’t very impressed with the first, but I do plan to continue the series. If you haven’t read Harrison’s UF series, The Hollows, it is a MUST! One of the best in the genre!

  6. Savannah
    Aug 19, 2010

    I have quite a few people recommed that series. I will definitly pick it up!

  7. Candace
    Aug 20, 2010

    I love Kim Harrison but found the first one in the series was just okay. So I figured I’d wait until this is in paperback to get it. I do love the worlds Harrison creates though!