Review: Once Dead, Twice Shy

Jun •  27 •  2010
Review: Once Dead, Twice ShyOnce Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
Published by HarperCollins on May 26th 2009
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: Bought

My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.

Madison's prom was killer—literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.

Now she's stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.

With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.

Well, if she believed in that stuff.


I picked up this book at my local wal-mart cruising the book section. The book section there has gotten fairly large and that make me happy! You see, in order for me to get books, I have to go to out to the mall that has the ONE book store Waldenbooks/Borders. So for me to take a trip all the way downtown….yeah it takes time, money, gas,etc…. So I found this book and it caught me eye.

 This is a very different very interesting book. At first I thought this was vampire and it was not. It is based on Light and Dark Reapers. Which of course you don’t find many YA books based on a plot like this, so I was very happy to be reading something different.


Madison was killed om her birthday/prom day. A Dark Reaper is after her due to something in her future. Apparently her saw something that she does to interrupt his plan and so he sets off to kill her. But he did not succeed. Instead, she got a hold of his amulet, which is allowing her to manifest a body, allowing her to stay earthbound.


My favorite part of this story is the G.R.A.C.E.S. or Guardian, Reaper-Augmented Cherub, Extinction Security. This little guardian angel was funny. All her little one-liners kept me laughing.She defiantly added humor in this book.


I also enjoyed how Madison chose to make her own decisions. We all have a choice in what we do, no matter what fate says. Fate may say we do this, but we can always change that. I admire her for that passion.

This book was a small, fast, easy read. It had no curse words or sexual references.  Kim Harrison did a fantastic job writing this. I’m  glad that I found a book that is suitable for teens, but also great in the paranormal area.

Happy Reading!


  1. Smash Attack!
    Jun 27, 2010

    Have you read KH’s The Hollows series? In my opinion. one of the most fantastic urban fantasy authors/series ever! The series is friggin incredible! If you read (and I HIGHLY suggestthat you do) you will probably compare Grace to Jenks, who is probably one of the best characters in any book, ever! (and he’s a pixie!!!)

    Anywho, I like this book, but it wasn’t amazing to me. I think I might be a tad spoiled due to KH’s other series and was probably a bit let down. Here is my review:

  2. Must Love Books
    Jun 27, 2010

    Kim Harrison is one of my all time favorite authors ever! Her Hollows series is up there with Harry Potter and Twilight for me. Plus she’s really good about getting back to her fans if they email her.
    I really like this series of hers as well. I wrote a review for it on my blog as well.

  3. Kate Evangelista
    Jun 27, 2010

    Love the review! Got a contest you might want to check out:

  4. Selva Kumar R
    Jun 28, 2010

    Nice and brief review…Good work

  5. KWbookfanatic
    Jun 29, 2010

    I really enjoyed the book as well, have you read the second one in the series yet?

  6. marjoriekaye
    Jun 29, 2010

    Savannah–Thank you for inviting me to your blog. It’s very well designed and engaging. You respond to good character development and so do I. My books are not YA, though, being an English teacher I know how students benefit from well written YA books and so your reviews would be helpful.

    Marjorie Kaye

  7. what...more books
    Jul 24, 2010

    I also liked this book. it was very good and i already have book 2 to read. you can check out my reveiw at my blog.