Written by: Kim Harrison
Genre: YA/Urban Fantasy
The premise: Madison Avery had a killer prom. Literally. Killed by her date, she's only still kicking because she stole the amulet of the reaper who came for her soul. That amulet's the only thing keeping her "alive," and the reaper isn't too happy about it. He's doing everything he can to get that amulet back, even if it means using her friends and loved ones to do it. But Madison isn't going to take this lying down. She's got the help of another reaper (a light one, a good guy, she hopes), her cute crush, and a guardian angel. Hopefully it's enough to keep her alive and kicking.
Buy the Paperback: this is a tricky rating. If I were basing it on unique urban fantasy elements, this book is an absolute must-have. Truly, it's unique, and again I applaud Harrison for giving me a strong heroine and for not setting this series in the same world as her Rachel Morgan books. However, basing the rating on the fact it's a YA novel (which makes me consider the length) and the problems I had working out some of the motivations that pushed the plot forward, I don't feel it's worth the cost of a hardcover. It's a good book, and I'll very seriously consider the next book in the series (and in hardcover, since that's what I started with), but unless you're just a major Kim Harrison fan or the book sounds so awesome to you that you can't wait to read it, wait for the paperback. It's good, but it's not HARDCOVER good.
Review style: for this book, I'm dividing it once more into two sections: what I liked and what I didn't. Expect spoilers in both, because what I like and don't like directly relates to said spoilers. So, if you don't want to be spoiled, stop now. However, if you've already read the book or you just don't care about spoilers, then you may find the full review in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: Kim Harrison's ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY
Happy Reading! :)