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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,453 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Harrison Narrator: Mandy Siegfried Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Madison Avery Series Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780061799587
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a Kim Harrison novel, I expect action, humor, world building, strong female characters, true friendships, and a bit of realistic romance. I found it all right here.”

    Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely

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

    Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of The Awakening

  • “Harrison weaves an exciting battle, not between good and evil, but between free will and destiny. A compelling blend of mysticism, suspense and surprise make for a quick and pleasurable read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An enjoyable and well-conceived book for those who believe in supernatural forces such as angels, and it makes readers consider whether light and dark forces really do represent good and evil.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Harrison’s young adult debut is an amusing and entertaining jaunt of an urban fantasy…The characters are an entertaining bunch from the witty punk lead Madison, to the humorous guardian angel Grace, to the ever arguing reapers. All points considered, the novel is a solid and enjoyable read.”

    VOYA

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laela | 1/13/2014

    " Madison is dead, but not realy. She's hiding from angles who are trying to reap her soul. Then thinks get kind of tricky and a little hard to follow. Good, but not great. Got a little lost with the plot at the end. I think it's ment to be a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Humphries | 1/3/2014

    " Was an interesting premise. Not sure if I would say it is my favorite but Harrison is a great writer so it is still worth reading. A lot simpler then her adult witch series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/31/2013

    " I liked the premise of this book and actually enjoyed reading it. I was often annoyed by the complexity of plot devices (like the use of amulets - I know that they served to identify the beholder, protected their essence and were the source of their power... Or did they??? This seemed somewhat ambiguous to me). I also found myself scanning through portions of the book because of the inanity and repetitiveness of some of the dialogue. I plan to read the second book before I completely write off the trilogy as a whole... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 shallowwater | 12/20/2013

    " Reasonable. It would have been cool to have things explained better in the beginning, but I understand that would be hard with the point of view that is used. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy Mutka | 12/20/2013

    " A little choppy and hard to follow at times. Had to re-read a couple areas to see if I had overlooked something. It was ok. Not my favorite, but I did read it and the next book in the series too. Usually I stop reading if not interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kona | 12/14/2013

    " While I definitely prefer her other series, this one is sounds like it will be a good teen series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 12/12/2013

    " I had a hard time getting into this book. I didn't really care for the characters and the story line was different than I thought it was going to be. I got about a 1/4 of the way through and finally stopped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle (meshe) | 11/7/2013

    " not as good as The Hollows series, but it was okay. What to read next??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 10/4/2013

    " I adore Kim Harrison's Hollows series for adults and her new young adults series is starting off just as promising. It was also surprisingly free of sexual themes compared to a lot of the teen books out there. Great story with a fascinating mythology. I fully recommend it for readers of any age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flossie | 6/12/2013

    " Striking cover. Interesting mythology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 alicia eltzroth | 5/13/2013

    " heaven and hell get a whole new take. read prom nights from hell first "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xdyj | 10/6/2012

    " Quite enjoyable and refreshing if you can suspend disbelief, overlook all the plot holes and don't mind a slightly whiny (but still likable) protagonist. It's squeals are less funny, more preachy and with even more contrived plot. The overall series is probably guilty of being America centric. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelli | 4/29/2012

    " I can't do it, I tried. 30 pages in I had to stop..this book is horrible! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilsue Torrez-hutcherson | 2/20/2012

    " This book as okay, I think I would have wanted more to happen, but it was still decent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 9/13/2011

    " While not as good as Kim Harrison's adult books, it is still interesting and inventive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracett | 5/20/2011

    " This is a fun twist on the paranormal theme. The lead character, Madison, is charmingly imperfect. I've yet to meet a Kim Harrison novel that I haven't enjoyed and this in no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/10/2011

    " Review is in process... I liked it, but not loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 crystal | 5/9/2011

    " I really liked this book I am a huge fan of Kim Harrison she is amazing :-) the only bad thing I have to say is that it just wasn't long enough by the time u really get into the book it's ending :-( I can wait to start reading the next one :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra | 5/5/2011

    " It started out good, but then took a turn for the worse, confusing with all the amulet and scythe, timekeeper and reaper theology. I skipped some paragraphs for lack of caring anymore! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tokio Hotel, Cinema Bizarre, and The GazettE | 4/25/2011

    " I liked this book, and I thought the writing was done very well, but at the same time I felt like something was missing throughout the entire book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronda | 4/14/2011

    " Looking forward to seeing what's next for Madison in her journey to find her body, figure out where she stands in the battle between free will and fate, and, oh yeah--make it through her senior year of high school. Kim Harrison has given the YA world a fun new urban fantasy series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 4/11/2011

    " It was interesting. How certain angels are either chosen to kill you or save your life. Would like to see a sequel to see where this goes. "

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About the Author
Author Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison is the the bestselling author of the Hollows series. Her teen debut Once Dead, Twice Shy and its sequel, Early to Death, Early to Rise, were instant New York Times bestsellers. Born and raised in the upper Midwest, she has since fled south, where she spends her time tending orchids, cooking with some guy in a leather jacket, and training her dog. Her current vices include good chocolate and exquisite sushi.

About the Narrator

Mandy Siegfried has worked at theaters in New York, on and off Broadway, and around the country. Her film work includes School of Rock, Two Weeks Notice, Winter Passing, Liberty Maine, The Out-of-Towners, and St. Andrew’s Girls.