Early to Death, Early to Rise

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Early to Death, Early to Rise

Madison Avery, Book 2

(No summary, to keep the review spoiler free)

I greatly enjoyed Once Dead Twice Shy, and it’s sequel was not a disappointment. The story was great, the plot moved quickly, the emotions (of a dead highschooler) were intense. I love Madison and her friends—I’m beginning to like Josh more and more—and I love the world she lives in.

The only complaint I have about Early to Death, Early to Rise is the ending. It wasn’t very good. It felt like there should be at least another chapter to close up the story, because certain characters still weren’t developed very well, certain relationships were still unclear, and even Madison’s state of being (remember that she’s dead but not really) is confusing. There just wasn’t enough closure. And Josh! He disappeared in the beginning of the story, and then Madison continued her mission without a second thought about him… and then he never came back into the story. That kind of annoyed me, especially because he was so involved in the first book.

All in all, I enjoyed it. The writing was moderately good, the characters were fun, and the plot was great… it just didn’t have enough closure for me.

Content/recommendation: clean on all counts. Ages 12+

Book Blurb for Early to Death, Early to Rise

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.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2010 3.50