"When Madison died the night of her prom, she knew her life would never be the same. Now she has a powerful amulet, a team of rogue angels by her side, and the ability to flash forward into the future to see the shape of destiny. And of course, now she's finally with Josh—a perfect boyfriend who doesn't even mind that she's dead.
But being dead has its disadvantages, too. Madison feels caught between the light and the dark, and between her real life and her timekeeper status. When Madison has the opportunity to get her body back—to be alive again—she faces her most difficult decision yet. If she claims it, she could return to being a normal girl—and have a chance at a real relationship with Josh. But would having the one thing she wants most in the world also mean giving up everything she's worked so hard for?"
This is the third book in the Madison Avery Trilogy by Kim Harrison. I enjoyed this series and I think the ending fit the feel and tone of the earlier books.
Madison is still trying to figure out just what she wants and how to manage her job as the dark timekeeper. In the second book, Early to Death, Early to Rise Madison and her friends were able to successfully alter fate and save a soul. This book continues on that theme, with Madison still trying to change the current system. She no longer sees dark reapers as evil, but sees the flaws in both the light and dark reaper systems.
I like that Madison has had to grow and learn throughout the books. Light and dark are not black and white and while Madison is initially against dark reapers (fate) she begins to see that it is more complicated. Madison's fight to change the reaper system stops being about her desire for things to be how she thinks they should be and becomes about finding a balance that is reasonable. As she begins to understand that real and meaningful change will take time, she learns to compromise and work with those she has been fighting against.
I also think this trilogy has a unique take on the supernatural and is probably the least angsty young adult paranormal I've read.
While I really liked this series, if I'm being honest, the girly part of me was disappointed that there was no romance between Madison and Barnabas. I know that the story probably worked better as it is, and I had no issue with Josh as a character but my inner teenage girl wanted that story. That part aside, I thought it was a great way to ending to the series.
Overall, this was a trilogy that I enjoyed. I was never passionate about it, but I was excited when the next book came out and I would definitely recommend it.
The series order is:
Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper (in the Anthology Dates From Hell)
Once Dead, Twice Shy
Early to Death, Early to Rise
Something Deadly This Way Comes
How it rates:
Lots of tension and a great ending to the trilogy
Very little, Madison has a boyfriend, small amount of kissing