Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review: Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison

Something Deadly This Way Comes (Madison Avery #3) by Kim Harrison
Synopsis (Goodreads):
I'm Madison Avery, in charge of heaven's hit squad . . . and fighting it all the way.

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?
My Thoughts: Flat out, this is isn't my favorite series. I have a really hard time wrapping my head around how the light reapers are willing to let their charges get EATEN INTO NOTHING on the very slim chance that they'll change and become a better person before they die. I guess I could get behind it a little more if their charges were allowed to keep their memories of meeting a reaper so that they could make a conscious decision to change or... or.... something. I don't know. I'm bothered by it. I get why Madison was trying to make changes and the things she was saying made sense and everyone was all "This is the way it's always been done. This is the way it will be done. Get over it." I just ... *pulls hair out*

That said, we did get some resolution on that front in this book. Madison is making changes. They're not going to come about overnight or anything but change is in the air. On top of that, she finally sees WHY the dark reapers are willing to cut short a life to preserve the soul. On the opposite end of the spectrum, she knows that there are some who can turn their lives around and make something of themselves.

Honestly, I can't really say I like this series as a whole. While the idea was intriguing, it never grabbed me the way I like to be grabbed. I liked the characters enough but... it just didn't work for me.

Books in this series
1. Once Dead, Twice Shy
2. Early to Death, Early to Rise
3. Something Deadly This Way Comes - Paperback | Kindle

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  1. I had a hard time with this series as well. Pretty much only read the whole thing because I love Kim Harrison. I was chalking it up to not being a fan of YA.

    1. Well, I read YA so... yeah. I just never really clicked with anything that was going on. I kept expecting more and it wasn't there.

  2. I couldn't get past book one. I was SO SAD, too...because it's KIM HARRISON! And the covers are wicked awesome, too. Boo.

    1. Book one was confusing. Apparently there's a short story that helps explain the events that led to Madison's death but I never read it. Boo, me.