Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: Something Deadly This Way Comes

Something Deadly This Way Comes (Madison Avery, #3)

Author: Kim Harrison
Pages: 256
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Library
Other books in the series: Once Dead Twice Shy (Madison Avery #1) (The Book Depository/Amazon) Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery #2) (The Book Depository/Amazon)
Synopsis: 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?

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Something Deadly This Way Comes was another addition to the fabulous Madison Avery series by Kim Harrison. It was probably my favorite of them all.

Upon starting the novel, I was a bit nervous because I didn't remember everything from the previous novels. I was worried I wouldn't understand what's happening but I shouldn't have worried since everything important came back to me. The book also had Madison explain or reference what had happened before a bit to refresh my memory.

I love Kim Harrison's world. She's using angels but in an original way that works. There is a lot of theory behind the magic and the angel hierarchies and it's well thought out. The main struggle of these novels is to find the middle ground between ending someone's life to save their soul or saving someone's life risking their soul. Madison wants it all: life & soul. I couldn't help but agree with her.

It's why Madison's such a great character. She wants change and she works for it. Hard. People throw her down and there are many setbacks and failures. There are also successes and Madison's courage is inspiring. She's a great character; strong, unique, but real. She's not totally selfless and works to get what she wants but she's a good person. The supporting characters are just as good and complex- even better sometimes. (I love Nakita! She's awesome!)

The best and worst thing about this book however was that it went by in a blur. That's great because I was hooked, flipping pages all through out but also not so good because the story kind of went by too fast. It's a short story and most of it is focused on one goal: saving Tammy's soul. As a story, it felt a bit short. This makes me sad because I enjoy these books. The world building and characters and overall plot is interesting but every time I read a book I'm left craving for more. That may be the desired effect though. Or it's just me.

All in all, another great installment to a great series filled with darkness, light, fate and choice. Madison Avery is a series you should be reading. 4 stars,


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