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Gr 7-10-With her purple-tipped hair and Goth style, Madison didn't fit in when she was alive, and she has real problems now that she is dead. She went to the prom with popular and handsome Josh, but when she found out that her dad had arranged the "fix-up," she ran off with the dangerously charming Kairos. This was a bad idea. Kairos is a dark timekeeper who needed to strike down Madison because his own time was about to run out and when he tried, she stole his amulet. This event sets off a unique adventure in which Madison is stuck somewhere between life and death. Caught up in a world of dark and light reapers, seraphs, and guardian angels, she has to fight to get the correct amulet and to reunite her body and soul so that she can live out a life cut short. The characters and their specific jobs and places in the hierarchy of heaven and earth are hard to follow, perhaps because this first book in the series is the setup for those that follow. The final chapters are by far the best as readers finally get a handle on all of the intricacies of the story and become attached to some of the characters, such as Grace, a funny and charming guardian angel who often speaks in limericks.-Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"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 Summoning
"With a Kim Harrison novel, I expect action, humour, worldbuilding, 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 and Ink Exchange
"Abounds with originality and introduces us to rich characters.is sure to introduce [Harrison] to a whole new generation of readers." -- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"An amusing and entertaining jaunt of an urban fantasy." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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