Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Review: Touch of Death by: Kelly Hashway

Release Date: January 15, 2013
from Spencer Hill Press
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review

"Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.
After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.
Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct."

My Thoughts:

Touch of Death was everything I expected it to be and so much more. It had a gripping story line, young romance, a fierce heroine, evil villains, and a swoon worthy hero. To put it simply, I really loved this book. It is a very fast and a very enjoyable read. 

Our heroine Jodi is one that readers will really enjoy. She is strong, brave, and smart; but still manages to come across as a teen. She does not appear old for her age and I loved that. I love that she was strong despite her age and that on occasion her teenage side got the better of her. Jodi is the kind of character that tries to be responsible and truly cares about the people around her, but sometimes good intentions do not always have good outcomes. She had some great sarcastic moments and even when things freaked her out, she always rose above it. 

The aforementioned swoon worthy hero is named Alex. Added to book boyfriend list: check. He is sweet, sarcastic, and funny despite his initial creeper tendencies. It is very clear how he feels about Jodi and I really liked that. There was no guesswork or mixed messages; for the most part the reader could clearly tell how Alex felt even if Jodi could not. 

The romance between Jodi and Alex is very sweet and innocent. It really feels like two teens that are simply falling for each other and experiencing a lot of firsts together. Despite everything going on around them, the blossoming romance still shines through. I also loved that this book left a lot of the angst behind. While they still act like teens, there is no unnecessary angst going on in the story in terms of the relationship. 

One of my favorite aspects of this story was the Greek mythology that was interwoven throughout. That is actually what initially caught my attention about this book; I am a sucker for Greek mythology. This book places a heavy emphasis on Medusa, but this is Medusa as you have never seen her before. The scary monster we all know as Medusa is nonexistent in this book. This Medusa is powerful and strong and nothing like you expect her to be. Just wait and see what I mean.

While I will admit to correctly guessing who the bad guys were, I also did not care that I did in the least. I really just enjoyed being along for the ride with Jodi and Alex. I loved watching the events unfold and seeing how each character dealt with the situations thrown at them. Also, we all know about my zombie obsession, so I was ecstatic when they popped in. However these are not your normal zombies and this storyline was much deeper than I initially expected it to be. I loved how Jodi handled this situation. 

One of the biggest and best aspects of Touch of Death is the necromancy. It was intriguing and the way the powers work is so different from the norm. This power is double sided; it is not just about giving life but also about taking it. It shows how too much power in the wrong hands can have deadly consequences. 

Touch of Death is a book that I recommend you read as soon as you are possibly able. You will conveniently forget everything else that you thought you had to do for the day and instead spend your time with Jodi and Alex. Touch of Death is deadly addictive and I dare you to put it down.


  1. Great review!! I LOVE that Medusa makes an appearance! I'd love to see more of her in books.

    Touch of Death sounds fabulous - like everything I hoped it would be! I had high hopes for this book so I'm so glad you loved it!!

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed Touch of Death. Thanks for such an amazing review! :)

  3. I've been very curious about this one. That gorgeous cover deserves a great story and this one seems to be. I usually don't mind if I guess the mystery, either. Glad you loved this. Great review!

  4. You sold me at swoon worthy hot guy! HAHHAAAHAAHA!!
    I also died laughing when I read 'creeper tendencies' just hilarious! Jodi does sound like a character I would love! Love the sound of the Greek mythology in the book.
    Adding the one to my TBR list:D

    Great review!!

  5. Great review! I've been looking forward to this one for months and now you have made me even more excited for this book! It sounds great and that's great that it lived up to your expectations. Definitely buying this one as soon as it comes out!

  6. Nice review! I have heard nothing but great things about the author and this just makes me want to read her work that much more :)


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