Monday, August 12, 2013

Book Review: Stalked By Death (Touch of Death #2) by: Kelly Hashway

Release Date: August 13, 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 knows that any slip-ups made by the Ophi--a special group of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac--will fall on her shoulders... and that Hades is just waiting for them to screw up so he can wipe out the Ophi line.
Unfortunately, Jodi has only convinced one Ophi to join her school: A hot guy named Chase who jeopardizes her relationship with Alex. Jodi loves Alex, but Chase can enhance her powers with just a touch—making her stronger than any Ophi has ever been.

Her mixed emotions send her powers surging out of control, and the dead start rising without her conscious summoning—exactly what Hades doesn't want! If she chooses Alex over Chase, she may lose the battle to Hades, leading the Ophi race to extinction. If she chooses Chase, she might be able to stop Hades for good… but lose everything else.

Jodi needs to figure things out fast--because death is stalking her at every turn."

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Touch of Death, so I had really high hopes for Stalked By Death. Sadly, I was a tad disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the book, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first. For me it suffered from middle book syndrome a bit. 

Jodi was tough for me in this book. She is supposed to be this super strong leader, but sometimes she makes really bad decisions. Also she doesn’t see things that are staring her in the face. I try not to judge characters actions but some of Jodi’s choices made me shake my head. 

Then there was Alex. He continues to be my favorite character in the series. I love him and I love how much crap he puts up with from Jodi. I really admired his loyalty. I really don’t know how he put on as much of a brave face as he did. 

We then had the new guy Chase. We all know how I get with love triangles. Not going to lie, I wasn’t feeling this one. I couldn’t stand Chase and his actions made me crazy. I can honestly say I actually hated him. This is why I got so aggravated. I couldn’t understand Jodi liking him at all. It didn’t make any sense to me. 

As I said previously, I felt as if Stalked By Death suffered a bit from middle book syndrome. Some of the typical middle book plot points happened, such as instability between Alex and Jodi. Also, Jodi is the new leader of the Ophi and had a lot on her plate. So why did it seem like her most pressing issue dealt with Alex and Chase. I think there were more important things for her to focus on. Although I will say that her focusing so heavily on the Alex and Chase drama did come back to bite her in the butt. And speaking of drama. Oh my the drama llama was running rampant in this book. 

With all of that being said, I did truly enjoy Stalked By Death. I do like this twist on mythology and I do like the whole necromancy aspect. I like how easy it is to get lost in the story. I also like how it is a truly quick and simply fun read. Plus after that ending I am dying to get my hands on the final book. I’m also hoping the drama llama has run away and won’t be as prominent in the next book. I think there are some really crazy things to come.

All in all, Stalked By Death is a quick and fun read. It is great for fans of mythology!


  1. See I liked this book better than the first one. It's interesting that you felt the opposite way about it. Either way, great review. I agree what you said about the middle book syndrome, though.

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

  2. Oh I remember seeing the first book in this series all over the place. I haven't read it but I think I'll wait for the third book in series and see what people think of it. I'm sorry this one disappointed you though. Great review :)

  3. Tough when the mc makes some bad decisions, and often I find myself disappointed with a 2nd book in series

  4. I always hate when the second book never really lives up to the first one. And that terrible love triangle.. Oh man. That sucks it wasn't as great as you were hoping for it to be, girl. But still, awesome review!!

  5. It seems like more middle books fall into a rut than not. This series has such mixed reviews. Hopefully the third will be better. Great review, Teresa!

  6. Argh, those darn sophomore slumps! You still draw me in with this review, and I want to give this series a read! Awesome job, love! xo

  7. You know exactly how I feel about this book. Sigh. Jodi was annoying, Alex was over the top, and Chase was downright creepy. Lol. Anyways, it's good you're still giving this series a try and hopes for it. Me, I've given up. Lol. Great review!

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
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  8. Thanks for such an honest review Teresa. I also loved the first book and it's a bit of a bummer to see this one doesn't live up to the first. I really like Alex, so I wasn't too happy at the love triangle angle being thrown in.

  9. NOOOOO WHHYYYYYYYY......LOVE TRIANGLESS!!!! Always put a damper on things!!! I seriously can't stand triangles of any shape (snicker) or size. I actually haven't read the first book, but I was intrigued by the necromancy aspect and of course the mythology. I find its really hard to get a book that doesn't suffer from middle book syndrome. Sorry this was disappointing, Teresa. I don't know how I could stand Jodi. She just sounds plain annoying in this one. But, I am not putting it off. I am very curious to see how this series turns out! Thanks for the honest review! :D

    ~ Maida <3


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