Title: Touch of Death [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Kelly Hashway
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: January 15, 2013
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One Line: Filled with myth, humor, romance, and intrigue, you’ll easily devour this one!
About the Book: 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.
Oh, how I love a good mythology book and this one has got to be one of my favorites! I love how Kelly takes something as crazy as the living dead and turns it into something pretty hilarious and entertaining. Not only that, I love that she delves into a different part of mythology not often retold in books today. Kelly’s writing was fun, enjoyable, and easy to read. Her characters are interesting and the plot flowed very nicely. I love books that capture your attention right from the start, and Touch of Death did just that.
The romance was cute, nothing too serious about them. Although you’ll learn that Alex knows a lot more about Jodi than the other way around (as a lot of books tend to do), their relationship isn’t one of those epic love stories and it really isn’t what drew me to the loving the book. I think it’s a nice enough romance and I’m interested to see how Kelly develops it throughout the series. I have to say though, I loved the beginning of this book and how they happen to meet and eventually get to know each other. It’s both funny and wildly entertaining, I was seriously flying through the pages.
I will say that the book was kind of predictable, but not in a bad way. I guess because I read so much paranormal, I know the general flow of where a lot of authors take things, but Kelly does it in a good way, so with that said, there weren’t any boring moments and I still loved it nonetheless. Her take on the undead was very cool and I loved seeing the animals and people that are brought back to life and what happens because of it. Jodi is a pretty decent female lead too, with a lot of development throughout the book.
I’d highly recommend this book to fans of mythology and just anyone who likes a fun read. It’s a great start to a very intriguing series and I can’t wait to read the next one!