Title: Stalked by Death (Touch of Death #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Kelly Hashway
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: August 13, 2013
In My Opinion: Don’t even touch it!
One Line: Immature and annoying characters along with an ill-paced plot completely turned me away from this series.
About the Book: 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.
It’s not often a series does a complete 180 on you as far as likability goes. Sadly, Stalked by Death fit the bill rather perfectly this time around. It was a total shame, too, because I really liked Touch of Death and had such high hopes for this series. While I could forgive the actions and mannerisms of some of the characters in the first book, this time around I felt like they were all magnified and the new characters were ever more aggravating. I was literally shaking my head and going “WTH?!” the whole time I read this book. The level of immaturity and pettiness that each character had was enough to send me over the edge. Also, everything felt incredibly rushed, nothing was fully explained, and the author kept jumping back and forth from one issue to another. All that and more contributed to my not liking this one bit.
I thought I liked Jodi in the first book, but in this one, she just completely annoyed the hell out of me. For someone who is supposed to be the leader of a group of necromancers, she sure doesn’t know how to lead. Yes, she’s still young, learning her powers, and adapting to her surroundings and the pressure from Hades, but too much of the story was wrapped up in the love triangle, I didn’t see any growth or development from Jodi as a female protagonist at all. And I know the connection to Chase was what drove a lot of her actions, it still doesn’t make up for the way she handled everything. One minute you’re curling up to your boyfriend, the next, you’re enjoying a weird foot massage from the creepy stranger who wants to steal you away (showing no respect for you or your significant other, or no concept of boundaries, for that matter). No thank you! Also, that girl could not stand up for herself to save her life! All I will say is Jodi falls into the category of girls I want to smack.
Don’t even get me started on the boys. Like I said, I can forgive Alex for his Book 1 stalkerish mannerisms, especially given how he redeemed himself throughout the book. But in this book?! Wow, he just went off the charts with his jealousy (for good reason, I’ll give him that, but still), pettiness, and immaturity. He should’ve just pissed all over Jodi for how much he wanted everyone, especially Chase, to know that she belonged to him! I’m all for being assertive and exerting a little bit of the “alpha male” thing, but Alex, yet again, went over the top with it and not in an attractive way. I get that he loves Jodi and things get complicated with Chase, but the way he acted was just crazy and annoying. Even the times when he cared for Jodi and was there for her, I still didn’t feel a thing for him. And Chase?! Wow! Talk about CREEPER! I didn’t like him from the minute he showed up. His character was seriously disturbed and even if I could see the reason behind it, it didn’t make up for all the things he did.
The rest of the characters were ridiculous and really pissed me off most of the time. Sure, they’re all learning how to use their powers, but damn, you would think we were dealing with 5 year old kids with all the drama and level of maturity going around in that house. It was just weird that the only people I saw really using and developing their powers was Jodi and Chase. The others were just along for the ride.
Even though the VERY end was somewhat interesting and I liked the turn of events, that alone couldn’t keep this book afloat for me. If you know me, I am a character person, just a bit more so than a plot person. When there isn’t a single character that I like, even just a little, that pretty much means the book is done for me. While Hashway has great imagination and created a somewhat unique plot, this book really turned me away from the series as a whole. I’m sad to say, I will not be reading Book 3.