Sunday, March 16, 2014

Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway

13326795Genre: Mythology, Necromancers
Kindle Edition: 235 Pages
Published: January 15, 2013
Series: Touch of Death
            1. Touch of Death
            2. Stalked by Death
            3. Face of Death
Rating: ★★★★
Goodreads 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 Review:
           I honestly don't know how to write this review. So I'm going to try something new...
The Cover:
            The only reason I picked this book up was because of the cover. You have to admit its kind of sorta BEAUTIFUL! I always love books with a beautiful cover it just makes you want read even if the story doesn't meet your expectations. However, this book did meet my expectations.
The Plot:
            The whole idea of necromancers was beautifully crafted by Hashway. A girl who can raise the dead. How creepy is that? And she is somehow related to Medusa, double creepy. But I enjoyed this book because it was a quick read and the topic of raising the dead was very interesting. The story revolves around a young girl who learns that she comes from a long line of necromancers. She discovers she has deadly powers and a mysterious guy is following her around. When she finally learns about her powers and what she can do, she is very worried. She has to leave her family, her friends, and her life behind to help save the world. Yes the plot is similar to many books that have to do with a girl sacrificing her needs for the needs of others. Very predictable but twisted into a new topic. And  I found that to be refreshing. It wasn't about your average vampire or werewolf. Don't get me wrong, I love a good werewolf story but after a while you just wish you had something different to read. And this definitely was.  
The Characters, Love interest, and a Final Thought:
            The heroine, Jodi is determined, powerful, and strong. At first she seems like she might be a little baby who complains a lot, but surprising she's not. She acts mature for her age and is very clever. I love that while she is smart she doesn't make stupid choices, she just makes mistakes like the rest of us.
            The male lead, Alex is fabulous. In the beginning he puts up a tough facade. He was raised by uncaring parents which resulted in him being distant with people. But surprisingly he turned out to be a sweetheart who puts the needs of others before his own.     
            I adored Kelly's writing but I also felt that the story could have been written in a different way. In my opinion it seemed like I was reading the events in a step by step format and I didn't like that. However, I did not see the crazy ending coming at all. So looking forward the next book in the series. 

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