Earlier today I released my interview with SuperWriter extraordinaire, author Kelly Hashway! Now I bring you my book review of Touch of Death.
In addition to the review, I am giving away my ARC of Touch of Death (you must live in the Contiguous United States to enter). You will have until January 15th, the book’s release date, to enter via the Rafflecopter widget on my giveaway site!
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.
As some of you might know, I’m a tad bit in love (*cough, cough – obsessed) with all things mythological. Since mythology seems to be quite the budding field right now, I’ve been having the time of my life. However as someone who knows a lot of myths from various cultures, it only takes so long for someone to get tired of the same myths being retold.
Where is she going with this? (you might be thinking), well, just in case you haven’t guessed it already, Kelly Hashway’s Touch of Death went above and beyond the typical myths. She took Medusa, a common yet, in my opinion, often looked down on way too much, figure in Greek mythology and found minor myths in order to give her book the most beautiful Medusa retelling I’ve read so far.
Aside from my own manuscript BLOOD OF ISIS, (which doesn’t really count since I wrote it) I haven’t loved a mythology retelling this much since Jessica Therrien’s Oppression.
Jodi is a strong girl, strong yet horribly stubborn, she drove me crazy throughout the first half of the book. Hashway weaved her story so well that I was profusely yelling at Jodi. A one point I was so into the book and attached to the characters that I threw it to the floor and started shrieking and crying (my roommate thought someone had died). But, like I was saying, Jodi is a very strong young woman and it was nice, for once, to have a strong female character who is trying to figure out what’s going on as opposed to one who is constantly pinning over a guy throughout the entire novel (I don’t mind romance, in fact I love it but when it’s unnecessarily out of place, that’s THE END for me).
Oh and as for Alex…well, I LOVED him. I’ve never really been into the whole “team” thing (mostly because I always end up on the losing side…Team Gale, anyone???) but well let’s just say by the end of the book, I was and am 100% Team Alex.
Thank you Kelly & Spencer Hill Press for giving me the chance to read this beautiful book. Go and preoder your copy today, if your interests are anything similar to mine you’ll have this one finished within a few hours!
**This is a 100% honest review, I received the ARC from Spencer Hill Press to read and review**
Update 3/24 /14 – The books in the Touch of Death series are avaliable for purchase, buy links can be found on Kelly Hashway’s website: http://www.kellyhashway.com/touchofdeathseries.htm