Review By: Alise
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Source: ARCycling – Thanks!
Pages: 235 (Paperback)
Series: Touch of Death #1
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.
Jodi wasn’t the best heroine, and many of her qualities were cliche. Beautiful, but doesn’t know it, “effortlessly” always looking amazing, even though she wears little makeup and wears cheap clothes. Matt was probably my favorite character, he cared about Jodi in a pure, not possessive sort of way. He was the most real, he actually acted as though he had a set of brains.
At first I was proud that she and her boyfriend were taking her stalker seriously, but that went downfill fast. He broke into her room, stood outside her house, went through her stuff, sent her messages, and watched her for many months before she was even aware of it. Jodi only called the cops once, and that was at the beginning. Once things got worse, she just kept it all to herself. Not in fear, but because she was started to feel something for him. Sigh.
The ending surprised me because I was expecting there to be a major cliffhanger-there was a fight all the way up to the last page. Amazingly it tied up pretty cleanly, giving readers the choice on if they would continue the series or not on their own terms, instead of doing because they just have to know how it ends.