Review: Touch of Death (DAC)

February 17, 2013 Review 16 ★★

Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway
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Review By: Alise
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Source: ARCycling – Thanks!
Pages: 235 (Paperback)
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Touch of Death #1

Release Date: January 15th 2013
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.

Fairly entertaining, but lacking in realism and depth. The concept was great, a girl with a touch that kills, that sure would put a damper on life. Add mythlogy to the mix, and it has the makings to be a favorite novel of mine. Unfortunuely, those were the only things I really enjoyed. While they made a good backbone, not as much attention was given to other important things such as the characters.

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.

As for realism, Jodi was a little too accident prone. Her “touch of death” is activated by her blood, so whenever it was convenient, she would hurt herself in a totally unrealistic way. Before it became ridiculous, the author just decided to make Jodi’s bandages rip open every time instead of her injuring herself. At least this was a teensy  bit more believable.

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.

Rating Report
Overall: 2

16 Responses to “Review: Touch of Death (DAC)”

  1. Dena McMurdie

    Interesting review. I’ve seen this book around and I’ve wondered if it was good, so I’m glad you reviewed it. Too bad the characters weren’t better. I’m not a fan of cliche’s, and the ones you named are some of the worst offenders in my opinion. But it sounds like it has potential.


    Three stars? I would’ve thought you’d like the book a bit more.
    The necromancer part is what really got me. Just imagining a necromancer/Medusa descendant, fighting evil, is enough to make my eyes widen in anticipation. (Just imagine a small child in a big, BIG toystore :)

  3. Kezia D

    The concept is pretty interesting and the cover is gorgeous though. But I’m not sure I will like the MC if she’s like that. I’m kinda tired of clumsy MC. Or maybe she should wear good luck charm?? Lol xD so she won’t be too accident prone xD

  4. Aaliyah

    Wow, this book sounds so interesting! I am glad I found this blog on gfc collective because I have never heard of this book before! Thanks for the review

  5. Jessica Leigh

    After you stopped my blog and read my review I had to come and check yours out, too! I do agree. Jodi’s clumsiness was just a bit too convenient for it to really be believable. And in real life, if a girl were being stalked by some guy she didn’t know (hor or not) I would hope they would take a little more precautions than Jodi did!

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