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Touch of Death [Kindle Edition]

Kelly Hashway
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Book Description

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 descendants 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.

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Gr 8 Up-Being an ordinary teen is not part of Jodi Marshall's destiny. As weird events happen around her, a stranger appears revealing that he possesses important information that she needs. She believes that Alex is a disturbed stalker but quickly realizes that he is telling the truth. She learns that she is an Ophi, a descendant of Medusa with tainted blood, and that she has the power to kill or heal. Leaving her old life behind, Jodi travels with Alex to live with other necromancers where she will learn how to harness and control her powers. It becomes clear right from the start that Jodi is not only powerful but also that she has special ties to Medusa herself. These abilities set her apart but also put her in terrible danger. If she cannot set things right, the future of her kind is in peril. Hashway's debut novel expertly weaves together Greek mythology, necromancy, and zombies in a way that is fresh and original. The gripping plotline feels a bit rushed but is full of intrigue, romance, and betrayal, and the engaging characters include a goddess, evil villains, a feisty heroine, and a noble hero. Readers will definitely be on the lookout for the next installment in this series.-Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Kelly Hashway is a former language arts teacher who now works as a full-time writer, freelance editor, and mother to an adorable little girl. In addition to writing YA novels, Kelly writes middle grade books, picture books, and short stories. When she's not writing or digging her way out from under her enormous To Be Read pile, she's running and playing with her daughter. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

Product Details

  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193705330X
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; 1 edition (December 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AC463RI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necromancers and mythology, perfect combo! December 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Life and death are always intertwined..

Touch of Death starts off with an ordinary girl who seemed to be accident prone, nearly killing everything and everyone she comes into contact with. This really blows for a girl like Jodi Marshall, even more so when she can't even kiss the boy she likes. But Jodi is destined for greater things and not being able to a kiss a boy is the least of her problems. In this book, we are introduced to a whole new world full of necromancers and a twist in Greek mythology's Medusa. Kelly Hashway creates one book that is pure excellence and will leave you with mind blown goodness.

Jodi was a fantastic character. I loved her immediately because I felt like I could relate to her easily. She was really cool, but was a powerful girl even before everything went down. Jodi was a little clumsy and awkward, but a believable and real character. She had a strong voice in the beginning, but even more so by the end of the book. Jodi was the type of person who was brave and thought ahead. She was definitely funny too. What I admired most about Jodi was how she takes everything with a mature and graceful manner, no matter how weird or unbelievable things felt to her. Jodi had a heart of gold and was an overall good person. She had morals and beliefs and with all the power at her fingertips, she doesn't abuse it. She uses it for good and is never tempted. I loved how Jodi took into consideration of the feelings of the living and the dead. She truly cared for everything and everyone. Jodi doesn't brush things off, but takes responsibility for her actions. She embraced her true identity and power and made sacrifices that left me in awe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Paranormal Delight!! February 25, 2013
This book had me captivated the minute I saw the cover. I have to admit that at 56 yrs of age, I've never been a big fan of paranormal, however... I am now!. Kelly's writing was smooth to me and the story moved on in a pleasant pace. Some reviews say that it took too long for Jodi to catch on to what was happening to her; however that was very realistic to me. Who would guess they could bring the dead back to life and their body was filled with Ophi blood! I'm afraid it would take myself awhile and I'd have to be told in detail was happening to me as well.

Two things did bother me though. The way her first love was killed off and how quickly Jodi got over it. At her young age, it would be a lot more devastating. And secondly, although I truly did love this book and Kelly's style of writing, the plot wasn't different than the other few paranormal books I've read. Girl has special powers and is the chosen one to defeat the enemy of the tribe.

But the way in which everything happened, didn't disappoint and really kept me on my toes and wanting to read the next chapter. Kelly has sucked me in and I can't wait for the next book of the series to come out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Unfortunately, the word that comes to mind to describe this book is "disappointing". Not that it was the worst, my expectations may have just been too high. This is a book I had been highly anticipating and early reviews I'd seen had been quite promising.

This book felt like it had two distinct halves. Before Jodi discovered what she was and was still living among the humans, and after she discovered she was ophi and went to live among her own kind. Besides Jodi, Alex is the only constant character in the book. And we get to know very little about him in the first half as he acts just like a weird stalker. But, even in the second half, I didn't feel his character developed any depth or that I managed to build up any real connection with him. Neither can I say I felt much of a connection with Jodi. The characters felt mostly to be one dimensional and tedious.

Also, there were a few things about this that bothered me, and a few that verged on the ridiculous. One being the ease with which Jodi managed to sever her relationship with her mother. I would have expected more tears, sleepless nights, a bout of depression etc. And no one has ever held both the statues hands all those years...come on!!

Then there's Jodi's relationships, and yes, she had two in this short book. But neither of them captured my attention, there was no fire, no passion, just blandness.

The whole book had a kind of rushed feel to it. It was an easy read but I felt like a lot had been left out or not explained thoroughly enough. It was also quite predictable and nothing took me by surprise.

I couldn't say with any conviction that I will continue on with this series but I'll see how I feel when the time comes. Never say never!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frikkin' EPIC! December 23, 2012
By Kate
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book from the first time I saw the manuscript at Spencer Hill Press. It has Greek mythology and ZOMBIE DEER--what more could you ask for? Seriously, it's such a fun read with amazing and unique twists. It's definitely a one-sitting read--I couldn't put it down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 4, 2013
When I picked up Touch of Death in my hands, I have to admit that for some reason I had high expectations from this book. What with those few raving early reviews and a premise that gives glimpses of a really interesting story and I thought that this book would be amazing. And although the potential for a good book is all there, the execution I'm afraid, spoiled things for me.

The first thing that bothered me in Touch of Death, was how slow it was. I mean almost the whole first half of the book feels like an introduction to the story, where nothing crucial happens, only the problem is, that all that place in the narration isn't used to build the world or the plot, but it's rather wasted on extensive descriptions that aren't really helping anywhere or adding anything to the story. The first half of the book is full of some really extensive descriptions of things like an attempt to catch a rat, that to be frank, I think could have been described in far less pages... As it was, the author wastes precious space in her book just to prolong things. At least I felt that way...

My next problem was the main heroine, Jodi. She was a bit annoying and too self-centred at times. She just acts in a way I can't possibly understand, like when she totally disregards the fact that her room was searched by a stalker just to go on a date. To be accurate, she just pretends that important and dangerous things haven't even happened, just to go on a date...! She pretends and acts with a total abandon over her own life and the life of people she claims she loves, just because she has more important things to do that evening, like finally kissing her boyfriend. I'm sorry, but I just can't like a heroine who acts like that. Jodi is too irresponsible, too gullible and to reckless for my taste.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and fun!
Touch of Death was everything I expected it to be and so much more. It had a gripping story line, young romance, a fierce heroine, evil villains, and a swoon worthy hero. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TeresaMaryRose
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, had my attention fully
I am very impressed by this book. It took a fantastic Myth, a misjudged Constellation/Astrological sign, and turned it into a book that is basically impossible to put down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ophi Ophiuchus
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Ages!
Kelly Hashway intrigues readers with her style, character development, descriptive story and twist of plot! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gina DiCaprio
2.0 out of 5 stars This book was the touch of death
So not amused by this book. It reminded me exactly of Cursed, with a different twist of having a thirteenth zodiac sign instead of people just being born with different powers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicole @ Paperback Princess
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-paced story and I flew through the pages!
Let's put it this way: I read this book in the span of a day. It was that good. The story was very well-paced, and I found myself flying through the pages. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jessica Leigh (Lovin' Los Libros)
5.0 out of 5 stars Luv it!!!!!
It so good i could hardly put it down a wonderful book !!!!! Luv u riting Kelly hashway
J wil love to rread the other books
Published 4 months ago by John D. Chase
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read...
I've had this book on my To Be Read list for a while. I read the first chapter and was hooked. The author's style of writing makes reading the story simple, easy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Angelica Steward
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool take on mythology
First Thoughts: 3.5 stars A cool take on mythology. I had mixed feelings in the beginning but the ending totally picked up and sealed it for me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Celeste
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoyingly naive main character and a creepy stalker as the love...
Oh, I wanted to love this one. Greek mythology - and about Medusa, no less! It's rare to find books based on her, so I was so thrilled at the summary. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kaitlyn (The Bookworm)
3.0 out of 5 stars Saw most of it coming
I really enjoyed how this book starts. The mythology, the idea of the 13th sign, and the lore of necromancers really made this one promising. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Valerie Fink
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More About the Author

Kelly Hashway writes books and short stories for children through young adults. Her YA novels include, TOUCH OF DEATH (Spencer Hill Press), STALKED BY DEATH (Spencer Hill Press), FACE OF DEATH (Spencer Hill Press, 1/7/14), THE MONSTER WITHIN (Spencer Hill Press, 6/17/14), THE DARKNESS WITHIN (Spencer Hill Press, 2015), and INTO THE FIRE (Month9Books, 9/14). Her debut MG series, CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE releases in 2014 through Month9Books. She is also the author of the picture books, CRICKET'S DRIVE AROUND TOWN, MELINDA'S MUSEUM MAGIC, MAY THE BEST DOG WIN, THE PURRFECT PUPPY, and SANTA BUNNY. For more information about Kelly and her published works, please visit her website at and her blog at Kelly is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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