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Product Details

  • Series: Touch of Death (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193705330X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937053307
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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.

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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 http://www.kellyhashway.com and her blog at http:kellyhashway.blogspot.com. Kelly is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Customer Reviews

Hashway did an amazing job tying Greek mythology in with her novel.
Jessica Leigh (Lovin' Los Libros)
A lot of the time, it felt more like the author was manipulating the story than it seemed like the story was unfolding at its own pace.
Fall Into Books
And we get to know very little about him in the first half as he acts just like a weird stalker.
Suzanne Finnegan

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Finnegan on 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 before....in 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By xjessirae on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lili Feinberg on July 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
I couldn't tell you what happened with me and this book. I was eagerly anticipating it and was really excited to be able to trade for my own copy. After all, everyone I talked to has adored it. It has little to no negative ratings on goodreads. But I couldn't get into this book to save my life. I had a lot of problems with it. And, overall, what could have been a really promising concept fell flat for me. I'm honestly all over the place with this one, so I'm sorry if there are any spoilers to follow.

First of all, the characters. I didn't connect to any of them. Jodi was our main character and I never really connected to her. She was pushed around easily and did what others wanted her to do ninety percent of the time. I also felt like she was over-emotional and she had no common sense. She spent the first half of the book accepting that she had a stalker, called the cops once, and then pretty much welcomed him after that. I couldn't deal with it. If you have a stalker, you don't hide him in your closet and hear him out. You call the cops the second he puts a dead rat in your room and you lock his ass behind bars. I get it, doing any of that wouldn't contribute to the story and it would hinder it, but everything seemed so unrealistic to me. It was hard for me to process it all because her reactions were the complete opposite of what any sane person would do. If your boyfriend dies, you don't hit on the creepy stalker within hours by acknowledging how you really like it when your legs touch. Just, I don't understand your mind, Jodi! You're my age and I truly don't understand your mind.
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