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Touch of Death by [Hashway, Kelly]
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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.

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  • File Size: 1351 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; 1 edition (December 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AC463RI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Touch of Death is the first book in my Most Anticipated list that I get to review and I'm itching to do it! My fingers cannot wait to type these words.

The story is about Jodi, a girl who discovers that her blood can kill and bring back bodies and souls and who is a descendent of... Medusa. Jodi is also the only one who can save her race, the Ophi, and, after leaving her old life behind, she finds herself in a new, dangerous and pretty weird family (zombie servants? Yikes!). and then there's Alex, ready to help her... But nothing is what it seems and Jodi has to be careful because someone wants to harm her.

First of all, I'd like to say that I adore mythology and this book made me discover a myth, that of Ophiucus, that I didn't know about and immediately caught my attention. It's original and gives a new interpretation of Medusa, who I always thought was a big bad Godness. In this book we see another side!

The first half of the book is about Jodi and her discovery of the new identity; in doing it, Jodi's blood kills, without her knowing, animals and people. The second part is about Jodi, her new role and hew powers and we also get to know more about Alex.

I really liked the main characters: Jodi is nice, funny but she's also rather clumsy and makes mistakes, she's a girl I can relate to; Alex is adorable (most of the time) and has two terrible parents that made me want to cuddle him, he's done some things he's not proud of but he has a good heart; Abby is annoying to say the least but she didn't have an easy life. I think I would have probably killed Victoria and Troy because, seriously, what kind of parents are they? I really hated them from the start.
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Jodi finds herself stalked by a handsome but pushy guy named Alex who follows her around at school. She catches him hanging outside of her window at night, and he even sneaks into her room and ransacks it. Her new boyfriend, Matt is mad about it too, and at one point, tackles the guy. As if that isn't scary enough, Jodi finds that everyone she touches dies! The pressing message that Alex claims he is chasing her to reveal is connected to these deaths. She realizes that these tragedies occur when she bleeds on things. Horrified, Jodi decides that she must make herself scarce in order to protect her loved ones from her own toxic presence.

Kelly is masterful at snappy dialog and fast-paced, rising tension. The novel's twists and turns are fresh and mostly unexpected. She manages to make zombies truly revolting yet plaintive, and the permutations on Medusa modern.

Ophi are a special sort of tribe connected to Medusa's power, and Jodi learns that she has this power in spades. Alex takes her to a school for Ophi, where she can hone her skills and try to use them for good. There, Hashway creates some truly nasty antagonists in the jealous, treacherous Abby, and in Alex's mother Victoria.

This novel will appeal to teens and adults who like a rousing paranormal with unexpected switchbacks and compelling romance.
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Touch of Death starts out with a lesson all teenagers should know: not to use their phone while they drive. When Jodi reaches for her phone, she accidentally hits a deer and kills it. While she kneels over the deer, she gets a nose bleed and her blood magically brings the deer back to life.

The one thing that got me in that scene is that Jodi wiped the blood off her hand from her nosebleed onto the deer’s fur. I don’t see anyone doing that. I would’ve wiped it on the inside of my shirt, or had shown a drop fall from her nose and land on the deer instead. The fact that she wiped her blood on a dead deer was weird.

Anyway, I enjoyed the mythology in the beginning of Touch of Death. Mythology is one of my passions, which is why I enjoy Kelly Hashway’s books so much, because she rewrites them and uses them in fascinating ways. I actually had no idea that there was a 13th zodiac sign though, so that was a treat to learn.

The end of chapter one is where things start to get good. And, without revealing anymore of the plot, I’ll just say I was just as nervous as Jodi was. And things really get exciting when Green Eyes (Alex from Kiss of Death) gets into the picture.

Another thing I noticed is that Jodi sure pricks/cuts herself a lot. I understand that’s the point of the story but it’s a bit predictable. Despite that though, everything that happens after she pricks herself is entertaining.

I enjoyed the insight Kelly Hashway gave us for a teen who was homeschooled and whose mother was a teen mom. These are two very realistic circumstances in this generation and it was nice reading about a YA character who dealt with both while growing up.

The end had my jaw dropping. There were so many twists and turns and each one was exciting. I felt like applauding at the conclusion of this book. Over all, this was a fun read.
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