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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway is a very interesting twist on some of the Greek Gods. I have never felt very strongly about the Greek Gods and, quite frankly, I didn't even think... Read morePublished 15 months ago by HelloJennyReviews
At first, I could not imagine how one book could have had so much to offer. With its fast pace combined with Greek mythology, zombies, and necromancy, Kelly Hashway brought it all... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rick Starkey
Touch of Death is an okay read for me. There were a few things that I had an issue with, like the timing of everything. Everything just seemed to happen so fast, timeline wise. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bookish Things
Great storyline. Enjoyed it very much. Wish there was a part 2.Published 20 months ago by D. Cocchio
I am seriously in love with this book. It has everything I need to find a book great. Interesting storyline, amazing characters, it is unpredictable and unique, full of fascinating... Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by Lea Krnjeta
Touch of Death was really good. I've been wanting to read this series for a while, and when I heard it had Greek mythology, I was ecstatic. Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
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 morePublished on February 14, 2014 by Teresa
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 morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Ophi Ophiuchus
Kelly Hashway intrigues readers with her style, character development, descriptive story and twist of plot! Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Gina Marie
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