Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ARC Review: Touch of Death

Title: Touch of Death
Author: Kelly Hashway
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for honest review.
Fave Quote(s): "Emotions were what caused people to fly off the handle, not control themselves. But we weren't ordinary people. We were Ophi."

Info on Touch of Death from Goodreads:

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. 

My thoughts on Touch of Death:

I have been excited about reading Touch of Death for sometime now. When I first saw the cover months ago I just had a feeling this would be a book I'd enjoy. In this one instance I'm so glad I judged a book by it's cover. Touch of Death was pretty as well as awesome! 

It is safely a Young Adult Paranormal but Touch of Death is interesting because of the paranormal elements combined with good story telling are different from other books I've read lately. I think author, Kelly Hashway, hit a winning combination with Greek mythology, necromancers and zombies with just enough romantic tension to keep things warm if not all out hot!

***The next paragraph is borderline spoilery***
Speaking of hot, can we talk about Alex for a moment. That macaroni eating stalker really won me over by the end! Please stalk me and teach me a thing or two about being Ophi! Hot as, well, Hades and lets don't even go down that path!

I think fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout's Covenant series will appreciate and really enjoy Hashway's Touch of Death. It kind of has the same feel as the Covenant books without being a carbon copy. 

I give Touch of Death 4 out of 5 stars and I'm totally looking forward to the next book in the series, which I believe will be called Stalked by Death due out July 2013! (YAY!! Not long at all to wait!)


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed Touch of Death. Thanks for a great review!

    1. Thanks Kelly! It's easy to write a great review on a great book! Thanks for writing it!

  2. Great review! I'm a sucker for anything with Greek mythology, so think this one is right up my alley. And a MC who can kill with a kiss? Sounds awesome!

    1. Thanks! You should totally check his out, it's not your typical Greek mythology book!