Sunday, August 11, 2013

Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway

Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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.  - Goodreads.com


I found this story to be very unique among others of its kind.  I love this new idea around necromancy, the connection to Medusa, and the fact that this story touches on and works with Greek myth.  I haven't seen a lot of stories where Medusa figures prominently, so that was sort of refreshing.  In addition to that, the story was also unique in that, for once, Medusa isn't a bad guy.  She's actually good...  in most stories you read of her, she's just the Gorgon who can turn any creature into stone.  So it was really neat to get to read a story that shows her and her mythology in a new light.

I really liked Jodi.  I felt for her so much as she first begins to discover who and what she is.  I can't imagine how devastating it would be to find out that a) she has powers, and b) just what they can do to those around her.  This lends her story a certain dark sadness that I found particularly touching.

I did like Alex as a character, although I felt a little more development could have been given toward their relationship.  I felt so bad for him and the circumstances he's coming from, his relationship with his family, and the ultimate choices he is forced to make.  So I did feel like I got to know him very well as a character.

It was, at least to me, a bit obvious who the bad guy(s) were going to be though.  I'm not sure the author really wanted to keep that fact hidden though.  It may have been something she was happy for the reader to figure out early.  Either way, the showdown at the end was suspenseful and compelling.  It definitely invested me in the story and made me want to read the sequel.  I thought this was a really great start to a new and unique series. 


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