Published By: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Date Read: September 30, 2012
Genre: YA - Mythology/Zombies
Source: ARC from Spencer Hill Press
From Goodreads:"I want to help you, Jodi, but you have to let me."
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.
WOW! I don't even know where to start with this review. This book is just so incredible and it surpassed all of my expectations. When I first heard about Touch of Death I instantly wanted to read it. I haven't really read many books about Necromancers and let's face it this one sounds amazing from the blurb. This book completely blew me away and I found it extremely difficult to put it down. It is just pure awesomeness.
Jodi has always been just a normal girl. Going to high-school and dating her boyfriend. But then something happens. Things start to get weird around Jodi. She brings back the dead with one drop of her blood. But they are not normal, no they come back weird... zombie-like. Soon Jodi learns that she is a powerful Necromancer, an Ophi, descended from Medusa. But she is unlike any other Ophi, she is more powerful and may be the one they have all been waiting for to save them. Can she fulfill her destiny and find out a way to use her new-found power to save her race?
I adored this book. Right from the start I found this positively one of the coolest books I've ever read. Right in the first few chapters we had zombie-deers, zombie-rats and zombie-squirrel's. There is only one this to describe that: Epic Awesomeness. Kelly's writing style is positively superb and I was pulled in right from the start unable to put the book down until I had devoured the entire thing. I was completely sucked right into this story and Jodi's zombiefied world and I absolutely loved every single second of it. I am honestly heartbroken that it is over as it was so incredible I just want to re-read it all over again.
Jodi is such an awesome character. I adored her right from the start. She goes through such a fantastic journey through this book and I really felt like she grew a lot throughout the book and we got to go on this journey and grow with her. She started as a normal typical high-school girl who didn't really know what was going on to taking control and embracing her destiny and I loved that about her. I really love that she's not one of these weak "Oh-I-must-have-a-guy-to-save-me" characters that you sometimes find in YA literature but she is a strong independent character who will fight for her friends and the people who she cares about and fight to do the right thing. I adore her.
Alex... Oh my Alex. It's official I am in love with yet another fictional character. I have a new book boyfriend and man is he a good one. So we really get off on the wrong foot with Alex, he's kinda creepy and stalker-y at first but as soon as she saw his piercing green eyes I was sold and in love. I didn't care if he was stalker-y, he was gorgeous and mysterious with green eyes. What more could you possibly want? The further I got into this book the more I completely and utterly fell in love with him. He is just so sweet and cute and really cares about Jodi and all he wants to do is help her. At one point in the book I actually giggled. I giggled!! I am so glad I was at home and not in a public place because that would have earned me some funny looks. He's just so swoon-worthy and HOT and did I mention the green eyes? I adore him and all the way through the book I was either sighing dreamily, giggling or swooning. I LOVE HIM!
Touch of Death is a very strong start to what I truly believe will turn out to be a phenomenal series. I absolutely adore mythology and zombies but I never imagined the two of them being brought together but Kelly fuses them together perfectly and has created an incredibly addictive and unique storyline. This book is full of heart-stopping action and breath-taking romance that will leave you begging for more. I love this book, I was fully prepared to give it a 4 star rating and then that ending happened that left my jaw on the floor. Touch of Death is phenomenal and it completely and utterly took my breath away. I am dying to read more and I cannot wait to find out what happens next. Kelly Hashaway is an author to look out for in the future. She is amazing and Touch of Death is one book that is not to be missed.
"You have me. You're not alone. I don't care what Victoria or Troy say. I'm here for you. I won't let you go through this alone."