Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blog Tour: Touch of Death by Kelly Kashway (Review + Giveaway)

Title: Touch of Death (Touch of Death #1)
Author: Kelly Hashway
Expected Publication: January 15th 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
My rating: 3.5 stars
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.

Touch of Death was a fun and quick read. It was easy to get with the flow of the story and with the characters and understand what was really happening. It offered interesting points especially in mythology plus adding some twist about zombies. I actually sped through this! However, comes with its fast-paced writing was the feel that everything was happening in a rush. Thus also makings some part predictable and a little unconvincing. 

The main character, Jodi Marshall, was a character that is easy to like. She played a very special and powerful character in the story however I couldn't seem to find some distinctive trait and quality in her that would have compelled me to really really like her and admire her character. Making her a little bland for my taste. Having said that she wasn't really a bad case of a main character. She has good qualities and principle but nothing really powerful or unique.

Alex, the love interest, started as a very intriguing character. I liked the bad boy and wicked side he'd shown in the beginning. I would have loved it even more if it hadn't been that toned down that much around the middle of the book when he and Jodi are finally learning and knowing each other. Still he's probable my most favorite character in this story. 

I liked how Hashway combined the idea of Mythology and zombies. Adding to that, the mythological side wasn't really that conventional since it put one of the most known villains in the mythology on the good side. The only problem I had was that it felt rushed and quite predictable. I wouldn't have mind it being a little longer if it would make everything more credible and thrilling.

Overall, Touch of Death is a pretty entertaining and interesting read albeit a little lacking with some elements that might have made it even better. Still, I really did enjoy the overall. If you're looking for a fun, quick and unique paranormal read but doesn't have that too complex and mind-boggling world and plot, this is the right book for you.

Thank you Spencer Hill Press for providing me a copy of this book.


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  1. I'm really glad you enjoyed this book, Eunice! Though I can see the flaws you described in it! I like the fusion of mythology and zombies though! I'm really looking forward this book, I showcased it as my WoW a few weeks ago! I hope I will enjoy for the future! Great Review and Giveaway! :D

    Here's my WoW if you want to check it out!

  2. Oh this does sound to have a super interesting premise Eunice, I like the mash up of zombies and mythology too, sorry that some aspects of the book let you down, I think the book ending in a bit of a rush, wouldn't have knocked a couple of ratings down for me too. But I'm glad on the whole you enjoyed it! A lovely review Eunice! :)

  3. Im glad that Jodi was a like-able character, though im not so hyped about the bad boy.. Im honestly so sick of the bad boy love interesting, and I just think its getting kind of old. Anyways, lovely review Eunice!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  4. Thanks for your review of this one Eunice, I haven't read many for it and I was debating whether this was a book for me or not. It sounds like a solid read, but not necessarily one I'm dying to get my hands on and there are so many other books out there I can't wait to read! Looks like it's book one of a series though, so I think I'll wait and see how the second book is before trying anything. Beautiful review:):)

  5. Did you say bad boy? You know I can't resist now! ;) This sounds like a pretty fun read and I'm looking forward to reading it myself. Great review, Eunice!

  6. Zombie twists and interesting mythology? Sold lady, sold! ;) Despite some of its lacking qualities, I'm intruiged enough to add it to my TBR pile, which is slowly becoming a Mount Everest-like structure. Nice review! :)

  7. I love the sound of mixing mythology with zombies. It looks like a quick, fun read, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Lovely review, E! :)

  8. I love bad boys, so Alex sounds right up my alley. Too bad you didn't connect well with Jodi. This does sound like an interesting read. Wonderful review. :)

  9. Thanks for the giveaway, btw. :)


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