{Blog Tour} Book Review: Touch of Death (Touch of Death #1) by Kelly Hashway

 I'm super excited to be one of the blogs participating in the blog tour for Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway! Today, not only do I have my review, but I also have a giveaway (US only)! :)

Touch of Death (Touch of Death #1)Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway
ebook, 1st Edition, 235 pages
Expected Publication: January 15th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press 
Review Copy: Provided by Spencer Hill Press
Pre-Order: Amazon -- Barnes & Noble
Description 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 Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think the best way to describe TOUCH OF DEATH is to say that it is HALF-BLOOD meets CURSED, and that isn’t meant to be a bad thing. Basically: If you like Jennifer L. Armentrout's work, I think you'll enjoy this book.

TOUCH OF DEATH is about Jodi Meadows, a teenage girl with poison running through her veins. She begins the story as a normal teenager with a wonderful boyfriend and a best friend that she tells everything to. But it isn’t long before Jodi’s peaceful life goes turned upside down.
On her way to school, Jodi gets into an accident, hitting a deer. It’s that accident that changes Jodi’s life as she knows it. When the deer gets up and runs away after Jodi swore she’d killed it, her world slowly begins to unravel.

It did take me a bit to get into TOUCH OF DEATH, which is the only reason I’m giving it four stars. I think the biggest reason it took me a while to get into TOUCH OF DEATH was because the way Alex was introduced put me off at first, I found him to be creepy, but thankfully, Hashway explains why he was always lingering, and honestly? It’s pretty understandable, especially near the end. Yes, he was the ultimate creeper, but given the circumstances - the havoc Jodi was unknowingly unleashing all over town - I think he didn’t actually have a choice. He had to keep an eye on things.

When Jodi and Alex head to his house the story truly begins to pick up. It is obvious that things are not as they seem, and it all builds up to one fantastic ending.

Speaking of that ending: Holy cliffhanger! Seriously, I’m eager to know what happens next. It’ll certainly be interesting to see where Hashway takes this trilogy.

To sum it up: Mythology. Deadly abilities. Deceit. Romance. It’s hard not to like TOUCH OF DEATH.

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Now onto the giveaway:
I'm giving away my ARC copy since I pre-ordered a final copy. What do you have to do to enter? Read the rules below and fill out the Rafflecopter form correctly. :)

Rules are as follows:
  • Must be at least thirteen years of age.
  • Must be a US resident.
  • Must be a blog follower.
This giveaway is open until December 7th. I'll pick a winner on December 8th.


  1. Thanks for being part of the blog tour, Nicole. :) I'm glad you enjoyed Touch of Death.

    1. No problem, Kelly! I really enjoyed Touch of Death. :)