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Touch of Death (Touch of Death #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,037 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 229 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press (first published December 23rd 2012)
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Jan 28, 2013 Giselle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
If I had the touch of death, I'd touch this book.

Did it start off good? When people started falling to their death after coming in contact with Jodi--that's a yes! I love the idea of this book. The inclusion of mythology and the newly discovered 13th sign in the premise are great touches. I loved how Kelly got into the lore of these necromancers and gave us a pretty complex backstory, which was both fascinating and strengthened the world building. This is the part that I liked, but unfortunatel
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Touch of Death Review on K-Books

"I want to help you, Jodi, but you have to let me."

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 awes
Jan 17, 2013 Lili rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointing
I couldn't tell you what happened with me and this book. I was eagerly anticipating it and was really excited to be able to trade for my own copy. After all, everyone I talked to has adored it. It has little to no negative ratings on goodreads. But I couldn't get into this book to save my life. I had a lot of problems with it. And, overall, what could have been a really promising concept fell flat for me. I'm honestly all over the place with this one, so I'm sorry if there are any spoilers to f ...more
Update: To top it off, I've just discovered book 2 introduces a love triangle. I think that definitely made up my mind about reading it. I won't be, in case you hadn't guessed.

Unfortunately, the word that comes to mind to describe this book is "disappointing". Not that it was the worst, my expectations may have just been too high. This is a book I had been highly anticipating and early reviews I'd seen had been quite promising.

This book felt like it had two distinct halves. Before Jodi discover
Julianna Helms

Actual, full review: Original is here on my blog. (Note: due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)

Now here we have something interesting.

Zombies + Greek mythology? Sounds like an epic tour de force, yeah? That's what I thought, too. But Touch of Death is about as deceptive as its cover--what at first seems like a gorgeous and dark tale is really about a girl, insta-love, plus predictive plots weaving the way. *cues drumroll*

It's not that the book was bad, rather that it was mo
Lauren Hammond
Jan 01, 2012 Lauren Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic!
Jan 25, 2013 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, but I just had too many problems with it. Warning: review does contain unmarked kinda-spoilers, but it's a predictable book so I'm not really ruining it.

What I Did Like: I thought the book had an interesting concept. I read "The 13th Sign" just a few days ago, and I was curious what this book was going to do with the story of Ophiuchus. I liked how Hashway incorporated the mythology with a paranormal story involving people with special gifts and zombies. But I'
Annabelle Marie Veronica
*****FINAL RATING: 4.70 STARS*****

I absolutely adored Touch of Death. A hot paranormal romance with memorable characters and a truly unique plot, it is definitely a book that will stay with me for a long time. I honestly could not put it down and basically ran out sharing it with everyone within reach. It was an awesome book, and deserves a lot of praise if you ask me.

Jodi is determined, powerful, and brave. At first, she seems like any normal high school girl. I loved
3.5 stars

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 t
Teresa Mary Rose
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Touch of Death was everything I expected it to be and so much more. It had a gripping story line, young romance, a fierce heroine, evil villains, and a swoon worthy hero. To put it simply, I really loved this book. It is a very fast and a very enjoyable read.

Our heroine Jodi is one that readers will really enjoy. She is strong, brave, and smart; but still manages to come across as a teen. She does not appear old for her age and I loved that. I lov
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

A HUGE THANK YOU to Spencer Hill for allowing me to read and review this ARC of Touch of Death. As anyone who knows me I absolutely love love love Mythology and Kelly Hashway has the corner market on a new spin to Mythology with this series.TOD is one of those books that grabs you right from the first sentence and keeps you reading until you finish. At the end I was screaming at the book because I wanted so much more. I kept thinking okay please don't end because I needed m
Patrice Caldwell
This review comes from my blog,

As some of you might know, I’m a tad bit in love (*cough, cough – obsessed) with all things mythological. Since mythology seems to be quite the budding field right now, I’ve been having the time of my life. However as someone who knows a lot of myths from various cultures, it only takes so long for someone to get tired of the same myths being retold.

Where is she going with this? (you might be thinking), well, just in case you haven’t guessed i
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I'm going to start by poking a little fun at myself and also trying to get my feelings about Touch of Death down accurately.

Me: Okay let's do this! I bet this will be really good!
Little Voice in My Head (I've named her Zoey. Don't ask): Your enthusiasm irks me.
Me: Oh shut up.
Zoey: Have it your way.

*halfway through*

Me: I'm feeling slightly disappointed.
Zoey: Your fault.

As you can see, Zoey is my conscience and I talk to her
Apr 02, 2013 Sarah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

SYNOPSIS: 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 un
Dec 18, 2012 Jessirae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life and death are always intertwined..

Touch of Death starts off with an ordinary girl who seemed to be accident prone, nearly killing everything and everyone she comes into contact with. This really blows for a girl like Jodi Marshall, even more so when she can’t even kiss the boy she likes. But Jodi is destined for greater things and not being able to a kiss a boy is the least of her problems. In this book, we are introduced to a whole new world full of necromancers and a twist in Greek mythol
Nov 07, 2012 Krystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Holy mythology zombies Batman! This book really blew me away. It starts with jam-packed action and really gets you into the storyline. If you read the first chapter, you’ll get sucked right in. Touch of Death is about a high school student named Jodi who has a normal life. She was home-schooled all her life, making high school new to her, but she’s having a great time there. Jodi gains friends and a boyfriend… life is looking up. Someone randomly starts stalking her, and after a while (and a few ...more
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
I thought this book was going to be great, the idea behind it is so original. No one as far as I know has written anything about the mythology behind the thirteenth sign of the zodiac and almost all the reviews have been glowing. It’s starting to worry me how often I am wrong!

And Good Lord, it was bad! Not in a badly written kind of way but that being said Hashways writing is by no means sophisticated or complex. She takes the simplest route from A to B with very little description. But what r
Mar 25, 2013 Kasia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well this book certainly has a touch of death, literary death, perhaps a good necromancer can bring some life into it but I was bored to tears and frankly, the whole set up sounded like child’s play, if you like the book to talk at you and tell you what is going on step by step versus the writing itself illustrating proper action and you don’t care for a concise logical plot then this is the book for you.

I will admit, like a sucker I fell for the cover which made me pick this up ( but I do read
Michelle Pickett
I can't believe this is Kelly Hashway's debut YA novel. It reads as though she's a veteran author.

I finished reading Touch of Death a few days ago, but it has been hard for me to write the review. Not because I didn't like the book. But because I loved it! There is so much going on, I'm afraid anything I write will be a spoiler! The action starts on the first page and continues to the last. The story held my attention throughout and I was kind of bummed when it ended. I wanted to know more abo
Keren Hughes

Review to come on December 3rd 2012. But see my comments if you're interested :D
Feb 15, 2013 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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*1st read in Nov 2012*
*Read in 2014*

2012 Review

Where do I start with how AMAZING Touch of Death is! From the very first page I was hooked, I couldn't put it down!

The story revolves around protagonist Jodi Marshall. Jodi goes from normal teenager, with a great best friend, an great boyfriend, to having all these strange things happen to her. To top it of there's a strange boy stalking her! Jodi soon discovers that she isn't a "normal" teenager. She is in a fact a descendant of Medusa. Her touch
Lea (Between fantasy and reality)
Between fantasy and reality

I am seriously in love with this book. It has everything I need to find a book great. Interesting storyline, amazing characters, it is unpredictable and unique, full of fascinating mythology, with amazing writing and a believeable and heartwarmig romance. It also has a lot of blood, tears, pain and betrayal and death so it is frustrating until the end but I think that this book is a great start to what I am sure will be a wonderful series. I must compliment Hashway on
Sherry Ficklin
Nov 04, 2012 Sherry Ficklin rated it it was amazing
WOW. This book (which I recieved as an ARC) is AMAZING! If you had told me you could mix Greek myths and zombies, I'd have laughed at you. But this is so well done! I loved Jodi (especially toward the end) and I love ALEX! *maybe he will come stalk me? Sigh.

Great book. A must read!
Oct 15, 2012 hayden rated it really liked it
Near the beginning, I wasn't enchanted.

But then I fell in love.

Review to come in November!
Keshia Swaim
May 14, 2012 Keshia Swaim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. A full review will be posted closer to the release date at
Rachel Harris
Cannot freaking wait for this one!!! :-)
Shy The WidowMaker
This review will also be up on my blog Doctor's Notes on 12/3/12. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher.

I loved this book so much I don’t know where to begin with this review. I will start out by saying amazing, amazing, amazing as this sums up this book with those three little words. Kelly Hashway is an amazing writer and I was blown away with how much I loved this book. It was everything I expected and wanted in a great read. She gave us such a neat look into necromancy and zombie
Trisha Wolfe
Jan 02, 2012 Trisha Wolfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mythology, zombies, necromancers, astrology, romance—looking at this lineup, you’d think it’d make a busy, confusing story. I’ll admit, going into Touch of Death, I was a bit hesitant, because as much as I love Greek mythology, I didn’t know how necromancers were going to fit into this world. But Kelly’s my girl, yo. So loving my bloggy and pub sister, I had faith that if anyone could pull it off, she could.

Touch of Death exceeded my expectations. Kelly’s smooth and clean writing pulled me right
Andrea Heltsley
I was thrilled to get this in the mail! I thought it looked really good and was pretty excited to read it. It turned out to be even better than I expected. The story was unique and captivating.

The only thing I disliked, was a little lack of character development. There was so much more in them that could have been explored, especially her best friend and her first real boyfriend. That was the only thing I didn't like! Everything else about this book was surprising and wonderful.

I liked Jodi and
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Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative f ...more
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“... Will you be okay or is there something I could help you with?"

"I'm just going to change in to comfy clothes and hit the sheets."

"And what's the verdict on whether or not you want my help with that?" He flashed a cocky smile at me. He was undeniably sexy, in an "I-have-poison-blood-in-my-veins" sort of way.”
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