Title: Stalked by Death
Author: Kelly Hashway
Series: Touch of Death
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: August 13, 2013
From the Publisher: Jodi knows that any slip-ups made by the Ophi–a special group of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac–will fall on her shoulders… and that Hades is just waiting for them to screw up so he can wipe out the Ophi line.
Unfortunately, Jodi has only convinced one Ophi to join her school: A hot guy named Chase who jeopardizes her relationship with Alex. Jodi loves Alex, but Chase can enhance her powers with just a touch—making her stronger than any Ophi has ever been.
Her mixed emotions send her powers surging out of control, and the dead start rising without her conscious summoning—exactly what Hades doesn’t want! If she chooses Alex over Chase, she may lose the battle to Hades, leading the Ophi race to extinction. If she chooses Chase, she might be able to stop Hades for good… but lose everything else.
Jodi needs to figure things out fast–because death is stalking her at every turn.
**I received an ARC of this title from the publisher,
but that did not affect the review**
First Thoughts: I loved the plot, but the execution fell a little short for me. I was hoping to connect with the characters in this installment, but it was just shy of being out of reach.
Plot and Pacing: The story continued from book 1…Jodi realized exactly how powerful her Gorgon blood was, and decided the best way to keep Hades away was to train other Ophis like her. Chase, one of the Ophi students, (who also happened to be a totally hot guy with eyes hot eyes for Jodi) turned out to be quite powerful too, and maybe not in a good way. Pretty soon I felt like the story stalled and repeated; Jodi had a boyfriend, Chase hit on Jodi and pulled her in, Alex saw and got mad, Jodi apologized and they made out in the cemetery. The next day the same thing would happen.
The MCs: I thought Jodi and Alex would grow in this installment, but honestly, Jodi never grew up. She is so young and thought she had to solve everything. She made mistakes all over the place, yet would never ask for help. She also threw a hissy fit when Alex kept secrets from her, but she was the one keeping all the secrets. I guess her hypocritical ways just didn’t win me over.
Alex was kind of wimpy. I know Jodi kept saying he was cocky, but I NEVER saw that. Ever. He was insecure the whole book. It’s not that I didn’t like him, he just didn’t come across as described.
Romance /Chemistry: None. I still am rooting for Hades and Jodi to get together!!! Now that is a relationship I could sing about! There’s sparks and chemistry that are off the charts with those two.
Title/Cover: The title is perfect, as it fits the story exactly. The cover again has someone older and more mature than I would picture Jodi….it sure is pretty though.
Ending: The ending surprised me and it’s going to be hell (lol).
Gripes/suggestions: I didn’t like the MC, no romance, and I never connected with the story. However, this could all change by book 3 so I’m holding out hope this installment was a “scene setter”.
Final Thoughts/Rec It? It’s a neat take on mythology, and while I didn’t love this, I will still read book 3, Face of Death, because I think it will have more Hades in it, and he is the best part of the whole story.
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