Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review: Touch of Death

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 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: So before I signed up to review this, I was a bit hesitant   But I thought, hey I'll give it a shot, it could be really good.  Well it's safe to say that I was correct in my initial estimate.  It wasn't terrible, but it was far from a home run.  

I feel like my biggest issue with this book was that the synopsis just gives so much away.  There was no suspense or anticipation for trying to figure out just what Jodi was.  You literally know EXACTLY what she is, so all the little cues for hinting at her true nature are glaringly obvious and in your face and it just annoyed me.  I just prefer a bit more subtlety in regards to when a character has a hidden identity/past. I honestly think that  if this one little thing was changed about this book I would have liked it a lot more.  The lack of suspense and tension was just killing me to be honest.  

Jodi as an MC was pretty decent.  Little things bothered me about her, but overall I enjoyed her as a narrator.  The fact that she jumped pretty quickly from two guys over VERY inappropriate circumstances just really annoyed me.  Like seriously, it had been a day, now she's into another guy?! But I won't spoiler anything, so that's all I'll say on the matter.  Jodi had a  lot of traits that I admired, so overall I enjoyed her.  

As far as the plotting of this, it kind of fell flat for me.  It could have worked if the book was twice as long as it currently is.  Then the pacing would have been acceptable.  As it was, the plot just moved way too fast and had so little development that it just didn't work flow wise.  And as far as conflict goes, it kind of fell flat too.  It just lacked motive. They were evil for evil's sake and were terrible people just to be terrible people. I just can't accept that.  Villains have MOTIVE. Otherwise the whole Medusa thing and being able to raise the dead was kind of cool.  Historically wise, there actually is a 13th constellation so I like how the author pulled from that and the other mythology was  pretty cool.  Heaven knows I adore Greek Mythology so I really enjoyed that.  

Overall, it was decent.  It was just one of those mid-range books that I can't really say "don't read" or "definitely read it" so I don't know.  I feel meh about it.  I might read the sequel.