- Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
- Publication date: 8/13/2013
- Series: Touch of Death , #2
- Source: ARC sent from the publisher for review
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.
Where do I even start? I am sad that I didn't like this one because I did like the first one. Nothing about this one worked for me. I hate writing negative reviews, but I don't have much positive to say. There is a love triangle that made me want to jump out my second story windows, annoying characters, abusive relationships, and immaturity. Like eye rolling stuff. I felt like I was trapped inside a middle school drama or something. It was so ridiculous. I almost didn't finish it, but I stuck it out because I feel awful DNF'ing books. I may feel worse for finishing it after I'm done with this review.
Jodi was so irritating. I could not stand her in this one. I thought she was pretty stupid in the first one, but in this one I was sure she was not only stupid, but weak, and useless too. She's supposed to be the big bad leader, but she's too busy making out with two different guys, and raising all the dead and needing everyone's help to be of any use. In fact, she makes things so much harder for everyone. As far as I was concerned, she needed to die a miserable death and not be brought back. That chick was a freaking mess. She loves like 3 different guys and can't make any of them happy. Then she just lets herself be used and controlled. Oh, and pretty much abused mentally and physically. She has no choice though, right? Ugh!! I just really couldn't stand her. Then by the time she decides to actually act like the powerful Ophi she is, it's pretty much too late.
Can we say nauseating love triangle?! *gag* This was such a ridiculous and awful love triangle that I could not get behind at all. I wasn't a huge fan of her being with Alex at first, and even after I still wasn't convinced. It was rushed, he was a creepy stalker, he had issues, whatever. Still, he makes so much more sense than Chase. Oh yeah, Chase is of course super hot, and is all about Jodi. And surprise, surprise. She's drawn to him and doesn't know why. She "loves" Alex, but she knows there is something between her and Chase, who she's known for like a few days. So yeah, he's got some freaky power over her and can control her, but she was interested in him even when he wasn't. Oh, and she was terrified of him too. She's so torn. Boyfriend she's been with for two months that she's totally in love with, or hottie who's blood calls to her. That controls her. Who tells her she will love him or he will kill her. Yup. Total winner. And I didn't like Alex either. He was so willing to leave her every other minute and didn't trust her even though he claimed to be in love with her. It was just dumb.
Guys, I can't even go on because I feel bad at how much I disliked this book. The story did progress slightly, but honestly, it was mostly the back and forth between the boys and her fighting and loving both of them. It could have easy just been told in like 100 pages and saved me the torture of reading Jodi jumping all over Chase, then freaking out and not wanting him near her, and then begging Alex to stay with her and trust her that it's not her fault. Yeah, and Hades was pretty terrifying too. (not) I don't think there was one character that I actually liked in this. All of them were either horrible, or not developed enough to give a crap about. Hades, please just kill them all and let's be done with this. Okay? Thanks.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.