Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review: Stalked by Death (Touch of Death #2) by Kelly Hashway

  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Series: Touch of Death , #2 
  • Source: ARC sent from the publisher for review
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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.

My Thoughts

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.


  1. Oh man! This book sounds painful.
    I was actually excited for the first book in the series and then I remember reading someone's review (Giselle I think), mentioning how stupid the MC was and I knew I couldn't deal with it. Not only does this one have a dumb character but also a love triangle? No. Just no. There's no way I want to read this anymore.
    The MC does sound really terrible. You can't claim to love a guy then be making out with another because you are attracted to him. I thought we were over this trend of stupid love triangles in YA. I guess not.
    And why focus on a love triangle when you can focus on better things like the plot and world-building?
    I'm sorry you had to go through this, Amy, but I hope your next read is a better one.
    Thanks for the great honest review!

  2. I was actually contemplating whether or not I should borrow the first one from the library but now seeeing your review- NO. Bad MC and it's end of story for moi.

    Lovely review as usual Amy! <33

  3. Ahh I'm sorry you didn't like this one I probably won't be reading this now, especially since Jodi sounds like a total pushover! I think I kind of liked the first one, but this one sounds so much worse. The love triangle sounds so unbearable as well, especially since it sounds like it was just used as a plot device and was based off of false attraction to begin with. Ugh it sounds like there should have been way more development than actual angst D:

    But fabulous review nonetheless, Amy! <33

  4. Yikes! This sounds completely frustrating. And I complete feel your pain about the DNF vs extremely negative review. I think you explained your thoughts really well. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Bleh this does not sound like an enjoyable read at all. I hadn't planned on reading this series because of all the things Giselle had to say about it and this just puts the nail in the coffin. Sorry you had to get through this one.

  6. I had been curious about the first but I don't think I'll bother with this series since everything you disliked would have had me DNF'ing it in a heart beat. Sorry you spend your time on it!

  7. Yeah, I don't think this book is for me. I skipped out on the first book cause it didn't really capture me. Thank you for being honest.

  8. I liked the first one to, and I am reading this one really soon for the tour. I hate that it isn't good. Thanks for your honest review.

  9. Girl, you know exactly how I feel about this one and I agree w/you on everything you said. Just couldn't get into this book at all. Great review!

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  10. That's so sad. I'm sorry you struggled with this one. I have it and was gonna read it but now I think I'll pass. I have enough other books to read.

  11. Bahahaha I love this review so hard. Book 1 was just so terrible. This is Jodi:

    *Touch* - something dies - "OMG WHAT HAPPENED EEK"

    *Touch* - somthing dies - "OMG WHAT HAPPENED EEK"

    *Touch* - somthing dies - "OMG WHAT HAPPENED EEK"

    *Touch* - somthing dies - "OMG WHAT HAPPENED EEK"

    *Touch* - somthing dies - "OMG WHAT HAPPENED EEK"

    *Touch* - somthing dies - "OMG WHAT HAPPENED EEK"

    *Touch* - somthing dies - "OMG WHAT HAPPENED EEK"

    *Touch* - somthing dies - "OMG WHAT HAPPENED EEK"

    *Touch* - somthing dies - "OMG WHAT HAPPENED EEK"

    *Touch* - somthing dies - "wait.... is it ME? OMG!!"

    Why am I not surprised this girl couldn't make any guy happy, let alone 3? (And WTF - ho much?)

    I should leave here before I get in trouble.

    *walks away silently*

  12. Oh boy. What a bummer. I don't think this series would be for me anyway, but I appreciate your honest review. Nicely done.


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