Monday, May 6, 2013

Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway

Jodi's having a really bad day.  She totalled her car on the way to school when she hit a deer.  She thought the deer was dead but when she got out to examine it, the deer got up and ran away.  Then, shortly after Jodi gets a check up from her, the school nurse is carried out in a body bag.  Finally, some new guy in class is stalking her, showing up on a date with her boyfriend and staking out her house.  All of those incidents - and a few others - are explained when Jodi learns that she is an Ophi, a descendent of Medusa, who has the power to raise the dead.  Unfortunately she has a lot of learning to do in order to bring the dead back without them becoming bloodthirsty zombies, something she finds out after a tragedy involving her boyfriend.  I was very into this book for the first third of so because of the unusual, mythological theme.  It was still fine after that point, but then it felt much more like any other book with someone who is the chosen one but is coming late to the party on how to use her powers.